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Ethan McCord, “Collateral Damage”, Power, Politics and Perversion: The Wikileaks “Scandal”.

December 4th, 2010 1 comment

History will not be kind to the people trying to demonise Wikileaks.org and it’s staff. Nor will it be kind to the commercial enterprises such as Amazon.com and Paypal who have quickly caved to US Government pressure.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in his Q&A at the Guardian website today replied to a question about the commercial organisations showing their true colours:

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Annoying as it may be, the DDoS seems to be good publicity (if anything, it adds to your credibility). So is getting kicked out of AWS. Do you agree with this statement? Were you planning for it?

Thank you for doing what you are doing.

Julian Assange

Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit inorder to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.

So the land of the free has been caught again with it’s pants down. For several years Wikileaks have been deliberately placing servers in countries which they suspected suffered a “free speech deficit”. The actions of Amazon and other commercial US enterprises shows this as fact. Not only that but Congressman Ron Paul agrees in a tweet today:

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Re: Wikileaks- In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.

The wikileaks “Cablegate” exposes in stark detail the real problems in the world: secrecy, ideas of supremacy and outright stupidity – all on the part of Governments, politicians and the security apparatus.

…. The DCM asked Hague whether the relationship between the UK and the U.S. was “still special.” Hague said he, David Cameron and George Osborne were “children of Thatcher” and staunch Atlanticists. Speaking more broadly, Hague acknowledged that this was a hard question to answer. Politicians, in his view, “sit at the top of the pyramid” of the general public and it is unclear whether the British people will maintain the network of ties to America that has sustained the special relationship. For his part, said Hague, he has a sister who is American, spends his own vacations in America, and, like many similar to him, considers America the “other country to turn to.” Asking his Senior Advisor her views, Helic (who is Bosnian), said, “America is the essential country.” Hague said whoever enters 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister soon learns of the essential nature of the relationship with America. He added, “we want a pro-American regime. We need it. The world needs it.” ….

from: http://213.251.145.96/cable/2008/04/08LONDON930.html (April 2010)

Aside from the cringeworthy brown-tongueing of Mr Hague towards the USA this statement in particular reveals the truth of politics in the modern age, “Hague acknowledged that this was a hard question to answer. Politicians, in his view, “sit at the top of the pyramid” of the general public ….”

Actually Mr Hague, you sit at the bottom of a pile of crap – probably ranking lower than lawyers, estate agents and even journalists in the public eye now. “The System” of which you are a part – and sit at the top of – has been turned on it’s head, decries freedoms and lies perennially. The people do not like your class of person, way of acting, do not need them, do not want them – and will soon be rid of you, for, as Assange said in one of his final comments today:

History will win. The world will be elevated to a better place.

And in that better place, we will not have to rely on leaks to let us know the truth. Without wikileaks it would never be known just how brutal and lying the US and other governments are. Here is an excellent example of wikileaks work, facilitating Ethan McCord to comment graphically on his personal journey through the murder of two Reuters journalists and several other Iraqi civilians – and the total disregard for Iraqi children’s lives:

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German Government Concerned Over US Data Protecion: OOPS – They Were Right!

December 2nd, 2010 No comments

“Cablegate” at wikileaks is going to make a lot of people very unhappy. After all what we have now is just a start. How are the German Government feeling, I wonder? Vindicated, probably – the Cablegate releases so far include their “concerns” over US Data  Protection measures:

http://cablegate.wikileaks.org/cable/2010/01/10BERLIN128.html

.... However, in these meetings, our German counterparts
consistently raise concerns about U.S. data protection
measures and policy. Furthermore, the German views often
distort and misrepresent U.S. policy. For example, current
Federal Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
(FDP) - who has considerable influence - is particularly
outspoken and does not appear to have (or perhaps want) an
informed view of USG data privacy practices. It is critical
that we aggressively and vocally counter these
misrepresentations of U.S. policy. ....

However “aggressively” the “misrepresentations” were countered, you cannot counter the fact that many thousands of highly embarrassing documents, including the one linked above are coming to the public domain. And therefore it does not look like misrepresentation of US policy but rightly justified concern.

No wonder America has been playing a game of smooth-talk-politicking in advance of these documents coming to light, on the one hand, whilst demonising Wikileaks on the other. They talk down on their friends and enemies alike in the cables – and no one likes getting caught with their pants down.

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Sir Robin Wales: Impressive In His Anger

November 19th, 2010 No comments

I have not always had the kindest things to say regarding the London Borough of Newham and Sir Robin Wales. In a couple of instances there have been obvious corruptions on Sir Robin’s watch that I have drawn attention to. I do not know that Sir Robin was in any way responsible, however, as Executive Mayor the buck stops with him.

My personal experience of the man was very limited and still is, however, recently I heard him make an impassioned speech about the impending cuts, their unnecessary nature and the consequences.

Sir Robin surprised me with his gusto and drive – and this was not just politicking, the man was clearly speaking from the heart. His anger at the consequences for ordinary people shone through and his determination to do his best was clear. I found myself liking him and admiring his politics – which I believe are conviction politics and not the everyday convenience politics we are confronted with in this age.

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Tony Blair, Book Signing and The Hague.

September 6th, 2010 No comments

It’s only a matter of time. Tony Blair is hounded in public and soon he will face the judges at The Hague.

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Want to learn to meditate? – It’s simple.

September 6th, 2010 No comments

It really is so simple and yet so profound most people don’t get it – often even meditators or Buddhists of long standing just don’t get it. But it is simple, so very, very simple.

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