Yes, of course there is important stuff that should remain secret….but not everything should be classified and kept from you. There is way too much hidden from you.
Closed hearings from the public on Capitol Hill should be extremely rare. The hearings should be public, and if the questioning or the answers roam into classified topics, the hearing should THEN go into closed session and only for that limited topic. After the truly classified discussion ends, the doors should be reopened for the public.
In Washington incompetence and bad behavior are hidden by classifying the topic, the documents, the testimony etc. so that you never learn the truth.
Why does the media tolerate over classification? Why are more not complaining? (And don’t get me started on the topic of the media ignoring waste and fraud. The media is more interested in Anthony Weiner texts than in government waste and the government waste is profoundly more important. )