December 1, 2010

Snitches Get Stitches

Snitches get stitches. A playground taunt used by nefarious youngsters who do bad things and don’t want to get in trouble for it.

Wikileaks, a fascinating organization dedicated to transparency in government–since governments can’t be trusted to be transparent–has released over a quarter million cables from US embassies around the world. These documents show beyond a doubt that the United States government has been spying on our own allies.

Here’s my problem with this whole thing. There’s been this insane backlash on the part of the media and government against Wikileaks. This is sick and delusional behavior on the part of the people who are supposed to represent and inform us.

A list of thoughts on this issue, since I’m literally too angry to put this into paragraph form:

  • It is NOT Wikileak’s responsibility to keep state secrets. That’s the state’s responsibility. I mean, what would expect them to do? Not release these documents?
  • The media is completely complicit in helping to misdirect the people’s attention on the cables themselves to the government’s attack on Assange.
  • The fact of the matter is, the government fucked up and what are they doing? Nothing so sane as apologizing and coming clean. They are attacking the very person who tattled on them. A supposedly transparent government it is not, when they are attempting to make an example of a man merely doing his civic duty.
  • The sick thing is, it’s all working. The people’s attention is not on the cables. They are not getting angry at a dishonest government trying to protect its secrets. They aren’t necessarily angry at Assange either. But the mass television media (print and web media are somewhat more reasonable) is largely ignoring the real issue which is that the US government has been very, very naughty. If not criminal.
  • Hillary Clinton is doing the exact opposite thing that she should be doing. By taking down SIPRNet, she is creating a government that is not even transparent to itself. A recipe for disaster and totalitarianism. (Ever read 1984? Don’t think the Ministry of Truth is possible?) Information will not flow as easily between departments and intelligence organizations and thus, will be even less transparent.

Let’s hope that Wikileaks can keep up the good work.  And let’s hope that our government does the right thing and apologize for once.

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