And the lunacy of Government Newspeak. We have truly reached a point of no return if the provision of accurate information to the people about what their supposedly democratic government is doing is equated with terrorism by their so-called leaders:There are two Americas people: Apple Pie America and Bearded-Spock America. Like twins on a soap opera one is nice and the other is evil and they don't know about each other. Because of the National Security Act of 1947, Bearded-Spock America has been given carte blanche to do whatever the heck it wants to. Us mundanes seeing their actions is one of their worst nightmares. They don't like being embarrassed and like the cowards they are, they hide behind real people doing actual work, ie. the American GI or foreign service agent. Imagine trying to explain to the Founders why we are in Korea, how the Vietnam War came to be, the NSA, etc. The whole foreign policy is crazy, and Bearded-Spock America has Apple Pie America convinced that it is necessary to protect them from terrorists, without of course, telling Apple Pie America that they have been setting up blood-thirsty puppet dictators through the Middle East for the last 50 years. As someone known to delve into declassified government docs, I'm grateful that now I won't have to wait until I'm in the nursing home to see them. They keep these things classified so long that everyone who could intelligently comment would too dead to do so.
The incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee says WikiLeaks should be officially designated as a terrorist organization. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the panel's presumptive next head, asked the Obama administration today to "determine whether WikiLeaks could be designated a foreign terrorist organization," putting the group in the same company as Al Qaeda and Aum Shinrikyo, the Japanese cult that released deadly sarin gas on the Tokyo subway.If WikiLeaks meets the legal criteria of a "U.S.-designated terrorist organization" then so does Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica. Governments always want to operate in the dark and keep their subjects in ignorance, which is why Julian Assange should not be assailed by the American people, he should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, regardless of whatever his motivations in making all of this information available to the public might be.
"WikiLeaks appears to meet the legal criteria" of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, King wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reviewed by CNET. He added: "WikiLeaks presents a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States."
WikiLeaks is nothing more or less than a technological blow for American freedom. Assange is no traitor; the accusation doesn't even make sense considering that he has absolutely no connection with the United States. But it should come as no surprise to the readers of this blog that the verbal attack against the organization is being led by one of those freedom-loving Republicans.
Moreover, the crocodile tears of those in the media who fear that the release of information to the public will "get people killed" is absolutely ludicrous given their support for the ongoing military occupations that have killed hundreds of thousands more people than any number of leaks possibly could. In fact, to the extent that WikiLeaks permits Americans to force an end to their leaders' pointless and unpopular wars, it will almost certainly save lives. After all, when one considers that numerous American leaders have waxed bellicose about the need to go to war to prevent Iran getting nukes, wouldn't it be pertinent for them to know that China is actively helping Iran obtain them?
"More than 250,000 classified State Department reports made public on Sunday reveal that China was urged to stop shipments through Beijing of missiles from North Korea to Iran, and that Saudi Arabia's monarch urged the United States to attack Iran's nuclear facilities."
I, for one, am enjoying seeing the elites exposed for a change.