Wikileaks

I’m now sort of ambivalent about this doc release. I have trouble seeing transparency as an always-bad thing in international relations… if we think the current administration is nuts domestically (Nov 2), then how does it generally (not specifically) hurt for us to know what they are up to internationally, as well? Yes, there are issues of trust from other governments to us if this stuff gets out there… but those governments already know this stuff… AND they know they engage in the same kind of name-calling and disparagement of our guys that we now are shown to of their guys.

Yes, I would guess some people may die as a result of these leaks, just as CIA officers have been killed before due to leaks. But if it opens information like this, maybe the leaks aren’t ALL bad?

Isn’t this just more internet-driven openness? And, overall, is that not a good thing?

Frankly, my view on the internet’s impact on government and voter behavior is that the Tea Party is a direct result of the information we now – and for the first time, really – have on what our elected folks are doing. And we don’t LIKE it. Nov 2 showed what we think now that we know what’s really going on. And if we don’t like what the GOP does in the next Congress, 2012 will be a free-for-all (with attendant increases in global problems as we show our lack of maturity in dealing with the world as it is, rather than as the Utopia Regressives & Beltway Pols demand it become).

Wikileaks is just an international version of the new openness in the US…. and we ought to know what our “leaders” our doing in our name internationally, ought we not? I mean they DO work for us, right? And we KNOW they lie to us all the time, right?

So…. openness…

About Alex Scipio

About Alex Scipio: Alex moved out of the People's Republic of California to the Free State of Arizona, finally tiring of the lack of the Bill of Rights, the overgrown idiocracy, and the catering to non-Americans & welfare recipients. He still wonders how America got from Truman, Eisenhower, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan to the Liberal and Conservative extremes so badly managing America today. And, yes, islam DOES need to be annihilated. And doing what he can to get folks away from the extremes of political life.
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2 Responses to Wikileaks

  1. Arch says:

    The following quote (from an article on CNet) in which major users (Washington Post, “conservative commentators”) of the First Amendment calls for the illegal use of government power on another group claiming to be using the First Amendment, certainly gives me pause. Shouldn’t the Washington Post be promoting freedom of the press? Are they complicit in what Alex here calls the exposed government lying? (At least when the government in power is progressive.) The White House press secretary, another life-long user of Freedom of the Press, labels Wikileaks as criminals, without a trial or even an indictment?

    “The Washington Times and a former Bush administration official suggested WikiLeaks.org as the first public target for a U.S. government cyberattack, a Republican senator proposed a law targeting WikiLeaks, and conservative commentators have called for WikiLeaks front man Julian Assange to be arrested.”

  2. Arch says:

    Great link about China and North Korea.

    But I don’t believe for a second that the Tea Party owes much of its existence to the internet. A far more credible use attributable to the Internet is Obama’s election and his electronic outreach to the uneducated masses and racists that voted for him because they bought his marketing message or because of the color of his skin.

    Strangely, the Tea Party owes more of its success to a backlash at the MSM “promoting” it regularly with stupid statements by lightning rods like Pelosi forwarding their populist agenda to the public.

    It’s largely the same reason that Fox News has high viewership numbers. The programming isn’t compelling, but its made popular by progressive slamming and so people tune in to witness the shipwreck and start to be affected by it. (Ever watch Beck? The guy’s show really is low brow stuff, and whether his conspiracy theories are right or wrong, his presentation is at least over the top dramatically.)

    I don’t think a free and honest Internet will be allowed to flourish when the progressives figure out how to use Move On money to subvert it (just as they did with broadcasters and most of the “free press”).

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