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08.26.13

Wikileaks and Manning Help Expose the Full Brunt of the War Machine, Leading by Example

Posted in Cablegate at 2:38 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Some news about the leaking counterculture and what can be done about it

Private Manning got punished [1] for doing what many anti-war activists could not or would not. Society has debt to him. War is not a sport and blindly supporting one’s “team” is a foolish thing to do; it’s what typically supports and excuses war crimes. Here in the UK intimidation tactics against acts like Manning’s expand to relatives of those who report on leaks like Manning’s (see the latest on Miranda [2,3]) and the US military machine now calls the Founding Fathers extremists by attributing to them “extremist ideologies.” [4]

The US has been preparing for internment without charges for US citizens (c/f NDAA), having ‘trailed’ the idea in Guantanamo [5]. Those who are not worried by all this (and more, much beyond the scope of this post) are arguably complicit in serious abuses; apathy was not a defence, based on history’s lessons.

The war on dissent may successfully be crushing some Web sites and movements, but out response will be proportional in the opposite direction.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. RT interview on Manning sentencing
  2. United Kingdom detains private citizen for being affiliated with NSA reporting under Schedule 7 of the 2000 Terrorist Act

    Anyone reporting on or connected with a journalist writing articles about the NSA surveillance is now considered a threat.

  3. Miranda Detention: ‘Blatant Attack on Press Freedom’

    The detention of David Miranda — partner of the Guardian journalist involved in the NSA revelations — and the destruction of hard drives in the British newspaper’s basement reveal one thing: Governments do not want their citizens to be informed when it comes to the topic of surveillance.

  4. DoD Training Manual Suggests Founding Fathers Followed ‘Extremist Ideology’

    A Department of Defense training manual obtained by a conservative watchdog group pointed to the original American colonists as examples of an extremist movement, comments that have sparked fear of a broader crackdown on dissent in America.

    The training manual provides information that describes, among other things, “common themes in extremist ideologies.”

  5. Here’s What The White House’s “Secret” Plan To Close Guantanamo Looks Like

    One reason the White House drafted the document, sources tell me, was to beat back criticism from some members of Congress who have said the reason they have not taken any action on Guantanamo since 2009 is because the White House did not have a comprehensive plan for shutting down the facility.

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