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Concerning WikiLeaks, isn’t Government supposed to operate openly and citizens entitled to privacy?

Glenn Greenwald writes in Salon:

“The Justice Department is engaged in an all-out crusade to figure out how to shut down WikiLeaks and imprison Julian Assange. It is subjecting Bradley Manning to unbelievably inhumane conditions in order to manipulate him into providing needed testimony to prosecute Assange. Recall that in 2008 — long before anyone even knew what WikiLeaks was — the Pentagon secretly plotted on how to destroy the organization.

“One of the hallmarks of an authoritarian government is its fixation on hiding everything it does behind a wall of secrecy while simultaneously monitoring, invading and collecting files on everything its citizenry does. To understand the breadth of the Surveillance State, recall this sentence from the original Priest/Arkin article: “Every day, collection systems at the National Security Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications.” And Arkin and Priest document there are few safeguards on how all this data is used and abused.

“Many Americans plead with their Government in unison: We demand that you know everything about us but that you keep us ignorant about what you do and punish those who reveal it to us.

“And this is all supposed to be the other way around: it’s government officials who are supposed to operate out in the open, while ordinary citizens are entitled to privacy. Yet we’ve reversed that dynamic almost completely. And even with 9/11 now 9 years behind us, the trends continue only in one direction. WikiLeaks is one of the very few entities successfully subverting this scheme, which is why — from the view of the Government and its enablers — it must be stopped at all costs.”


2 Responses to “Concerning WikiLeaks, isn’t Government supposed to operate openly and citizens entitled to privacy?”

  1. Paul Craig Roberts suggest that “2011 is shaping up as the terminal year for American democracy.

    “The government, media, and much of the public has turned on whistleblowers. Bradley Manning has been abused in solitary confinement for six months.

    “Murdering civilians is a war crime, and as General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the National Press Club on February 17, 2006, ‘It is the absolute responsibility of everybody in uniform to disobey an order that is either illegal or immoral’ and to make such orders known.

    “The most uncomfortable truth that emerges from the WikiLeaks saga is that American public discourse consists of cries for revenge against those who tell us truths.

    “Whether or not international law can save Julian Assange from the clutches of the American government or death by a government black ops unit, both executive and legislative branches are working assiduously to establish the National Security State as the highest value and truth as its greatest enemy.

    “The idea is passe that the US government is a democracy that serves the will of the people. If this quaint notion is still found in civics books, it will soon be edited out.”

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