Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wikileaks Lifts the Veil on Government Secrecy

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

The U.S. military recently underwent heavy introspection and massive amounts of hand-wringing and whining after Wikileaks posted thousands of "secret" documents that our leaders never wanted to see the light of day (or reason).  Most were fairly innocuous messages and assessments that should have never been classified as secret in the first place.  The real damage inflicted by the Wikileaks document dump was that is showed the cavalier way in which the government - our government - routinely wields its "secret" stamp to keep the bothersome citizenry in ignorance. 

After all, why should "we the people" have any concern over how our government spends our money or squanders our resources?  It's not like we have any plausible "need to know." 

Now Wikileaks has shifted its focus onto the U.S. State Department with the beginning of what promises to be another massive document dump of breath-taking proportions.  Today's best little gem was that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been surreptitiously gathering information on members of the United Nations.   There was also a salacious tidbit about Saudi Arabia constantly pestering the United States to attack Iran. 

It is comforting to know that at times when democracy seems to be suffering mortal wounds (Watergate, the Florida recount of 2000, Tom Delay bribing his way to power in Texas) something like Wikileaks will burst onto the scene to once again empower and inform those who routinely suffer  the tyrannies of government run amok.


Reed said...

I don't find much comfort in the fact that they have access to this information. What if the information they supply puts someone in danger? What if they find a way to put the US in a worse situation?

I can't really swing my opinion towards or against what they are doing, but maybe sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Xobekim said...

Reed's hit the nail on the head. America's cyber portals have already been under attack by China.

The hacker has broken federal law and may face a day in court if law enforcement can establish jurisdiction. Longarm jurisdiction has a notoriously vast reach.

Claire McCaskil, is veering hard right in anticipation of former Senator Jim "NO" Talent running to regain a seat in the Senate. McCaskil is talking about the gap between cyber offenses and current law when it comes to republishing leaked documents.

Rock, I never had any notions that Top Secret meant anything other CYA with sanctions.