Sunday, December 19, 2010
I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF THEM.
DANIEL ELLSBERG MARCHED WITH THESE VETERANS...WHO WERE MARCHING IN BITTER COLD IN WASHINGTON, D.C., PROTESTING THE ENDLESS WARS AND EXPECTING TO BE ARRESTED FOR DOING SO. IT SADDENED ME TO SEE THESE PEACEFUL VETERANS ASKING TO BE ARRESTED TO MAKE THEIR POINT--AND THE POLICE SILENTLY CARRYING THEM OFF.
YES, THEY PUT THEIR BODIES ON THE LINE -- VETS LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING ARRESTED --IN ORDER TO BRING HOPE FOR PEACE!
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
VETERAN CHRIS HEDGES SPOKE POWERFULLY.
SO DID OTHERS, SUCH AS THIS VETERAN, WHO WAS ARRESTED SHORTLY AFTER HE WAS FILMED -- A MAN WHO WAS SIMPLY STANDING THERE, SPEAKING TO THE CAMERAS. HERE'S WHAT HE SAID:
"THERE WAS NOTHING GOOD,NOBLE OR TRUE ABOUT THAT WAR...I DID MY JOB...AND I KNEW THAT THOSE WERE JUST PEOPLE TRYING TO DEFEND THEIR HOMES...YOU CAN'T LIVE KNOWING THAT YOU TOOK HUMAN LIFE AND NOT COME BACK AND TRY CHANGING THE SYSTEM THAT [PUT YOU THERE.].
"HOPE DEMANDS FOR OTHERS WHAT WE DEMAND FOR OURSELVES...HOPE IS NOT FOR THE PRACTICAL...THE CYNICS...THE DEFEATED...THE FEARFUL...HOPE IS WHAT THIS CORPORATE STATE IS DETERMINED TO CRUSH...BUY OUR PRODUCTS---WITHOUT THEM, YOU ARE WORTHLESS...ABOVE ALL,DO NOT THINK--OBEY!"
"THEY SAY....THESE WARS ARE PROTECTING AMERICAN CITIZENS...A BIG LIE...BY CREATING UNIVERSAL HOSTILITY TO US IN THE MUSLIM WORLD, [OBAMA] IS RECRUITING ALQUAEDA AND GIVING COMFORT TO THE ENEMY...."
CONCERNING THE UTTER FAILURE OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT TO RESPOND TO THE PEOPLE, TO THEIR NEEDS, AND TO THEIR DESIRE TO STOP WAGING ENDLESS WARS, ONE VETERAN SAID "THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE TRIED TO GET ARRESTED...BECAUSE IT'S ALL WE HAVE LEFT AT THIS POINT...IF WE DON'T DO THIS,WE DIE...THIS IS ALL THAT'S LEFT OF HOPE IN THIS COUNTRY..."
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
BRADLEY MANNING HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR PROVIDING SECRET MATERIAL TO WIKILEAKS. HAS HE REALLY DONE SUCH GREAT DAMAGE? MUST WE ALWAYS WAIT 75 YEARS BEFORE LEARNING HOW COUNTRIES GET INTO - OR OUT OF -- PERILOUS OR BAD SITUATIONS?
WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT TRANSPARENCY?
I'VE NEVER SEEN SECRET MEETINGS RUN BY CITY COUNCILS BODE WELL FOR ORDINARY DENIZENS.
ALL KINDS OF SKULLDUGGERY OCCURS BEHIND THOSE CLOSED DOORS. I WAS A NEWSPAPER REPORTER FOR FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND KNOW WHEREOF I SPEAK: SECRECY ALLOWS EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY WITH SOMETHING THEY COULDN'T GET AWAY WITH RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN.
CLOSED DOORS SEEMS BUSINESS AS USUAL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE MEDIA IS GIVEN BITS AND PIECES.
INSTEAD OF PRAISING WIKILEAKS FOR ITS WORK IN REVEALING WHAT HAS NOT BEEN MADE PUBLIC, THE MEDIA, OWNED NOW BY ONLY A FEW COMPANIES, AND FEARING BEING LOCKED OUT OF THE REGULATED NEWS-FEEDING SESSIONS WHERE CAREFULLY-SELECTED SCRAPS OF INFORMATION (SOME OF IT UNTRUE) ARE THROWN TO THEM, TO GIVE TO THE PUBLIC,CONTINUES ITS DANCE OF APPEASAL: ASSANGE IS STILL BEING DESCRIBED AS BEING HELD IN JAIL ON 'RAPE' CHARGES --THESE WORDS USED TODAY BY CNN -- WHEN ALL EUROPE KNOWS THAT NO SUCH CHARGES HAVE BEEN BROUGHT AGAINST ASSANGE. CNN'S USE OF SUCH WORDS BRANDS ITS REPORTAGE, IN EUROPEAN EYES, AS RAMPANTLY PREJUDICED.
BUT CNN IS JUST MIMICKING WHAT OTHER US-BASED NEWS OUTLETS ARE REPORTING.
AS FOR BRADLEY MANNING, HIS CONSCIENCE PROVOKED HIS ACTIONS. HE DIDN'T GIVE U.S. INFORMATION TO ENEMIES. HE GAVE U.S. INFORMATION TO THE WHOLE WORLD -- AND INFORMATION FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WAS ALSO RELEASED, OFFERING ORDINARY CITIZENS A CHANCE TO LOOK AT WHAT THEIR DIPLOMATS ARE UP TO. GOD KNOWS WHEN WE'LL EVER SEE SUCH MATERIAL AGAIN.
IN RON PAUL'S WORDS, “When presented with embarrassing disclosures about U.S. spying and meddling, the policy that requires so much spying and meddling is not questioned...Instead the media focuses on how authorities might prosecute the publishers of such information.”
THE WASHINGTON POST, MEANWHILE,HAS NOTICED THAT SOME RATIONALITY IS BEGINNING TO COME INTO PLAY, EVEN AS ACTION TO RELEASE ASSANGE ON (A RIDICULOUSLY HIGH) BAIL IS NOW IN THE WORKS.
THE WASHINGTON POST
Posted at 3:23 PM ET, 12/13/2010
WikiLeaks’s Assange gains influential defenders
By Jeff Stein
The predominant consensus in official Washington that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should eventually stand trial here on espionage charges is not likely to change anytime soon. But three influential voices are now saying publicly what many others say privately: that blame should be focused on leakers, not Assange, who after all was merely the middleman for the handful of newspapers and magazines that were given first crack at classified military and diplomatic documents.
On Friday Jack L. Goldsmith, “widely considered one of the brightest stars in the conservative legal firmament” when he joined the Bush administration Justice Department in 2003, according to a typical assessment, wrote that he found himself “agreeing with those who think Assange is being unduly vilified.”
“I certainly do not support or like his disclosure of secrets that harm U.S. national security or foreign policy interests,” Goldsmith wrote on the Lawfare blog. “But as all the hand-wringing over the 1917 Espionage Act shows, it is not obvious what law he has violated. It is also important to remember, to paraphrase Justice Stewart in the Pentagon Papers, that the responsibility for these disclosures lies firmly with the institution empowered to keep them secret: the Executive branch.”
Goldsmith called the government “unconscionably lax in allowing Bradley Manning,” an Army private arrested on suspicion of giving WikiLeaks Afghan and Iraq war documents last summer, “to have access to all these secrets and to exfiltrate them so easily.”
“I do not understand why so much ire is directed at Assange and so little at the New York Times,” continued Goldsmith, who resigned from the Justice Department after only nine months on the job because he disagreed with its legal rationalizations for waterboarding and other counter-terrorism tactics.
Goldsmith's remarks came only a few days after libertarian standard-bearer Rep. Ron Paul virtually celebrated WikiLeaks for exposing America's “delusional foreign policy.”
“When presented with embarrassing disclosures about U.S. spying and meddling, the policy that requires so much spying and meddling is not questioned,” said the nominal Texas Republican, denouncing calls for prosecuting Assange. “Instead the media focuses on how authorities might prosecute the publishers of such information.”
On Monday influential Harvard political scientist Stephen M. Walt endorsed Goldsmith’s views, asking whether The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward shouldn’t be prosecuted for publishing secrets if Assange was.
"I keep thinking about the Wikileaks affair,” Walt wrote for NPR’s Web site, “and I keep seeing the double-standards multiplying. Given how frequently government officials leak classified information in order to make themselves look good, box in their bureaucratic rivals, or tie the President's hands, it seems a little disingenuous of them to be so upset by Assange's activities.”
By Jeff Stein | December 13, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories: Media, Military | Tags: Jack L.Goldsmith, Ron Paul, Stephen M. Walt
Sunday, December 12, 2010
This colorful locust is not quite able to fly yet. When it will, it will join a horde of similar insects to form a ruthless, destroying mass. It was once just a grasshopper.
Today, Wikileaks leader Julian Assange sits in solitary confinement in a London prison "for his own safety" --and also outside of the view of the public. He has been refused a laptop computer and access to information to help him plead his case. Described as "in hiding" when almost everyone who's anyone knew exactly where Assange was staying, the international community was told that Assange was being sought for rape and other sex crimes, and oh, by the way, the US government would like to execute him for revealing state secrets. But Assange offered himself up for arrest as soon as he was presented with the order to do so. And his "rape" and "sex crimes" involved two honeypot lovelies who complained about sex without a condom and a broken condom being used --indeed, the ladies on the nights when these "crimes" occurred never uttered so much as a syllable against Assange. The media AND the police are, indeed, much to be feared these days.
I have seen, to my shock, how a newsgroup has state, as if it's all proven-and-true, that I 'concocted' what happened between myself and Lee Harvey Oswald. Every single person making these negative statements failed to ever meet or speak to me. Reading how Assange was described as a "rapist" for months, and that he was the subject of an "international manhunt" when I, myself, have friends who told me where he was staying, has exposed to me how lies, offered as sober facts by those who want someone's blood, can twist the truth and convince many. The sheer weight of an accusation can create doubts forever: is Assange a sex pervert? The fellow was breaking his condom or setting it aside in Sweden, for heaven's sake! Since I live in Sweden half the time myself, I'm aware of what the ordinary Swedish citizen thinks of those "sex crimes." They have told me that they are "ashamed."
We have good reason to fear those who have power to condemn us. They can destroy our lives and reputations. For example, last week an Oschner family member called in to a radio program where Edward T. Haslam was speaking, to declare that I was a schizophrenic. Haslam calmly explained that I'd had a head injury a few years ago and thus had to take a big battery of psychological tests before I could get hired (to teach, etc.). He mentioned how I had passed the MMPI II, for example,and that he had read the test results and a psychologists's "all just fine" report. The same epithet was solemnly pronounced upon me by the newsgroup. Though it was answered with the same diagnostic material's result that I was entirely normal psychologically,one person posted the same accusation again on a different newsgroup, where it was accepted without question because nobody who knew the truth was there to share the truth.
The crux was that a lie was delivered, knowingly and maliciously. The sense of outrage, of wanting justice, creates a desire to even the score: "HE is the one who's deranged!" then all hell breaks loose, doesn't it? But if no answer is given, then the lie stands, unchallenged.
Lies and secrecy (posting the lie elsewhere, surreptitiously)create the stuff of war.
The food of the locust can be anything. It feeds upon whatever gives it energy. It does not discriminate: it simply destroys, then moves to a new area and destroys again. Lee Harvey Oswald for some time had few witnesses to defend him. I thank God that I have had the opportunity to stand forth, even if it means my reputation is under attack by "locusts" with an agenda,assisted by their converts.
POLICE AND AUTHORITY
I have great compassion for good police officers.My cousin, David, was a fine police officer. He has a kind heart and a generous spirit. But police make enemies. My cousin had such an enemy, who entered his home and attacked David, slicing into him with a large knife, then slitting open his belly and disemboweling him. David survived the attack but is confined to a wheelchair with spinal damage for the rest of his life.
I hold no grudge against the police. We need champions of law and order. We need protection on dark streets. We need a shoulder to cry on when a tragedy strikes and the police arrive on the scene. We need justice. Police dignify the protection system by treating everyone the same under the law. That is, most of them do.
But there are times when police are called to fulfill distasteful tasks. We see them standing against protesters who simply want to be heard. Sometimes they can become brutal.
Then we see them at their worst. Inside prisons, for example: what happens there, using wardens or police, can be a lesson in how cruel and primitive the human mind can be. Not that I blame any particular individual for what occurs there. Psychological studies have proven that prisoners become targets of aggression all too easily: designated "guards" became unbelievably harsh, despotic and sadistic when allowed free rein against designated "prisoners." And they don't understand why.
(Ref: The Stanford Prison Experiment
As technology advances, it becomes easier to subject prisoners to torture, with few visible effects. In the case shown below, Australian police used their high-tech weapons and brute force against a prisoner. Try not to gag as you read about it:
Aboriginal tasered 14 times
AAP Last updated 20:31 09/12/2010
The release of a "chilling" second video of the tasering of Kevin Spratt will trash Western Australia's reputation for treatment of Aboriginal prisoners, a state MP has declared.
The state's corruption watchdog is inquiring into whether any members of Western Australia Police or the Department of Corrective Services engaged in misconduct during Mr Spratt's repeated tasering while in custody.
The tasering of Mr Spratt at Perth Watch House on August 31, 2008 first came to light with the release of a report by the Corruption and Crime Commission into the use of Taser stun guns in WA.
CCTV footage showed the unarmed and subdued man being tasered 14 times while nine officers surrounded him.
Corruption and Crime Commission commissioner Len Roberts-Smith said the inquiry was triggered by the widespread media exposure, serious public concerns and revelations Mr Spratt had been repeatedly tasered again a week later by corrective services personnel.
The footage of that incident, which occurred on September 6, 2008, was shown for the first time on Thursday after the government had previously refused to make it public.
Seven heavily protected prison officers wearing helmets and carrying batons are shown entering Mr Spratt's prison cell and yelling at Mr Spratt to turn around and lie down.
"If you don't lay down, I'm going to taser you. Turn around and lay down. That's it, I'm not going to ask you again. If I have to ask you again I'm going to taser you," one officers shouts.
After an unarmed Mr Spratt apparently refuses, a prison officer tasers Mr Spratt twice and he is then pinned face down on the floor.
The officers then demand Mr Spratt extend his arms straight out while an officer drives a Taser into the small of his bare back and uses it nine times.
During the ordeal Mr Spratt can be heard talking in native tongue and praying to God.
As the footage was played, Mr Spratt's fiancee, Tayunna Schatkowski, was unable to watch and broke down in tears.
In his opening address, counsel assisting, Peter Quinlan, said on the day after the tasering by the prison officers, Mr Spratt was treated at Royal Perth Hospital.
"Mr Spratt was diagnosed as suffering from at least one, and possibly other fractures of the ribs, a collapse of his lung, his right shoulder was dislocated with a comminuted fracture of the humerus," he said.
"In addition Mr Spratt had multiple superficial cuts and abrasions including several puncture wounds consistent with the use of a Taser in probe mode."
Shadow attorney-general John Quigley said the conduct was disgraceful and would damage WA's reputation.
"The violence was absolutely chilling. Tonight WA's reputation in the way we treat Aboriginal prisoners will be trashed internationally," he told reporters outside the hearing.
"This video depicts disgraceful violence against an Aboriginal prisoner in police custody."
CCTV footage released previously of the first incident in which Mr Spratt was tasered showed him refusing a strip search by sitting on a bench and locking his arms onto the armrests.
"Senior Constable Troy Tomlin said 'Give us your hand or you're going to get f***** tasered, do you understand? Now!' and within seconds deployed a Taser in drive stun mode against Mr Spratt," Mr Quinlan said, describing the footage to the hearing.
"Without warning Senior Constable Tomlin again deployed a Taser in drive stun mode. Sgt Aaron Strahan and Constable Geoffrey Toogood each grabbed one of Mr Spratt's legs."
The hearing will continue on Monday.
THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT
In 1971, psychologist Philip Zimbardo and his colleagues set out to create an experiment that looked at the impact of becoming a prisoner or prison guard. Zimbardo, a former classmate of Stanley Milgram (who is best-known for his famous obedience experiment, was interested in expanding upon Milgram's research. He wanted to further investigate the the impact of situational variables on human behavior.
The question the researchers asked was how would the participants react when placed in a simulated prison environment. "Suppose you had only kids who were normally healthy, psychologically and physically, and they knew they would be going into a prison-like environment and that some of their civil rights would be sacrificed. Would those good people, put in that bad, evil place—would their goodness triumph?" Zimbardo explained in one interview.
The researchers set up a mock prison in the basement of Standford University's psychology building, and then selected 24 undergraduate students to play the roles of both prisoners and guards. The participants were selected from a larger group of 70 volunteers because they had no criminal background, lacked psychological issues and had no major medical conditions. The volunteers agreed to participate for a one- to two-week period in exchange for $15 a day.
The Setting and Procedures
The simulated prison included three six by nine foot prison cells. Each cell held three prisoners and included three cots. Other rooms across from the cells were utilized for the prison guards and warden. One very small space was designated as the solitary confinement room, and yet another small room served as the prison yard.
The 24 volunteers were then randomly assigned to either the prisoner group or the guard group. Prisoners were to remain in the mock prison 24-hours a day for the duration of the study. Guards, on the other hand, were assigned to work in three-man teams for eight-hour shifts. After each shift, guards were allowed to return to their homes until their next shift. Researchers were able to observe the behavior of the prisoners and guards using hidden cameras and microphones.
Results of the Stanford Prison Experiment
While the Stanford Prison Experiment was originally slated to last 14 days, it had to be stopped after just six days due to what was happening to the student participants. The guards became abusive and the prisoners began to show signs of extreme stress and anxiety.
While the prisoners and guards were allowed to interact in any way they wanted, the interactions were generally hostile or even dehumanizing. The guards began to behave in ways that were aggressive and abusive toward the prisoners, while the prisoners became passive and depressed. Five of the prisoners began to experience such severe negative emotions, including crying and acute anxiety, that they had to be released from the study early.
Even the researchers themselves began to lose sight of the reality of the situation. Zimbardo, who acted as the prison warden, overlooked the abusive behavior of the prison guards until graduate student Christina Maslach voiced objections to the conditions in the simulated prison and the morality of continuing the experiment.
"Only a few people were able to resist the situational temptations to yield to power and dominance while maintaining some semblance of morality and decency; obviously I was not among that noble class," Zimbardo later wrote in his book The Lucifer Effect.
What Do the Results of the Stanford Prison Experiment Mean?
According to Zimbardo and his colleagues, the Stanford Prison Experiment demonstrates the powerful role that the situation can play in human behavior. Because the guards were placed in a position of power, they began to behave in ways they would not normally act in their everyday lives or in other situations. The prisoners, placed in a situation where they had no real control, became passive and depressed.
Criticisms of the Stanford Prison Experiment
The Stanford Prison Experiment is frequently cited as an example of unethical research. The experiment could not be replicated by researchers today because it fails to meet the standards established by numerous ethical codes, including the Ethics Code of the American Psychological Association. Zimbardo acknowledges the ethical problems with the study, suggesting that "although we ended the study a week earlier than planned, we did not end it soon enough."
Other critics suggest that the study lacks generalizability due to a variety of factors. The unrepresentative sample of participants (mostly white and middle class males) makes it difficult to apply the results to a wider population.
The study is also criticized for its lack of ecological validity. While the researchers did their best to recreate a prison setting, it is simply not possible to perfectly mimic all of the environmental and situational variables of prison life.
Despite some of the criticism, the Stanford Prison Experiment remains an important study in our understanding of how the situation can influence human behavior. The study recently garnered attention after reports of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses in Iraq became known. Many people, including Zimbardo himself, suggest that the abuses at Abu Ghraib might be real-world examples of the same results observed in Zimbardo's experiment.
Interview with Philip Zimbardo. The Believer. Found online at http://www.believermag.com/issues/200909/?read=interview_zimbardo
O'Toole, K. (1997, Jan. 8). The Stanford Prison Experiment: Still powerful after all these years. The
A FINAL COMMENT:
HOW WE TREAT OTHER HUMAN BEINGS HAS A TREMENDOUS IMPACT ON THEM-- AND ON US. WHAT I CALL "THE BEEHIVE SOCIETY" AND "THE LOCUST SYNDROME" INFLUENCE INDIVIDUAL HUMAN BEINGS TO ACT DIFFERENTLY WHEN THEY ARE IN 'PACK' SITUATIONS. NOTE HOW ARMIES ARE COMPOSED OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO MARCH, FIRE WEAPONS AND OBEY ORDERS WITHOUT QUESTION FOR GREATER KILLING AND DEFENSE EFFICIENCY.
HOW PEOPLE ACT WHEN THEY HAVE TOTAL POWER IS DIFFERENT FROM HOW THEY ACT WHEN THEY DO NOT HAVE TOTAL POWER. AN INCREASE IN NUMBERS IS THE SOLE REASON WHY POLICEMEN OR SOLDIERS STANDING ARMED AGAINST A BIG CROWD WILL LARGELY ACT THE SAME: AS A KIND OF ROBOT.
THE CREATION AND EXPLOITATION OF HUMAN-BEINGS-NOW-VIRTUAL-ROBOTS IS WHAT ARMIES ARE ALL ABOUT.
SECRECY IS THE ULTIMATE CAUSE OF WAR, BUT ACTIONS BASED ON LIES CREATED DUE TO SECRECY CAUSE THE BEEHIVE SOCIETY REACTION, WHERE THE LOCUST SYNDROME --THE MASSING OF ARMIES OR OF HUGE MOBS BENT ON DESTRUCTION -- LEADS TO MASSIVE DEATH AND UNBELIEVABLE SUFFERING. ONLY EXHAUSTION OF THE LOCUST SYNDROME'S PHYSICAL NUMBERS STOPS MASSIVE OVERT WAR, WHICH THEN EITHER ENDS, OR TURNS INTO GUERRILLA WARFARE WHERE THE LOCUST APPROACH CAN NEVER WIN. AS LONG AS THE LOCUST NUMBERS REMAIN, WAR CONTINUES EVEN IF ONLY GUERRILLA RESPONSES REMAIN. SUCH A SITUATION CAN LAST FOR GENERATIONS. ONLY BY WITHDRAWING THE LOCUST MASS CAN THE WAR CEASE, THOUGH A GUERRILLA PRESENCE CAN THEN OVERWHELM THE CIVILIAN POPULATION.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
WIKILEAKS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH: ARE THE PEOPLE BEING MANIPULATED?
THE EFFORT TO CRUSH WIKILEAKS:
CENSORSHIP – OVERT AND COVERT
INTIMIDATION AND HARASSMENT
RECYCLING OLD, NEGATIVE NEWS
APPARENTLY. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SILENT, IGNORANT SHEEPLE WHO NEVER, EVER, SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SEE WHAT OUR LEADERS HAVE DECIDED TO DO REGARDING OUR LOVED ONES SENT TO WAR. SECRECY IS BEING DEFENDED. LET ME REMIND YOU THAT SECRETS ARE THE STUFF OF WAR.
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS HAVE NOW VIEWED "COLLATERAL MURDERS"...THE YOUTUBE VIDEO RELEASED BY WIKILEAKS...
A VAN SUPPOSEDLY DROPPED OFF THESE MEN....YOU CAN HEAR A DESCRIPTION AFTER THEY'RE ALL DEAD THAT THESE PEOPLE WERE FIRING WEAPONS...YOU CAN SEE THAT THEY HAD GATHERED OPENLY IN FRONT OF A BUILDING.
THE REPORT AT THE SITE SAID AN ESTIMATED "20" MEN WERE PRESENT -- TURNED OUT TO BE 8 --SOME THREE PERSONS WERE CARRYING ITEMS IDENTIFIED AS WEAPONS...THE OTHERS WERE CARRYING NOTHING....THEY WERE ORIGINALLY REPORTED TO BE ON THE ROOF OF THE BUILDING, AS IF THEY WERE SNIPERS...LATER, AFTER THEY ARE DEAD, THEY ARE DESCRIBED AS "ON THE GROUND."
...THE MEN ARE ALL SHOT TO DEATH, EVEN THOUGH MOST WERE UNARMED, AND IT WAS NOT CLEAR THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY ARMED AT ALL.
WHEN A BLACK VAN COMES TO PICK UP THE BODIES, THESE PEOPLE ARE ALSO MACHINE-GUNNED DOWN AS THEY ATTEMPT TO RESCUE A SINGLE PERSON WHO WAS TRYING TO CRAWL AWAY TO SAFETY. A LITTLE GIRL, SHOT IN THE BELLY, IS FOUND INSIDE THE VAN. REPEATED PLEAS TO TAKE HER TO A HOSPITAL ARE NOT ANSWERED FOR SOME TIME. THE SINGLE VOICE OF COMPASSION REGARDING THE LITTLE GIRL WAS THAT OF A SOLDIER--WISH WE KNEW HIS NAME AND COULD HONOR HM.
OF CONCERN TO ME ARE THE STATEMENTS OF SATISFACTION MADE BY THESE MEN. "COME ON--FIRE!" "WE GOT ONE GUY CRAWLIN' AROUND DOWN THERE..." (THEY SHOOT HIM)... "NICE!"
NOW READ THE LISTINGS ON THE INTERNET, CONCERNING WIKILEAKS, BEGINNING WITH OLDER ONES AND PROGRESSING TO TODAY, NOV. 28, 2010.
I'VE PLACED NEGATIVE REPORTS IN RED, POSITIVE ONES IN GREEN.
YOU WILL SEE FALSE REPORTS, ATTEMPTS TO ARREST THE WIKILEAKS FOUNDER, AND CENSORSHIP ORDERS FOR OUR SOLDIERS, WHO APPARENTLY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION THAT THEIR ENEMIES NOW HAVE.
IF YOU ARE ALERT, YOU WILL SEE -- AND REMEMBER -- JUST WHO IN THE MEDIA CAN BE TRUSTED, WHO CANNOT, AND IF THERE IS, INDEED, ANYBODY LEFT THAT YOU CAN TRUST IN MEDIA TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH. IF THEY ATTACK WIKILEAKS, YOU CAN BE CERTAIN THAT VOICE IS NOT TO BE TRUSTED. WHY? I REPEAT: SECRETS ARE THE SUFF OF WAR. THE ONLY WAY WARS WILL END IS WHEN WE HAVE RANSPARENCY, NEGOTIATIONS, HONES DIPLOMACY, AND AN END TO POLITICAL CORRUPTION (FAT CHANCE OF THAT!).
6 Apr 2010 ... They're part of his persona as the elusive yet single-minded public face of WikiLeaks, the website that dubs itself the "uncensorable ...
motherjones.com/politics/2010/.../wikileaks-julian-assange-iraq-video - Cached
A court case against a site that helps whistle-blowers disseminate leaked information is dropped.
www.newscientist.com/.../dn13430-wikileaks-website-in-the-clear.html - Cached
27 Nov 2010 ... Wikileaks founder Julian Assange Gets New Arrest Warrant | World … Bradley Manning Support Network - All material on this website is ...
17 Jun 2010 ... Iceland will become a haven for whistleblowers' leaked information following a unanimous vote in the Icelandic parliament to accept a ...
www.computerweekly.com/.../Iceland-to-host-whistleblowers39-site-Wikileaks.htm - Cached
20 Feb 2009 ... Whistleblower website Wikileaks faced a dilemma this week when a list of email addresses for the site's donors was submitted as a leaked ...
www.theregister.co.uk/2009/02/20/wikileaks_donor_leak/ - Cached - Similar
18 Aug 2010 ... Authorities have used their emergency powers to block domestic access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, ...
www.bangkokpost.com/.../thailand-blocks-access-to-wikileaks-website - Cached
18 Feb 2008 ... Wikileaks A wiki website called Wikileaks that let whistle-blowers post documents anonymously has been shut down by a California court the ...
www.bloggersblog.com/cgi-bin/bloggersblog.pl?bblog=218081 - Cached
8 Apr 2010 ... Wikileaks, the online clearing house for documents whose authors would prefer them to stay private, has posted video on its website which it ...
28 Nov 2010 ... The Wikileaks Website Appears to be Under Some Kind of DDoS Attack ...Despite the attack, the secret cables Wikileaks was planning to ...
26 Jul 2010 ... Ninety-two thousand pages are being released by WikiLeaks, the website, Julian Assange holding a news conference now in London. ...
www.democracynow.org/.../the_new_pentagon_papers_wikileaks_releases - Cached
25 Jul 2010 ... A website called WikiLeaks just published secret documents related to the war between the U.S. and the Taliban in Afghanistan. ...
mashable.com/2010/07/25/wikileaks-afghan-war-diary/ - Cached
NEGATIVE CRITICISM REPORTED AS FACT
26 Jul 2010 ... WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said today that it was trying to assess the damage caused by the Internet leak of some 91000 classified documents ...
www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/.../website_publishes_91k_classifi.html - Cached
11 Apr 2010 ... Julian Assange dreamt that one day the internet would streamline the leaking of state secrets.
3 Aug 2010 ... WikiLeaks.org Website WikiLeaks website is a site that provides information to the public about classified information and other documents ...
emag.joreeldiaz.com/wikileaks-org-website/ - Cached
7 Aug 2010 ... Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks is rewriting freedom-of-information laws across Europe to make its open-info agenda legal – but its legal ...
www.foxnews.com/.../wikileaks-fighting-worldwide-rewrite-content-protection-laws/ - Cached
22 Oct 2010 ... LONDON — The WikiLeaks website is poised to release what the Pentagon fears is the largest cache of secret US documents in history ...
www.armytimes.com/.../ap-wikileaks-expected-to-post-more-documents-102110/ - Cached
25 Oct 2010 ... WikiLeaks: Website not anti-American: News24: World: News. WikiLeaks has insisted that the whistle-blowing website is not anti-American and ...
www.news24.com/.../WikiLeaks-Website-not-anti-American-20101025 - Cached
NUMBER OF FILES REDUCED FROM 90,000+ TO ‘NEARLY 77,000’
27 Jul 2010 ... On July 25, the website WikiLeaks published nearly 77000 secret U.S. military and intelligence documents that reveal new details about the ...
26 Nov 2009 ... Top secret and restricted access: Government officials have long found ways to conceal documents that might incriminate them.
www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4930880,00.html - Cached - Similar
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22 Oct 2010 ... US forces often failed to follow up on credible evidence that Iraqi forces mistreated, tortured and killed their captives as they battled a ...
www.cleveland.com/nation/.../wikileaks_website_releases_mor.html - Cached
3 Jan 2010 ... Wikileaks.org, the website devoted to providing a place for whistleblowers to leak documents and remain anonymous and untraceable, ...
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20 Mar 2010 ... A report by the US Army Counterintelligence Center says the whistleblowerwebsite WikiLeaks poses a potential danger to safeguarding troops, ...
27 Mar 2010 ... In 2008, the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Center prepared a secret report -- obtained and posted by WikiLeaks -- devoted to this website ...
www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/.../wikileaks - Cached
29 Nov 2010 ... WIKILEAKS said its website was under attack from computer hackers ahead of another planned document dump that US officials say could damage ...
26 Aug 2010 ... MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - Department of the Navy personnel are directed not to access the WikiLeaks website, which recently ...
www.usmc.mil/unit/mcasyuma/Pages/20100826wikileaks.aspx - Cached
6 Apr 2010 ... With the release of a video of a US assault on civilians, WikiLeaks edged closer toward a form of journalism.
www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/world/07wikileaks.html - Add to iGoogle
21 Aug 2010 ... WikiLeaks Round 2. Should the whistleblower website release an additional 15000 classified documents about the war in Afghanistan? ...
26 Oct 2010 ... Among the posts on Mr. Young's site—which covers a broad range of subjects—are internal WikiLeaks emails showing the group debating strategy ...
online.wsj.com/.../SB10001424052702303467004575574462119793480.html -Cached - Add to iGoogle
25 Oct 2010 ... Wikileaks Website : China attacked US about Wikileaks. Media The Government of China, China Daily, on Monday (25/10/2010) writes that the ...
11 Jun 2010 ... Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag website. Soldier Bradley Manning said to have leaked diplomatic cables to ...
www.guardian.co.uk/.../wikileaks-founder-assange-pentagon-manning - Cached
11 Jul 2010 ... The anonymous insider claims that despite the impending death of WikiLeaks, they will eventually be "launching a completely new site hosted ...
www.maximumpc.com/article/.../wikileaks_website_be_abandoned - Cached
11 Jul 2010 ... WIKILEAKS WEBSITE TO BE ABANDONED — The website has been effectively down in terms of document submissions for many weeks, and as we speak ...
www.techmeme.com/100711/p3 - Cached
26 Jul 2010 ... The man behind WikiLeaks, the website that published more than 91000 secret U.S. military documents on the Afghanistan war as well as ...
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/.../ns/technology_and_science-security - Cached
CONTINUING NEGATIVE REPORT ON THAILAND CENSORSHIP
19 Aug 2010 ... BANGKOK—Thai authorities have used emergency powers to restrict access to the WikiLeaks whistleblower website on security grounds, ...
newsinfo.inquirer.net/.../Thailand-tries-to-block-WikiLeaks-website - Cached
NEGATIVE REPORTAGE (STOPS DONATIONS)
11 Jul 2010 ... UPDATE 2:34PM EST: WikiLeaks representative Daniel Schmitt told Geekosystem that he couldnt even imagine a reason why founder Julian Assange ...
www.geekosystem.com/wikileaks-website-abandoned/ - Cached
6 Jul 2010 ... Bradley Manning stole information on a massive scale, though charging papers did not mention the WikiLeaks website by name. ...
5 Jul 2010 ... Increasingly Suspicious Website, Wikileaks, Fails to Pay SSL Bill | The Web Host Industry Review - Web Hosting News.
27 Jul 2010 ... Though propelled to fame by its recent disclosures about the US military,WikiLeaks has homed in on targets as wide-ranging as corruption in ...
articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/27/world/la-fg-wikileaks-20100727 - Cached
31 Oct 2010 ... Jared Peden's article (“Wikileaks harms US troop safety,” Oct. 28) suffers from an overly dogmatic and one-sided perspective.
www.redandblack.com/.../mailbox-wikileaks-website-helps-democracy/ - Cached
9 Apr 2010 ... Sweden's stringent whistleblower laws are protecting the anonymity of sources that have been feeding the controversial Wikileaks website ...
9 Nov 2005 ... WASHINGTON – The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by theWikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened by persistent ...
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23 Oct 2010 ... The documents on the WikiLeaks website suggest evidence of torture was ignored and detail the deaths of thousands of Iraqi civilians. ...
27 Jul 2010 ... It's just been revealed at least 52 civilians, many of them women and children, were killed last week in Afghanistan after a NATO rocket ...
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4. NEGATIVE REPORTAGE
25 Oct 2010 ... A civil war at the heart of Wikileaks has virtually paralysed the whistle-blowing website from publishing any new exposés outside of the ...
www.independent.co.uk/.../secret-war-at-the-heart-of-wikileaks-2115637.html - Cached
25 Sep 2010 ... A dispute has broken out within the leadership of WikiLeaks, the websiteknown for publishing classified documents including the Afghanistan ...
28 Nov 2010 ... Gawker is reporting that Twitter users have obtained and spread details ofWikiLeaks' latest leak online before its scheduled release later ...
CENSORSHIP STORY RE-ISSUED
The US armed services are issuing internal messages to all personnel barring them from visiting the WikiLeaks website, which recently posted ...
www.washingtontimes.com/.../pentagon-bars-staff-from-visiting-wikileaks-site/ - Cached
“70,000” FILES REPEATED (INSTEAD OF OVER 90,000 FILES) – A GOOD WAY TO SEE WHO SWALLOWS REVISIONS
18 Oct 2010 ... Wikileaks is preparing to release 400000 files on the Iraq war just months after it leaked 70000 classified US military files on the ...
www.telegraph.co.uk/.../Wikileaks-the-whistle-blowing-website.html - Add to iGoogle
17 May 2010 ... The Australian founder of the whistleblower website Wikileaks had his passport confiscated by police when he arrived in Melbourne last week.
MOST RECENT PAGE (NOV. 28, 2010)
22 Oct 2010 ... The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks published nearly 400000 classified military documents from the Iraq war on Friday, calling it the ...
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NEGATIVE REPORTAGE “CLAIMS” SHOULD SAY “IS” – AS ANYONE WITH BRAINS KNOWS IS THE CASE…
24 Oct 2010 ... The US Army has already deemed WikiLeaks a security threat to military operations.
CENSORSHIP –OLD FILE REPEATED ON TOP, FIRST PAGE
17 Mar 2009 ... Australian Government adds Wikileaks to banned website list Linking to flagged sites will cost you : TechRadar UK.
THE MOST UP-TO-DATE REPORT FOR NOV.28, 2010:
28 Nov 2010 ... Last month, Wikileaks posted online almost 400000 documents detailing events in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, months after releasing some ...
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NEGATIVE REPORTAGE –AGAIN, AN OLD FILE GIVEN FIRST PAGE VIEW
26 Jul 2010 ... Wikileaks is a website with no political agenda, its founder Julian Assange would have you believe. So I'm puzzled by today's "Afghanistan ...
WikiLeaks' Assange Defends Iraq Docs Founder of whistle-blower website WikiLeaks
HERE WE GO AGAIN! THIS TME BY CYBERATTACK
25 Nov 2010 ... We're now finding out that the WikiLeaks homepage is officially down. No word is coming from WikiLeaks themselves, but the whole situation ...
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22 Oct 2010 ... The secret-spilling website WikiLeaks released almost 400000 U.S. Army reports from the Iraq War on Friday, marking the largest military ...
www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/10/wikileaks-press/ - Cached
22 Oct 2010 ... The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks today released a trove of classified reports that it said documented at least 109000 deaths in the ...
THIS COLLECTION OF CURRENT FILES FROM THE INTERNET SHOW HOW A PERSON/ORGANIZATION CAN BE INTIMIDATED, DISCREDITED, AND HARASSED.
WHILE THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT MANY OF THESE DOCUMENTS CAN CREATE SEVERE PROBLEMS FOR THOSE CONDUCTING THESE WARS, WHICH WERE CONTRIVED, IN MY OPINION, TO MAKE THE RICH RICHER AND AMERICANS HELPLESS AND POOR. IN THESE ALMOST ENDLESS WARS, INNOCENT SOLDIERS ARE BEING TRAPPED (SOLDIERS MUST OBEY ORDERS, AFTER ALL, EVEN FROM HITLER, RIGHT?). THERE ARE DESPERATE EFFORTS BEING MADE TO KEEP INFORMATION THAT MIGHT EXPOSE THE HORRORS OF THESE WARS FROM THE WORLD.
WE’VE HAD ENOUGH OF WAR , HAVEN’T WE?
AFTER ALMOST A DECADE OF WAR AGAINST TERROR, ARE WE REALLY SAFER TODAY THAN BEFORE?
OF COURSE NOT.
DO YOU REALIZE THAT YOUR GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE ENSLAVED TO PAY FOR THESE CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE?
IF WIKILEAKS CAN HELP CLOSE DOWN THESE WARS AND CRUEL SECRET OPERATIONS ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, THE SUFFERINGS THAT WIKILEAKS’ FOUNDER, JULIAN ASSANGE, NOW ENDURES WILL ONLY SERVE TO ASSURE HIM A PLACE IN HISTORY FOREVER AS A MARTYR FOR PEACE.