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Wikileaks and the Long Haul

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 23:00 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Wikileaks shouldn’t be able to operate as a law unto itself anymore than the US should be able to.


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US Senator Joe Lieberman suggests New York Times could be investigated

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 21:18 by Paul Jay in category: News

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A leading US senator suggested tonight that the New York Times and other news organisations publishing the US embassy cables being released by WikiLeaks could be investigated for breaking American espionage laws.

Joe Lieberman, the chair of the Senate homeland security committee, told Fox News: “To me the New York Times has committed at least an act of, at best, bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime is a matter of discussion for the justice department.”

Lieberman also said that the department of justice should indict Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, under the 1917 Espionage Act and try to extradite him from the UK.


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  1. And Lieberman should be thrown out of office for being such a twit…

  2. Revenge is a confession of pain. Is there something about to be released that Mr. Lieberman is worried about? He’s a well-known superhawk on Israel, but surely we already know all about that special relationship?

Cartoons

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 20:50 by Paul Jay in category: Cartoon


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Chomsky signs Australian letter of support for Assange

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 20:44 by Paul Jay in category: News

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SYDNEY (AFP) – Renowned American scholar and activist Noam Chomsky signed an open letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday urging her to make a “strong statement” in support of Julian Assange.

Chomsky, a professor of linguistics at the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a prominent critic of US foreign policy, joined scores of high-profile Australian lawyers, authors and journalists in signing the letter.

Noting the “increasingly violent rhetoric” directed towards Australian-born Assange, the besieged founder of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, the signatories said there were “grave concerns” for his safety.

“We therefore call upon you to condemn, on behalf of the Australian Government, calls for physical harm to be inflicted upon Mr Assange, and to state publicly that you will ensure Mr Assange receives the rights and protections to which he is entitled, irrespective of whether the unlawful threats against him come from individuals or states,” says the letter, published on the ABC website.


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My kid could Photoshop that. Wait, what?

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 20:10 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture

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Desaturated Santa. Brody Qat uses a gray santa suit, contact lenses, and makeup to stand out in a crowd of Santas (previously). She explains here. More pics. Via Neatorama.


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Not a joke.

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 19:59 by John Sinteur in category: News

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The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011, from May 1 – May 3 in Washington, D.C. UNESCO is the only UN agency with the mandate to promote freedom of expression and its corollary, freedom of the press.


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  1. From link:

    ‘At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information.’

  2. Maybe they mean they’ll be celebrating a press-free world?

Assange Accuser Worked with US-Funded, CIA-Tied Anti-Castro Group

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 19:50 by John Sinteur in category: News

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ulian Assange’s chief accuser in Sweden has a significant history of work with anti-Castro groups, at least one of which is US funded and openly supported by a former CIA agent convicted in the mass murder of seventy three Cubans on an airliner he was involved in blowing up.

Cue the conspiracy theories….


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  1. Revealed: Assange ‘rape’ accuser linked to notorious CIA operative
    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/assange-rape-accuser-cia-ties/

Julian Assange Captured by World’s Dating Police

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 17:51 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Dear Interpol:

I see that Julian Assange is accused of having consensual sex with two women, in one case using a condom that broke. I understand, from the alleged victims’ complaints to the media, that Assange is also accused of texting and tweeting in the taxi on the way to one of the women’s apartments while on a date, and, disgustingly enough, ‘reading stories about himself online’ in the cab.

Thank you again, Interpol. I know you will now prioritize the global manhunt for 1.3 million guys I have heard similar complaints about personally in the US alone — there is an entire fraternity at the University of Texas you need to arrest immediately. I also have firsthand information that John Smith in Providence, Rhode Island, went to a stag party — with strippers! — that his girlfriend wanted him to skip, and that Mark Levinson in Corvallis, Oregon, did not notice that his girlfriend got a really cute new haircut — even though it was THREE INCHES SHORTER.

Terrorists. Go get ‘em, Interpol!

Yours gratefully,

Naomi Wolf


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Optimism vs Pessimism

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 17:41 by John Sinteur in category: News


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JFK

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 17:13 by John Sinteur in category: News


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  1. More grave spinning I think… What would JFK say about today’s US government? I think Julian is about to find out why JFK ended up with a bullet in his head. Those that REALLY run things do not want the truth to out…

Remarks on Internet Freedom

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 16:41 by John Sinteur in category: News

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During his visit to China in November, for example, President Obama held a town hall meeting with an online component to highlight the importance of the internet. In response to a question that was sent in over the internet, he defended the right of people to freely access information, and said that the more freely information flows, the stronger societies become. He spoke about how access to information helps citizens hold their own governments accountable, generates new ideas, encourages creativity and entrepreneurship. The United States belief in that ground truth is what brings me here today.

– Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Newseum
Washington, DC, January 21, 2010

So, Hillary, you were lying?


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  1. She never expected that she’d have to walk the walk.

Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 16:36 by Paul Jay in category: News

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I grew up in a Queensland country town where people spoke their minds bluntly. They distrusted big government as something that could be corrupted if not watched carefully. The dark days of corruption in the Queensland government before the Fitzgerald inquiry are testimony to what happens when the politicians gag the media from reporting the truth.

These things have stayed with me. WikiLeaks was created around these core values. The idea, conceived in Australia, was to use internet technologies in new ways to report the truth.

WikiLeaks coined a new type of journalism: scientific journalism. We work with other media outlets to bring people the news, but also to prove it is true. Scientific journalism allows you to read a news story, then to click online to see the original document it is based on. That way you can judge for yourself: Is the story true? Did the journalist report it accurately?


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Homeland Security ‘messages’ coming to Walmart, hotels, malls

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Shoppers at Walmart will soon have something other than glossy magazines and chewing gum to look at when in the checkout line: A "video message" from the Department of Homeland Security asking them to look out for "suspicious" activity and report it immediately.

Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail


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  1. Didn’t the Nazi regime encourage the people to tell on their neighbors about “suspicious” activities?

  2. LOL! George Orwell is spinning in his grave right now… Heck, he was only 20-30 years off on his societal predictions!

  3. @gene… Not just the Nazis, every police/militaristic state of whatever stripe, including the American and French revolutionary ones.

    The trying thing about all this is that real threats to people’s health or well-being are ignored in favour of more and more high tech solutions to exaggerated problems. I crossed the Canadian land border to the US yesterday at a small town crossing. The arrangement there is set up to handle the arrival of a small army. It is expensive security theatre; if you really wanted to invade you’d just drive your truck/boat across the the river depending on the season. Local people don’t argue ‘cos these are good-paying government jobs and construction contracts, and the Canadian cross-border shoppers will put up with it.

    Don’t mind me…I’ll just go back to my toothless mumbling…

Freezing Out Hope

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 8:47 by John Sinteur in category: News

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Instead, however, Mr. Obama almost seems as if he’s trying, systematically, to disappoint his once-fervent supporters, to convince the people who put him where he is that they made an embarrassing mistake.

Whatever is going on inside the White House, from the outside it looks like moral collapse — a complete failure of purpose and loss of direction.


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  1. On the tax issue and so many more, Mr. Obama has proven that he not only lacks critical leadership skills, but lacks the moral fortitude to stand up to the corrupt moneyed forces that rule. He is now firmly seated as being part of the problem.

  2. For a counterpoint, Andrew Sullivan thinks the compromise makes sense for Obama:
    http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/12/the-grand-compromise.html

MasterCard pulls plug on WikiLeaks payments

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 8:13 by John Sinteur in category: News

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MasterCard is pulling the plug on payments to WikiLeaks, a move that will dry up another source of funds for the embattled document-sharing Web site, CNET has learned.

“MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks can no longer accept MasterCard-branded products,” a spokesman for MasterCard Worldwide said today.

That further limits the revenue sources for WikiLeaks, which has seen its finances systematically attacked in the last few days, as the Swiss authorities shut down a bank account used by editor Julian Assange, and PayPal permanently restricted the account used by the group.

Looks like the threat to expose a big bank is working.


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  1. I’m not sure that threat is necessary: there’s the threat of consumer boycott in the Christmas shopping season. I would imagine that Amazon considered the likelihood that Lieberman and several others would loudly call for a consumer boycott of their retail business.

  2. The KKK can accept payments via Visa and PayPal, but #WikiLeaks cannot. What a just world we live in.

  3. I sent my emails letting Amazon and PayPal no I will no longer do business with them, citing their cowardice and disregard for the principals their nation is supposed to represent. I am sure they couldn’t care less. Just a spit in their filthy ocean.

Live with the WikiLeakable world or shut down the net. It’s your choice

Posted on December 7th, 2010 at 0:45 by Paul Jay in category: News

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Western political elites obfuscate, lie and bluster – and when the veil of secrecy is lifted, they try to kill the messenger.


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  1. Brilliant, thanks. I fell like I’m watching V fro Vendetta in real time.