I want first to say that I am not anti-govenment, anti-secret or aniti-science. I also want to say that I am asking a question that I do not consider myself well versed on but have noticed things kept secret for many years that I have wondered about. For example, I know that the U.S. government has some very sophisticated capabilities for spying on people. The stuff that I know about is that they can spy on anyone, anywhere, at anytime. I also know from personal experiance that, at least in the U.S., they are only interested in national security issues and have been almost flawless in keeping spyees personal life's personal except when necessary for the protection of national interests. But there are other issues that concern me. Mostly, when technology has far more value to the citizens of a country when it is made public, than it does to the national security, should it be kept secret? As an example, if an ambient temperature superconductor were developed, that has spectacular value to everybody, but questionable value to the defense of a nation, should it be kept secret? Another aspect would be along the line of being able to trust the people in government. As an example, if the government was able to build a hydrogen rocket that could take us to the stars (if Einstein was right about time, then it would be possible for a propulsion system to do it), what guarantee would we have that they wouldn't do it in secret and claim new planets for themselves? Or try to build some kind of super society by creating secret superqualifications for people traveling to the stars? I'd like to hear some of your thoughts on the subject.