11.28.2010

hey u.s. govt, ur not doin it right

The US is warning that the next WikiLeaks release of classified State Department documents will "put countless lives in danger".

Let me get this straight. There's this country that regularly invades other countries to control their resources, wantonly kills hundreds of thousands of civilians, engages in torture and indefinite imprisonment, and throws away the lives, health and sanity of thousands of its own soldiers, while allowing its own citizens to go without decent jobs, education and health care.

And there are these other people who try to show what is actually happening or has happened in a war of that country's making.

And it's that second group that are putting lives in danger.

13 comments:

redsock said...

Reminds me of Donald Rumsfeld's initial reaction when photographic evidence of the US military's torture, rape, and murder of innocent Iraqis in Abu Ghraib became publicly known:

Prohibit soldiers from having cameras.

Rumsfeld testified before the Senate about the myriad videos and photos that included the rape and sexual torture of children by US troops, adding that the existence of the digital cameras was the cause of this "nightmare".

Some Person said...

The US is warning that the next WikiLeaks release of classified State Department documents will "put countless careers in danger".

Fixed.

M@ said...

Maybe the US is planning to invade another country as a result of the Wikileaks release. In that case, the release really will put countless lives in danger.

Mainly because the US military doesn't "do body counts". Hah.

Mike said...

Yes, it's the records that are putting lives in danger not the folks performing the actions recorded, why just think the Nuremberg trials would never have happened if the Nazis had only invested in good paper shredders.

L-girl said...

why just think the Nuremberg trials would never have happened if the Nazis had only invested in good paper shredders.

Oh wow, I'm stealing this.

L-girl said...

Simon Jenkins in the Guardian: The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment - It is for governments – not journalists – to guard public secrets, and there is no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks' revelations.

Good piece.

CAulds said...

That is moral depravity, pure and simple.

The United States has become society that is worthy of no one's respect or admiration.

redsock said...

has become

Yeah, ever since 1776.

L-girl said...

Yeah, ever since 1776.

You beat me to it!

Nitangae said...

Die Zeit has an article describing pressure put by Washington on newspapers to self-censure, and the compliance of die Spiegel. I could see no discussion of this in the Guardian.

Any thoughts on this? The article below is in German, I am afraid (and my German is less than wonderful these days)


http://www.zeit.de/politik/ausland/2010-11/UK-presse-selbstzensur?page=1

L-girl said...

My thoughts? Publish, publish, publish!

Of course media outlets (including bloggers) self-censor all the time. No one publishes everything. But re WikiLeaks, since they're working with three big outlets simultaneously, that increases the chances of everything getting out there.

Most people are not reading all the documents, just summaries of the entire dump. So if Der Spiegel isn't running them and the Guardian is, it amounts to the same thing, I think.

I don't read German so I can't comment on that article.

opit said...

'Don't read German'
You are missing some fun. I recall the first time I hit a Russian website and read it in English.
Tools in my sidebar at http://opitslinkfest.blogspot.com/
Not perfect - but a long way from complete incomprehension.
The job of the media is not to protect the powerful from embarrassment.
Of course it is.
See my Topical Index in the sidebar and go to Perception Alteration. I don't include anything from Canada about our government regulation of content - and I'm not about to, if you get my drift.
The US is warning that the next WikiLeaks release of classified State Department documents will "put countless careers in danger".
Somebody get out the stars.
Just beautiful.

L-girl said...

Thanks Opit, I'm aware of various translation tools, just without much time or inclination to delve in. I have little enough time to read in English.

I agree, that was a great comment. :)