The United States government is attempting to physically destroy the Wikileaks organization. The ‘Cablegate’ release of diplomatic communications has begun to reveal that Western democracies maintain shadow governments that are outside the reach of their electorates. They appear to have a system in place that is not subject to the outcomes of elections. For me, that is the main thing suggested by the leaks.
The Obama administration is fully engaged in a very serious information war that threatens to turn the public eye toward the inner workings of a government sliding very quickly toward a new form of corporate/government fascism. The obvious connection between government, corporations, and the military is now under public scrutiny as we watch officials tell companies like Amazon and Paypal to cut off the Wikileaks operations. A democratic superpower is influencing, through threats or friendly suggestion, the behavior of companies that are enormously powerful on the Internet. It has become clear that we absolutely cannot expect any form of free expression to exist where Amazon or Paypal are concerned. The fact that Amazon controls most of the book trade in the U.S. is an emergency and should ultimately result in a move toward a more open source form of book selling. I would not want to be in the position of trying to sell a book on Amazon that contained thorough investigative reporting on U.S. government secrets or corruption. One call from Joseph Lieberman could shut everything down for my book.
The important thing about the Wikileaks is that they change journalism. They open a deep wound in the side of government that bleeds secrets, incompetence and corruption. The wound will continue to bleed because there will always be someone willing to leak the information. It’s simple human nature. There will always be a place to send that information and there will always be journalists to sift through it and print it for us to read. If this Wikileaks is killed, another will pop up.
Wikileaks is nothing more than a reporter sitting at a desk answering the phone and taking notes from a confidential source. Wikileaks is a reporter. President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have openly declared themselves to be extremely dangerous enemies of a free press. They have already begun threatening university students who try to download or link to the Wikileaks data (the data is here, by the way). They will stop at nothing to end Wikileaks. We should be prepared for this. They will stop at absolutely nothing. Just wait for the leak. Then you’ll know.
Here’s an excellent article by John Naughton at the Guardian Newspaper about how governments now must either live with open access to information or try to shut down the net.
Wikileaks.org today released 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables that have apparently caused grave concern in Western governments. The documents have already revealed that the U.S. has been spying on the United Nations Secretary General. Also, Wikileaks is currently under a massive cyber attack that began early Sunday morning. We can easily guess who is behind that.
The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper has been given the document release files by Wikileaks. You can go and explore the database here.
The U.S. government has stated that the release of the documents is illegal. I beg to differ. It is information that people need to know about their elected leaders. On the basis of this information we can begin to get rid of government officials who turn out to be little more than gangsters. It may be time to realize that the release of information about the backroom dealings of Western governments and their diplomat/spies is a long overdue protection and counterbalance against criminal activities by government officials up to and including the President of the United States.
And in case you didn’t realize it, this is why President Obama wants an ’emergency’ switch to shut down the Internet in the U.S.
Hey world, enjoy the data!
Extremely graphic video that shows killing:
WikiLeaks, an organization that releases whistle-blower information, has released a 2007 video that appears to be part of a U.S. military cover-up. It shows U.S. Apache helicopter gunship crews shooting a group of men on a sidewalk that included two Reuters journalists. They also kill innocent people who arrive to help the wounded, seriously injuring two small children in the process. We can hear the helicopter gun crews begging for clearance to fire on people who are simply talking on a street corner. After killing most of them, they then beg for permission to kill a man who stops his van to render assistance to a victim (one of the journalists, in fact) who is crawling on the sidewalk. Even if the soldiers thought the van was in fact trying to rescue wounded insurgents, so what? Since when and under what rules of war are medical personnel or rescuers fired upon and killed for helping the wounded? That’s a war crime.
I cannot see anything on this video that would give any sane and rational person the slightest motive for firing a weapon. It is clear and simple murder.
After seeing this video, I think it would have been perfectly justifiable for anyone, including an American, to have taken these helicopters down. This makes one wonder just how many attacks against American troops might actually be perfectly justifiable self-defense. The idea that money I’ve earned actually goes into the pockets of murderous military personnel like this crew is hard to accept. What’s really frightening is how widespread these bad soldiers must be in our military. After all, these gunship crews are supposed to be the cream of the crop. These soldiers should not want to live with what they did.
I think everyone should show this video on every web site in the U.S. And we should find the men in these helicopters and on the radios and charge them with murder. If this is how we are fighting our wars, I want no part of it.