Currently we have a new scandal, “Cablegate”. Where a whistleblower website released a bunch of diplomatic memos. Who did it? If you don’t know, then where have you been? It’s Wikileaks. I did some research into it, what they’ve released. At least the summary form. The data is being squashed and sites are going down so my attempt to find the memos has been unsuccessful. More on that later.
The two opinions I see on Wikileaks is “treasonous terrorist organization” to “super patriots”. I call them a double-edged sword. The names of our spies need to be kept under wraps, military strategies and troop movements and strengths. Sarah Palin‘s personal emails should have never been posted. BUT, when it comes to corruption and crimes, governments using the U.S for their dirty work so they have deniability, diplomatic back-stabbing. What happened to honesty? This is where I would praise Leaks if I could verify any of this.
This is the problem, Amazon shut down Wikileaks, possibly and probably due to government pressure. With the Cain that the Feds are raising, I wonder what they’re hiding? I’ve tried to find these cables myself, even on mirror sites but they’re being systematically shut down. Attachments won’t open. So much for transparency. Why do I want to know about our role in the world?
One reason is that I have a distrust of the government, it’s constantly fighting an ideological war within itself. If Congress doesn’t do it, the President orders one of the Federal agencies to write regulations that have the same power as law. It’s about power and the forcing of their will on the populace. What they think is good for us, not what we think is. Our Representation is being limited since Congress has spaghetti spines. I want their dirty laundry laid bare, like Nixon’s Watergate and darker secrets.
Second reason is I go along with Thomas Jefferson on Foreign Policy and the Freedom of Press. I think we’re to involved in world politics, we have our own problems. Unemployement, debt, border invasion, civil rights and liberties being held down. Here’s some quotes from our third President:
“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
“I am for free commerce with all nations, political connection with none, and little or no diplomatic establishment. And I am not for linking ourselves by new treaties with the quarrels of Europe, entering that field of slaughter to preserve their balance, or joining in the confederacy of Kings to war against the principles of liberty.” –Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1799
“I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take active part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. Their mutual jealousies, their balance of power, their complicated alliances, their forms and principles of government, are all foreign to us. They are nations of eternal war. All their energies are expended in the destruction of the labor, property and lives of their people.” –Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, 1823
So I think we need to follow this particular Foreign Policy, maintain Strong Defense but don’t be the world’s cop, moral compass, sugar daddy or whipping boy. Wikileaks release allegedly shows we’re doing the opposite. No wonder we have so many problems in the world.
Now Julian Assaunge is hiding, charges against him, probably hit teams too, since he doesn’t care what he releases about who. But he’s protected by law in the United States from charges pertaining releasing the files he received, that Freedom of the Press. Now the one who stole them, he’s got problems. In context, Wikileaks is right to release some of these documents, wrong in others. It depends on the documents. Personally I like the chaos its causing the diplomats, since honor and integrity is so rare among the World and U.S government agencies. Now they have to worry their back-room dealing being brought to light of day. And will act with honesty from now on. Not a bad thing.
- WikiLeaks website pulled by Amazon after US homeland security pressure – The Guardian (news.google.com)
- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in hiding, avoiding Interpol warrant – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- U.S. Weighs Prosecution of WikiLeaks Founder, but Legal Scholars Warn of Steep Hurdles (nytimes.com)