” People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
For this post I will follow a format that goes like this:
What is Wikileaks?
Why is it good?
Wikileaks is not a terrorist organization
and the claims that they endanger lives.
So without further ado:
What is Wikileaks?
- On their website they state this: “WikiLeaks is a not-for-profit media organisation. Our goal is to bring important news and information to the public. We provide an innovative, secure and anonymous way for sources to leak information to our journalists (our electronic drop box)…” 1
- Wikileaks, and the freedom of information for that matter, is extremely important because, in our modern society, the people with knowledge are the people with power. If the people are not aware of what is going on then you have no power to stop it and the government has nothing to fear. If the people are unaware of the war crimes that were committed in Iraq then there is nothing to back up arguments against the war. If the events that occur behind closed doors are never revealed then the government will think it’s fine to hide information from the public and we can never regulate the government which will in turn ultimately lead to totalitarianism and is that the type of government we want? In a totalitarian government the citizens give up all their individual liberties such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press and thus the government is being like the school yard bully, threatening you if you speak out. Knowing what your government is doing is a form of regulation and must be upheld for us to avoid this totalitarian form of government.
- The government should follow it’s own model regard information and the new patriot act laws and the TSA security measures. The new TSA security measures are hated by some and loved by others but the most common claim that is made by supporters of the new regulations says that “If you have nothing to hid then why opt out?” But if that is the logic people use to justify the government adding new “improved” methods of stopping terrorism and regulating us, then why cant we hold the government to the same level of scrutiny? If the government has nothing to hide then why is the release of information so feared? Why was Wikileaks attacked for saying they were going to release information if the government had nothing to hide? If you hold the government up to their own standards it is quite clear that they don’t follow them so why should we?
- Define terrorist organization: “a political movement that uses terror as a weapon to achieve its goals”
- Look at Wikileaks goals: “Our goal is to bring important news and information to the public. “
- Compare: So their goal is to bring important news to the public and how do they do this? By publishing documents written by the government. But to understand if they are using terror we must first understand what terror is. Terror is “panic; an overwhelming feeling of fear or anxiety” and so if we apply that to the actions of Wikileaks we can test if they are using terror to achieve their humble goal. The only time somebody would ever go into a panic after reading something they leaked is if they [the reader] never realized all the atrocities our government commits and was scared shitless but that is hardly and act of terror considering, assuming there even are reports of that happening, they are isolated incidents amongst the majority of the readers who aren’t in a panic.
- Make judgement. Wikileaks is not a terrorist organization as I have just shown.
- The only way lives could be endangered by simply releasing information is if the information contained troop positions, nuclear launch codes or other things of that nature. In everything I’ve read and in the archives of Wikileaks they have never released troop positions, nuclear launch codes or anything of that nature because even if they did get a hold of them, they realize that those will not help stop a war, merely perpetuate it. Wikileaks has never put anyones life in danger, only their reputations by holding them up to the same scrutiny they hold us to. So as we can see Wikileaks has never endangered the lives of people nor will they ever.