Truth Fears No Questions, Wiki Leaks,   Leave a comment

When my children came home from school to report how mean the teacher was that day or what another student had done to them, I listened to their story then asked the questions, “What did you do?” “What was your part in this?” I wanted the full story and wanted my children to learn accountability even if they were/are my favorite kids in the world. The United States is filled with warm, generous, and interesting citizens trying to make a living and enjoy life, and all deserving of the whole story.                                                                       Daniel Ellsberg, a former Marine Company Commander, and high-level Pentagon official recognized the lies propagated by current and past presidents about our involvement in Vietnam, and that the probability of “winning” was very slim. Ellsberg wanted to end the deception. Even the Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara stated that we could not win but the United States went forth with the “Christmas Bombings” dropping 100,0000 bombs in 11 days. This is equivalent to eight Nagasaki’s. Daniel Ellsberg released 7000 pages of top-secret documents. He went into hiding for 13 days after leaking the documents. Ellsberg said: “I felt that as an American citizen, as a responsible citizen, I could no longer cooperate in concealing this information from the American public. I did this clearly at my own jeopardy and I am prepared to answer to all the consequences of this decision.” He leaked the documents to The New York Times, The Washington Post and 17 other newspapers. The Nixon Administration succeeded in preventing the Times from publishing the papers for 15 days, but the Supreme Court ordered the Times to publish the documents that came to be known as “The Pentagon Papers.”  Ellsberg turned himself in and was charged under the Espionage Act of 1917 and faced other charges of theft, and conspiracy. The maximum sentence was 115 years. His trial began in January of 1973. The judge dismissed the charges due to gross governmental misconduct and illegal evidence gathering. G. Gordon Liddy was involved in a plan for 12 Cuban Americans, who had done other jobs for the CIA, to “totally incapacitate” Ellsberg. It was unclear if that meant to assassinate or debilitate him. Liddy writes in his autobiography that another plan was to drop LSD in Ellsberg’s soup at a fund-raising dinner in Washington, so that he would be unable to speak well at the dinner and so be discredited. This fell through, according to Liddy, because there was not time to get the people in place to complete the plan.                                                                             Daniel Ellsberg spoke about the similar situation today regarding WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and his source Bradley Manning, “If I released the Pentagon Papers today, the same rhetoric and the same calls would be made about me. I would be called not only a traitor—which I was then, which was false and slanderous—but I would be called a terrorist… Assange and Manning are no more terrorists than I am. I was interested that in the recent release that shows the U.S. throwing its weight around against the poor countries of the world to exploit their resources was something that Manning said he was determined to expose to the American people.“                                                      Columbia University students were instructed not to read the WikiLeak documents if they ever wanted to be employed by the United States government. Is this the United States or China? Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, is working with Wal-Mart in a new campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” She instructs Americans in video messages at certain check-out spots in Wal-Marts to report suspicious activity. Are we all to become fearful suspicious agents for our government? What next? Shall we teach children in schools to turn their parents in for speaking out against war or if they have a friend who wears a turban? Children reported their parents during the “Cultural Revolution” in China in the 1960s. The words  “Cultural Revolution” have a progressive and pleasant sound, sort of like, “underprivileged” instead of poor and hungry. Americans have been inundated with reports on Julian Assange, alleged rapist and evildoer. Time will tell, but consider some of the myths as reported by Elaine Shpungin, Ph.D., director of a training center for doctoral students in Psychology. Her writing has appeared in the journal Psychology Today.                                                                                   Myth #1 Assange is an anti-establishment, anti-business troublemaker who is trying to create chaos for his own enjoyment. Truth: Evidence and statements made by Assange and those who know him suggest that he is neither anti-establishment nor anti-business but anti-corruption and illegality.                                                                                                                    Myth#2 Alleged sexual assault charges. Truth: Although sexual assault charges are certainly serious, a sober and credible Reuters report shows that Assange had consensual sex with two women (at different times) without the use of a condom (in one case, it broke), which resulted in unsuccessful attempts by the women to track Assange down for STD testing. These unsuccessful attempts (reportedly because he was already staying low due to the leaked cables scandal), escalated into a decision by a prosecutor to press charges. You can read the Reuters Special report for yourself and decide if it’s fair to say at this point that we “know nothing.”                                                                                                                                          Myth #3 WikiLeaks cables mostly show a bunch of gossipy, mean-spirited revelations about diplomats and leaders saying unflattering things about each other. The reality: As recently as July and October 2010, both the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs exposed by WikiLeaks have led to a new understanding of events, decisions, and misinformation that has affected the lives (and deaths) of American men and women deployed in these countries, as well as the astounding number of civilians killed by violent means (66,000 in the Afghani conflict, for instance). We also know that the U.S. tried to use a carrot and stick combo involving financial incentives and political alliances to influence other nations’ decisions during the failed Copenhagen climate talks. We have been     purposefully misinformed about U.S. involvement in Yemen (official story: none; reality: escalation of troops and attacks), about U.S. killings of innocent civilians (directly, not as crossfire victims), about the level of corruption in Afghanistan (e.g., the amount of money we spend on bribes to the “other” side), and the diplomatic deals which involve leaders from other countries covering up for our government as it misinforms the American people. To read more of the myths, Google, Five wikileak myths by Elaine Shpungin.


Posted December 14, 2010 by strongjacksonpoet54 in Uncategorized

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