Posts tagged: Assange
Good morning, Netizens…
Are you one of the unfortunates that cannot decide where you stand on Julian Assange and his WikiLeaks organization? Like a pigeon sitting astride a skinny telephone line in a stiff windstorm do you find yourself swaying first one direction, then another, constantly fighting for balance against the forces of nature?
Perhaps it is time to go to the following web site and read what appears to be pretty much the unexpurgated history of WikiLeaks, how it got started and why. The four videos are, at times, compelling. It contains, among other things, one of the videos of civilian casualties in Iraq that appears to clearly define the parts of the war that our leaders never wanted us to see or hear, which is perhaps why they are so eager to nail Assange to the cross of public opinion.
If nothing else, the quotation, “democracy without transparency is just a word (and not democracy at all) rings very true to me. If some military man strode up to me and demanded I would give them justification for firing upon a van containing children from a helicopter, I would hope I would have the guts to, as WikiLeaks has done, simply expose the truth. War is ugly, but in our country, nothing says I have to support war or those faceless individuals who wage it.
Good evening, Netizens…
There are a lot of very important people from around the world who would like to get their hands on Australian Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, right now. Depending upon where you hear it, Assange is either a criminal suitable for the nearest federal prison or else a leading candidate for Time Magazine’s Man of the Year.
Unlike the Afghanistan war logs which were released in July, setting the entire world to buzzing like a nest full of angry bees, with their tales of killed civilians, dead children, confused soldiers, and mounting chaos, the latest release of U.S. Embassy cables are not at all what most are saying.
They are not, as Hillary Clinton has stated, “an attack on America’s foreign policy interests that has endangered innocent people.” Nor are they, as the Italian foreign minster has stated, “the September 11 of world diplomacy. It seems the diplomat wagon train are circling the wagons in denial.
Incredible as it might seem, I have been unable to locate any proof these cables are “top secret”, because several million government employees are cleared to see them. In fact, according to several sources, 500,000 government employees have access to the Secret Internet Protocol Network (SIPRnet) where the cables are stored. I cannot fathom how or why, given the encryption capabilities we as citizens have at our disposal, are not better-protected, but that horse is already out of the barn, I fear.
What makes these cables so important in the face of history is that they once more lift up our collective eyesight to the $2.8 billion dollars a week America is spending on the War in Afghanistan, the number of lives that have been lost thus far and the ongoing erosion of our national security. They open up the blinds so we can clearly see President Karzai who has pardoned drug dealers. Perhaps that is because his half-brother is a corrupt drug dealer. The former vice-president of Afghanistan was stopped in Dubai carrying $52 million in cash which he was allowed to keep. No questions asked.
There is a lot of ugliness which Assange has already exposed, and he has promised that more releases are forthcoming. Just for once it is nice to hear the unexpurgated truth about where our nation stands in the world. Do intelligence forces in Pakistan, for example, have a close relationship with our sworn enemies, the Taliban?
When we begin answering these and other questions, suddenly the worth and value of the WikiLeaks releases take on a whole new sense of importance. Of course your opinions may differ.