WikiLeaks.org Helping Obama with That “Transparency” Thing
From Fr33 Agents
(Note: if the WikiLeaks links do not work, try one of the mirror sites listed here.)
WikiLeaks did a massive dump of tens of thousands of documents on Sunday, July 25 guaranteeing that “lack of government transparency” will be leading the news conversation going into the last week of July.
And those links bring you to three different news sites, all offering a ton of information, presented with analysis and opinion. These sources, in turn, are going to feed the political discussion right through the end year’s U.S. election cycle, November 2, 2010.
A New York Times article states:
“We believe that transparency in government activities leads to reduced corruption, better government and stronger democracies,” the organization’s Web site says. “All governments can benefit from increased scrutiny by the world community, as well as their own people. We believe this scrutiny requires information.”
Gosh, wasn’t Obama going to be bringing transparency? Guess that didn’t work out too well after the election wrapped. Funny how those promises get broken. Sometimes we forget that politicians don’t have convictions. They only have platforms.
And just like Bush thinking that America can save the free market by getting rid of it, President Obama (and honestly, most of the political class) thinks that government can spend us out of financial trouble, bomb the world into peace, and preserve liberty by suspending liberty. Statism is stupid like that.
It is brilliance dumping all of these papers just ahead of the election cycle because the main stream media is going to be gabbing about politics for the next few weeks anyway. WikiLeaks gave them all something worth talking about.
And the topic of conversation is going to be Democrats and Republicans, and about how the more things change the more they stay the same. We The People are noticing this.
I think that the politicians will not seriously try and refute the papers. They can’t. They probably don’t even know what is in them. They will, however, spend the next few weeks condemning WikiLeaks.
Already, as I write this on Sunday night, Drudge has the following posted:
U.S. Denounces Publication of Classified Documents on War in Afghanistan…
White House: ‘Irresponsible’…
VIDEO: Wikileaks’ founder explain logs…
What’s irresponsible? That Wikileaks is doing what the President promised back in 2008?
My prediction is this: someone within the political class using the word “terrorism.” It won’t be a surprise. After all, what is more terrifying to the political class than someone challenging their claim to power? (Something to keep in mind every time some new program is implemented to fight “terrorism.”)
Some of the choicest nuggets might not come up right away. The New York Times stated that a few newspapers were given a head start on the information, as long as they promised to keep it quiet. So they probably prepared a slow roll-out of information to keep the news cycles fresh for the next 7 days or so at the very least, if not until November 2. From The New York Times:
The documents — some 92,000 individual reports in all — were made available to The Times and the European news organizations by WikiLeaks, an organization devoted to exposing secrets of all kinds, on the condition that the papers not report on the data until July 25, when WikiLeaks said it intended to post the material on the Internet.
Government transparency will only come from We The People. We cannot count on government to expose itself, obviously. Little Brother needs to be watching back, peacefully but directly, using whatever tools are available. And I have a feeling that, with this Wikileaks dump, Little Brother scored big time.
Thank you for the transparency, WikiLeaks!