Government Agencies Block WikiLeaks

Friday, December 10, 2010

Transcript

The Library of Congress announced this week that it blocked its employees from accessing WikiLeaks. Steven Aftergood, director of the Federation of American Scientists' Project on Government Secrecy, says that blocking government analysts from accessing information that every other American can see is a bad and possibly dangerous idea.

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Eyeheartfreedumb from Iowa

Also, to the corporate media:
Please stop repeating the line about these leaks putting people in jeopardy. It isn't the leak that put people at risk, it was the original government misbehavior that risked all of our lives (if you need to redact specific identities of civilian informants, that's understandable).
If I murder someone I can't tell the cop who chases after me that they are making it hard for me to get away with it.

Dec. 12 2010 12:52 PM
Eyeheartfreedumb from Iowa

Yes JAT, we can agree there isn't much difference between D and R, and both parties seem to be working toward corporate goals.
Beyond that, I wish the media as a whole would look into who was behind the cyber attacks on WikiLeaks. I'd put money on it being the NSA or some other Homeland Security agency. And I think it's unconscionable that our government would be performing cyber terrorism (that's what they call it when it happens to government computers) against anyone.
Lastly, I find it telling that the majority of "news" outlets keep making this about "Is Asange a Hero?" instead of just looking at the documents and reporting the facts. Asange is not the point. It could be anyone leaking these documents and people would be cheering for their success. There is no cult of personality here, people just want information and they are happy that someone has taken some of the power back (information is power).

Dec. 12 2010 12:45 PM
Just a Thought

In all these reports, the listener keeps hearing the word "government" evoked but no mention of what man and what party is running the "government" at the moment and setting questionable policies.
The media tells us it was the overreaching Nixon Administration that responded to The Pentagon Papers,
not the "government".
During Hurricane Katrina, the media put President Bush and his administration front and center during that entire calamity. It was Bush's failures that were constantly highlighted, not the "government".

"When we become servants of security rather than being served by security we have got things backward"

That is a "handy aphorism" to remember when discussing the TSA scans and pat downs put in place by the Obama Administration...um, I mean the "government". Thanks

Dec. 11 2010 10:16 AM

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