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The moral standards of WikiLeaks critics - Glenn Greenwald

The moral standards of WikiLeaks critics - Glenn Greenwald
The WikiLeaks disclosure has revealed not only numerous government secrets, but also the driving mentality of major factions in our political and media class. Simply put, there are few countries in the world with citizenries and especially media outlets more devoted to serving, protecting and venerating government authorities than the U.S. Indeed, I don’t quite recall any entity producing as much bipartisan contempt across the American political spectrum as WikiLeaks has: as usual, for authoritarian minds, those who expose secrets are far more hated than those in power who commit heinous acts using secrecy as their principal weapon. The way in which so many political commentators so routinely and casually call for the eradication of human beings without a shred of due process is nothing short of demented. Those who demand that the U.S. WOLF BLITZER, HOST: Brooke, thanks very much. In sum, I seriously question the judgment of anyone who — in the face of the orgies of secrecy the U.S. Related:  Free Speech

Military Bans Disks, Threatens Courts-Martial to Stop New Leaks | Danger Room It’s too late to stop WikiLeaks from publishing thousands more classified documents, nabbed from the Pentagon’s secret network. But the U.S. military is telling its troops to stop using CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and every other form of removable media — or risk a court martial. Maj. “Unauthorized data transfers routinely occur on classified networks using removable media and are a method the insider threat uses to exploit classified information. It’s one of a number of moves the Defense Department is making to prevent further disclosures of secret information in the wake of the WikiLeaks document dumps. To stop that from happening again, an August internal review suggested that the Pentagon disable all classified computers’ ability to write to removable media. One military source who works on these networks says it will make the job harder; classified computers are often disconnected from the network, or are in low-bandwidth areas. Photo: USAF See Also:

U.S. State Department Hilariously Announces ‘World Press Freedom Day’ LOL9:51 pm December 7, 2010 The United States, which is currently engaged in a complete war against some weird guy with a website, is going to host “World Press Freedom Day,” the Department of State announced today. They’re all especially excited about protecting the flow of digital news, which is why Washington is “concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information.” LOL. From the official announcement: The theme for next year’s commemoration will be 21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers. [U.S. Hola wonkerados. To improve site performance, we did a thing. Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear.

How Many Lives Will WikiLeaks Save? August 18, 2010 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. If independent-minded Web sites, like WikiLeaks or, say,, existed 43 years ago, I might have risen to the occasion and helped save the lives of some 25,000 U.S. soldiers, and a million Vietnamese, by exposing the lies contained in just one SECRET/EYES ONLY cable from Saigon. I need to speak out now because I have been sickened watching the herculean effort by Official Washington and our Fawning Corporate Media (FCM) to divert attention from the violence and deceit in Afghanistan, reflected in thousands of U.S. After all the indiscriminate death and destruction from nearly nine years of war, the hypocrisy is all too transparent when WikiLeaks and suspected leaker Manning are accused of risking lives by exposing too much truth. Besides, I still have a guilty conscience for what I chose NOT to do in exposing facts about the Vietnam War that might have saved lives.

WikiLeaks just made the world more repressive I am an aid worker, the kind who rants about transparency, open governments and reforming the United Nations. But, I used to be a diplomat and I used to write secret cables, like the ones being released by WikiLeaks. And I said some very frank and nasty things in those cables. Why? Allow me to illustrate with an example. When we sent the reporting cables back to the Department of Foreign Affairs, they were secret for a reason. The third most common topic in the WikiLeaks cables is human rights, with American diplomats doing the same thing we were trying to do in Indonesia: Make the world a little better. That's hard to swallow for the cyber mob that is celebrating the embarrassment being inflicted on the U.S. government this week. It's not just the militant activist in Guelph, Ont., reading the cables. Ironically, WikiLeaks is inflicting the same collateral damage it so loudly abhors.

Will Internet censorship bill be pushed through lame-duck Congress? | Raw Story By Daniel TencerSunday, November 14, 2010 12:37 EDT A bill giving the government the power to shut down Web sites that host materials that infringe copyright is making its way quietly through the lame-duck session of Congress, raising the ire of free-speech groups and prompting a group of academics to lobby against the effort. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) was introduced in Congress this fall by Sen. Critics say the bill is both a giveaway to the movie and recording industries and a step towards widespread and unaccountable censorship of the Internet. Opponents note that the powers given the government under the bill are very broad. Activist group DemandProgress, which is running a petition against the bill, argues the powers in the bill could be used for political purposes. A group of academics, led by Temple University law professor David Post, have signed a petition opposing COICA. The bill is “awful on many fronts,” he wrote at Volokh Conspiracy.

Wikileaks, Antipolitics, and the Post Modern State Talking-point politics, taken for political discourse is delusion. It's akin to the cunning nature of chatter in the mind of a neurotic. It masquerades itself as thinking. I will not offer the reader a well-intentioned flag to die under. If I were asked who the most relevant and important voices in post-modern political thought are, I would say former Eastern European dissidents. If the success or failure of ‘antipolitics’ is predicated on the ‘antipoliticians’ ownership of power – in other words, that to be successful, or live successfully or justly, I have to be the subject of a just regime - or more truthfully the ruler himself, then clearly 'antipolitics', a term I might add the 'antipoliticians' rejected, were failures; just as Socrates would have also been, since he was executed by the Athenian regime. 'Antipoliticians,' are not interested in being, "masters over others for the sake of averting harm." Some critics probably consider this position childish. Sources:

The cables and the damage done For people who value freedom and truth, what's not to applaud about WikiLeaks? Certainly in Australia, the cablegate saga – and its local offshoot – has unlocked a tide of libertarian righteousness. Throughout the media and much of civil society, there's a thrill of surprise at the unsaintly ways and words of diplomacy, a frisson of satisfaction at seeing the powerful humbled and exposed, and a current of outrage on behalf of Julian Assange. All this is muddled with some less noble impulses, including the voyeuristic buzz of reading a lot of other people's mail. And if your business is to sell newspapers, there is also the rare joy of finding a new lease on relevance and profit. But beyond the melodrama and moralising, what matters are the consequences. Bad for diplomacy and international cooperation: More than ever, most of the world's problems demand cooperative responses. Restrictions on providing sensitive information to the media and the public could well be tightened.

75-Year Prison Sentence for Taping the Police? The Absurd Laws That Criminalize Audio and Video Recording in America January 27, 2011 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Last January, Michael Allison, a 41-year-old mechanic from Bridgeport, Illinois, went to court to protest what he saw as unfair treatment from local police officers. Allison is an auto enthusiast who likes to tinker with cars, several of which he keeps on his mother's property in the neighboring town of Robinson. Allison sued the city of Bridgeport in 2007, arguing that the eyesore law violated his civil rights and that the city was merely trying to bilk revenues from impound fees. Shortly before his January 2010 court date, Allison requested a court reporter for the hearing, making it clear to the county clerk that if one was not present he would record the proceedings himself. With the request for a court reporter denied, Allison made good on his promise to bring his own audio recorder with him to the courthouse.