John F. Kennedy Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, April 27, 1961
The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings (reference to Freemasons). We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions (the cries of terrorism today).
Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized (NSA, CIA, FBI) upon by those (reference to Freemasons) anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know. (Parenthesis are comments not in original speech)
Secrecy is repugnant. No doubt about it. Secrecy is the antithesis of truth. It is an attempt to hide or camouflage devious intentions, for mischief. Secrecy belongs to the dark side – the yin. Truth is of the light – the yang. In Morals and Dogma, Pike wrote:
“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it….
The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…
every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself…”
2 Samuel 12:12
For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.