You’re Only as Sick as Your Secrets

In Current Events on November 30, 2010 at 05:54

From the trail of tears, Sedition Acts, Japanese internment, Secret wars in Cambodia, Central America and Asia, Gitmo, torture, hit squads, death squads, we are one sick nation. What nation doesn’t have skeletons in their closet, atrocities that they would rather the public not know about, mistakes they would rather have ignore and forgotten? And the more powerful the nation, the more they have to hide. If you can name one nation that hasn’t oppressed minorities, invaded other nations, committed genocide, experimented on their own citizens, supported slavery, or oppressed the poor, please let me know.

This includes all empires, Britain, Russia, Ottoman, Germany, Japan, China, France, Spain, Dutch, and so forth. All of these empires have committed some form of genocide, killed foreign dissidents, tortured, and killed without provocation. So have we. We need to grow up and face reality.

So why is it so hard for us to face the fact that we have messed up in Afghanistan? Why does Wikileaks hold such power over our psyche?

The White House and Congressional mouthpieces act as if the release of Wikileaks recent war on terror memos is the worst thing since unsliced bread. They pretend that it will hurt national security when in reality all it will do is make evident to the greater public what many of us have known all along: the U.S. can’t prosecute a war without making mistakes, that we spy on people, that we disrespect other nations, and that we have nations we favor and nations we abhor.

War is unclean, war is violent, and war is death. But our leaders don’t want us to see the negatives of the war on terror. They want us to see the war on terror, the Afghan and Iraq wars, and all operations in the Middle East as uncompromisingly good. It is the big lie about war that modern nations have tried to perpetrate since at least WWI.

It is not a threat to our security to release information that can already be found on the internet in other forms, information that terrorist cells and foreign nations already know about. Yes, we have bombed Yemen, as the recent leaked papers make clear. If you didn’t know that already, now you do. And the released “leak” that we want to bomb Iran? Is that really new?

And is the lie about the “leaks” being a national security threat is not new either.

Here are some of the leaks that have create a “global diplomatic crisis” according to the U.K. Guardian:

Arab leaders are privately urging an air strike on Iran

Yes, it’s shocking to find out that some Arab nations hate Iran.

• Grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme…
Shocking to hear that we are suspect of someone else’s nuclear program, isn’t it? What a revelation Wikileaks has here.

Inappropriate remarks by Prince Andrew about a UK law enforcement agency and a foreign country.
Yes, releasing remarks by Prince Andrew is a hazard and an “outrageous, reckless, and despicable action” as Senator Joseph Lieberman said about the recent Wikileaks.

• Suspicions of corruption in the Afghan government…
What, the Afghan government is corrupt? Who knew? Now that Wikileaks told us, our effort in the nation will be hurt…even more.

Allegations that Russia…has become a “virtual mafia state”.
That can’t be true. Only Italians (Sicilians) have a mafia. Did you know that Russia has a mafia?

• The extraordinarily close relationship between Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, and Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, which is causing intense US suspicion.
How dare Russia and Italy cooperate behind our backs! And how dare Wikileaks make it known!

Devastating criticism of the UK’s military operations in Afghanistan by US commanders…
Leaking that U.S. commanders criticized the U.K. makes the world unsafe, somehow.

• Wikileaks also reveal a cover up of the U.S. bombing of suspected terrorists in Yemen.
Yes, I have never read that we bombed Yemen, ever.

Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi…is accompanied everywhere by a “voluptuous blonde” Ukrainian nurse.
Yes, revelations about the sex lives of heads of state makes us all unsafe.

There you have it. This latest set of Wikileaks, as were the last set of Wikileaks, is the end of civilization as we know it. So, stop it Wikileaks, stop it telling the truth and embarrassing us. After all, embarrassment is dangerous and threatens our national security.

Tex Shelters

  1. I knew we’d been droning Yemen for quite some time. Interesting to see how few others seem to have been aware of that. I also knew that the civilian casualties under both G.W.’s dronings and Obama’s hugely increased drone programs in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, the Sudan (south of me and you, next?) have been unconscionable war crimes that cannot possibly be excused under the sickening cognitive distortion, “collateral damage” let alone international law. I hadn’t known we were purposefully targeting refugee camps…

    Would we need wikileaks if we had real journalism alive and kicking in our nation? Even with wikileaks, the MSM version of what’s in the cables is rather different that the glimpses I’ve gotten when I was trying to sift through them for myself, before each of the sites I was trying to use conveniently crashed.

    (The direct cablegate site is accessible now, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to use the software. I may have to borrow someone’s young child to tutor me 😉

    There isn’t a ranking yet re: factuality and objectivity (aka what reporters choose to do with the freedoms they’ve got). But there is one based on press freedom (i.e., freedom from pesky little stuff like death, threats, access, and imprisonment and other little legal obtructions).

    Here are our Reporters Sans Frontières/ Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index rankings:

    2010: Number 20 (U.S. territory). We are currently at 99 (U.S. extra-territorial).

    2009: Number 20 (U.S. territory). We were 108 (U.S. extra-territorial).

    2008: Number 36 (U.S. territory). We were 119 (U.S. extra-territorial).

    2007: Number 48 (U.S. territory). We were 111 (U.S. extra-territorial).

    2006: Number 53 (U.S. territory). We were number 119 (U.S. extra-territorial).

    2005: Number 44 (U.S. territory). We were number 137 (U.S. in Iraq).

    2004: Number 22 (U.S. territory). We were Number 108 (U.S. in Iraq).

    2003: Number 31 (U.S. territory). We were Number 135 (U.S. in Iraq).

    2002: Number 17. (No separate listings that year.)

    The listings of the countries that have consistently ranked higher than the U.S. for better freedom of the press is really quite interesting. Have a look here:


  2. I am waiting to see if they use this to start shutting down the internet, something they have been planning anyway. One also suspects Assange’s life could be in serious danger. It was interesting to note that this morning the character assassination started on the soldier reputed to be responsible for passing this last batch along. Pretty rotten guy they said. Gay and all.

    • Osolynden,

      Yeah, only a gay person would…tell the truth? What?

      Yes, it’s sad how they have to attack people as if revealing facts makes puts every aspect of there person in question. When the facts are against you, attack a persons character.

      Tex Shelters

    • You obviously havent seen the huge encrypted insurance file that is

      available for download on wikileaks

      In the event something would happen to the dude the encryption key will be released.

      Statism has 2 options.

      The slow bleed

      or a quick stab in the neck.

      I wonder what your masters will decide?

      • Chris,

        Are my masters yours as well?

        Just wondering.

        I think ours are giving me the slow burn.

        Tex Shelters

        • No tex I dont have a master.

          I choose not to recognize the gov as a viable institution.

          Playing a rigged game makes you a slave, you can only be free by

          refusing to play

    • Excerpted from “Bradley Manning in his own words: ‘This belongs in the public domain’

      (2:26:01 pm) Manning: i dont believe in good guys versus bad guys anymore… i only a plethora of states acting in self interest… with varying ethics and moral standards of course, but self-interest nonetheless

      (2:29:04 pm) Manning: i guess im too idealistic

      (2:38:45 pm) Lamo: What would you do if your role /w Wikileaks seemed in danger of being blown?

      (2:39:34 pm) Manning: try and figure out how i could get my side of the story out… before everything was twisted around to make me look like Nidal Hassan [the suspect in the fatal Fort Hood shootings]………..

      2:21:32 pm) Manning: its sad

      (2:22:47 pm) Manning: i mean what if i were someone more malicious

      (2:23:25 pm) Manning: i could’ve sold to russia or china, and made bank?

      (2:23:36 pm) Lamo: why didn’t you?

      (2:23:58 pm) Manning: because it’s public data

      (2:24:15 pm) Lamo: i mean, the cables

      (2:24:46 pm) Manning: it belongs in the public domain

      (2:25:15 pm) Manning: information should be free

      (2:25:39 pm) Manning: it belongs in the public domain

      (2:26:18 pm) Manning: because another state would just take advantage of the information… try and get some edge

      In a later chat Manning tried to sum himself up.

      (4:42:16 pm) Manning: im not sure whether i’d be considered a type of “hacker”, “cracker”, “hacktivist”, “leaker” or what …

      (4:42:26 pm) Manning: im just me… really


    • Huckabee today called for his execution for the crime of treason….

      • OL

        Huckabee is a criminal who should be arrested for attempted murder then. Treason would include harming others, and harming the cause of the US. If the harm is stopping killing, than no harm except people’s egos here.

        Tex Shelters

  3. This just in…..

    Wiki leaks shows Americas deep down hatred of democracy.

    Hilary Clinton finally admitts that an informed public is a risk to

    national security, and foreign interests.

    • Chris,

      No shit, huh? Clinton, Bush, Obama, McCain, et al don’t want us to realize things Chomsky and others have been telling us for years.

      Tex Shelters

      • Agreed.

        But the part that scares me is 50% of the public thinks that we

        shouldnt know what the gov does. According to drudge report poll.

        maybe humanity just want to be enslaved? i dont know.

        • What I think people don’t know about the Wikileaks is that they intentionally leave names out and current operations to protect those involved. So, it’s really old secrets and embarrassed people and information we need to know to make informed decisions.

          Thanks Chris.

          Tex Shelters

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