Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wikileaks and the Great Truth Conspiracy
The site is under attack by the shadowy forces of darkness.
The leader of the truth conspiracy, Julian Assange is on the run, wanted by interpol.
So it's good to know that the young soldier who started it all is getting to watch the incredible truth show on television.
The one he's going to pay for with a lifetime in jail.
Manning faces a court martial and up to 52 years in prison for his alleged role in copying the diplomatic cables, as well as the leak of military logs about incidents in Afghanistan and Iraq and a classified military video which showed a crew of an American Apache helicopter gunning down a group of men who they thought had a rocket launcher. They turned out to include Reuters staff with a TV camera.
You know right-wing bloggers have seized on the fact that Bradley Manning is gay, to claim he did what he did to get back at the U.S. military. And have criticized me for calling him a gay hero.
At this point in his selfish and sordid saga of treason, some people are actually lauding this traitor—excuse me, this "alleged" traitor—for being a gay hero.
But actually the gay part is only relative. It made him more sensitive to injustice.
Manning could "identify" with Iraqis and Afghans who he believed had suffered as a result of U.S. policies, especially because he himself was a "a member of a minority" treated unfairly by the military, he told AFP.
But I believe he did what he did, because he's an idealist.
"God knows what happens now," he said, having sent the material to WikiLeaks. "Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms. If not … than we're doomed as a species. I will officially give up on the society we have if nothing happens. The reaction to the video gave me immense hope … CNN's iReport was overwhelmed … Twitter exploded …"
None of the cables released threaten the lives of anyone. All they have done is embarrass the rich and the powerful who are leading this world to economic, military, and ecological disaster.
And the truth may be blinding. But only it can save us.
For how else could I find out what Benjamin Netanyahu thinks a Palestinian state should look like?
"A Palestinian state must be demilitarized, without control over its air space and electro-magnetic field, and without the power to enter into treaties or control its borders."
Or know that the corrupt Arab rulers are beating the drums of war against Iran to save their autocratic regimes. Or that the former head of CSIS thought the our courts were an inconvenience.
Oh yeah.Bradley Manning isn't a criminal he's a hero.
When a government secretly engages in such consequential activities as aggressive wars justified by at best questionable and at worst fabricated intelligence, covert bombings and assassinations, and diplomatic maneuvering designed to support such global meddling, the people in whose name that government acts – and who could suffer retaliation – have a right to know.
Here's to the Great Truth Conspiracy.
And because every post in the dreary month of November should end with a song.
This one's for Bradley...