Truth doesn’t kill people, our government does

By on December 8, 2010

Reporters recently asked Gov. Mike Huckabee, Fox News host and terrifying 2008 presidential candidate, what he thought of the recent releases of classified government material by Wikileaks. He said, “Whoever in our government leaked that information is guilty of treason, and I think anything less than execution is too kind a penalty.”

Hearing those words from an ordained minister who supposedly stands for “family values” makes me want to puke, but unfortunately Huckabee is not the only figure to induce a bit of nausea in me while discussing the recent leaks.

Wikileaks is a nonprofit organization that functions as a secure, anonymous method for sources to leak inside information on everything from international diplomacy to the inner workings of large corporations. Wikileaks founder and Editor-in-chief Julian Assange lives as a nomad, traveling from airport to airport for fear of his safety and freedom. Early Tuesday morning, Assange was arrested in the United Kingdom on Swedish rape charges (which conveniently coincided with the most recent cable releases).

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration retained by President Obama, said over the summer that Wikileaks’ releases on the war in Afghanistan would endanger innocent lives. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, went so far as to say, “Mr. Assange can say whatever he likes about the greater good he thinks he and his source are doing, but the truth is they might already have on their hands the blood of some young soldier or that of an Afghan family.”

It requires a special kind of mental illness to help run a war that has killed thousands upon thousands of innocent civilians and then claim that a journalist has blood on his hands for revealing the truth. Do you know what endangers innocent lives, Mr. Gates? Dropping bombs on innocent people. Also, there is no documented proof of a single person ever being physically harmed as a result of Wikileaks’ activity.

Wikileaks has only released a small fraction of the 250,000 diplomatic cables they are planning to go public with. One cable shows that the United States was responsible for a cruise missile strike that killed 21 children. The message, sent by Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh to U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, said that Yemen’s government would “continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours.”

Maybe I’m just insane, but it seems to me that we should be mad about the people who are killing children, not the ones telling us about it.

Since 9/11, government intrusion into individuals’ private lives has been rampant, and the constant refrain from those who take our freedoms is, “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about.” Apparently the same rules don’t apply to our benevolent, all-knowing rulers.

As more and more revelations pile up from the Wikileaks releases, Assange and the rest of the organization are sure to face an uphill battle against the establishment, because as Congressman Ron Paul said, “truth is treason in the empire of lies.”

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17 Comments

  1. Michael

    December 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Finally, a sane person. I thought I live in the New Orwellian Age of Double Speak. There is a hope, however small.

  2. Chad

    December 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Leaks kill people too. Because of their irresponsibility, and the irresponsibility of the person inside the government leaking these cables, lives of diplomats and agents of the United States in foreign countries are being put at risk and the United States is being made to look as if it’s been caught with its pants down. This is not a laughing matter, nor a matter of “Sunshine”. This is serious. Lives can be lost because of this. I’d like to see you be the one to tell the families of these men and women that because the government became more transparent, their relative was taken out.

  3. Chad

    December 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    and yes, it is sad that we are killing children, but it is equally sad that it took a leak to find that out.

    • Scott

      December 8, 2010 at 9:19 pm

      You prefer them continuing to work in secrecy not having to answer for their crimes? Because only the normal, UNprivileged citizens should have to answer for their crimes, right?
      If they were transparent from the beginning, like it was originally planned out by our founding fathers, the lies and corruption would have been stopped and things would be much different now. That’s not the case, so in order to cleanse this evil, there must be an enema. WikiLeaks is that enema.

  4. Andrew

    December 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Great piece, Matt! A more humble foreign policy is what we need, not witch hunts and fear mongering.

    • TE

      December 14, 2010 at 2:32 am

      are you joking? We’re America, the last best hope of man on earth, we have no need to be humble about anything

  5. Chiara

    December 8, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Well done sir! :)

  6. John

    December 8, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Chad, the Department of Defense has admitted that there is ZERO evidence that Wikileaks has contributed to soldiers being harmed. Your opposition to Wikileaks is based on the propaganda put out by interests who stand to lose power by being exposed.

    I was an Air Force intelligence specialist in Afghanistan and I have read thousands of intel reports. After reading many of the Wikileaks reports, I can honestly say that I saw nothing that would endanger anyone. Names and personally identifiable information was all redacted.

    We should never be scared of the truth.

  7. Dimitar Naydenov

    December 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    I almost completely disagree with Matt’s opinion. WikiLeaks reveals information that is supposed to stay secretive. International politics is not a toy, and privacy is especially crucial there. Besides, what’s your opinion on the fact that most of the information there comes from U.S. government cables? What about other governments’ cables? On the one hand, WikiLeaks provides more resources for social scientists to test theories, hypotheses, etc. but on the other hand, WikiLeaks is completely bad for the U.S. for obvious reasons. Whether WikiLeaks takes democracy to the next level is debatable due to the asymmetric information that it generates.

  8. Ross

    December 8, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Matt this piece is all wrong. If people know what’s going on, there will be a riot. If there’s a riot, there won’t be a standing government. It’s just best if we all look the other way and appreciate the fact we have roofs over our heads and food on our plate. Let’s face it, if the people woke up and DID overthrow the government, what then? It would be worse off than before. There was once a despot named Saddam. Sure he sucked, but when we removed him from power, more tyrannous groups and terrorist cells fought violently to emerge to the top, making the country more violent than it was before.

    Julian Assange is un-American for essentially putting all our lives at risk for allowing this sensitive information to leak. He should be sentenced to the gallows. GALLOWS!

    • Bradley Manning

      December 9, 2010 at 12:51 am

      So un-American. Almost…Australian.

  9. Meg

    December 9, 2010 at 6:49 am

    well said. And no your not insane, we should be mad..Great article.

  10. Scott

    December 9, 2010 at 8:01 am

    I can’t believe most these posts. If it’s un-american to search for truth in a sea of lies then we are in deep crap. You people need to do some soul searching. Stop watching your mass media propaganda and think for yourselves. Killing 21 children in a bombing should be answered for. Lying to your people to persuade them to go to war is wrong. WTF is wrong with you people?

  11. D

    December 9, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Great article! People are missing the big picture. It’s not about wikileaks or bradley manning, it’s that the government lies to us constantly!

  12. batman

    December 12, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    This guy is putting lives at risk all over the world. The point isn’t to keep the American public in the dark, its to keep people who represent dangers to us and the world there. Honestly, the wikleaks guy is total scum and the site should be shut down, no question.

    • nugget

      December 13, 2010 at 4:41 am

      No, batman. It is our government that poses a danger to us and the rest of the world. It is no longer controlled by the people, this is exactly what the links expose.

  13. eifnfc

    December 14, 2010 at 2:29 am

    how much liberal marxism must we take?