Thursday, December 2, 2010


Go read Glenn Greenwald on the WikiLeaks flusterpluck. All the usual suspects figure in. Links aplenty.

[...] ... as usual, for authoritarian minds, those who expose secrets are far more hated than those in power who commit heinous acts using secrecy as their principal weapon.

First we have the group demanding that Julian Assange be murdered without any charges, trial or due process. [...]

The "usual suspects".

The way in which so many political commentators so routinely and casually call for the eradication of human beings without a shred of due process is nothing short of demented. Recall Palin/McCain adviser Michael Goldfarb's recent complaint that the CIA failed to kill Ahmed Ghailani when he was in custody, or Glenn Reynolds' morning demand -- in between sips of coffee -- that North Korea be destroyed with nuclear weapons ("I say nuke ‘em. And not with just a few bombs"). Without exception, all of these people cheered on the attack on Iraq, which resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 innocent human beings, yet their thirst for slaughter is literally insatiable. After a decade's worth of American invasions, bombings, occupations, checkpoint shootings, drone attacks, assassinations and civilian slaughter, the notion that the U.S. Government can and should murder whomever it wants is more frequent and unrestrained than ever.

Hand these clowns Assange and a Ka-Bar and tell 'em to have at it. I think we will find that they have no stomach for killing and want someone else to do it, like the anti-choice gasbags. A gutless peanut gallery. So what else is new?

Excellent post by Greenwald. Go.

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