What Is The Government Hiding By Blocking Wikileaks?

Back on July 30th, 2010 F.A.I.R. (Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting posted an article titled: “Wikileaks and the U. S. Press Media resistance to exposure of government secrets“. Unfortunately what we should have learned about the bad actors and bad activities that created a need for Daniel Ellsberg’s release of “The Pentagon Papers” seem to have been lost. We ignored history so it’s repeating itself.

How ironic that at the same time The Center for Public Integrity is reporting that there is a “Whistleblower Bill Close to Winning Senate Approval“, there are some Senators and Congressmen clamoring for prosecution of the persons who leaked or even those who publish the information from Wikileaks that should never have been marked “classified” in thre first place. The bill does not provide protection for disclosure of classified information, but the First Amendment and precedent do. What these documents reveal is that the documents were classified to prevent the public from finding out any information about wrongdoing or that was embarrassing, and that their being marked “classified” was generally not for reasons of security at all. Rather, it was “national security” being used as a cover to hide bad acts.

Succumbing to pressure from right wing political hacks like Joe Lieberman (see Dec. 2nd Salon article by Glenn Greenwald titled: “Joe Lieberman emulates Chinese dictators“), the U.S. internet hosting provider for Wikileaks website appears to have taken Wikileaks offline at least temporarily utilizing what Julian Assange was quoted in The guardian.co.uk as calling the “privatisation of state censorship”. According to the article there is, temporarily at least, a “new Germany-based Wikileaks domain - wikileaks.dd19.de -

In a followup to an article titled “Wikileaks - News and Background | American Civil Liberties Union“, the ACLU notes that “Prosecuting Wikileaks For Publishing Documents Would Raise Serious Constitutional Concerns“.

The Nation reports in an article titled Wikileaks vs. Empire” that “leading US human rights lawyers Leonard Weinglass and Michael Ratner have joined the defense team for Julian Assange and Wikileaks.”

Some of Democracy Now’s headlines on December 3rd, 2010 included the following: “State Department. Bars Staffers from Wikileaks, Warns Students“, “Attorney: Assange Accused for Not Wearing Condom During Consensual Intercourse“, “CIA Engineered Spying on U.N. Diplomats“,and “Law Enforcement Agencies Conduct “Real=Time Spying Without Court Orders“. Earlier headlines included articles like “Wikileaks Cables Reveal U.S. Tried to Thwart Probes of Gitmo Torture and CIA Rendition“, and the Nov 30th article “We Have Not Seen Anything Yet”: Guardian Editor Says Most Startling Wikileaks Cables Still to be Released“.

Unfortunately, here in the U.S., even some supposedly “liberal” publications such as Mother Jones in articles like the one written by Kevin Drum titled “The Wikileaks Charade” miss the point that the exposure of officially sanctioned wrongdoing in the furtherance of war and torture needs to be exposed and not covered up utilizing the feigned rubric of “national security”.

The Nation posted a video of the Democracy Now! round-table discussion with Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and The Nation’s Greg Mitchell on the Wikileaks Document Dump. The article quotes Daniel Ellsberg reminding viewers that “not one single soldier or informant has been in danger from any of the Wikileaks releases…. That risk has been largely overblown.”

UPDATE:

There are, unfortunately, just not enough journalists like Salon.com columnist Glenn Greenwald (writing about the subjects of “The media’s authoritarianism and Wikileaks) and Naomi Wolf, (blogging about the “Espionage Act: How the Government Can Engage in Serious Aggression Against the People of the United States“) to be a good counterweight to the authoritarian bias of the mainstream media. Naomi has been warning of the direction we are headed for some time, having written the article “Fascist America, in 10 easy steps” in The Guardian back on April 24, 2007. The problem is that not enough people are hearing the message and we are sliding in that Fascist direction fast.

I strongly suspect that the recent slanderous attacks against Naomi Wolf recently have been made in an attempt to silence her and others writing about the direction our government had been/is headed in and to divert our attention from the way our liberty is being stripped away from us.

Quoting from the Wikipedia pages on Naomi Wolf’s book


The End of America


In The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, Wolf takes a historical look at the rise of Fascism, outlining the 10 steps necessary for a Fascistic gruop (or government) to destroy the democratic character of a nation-state and subvert the social/political liberty previously excercised by its citizens:
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
2. Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
3. Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system.
5. Harass citizens’ groups
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
7. Target key individuals.
8. Control the press.
9. Treat all political dissidents as traitors.
10. Suspend the rule of law. [27]

The book details how this pattern was implemented in Nazi Germany,
Fascist Italy, and elsewhere, and analyzes its emergence and application in American political affairs since the September 11 attacks. [28] [29]

Watch this YouTube video: Talk - Naomi Wolf - the End of America - Letter of Warning To A Young Patriot (47:47 on the subject of how, historically, democracies have been turned into oppressive dictatorships).


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3 Responses to “What Is The Government Hiding By Blocking Wikileaks?”

  1. Panty Buns Says:

    If you see or hear your Senator or Congressman engaging in demagoguery on the subjects of Julian Assange, Wikileaks, and the publications that publish the information, stop and ask yourself this: What knowledge or role might that Senator or Congressman have had in authorizing or at least looking the other way with respect to the misdeeds they are seeking to keep covered up?

  2. Panty Buns Says:

    For more on the censorship of Wikileaks see the Dec 3rd, 2010 Salon.com article by Dan Gillmor titled: “Online, the censors are scoring big wins“. There was also an article in the Electronic Frontier Foundation blog co-authored by Rainey Reitman and Marcia Hofmann titled: “Amazon and WikiLeaks - Online Speech is Only as Strong as the Weakest Intermediary“.

  3. Panty Buns Says:

    There are three updates to the December 12, 2010 article in Salon.com by Glenn Greenwald titled: “The media’s authoritarianism and WikiLeaks“. He wrote another article at Salon.com titled: Attempts to prosecute WikiLeaks endanger press freedoms on Dec. 14th, 2010 that is well worth reading.