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December 15, 2010

We Support Wikileaks

From Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting:

As journalists, activists, artists, scholars and citizens, we condemn the array of threats and attacks on the journalist organization WikiLeaks. After the website's decision, in collaboration with several international media organizations, to publish hundreds of classified State Department diplomatic cables, many pundits, commentators and prominent U.S. politicians have called for harsh actions to be taken to shut down WikiLeaks' operations...

When government officials and media outlets declare that attacks on a particular media organization are justified, it sends an unmistakably chilling message about the rights of anyone to publish material that might rattle or offend established powers.

We hereby stand in support of the WikiLeaks media organization, and condemn the attacks on their freedom as an attack on journalistic freedoms for all.

You can read and add your name here.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at December 15, 2010 01:35 PM

You realize, of course, that Assange only founded Wikileaks because his DNA drove him to do it in hopes of getting at some hot female DNA. And the people who oppose Assange are only doing so because their DNA drives them to do it in hopes of getting at some hot female DNA. And don't forget George Bush, who only wanted to become President because his DNA drove him...

The lovely thing about these biological-determinist explanations is that they don't explain anything. But they give repressed straight boys a chance to use the word "pussy" a lot, which I guess is their ten-year-old's DNA driving them. But they are boh-oh-gus, as they say on Car Talk, a show which only was started so Tom and Ray's DNA ...

Posted by: Duncan at December 15, 2010 01:54 PM

But they give repressed straight boys a chance to use the word "pussy" a lot...

Given that that's what you think, it's odd that three of the five uses of the word in the thread you're talking about came from you.

...founded Wikileaks because his DNA drove him to do it in hopes of getting at some hot female DNA.


Look, I get that Jon's poked one of your pet peeves, but I hope you'd agree that this posting and FAIR's letter of support deserve attention on their own and shouldn't just be treated as an opportunity to vent about something else (especially when there's an active comment thread already available for that). I just signed the letter, and I hope everyone else will too—every public expression of support for Wikileaks is worthwhile.

Posted by: John Caruso at December 15, 2010 02:26 PM

Tried to sign BUT the page is fucked, possibly because I've changed isp.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 15, 2010 03:42 PM

GITMO BOUND, and hey, The Brits keep him in solitary confinement 23&1/2 hours a day, incommunicado (torture). Good folks those Limeys, almost as sweet as US. Also, on a lighter note, The Swedes AREN'T fighting his bail, they say its the Brits.
HRW has petitioned Obama not to prosecute Assange. He won't. Julian WILL grow old on his new ENDLESS Carribean vacation, NO charges, NO TRIAL, NO military commissions hearing, NO PROBLEM. (Its like having OUR VERY OWN Devil's Island, GITMO the gift that keeps on giving)(silence works, WE DESERVE WHAT WE'VE GOT COMING)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 15, 2010 10:08 PM

Well, they achieved one thing: the cables themselves are no longer THE STORY, but it's the release of them to the public They changed the subject from the details of how corrupt, idiotic and brutal they are in their services to just a question of national security vs freedom of the press.

Posted by: Paul Avery at December 16, 2010 05:56 AM

"Why is there this massive outrage at these cables when there was virtual silence at the release of the Iraq and Afghan war logs? These cables show the elite at their venal worst, conniving with each other, making light of each other's failings. Imagine what must be in the Russian diplomatic dispatches or those of the Saudi intelligence services. The war logs, on the other hand, showed the misadventures of teenaged working-class soldiers, suborned to a war that they did not understand. Their violence was dismissed as the work of a few "bad apples", men and women who had not been sufficiently civilised. In these cables, on the other hand, the civilised talk about their "dark plans of conquest". It is an abomination."

--Vijay Prashad

Posted by: Paul Avery at December 16, 2010 06:30 AM

The story about Manning's incarceration is horrifying. I continue to be amazed at the amount of anger, cruelty and spite vented at those who speak truth to power.

Posted by: Anna in PDX at December 16, 2010 02:52 PM

Anna in PDX: Manning's treatment in OUR hands and at OUR expence is called a WAR CRIME. One of MANY WE HAVE COMMITTED on The Highway To Hell.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 16, 2010 03:46 PM

Brutality is always going on, every day, and there's an unreported scandal every day too, and the world marches on toward ruin every day, and I believe this has been going on since long before Buddha spelled it out, and that's why working for the right things every day without complaint and with true compassion and spiritual balance is way the fuck too hard for me. (I can just barely manage to close my mouth when scoffing.)

That boy Manning, I hope the Forces of Light reach out to him in that hellhole to make it more bearable for him. And also to that truth-telling condom-hater Julian Assange, God bless his slandered ass.

Posted by: N E at December 16, 2010 07:43 PM

I followed a link from Glenn Greenwald to a page called "How to Donate to Bradley Manning's Defense"

and, believe it or don't, the check is in the mail.

May the Creative Forces of the Universe stand beside us, and guide us, through the Night with the Light from Above.

Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Posted by: mistah 'MICFiC' charley, ph.d. at December 17, 2010 08:54 AM

Thanks mistah charley for the link, and please pardon my bad language.

I have chosen to go back to The Way of Stress, and that has always has a bad effect on my speech habits.

Posted by: N E at December 17, 2010 10:48 AM

A blog post from Manning's lawyer emphasizes that he did not say his client was mentally ill, but does note he had a definite history of concerns in his unit prior to his arrest under the current allegations.

>Q: There are reports your client is suicidal. Is this true?

>A: The reports of those concerns are true.* PFC Manning's unit documented a steady decline in his mental stability from early on in their deployment starting around December of 2009 to May of 2010. Consistent in this documentation was the behavior that they were concerned about intensified during the deployment. Due to this behavior and a concern about his personal safety, the command made the decision to remove the bolt from PFC Manning's weapon. For several weeks, he apparently walked around Forward Operating Base Hammer with his assigned weapon that was incapable of being used. During this time, however, he was still expected to perform his duties as an intelligence analyst.

>*To be abundantly clear, I am not saying that PFC Manning was suicidal, just that there are reports by his immediate supervisor that expressed the concern that he may be suicidal.


Okay, let me see if I got this straight: A 22-year-old private, whose supervisor is concerned that he may be suicidal, is given access to a quarter of a million "secret" cables; but I can't even get on a plane without getting my dick x-rayed.

Nothing wrong here.

Posted by: Paul Avery at December 17, 2010 12:04 PM

In the Army, its "suicidal" to question the mission. Toting an empty or inoperable weapon in a battlezone IS the sincerest form of suicidal intentions.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at December 17, 2010 03:10 PM