Does your Country keep Secrets from its Residents?

@JudyEv (118536)
Bunbury, Australia
February 15, 2016 10:39pm CST
74th Commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin During World War II, the public were told only what the government of the time wanted them to know. Nowadays what with mobile phones, drones and the internet, it would be much harder to keep news under wraps. One event which many Australians knew very little about at the time it happened concerned the bombing of Darwin in the Northern Territory by the Japanese. Seventy-four years ago, on 19 February 1942, the Japanese mounted two air raids on Darwin involving 54 land-based bombers and around 188 attack aircraft launched from four aircraft carriers. At least 243 people were killed and 300 to 400 wounded. At the time Darwin was a small town with limited infrastructure. During the 1930s and early years of World War II, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force had constructed bases near the town. The pre-war population was 5,800. The Japanese wished to prevent the Allies from using the bases against the Japanese invasion of SE Asia and their intended strike against New Guinea. In addition to the human casualties, twenty military aircraft were destroyed and eight anchored ships sunk. One of the ships sunk was the American destroyer, USS Peary. More bombs were dropped on Darwin than on Pearl Harbour. Although I've known about it for some time now, it was years after the event that I first learnt of the bombing raids. In just a few days time, commemorative services will be held,74 years after the bombing. Have there been major events in your country of which you've had little knowledge? Photo is of a World War I memorial in Albany, Western Australia
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@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
16 Feb 16
This comes as no surprise to me because every country selects which pieces of information to provide to the population, especially during times of war.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
That is very true. There were caches of drums of fuel buried in our deserts in case fuel was needed for aircraft. They're probably still there.
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@SIMPLYD (78094)
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
I guess that is true .
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• United States
17 Feb 16
This would make me worry, if I had not decided to let this type of thing go.
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@TRBRocks420 (73513)
• Banks, Oregon
16 Feb 16
Yes, our country keeps a plethora of secrets from us, during world war 2 the Japanese dropped balloon bombs all over the west coast, there are still bombs out there, that weren't recovered, one of the bombs killed a family, who were out hiking after church here in Oregon.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
That does seem a closely guarded secret. It would be difficult for it to happen now without anyone's knowledge.
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• Preston, England
16 Feb 16
our government releases many secret files only after a thirty year lock down, so we should soon see the secrets kept from us since 1986
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
I wonder what interesting things will surface?
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• Preston, England
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv me too - it can often be controversial
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
18 Feb 16
@arthurchappell And then there'll be all the recriminations party against party.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
16 Feb 16
I think all countries do keep secret from residents for various reasons. My country has lots but the media men are very vigilant they do expose them in one way or another.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Yes, the media are good in that respect. They ferret out information from time to time.
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@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv This is why i like democracy. We can always use the freedom of press to exposure anomalies.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@salonga During WWI and WWII there were strict laws limiting what the press could and couldn't print.
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• United States
16 Feb 16
How would I know, if they kept it secret? Bay of Pigs, Area 51, Kennedy's assassination all come to mind.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Good point. Vietnam is another area where Australians were told little of what was going on.
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• Adelaide, Australia
30 Mar 16
@JudyEv Have you seen our documentary "All The Way"? A real eye-opener that one! A trailer:
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• United States
30 Mar 16
@JudyEv No kidding. I was in college when all the protests happened. I had friends who fought in that war, some of them did not come back. Too sad and pointless.
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• Calgary, Alberta
16 Feb 16
The corruption here is no secret and for some reason, the residents cant do anything against it. I do believe that oil producing countries controls my country.,
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Corruption is really hard to fight it seems. Australia doesn't have too much but there is certainly some - probably more than we think.
• Calgary, Alberta
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Have you heard about the Australian Inventor who invented a water fueled car? he was assassinated and got killed if my memory serves me right. There is a guy in My country who also invented a water fueled car and he got imprisoned for estafa but many people believes he is innocent.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
@CaptAlbertWhisker I hadn't heard about that but have just researched it. I don't know whether to believe these claims or not.
@SIMPLYD (78094)
• Philippines
16 Feb 16
I know there are . The latest was about the 54 Special Action Forces that was killed in Mindanao like they were massacred . Until now, no one knows what really happened .
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Some things shouldn't be kept secret. This was a despicable event.
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@SIMPLYD (78094)
• Philippines
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Indeed . Until now , the families feel that no justice has been done for those poor SAF .
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@garymarsh6 (13204)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 16
It was a terrible thing to happen. Every country is guilty especially where nuclear accidents occurred. The official secrets act come swiftly into being.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Nuclear tests were carried out in our deserts and the military were called in to help with various tasks - all without protective gear. That was covered up for years too.
@PainsOnSlate (20079)
• Canada
16 Feb 16
I'm sure there are lots of things we are not told. Eventually it all comes out. I haven't figured out why they do that. That strike was huge. You would think it would be hard even back then to keep it quiet.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
That's what I thought. I guess if they told newspapers not to report it, they were obeyed. Wouldn't happen nowadays.
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@sueznewz2 (9647)
• Alicante, Spain
16 Feb 16
I expect so.... and even today in this digital / technical age.... I still believe there are secrets... it might be more difficult for them to cover up or hide certain information though....
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
I think it is harder now to cover up stuff.
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@jstory07 (65332)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Feb 16
Yes my country does and I think all countries do that.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
I agree.
@LoriAMoore (4810)
• United States
16 Feb 16
I'm sure there are country secrets that I don't know about.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
There will always be some I guess.
@LadyDuck (146740)
• Switzerland
16 Feb 16
I think that even in our days the governments let us know ONLY what they want we know. I am sure they are still cheating us on many things going on right now in Syria, as they did for Iran and Iraq.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
i think many of the wheelings and dealings are kept secret. And Russians aren't being told the truth always either.
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@LadyDuck (146740)
• Switzerland
17 Feb 16
@JudyEv Russian were never told the truth and it's not now they will be told the truth.
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@LeonGao (110)
• Jinan, China
5 May 16
No,citizens' secrets are exposed to the governments,we do not have secrets.And then,many social frameworks collect our phone number and home address.They sell our phone number to the fake company.So that the fake companys will call us everytime and disturb our life
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 May 16
We get a lot of calls from crank companies too. They are a real nuisance.
@MALUSE (37791)
• Germany
19 Feb 16
The bombardment of Darwin was shown very dramatically in the film 'Australia' with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Feb 16
That's true. I'd just about forgotten that.
@RonElFran (897)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
18 Feb 16
I'm not sure the U. S. could have kept the bombing of one of our cities secret during WW2. Too much movement around the country, and too many news-hungry reporters. But they did keep secret the fact that Japanese bomb-balloons reached the Northwest and killed a couple of people. The secrecy wasn't to keep it from the population, but to prevent the Japanese from knowing it had been successful.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Feb 16
I suppose reporters did as they told back then - and Darwin is miles from the rest of the country. The extent of the bombing was kept under wraps as much as possible. Japanese submarines got into Sydney Harbour but they kept that quiet too. Plenty of rumours but no substance in many cases. And if people were sworn to secrecy during those wars, they kept their word.
@trivia79 (7918)
• El Segundo, California
17 Feb 16
yes! in fact, even heroic acts of some of our heroes were change in a way or forgotten literally.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
Some of the commanders during WWI and WWII made some very bad decisions.
@Lucky15 (33439)
• Philippines
16 Feb 16
there are parts of the history that wasn't told in history books just to make someone real hero...hidden truth with one of the country's president
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@Corbin5 (99601)
• United States
16 Feb 16
The USA covers up a lot. Back in the day, Americans were clueless about much more, but even today, there are things going on of which we have no knowledge.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
It is harder now though isn't it, for governments to cover up things. And when they do there is every chance they'll be caught out within a relatively short space of time.
@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
16 Feb 16
@JudyEv , that was quite a secret kept! And absolutely our country has kept secrets from us, especially during my parents times, and even now they try to hide certain things, but, yes, media and social media is making it more difficult these days.
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@JudyEv (118536)
• Bunbury, Australia
17 Feb 16
More bombs than Pearl Harbour! That was the bit that hit home with me. Yet Australians knew very little about it.
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