Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wikileaks and the new radical citizen activistswho challenge state and corporate power

Wikileaks has once again exposed the lies, brutality and pointlessness of the Coalition's supposed war to bring freedom and democracy to Afghanistan.

In publishing 90,00 classified US documents about the war in Afghanistan Wikileaks has shed light not only on the brutality and pointlessness of the war, but also the appalling failure of the corporate and mainstream media to do its job and tell the truth about this war.

Wikileaks demonstrates the power of civil society and committed individuals to challenge and expose injustice and confront power. A small group of dedicated computer experts and volunteers operating completely outside the traditional power structures has not only broken a number of extraordinary stories , it is now considered a dangerous threat to the interests of the US Government and its allies and corporate interests.

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers in the 1960's, (the Papers were instrumental in changing public opinion about the Vietnam War) believes that Wikileaks is perceived by the US Government as such a serious threat that it may well attempt to silence Assage and Wikileaks by any means, including assassination.

There are few civil society groups doing such important work as Wikileaks, and few under such direct threat because of it. Do all you can to support Wikileaks.

Read this interview with Wikileaks founder Australian Julian Assange in SPIEGEL where he says this:
"Reform can only come about when injustice is exposed. To oppose an unjust plan before it reaches implementation is to stop injustice".
"We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have, and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work."

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