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”The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society” – John F. Kennedy
In the aftermath of Wikileaks publishing over 250,000 diplomatic cables the mainstream news media has been uniquely straightforward in expressing their role in this country. Which is to say they haven’t bothered to mask the fact that they are the unapologetic PR wing of cronies and plutocrats. Their almost homogeneous condemnation for wikileaks and it’s editor-in-chief Julian Assange shows they are angry about 2 things. That the dissemination of these cables is going to make their job of venerating government authorities and protecting …
Last week the whistle blower website Wikileaks released 400,000 secret military reports from the Iraq war, the single largest military leak in human history. The reports show what so many of us already suspected, that torture was condoned, prisoner abuse including rape ignored, friendly fire was commonplace, and at least 15,000 civilian deaths went previously undocumented despite the military knowing about them.
Currently the Pentagon lists approximately 66,000 civilian deaths due to the occupation, but if this leak shows us anything it’s that the true number of innocent Iraqi’s murdered may not be known for many …
Attorney General Eric Holder has said that even if California’s Prop 19 (a referendum to make it legal for anyone age 21 or older to possess one ounce or less of cannabis, and allow local governments to regulate and tax sales) the Justice Department will still “vigorously enforce” federal drug law and prosecute California citizens for possession.
I’m tempted to make this story into a states rights argument, but that would quickly become a conversation about liberties and ideals and other concepts far too abstract to make any serious conclucsions upon as the courts have already held that …
Earlier this week the Justice Department said that the FBI improperly investigated left-leaning anti-war groups shortly after 9/11. Inspector General Glenn A. Fine stated that the FBI put advocacy groups on terrorist watch lists without justification and falsely monitored them for more than 3 years without charges being filed. Of course no one actually got punished for any of this, as the FBI was absolved of 1st Amendment violation allegations, no harm no foul right? I mean come on, it was a confusing time! We had to stop terrorists! This was nearly 10 years ago!