24 December 2010
17 December 2010
|Apologies to Eiichiro Oda.|
http://wikileaks.de/cablegate.html (One of the many mirrors. Enjoy.)
I was gonna write some journalistic spiel about how Wikileaks has made an impact on society, but really, you can read much better and more articulate articles about it on news sites and other media. In short, I will just post my opinion on Wikileaks. If you know me, the following shouldn't come as a surprise.
I support Wikileaks. I believe that, overall, they are doing a good thing by exposing damning, sinister secrets and truths suppressed by corrupt officials currently running our government, and that Julian Assange, who is being tried for allegations of "sex crimes", is actually being held as a political prisoner. I believe that freedom of information is important. Our government needs to be more transparent, less corrupt, and frankly, more honest.
I really don't see why the government is riled up over Cablegate. Sadly, most folks would rather watch "Deal or No Deal" than read these any of these cables. They're also the same people who would rather allow the TSA to invade their personal space in the name of "security" rather than boycott their pervasive procedures, and in addition supporting the notion that passing various laws that restrict personal liberty is justifiable order to fight for and preserve our "freedom". And don't give me any of that "freedom isn't free" bullshit, either; with multi-national corporations influencing national politics to benefit their needs, wars being fought for profit, and people getting arrested over publishing and possessing information that is supposed to be protected by the first amendment of the United States Constitution, I'd say that we were truly never free in the first place. All in all, it's a sad world for the common man.
Let's all hope that what's being released over the next few months help change history's course for the better.
For Bradley Manning. Hang in there, Brad.
1. The "Collateral Murder" video.
2. The Afghan War Diaries and Iraq War Logs.