Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wikileaks & Other Acts of Patriotism

Raw Story informs today that online retailing giant Amazon has dropped Wikileaks from its servers. The conduit for this information was that despicable slug Senator Joe Lieberman who said that Wikileaks' "illegal, outrageous, and reckless acts have compromised our national security and put lives at risk around the world." He also said he would be questioning Amazon about the "extent of its relationship" with Wikileaks.

OK, boys and girls, what we have here is a typical American story. A corporation, under threat from a senator--or could be a congressman--folds immediately. I have to observe that the extent of the attacks on Wikileaks for its posting of classified diplomatic cables have been extraordinary. None other than Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced the leaks as an attack on both America and the international community.

Let me just say this. I worked for the federal government for my whole working life, the last half of it surrounded by classified materials. I had a top secret clearance that allowed me access to even to the "purple" stuff where I worked. Way up there stuff. But you know what? Ninety percent of the classified information I saw didn't need classification. Hell, some of it you could read in the newspapers, the Net, or magazines. This country has too many secrets Way, way too many. What they do for the most part is protect people's asses and hide nefarious deeds from the American people so they don't know what's being done in their name and with their money.

So, hail to Wikileaks and everybody like them. They are performing a public service. The world turns on lies. The more of them that are exposed, the better. That's what leaks are really doing. Showing what's going on behind the public lies.
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