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Archive for the ‘WikiLeaks’ Category

City of Berkeley to Honor WikiLeaks’ Traitor

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 8, 2010

Blog reader Jim Mahoney sent in this posting from www.washingtonexaminer.com with the comment: “They used to at least try to hide it…”  Nothing else needs to be added.

 

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Midddle-East Countries are Conduits for Terrorist Funds

Posted by Steve Markowitz on December 6, 2010

The WikiLeaks documents continue to expose poorly kept secrets.  On nearly a daily basis, the media reports on leaked information that is little more than a big “duh”.  But, the fact that the source of the information is the illegally leaked documents somehow makes the issues more newsworthy.

Yesterday’s New York Times included an article about Middle-east countries allowing money to be funneled through them to terrorist organizations.  The information published by the Times included:

  • Cables from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other State Department officials listed ways terrorist organizations get financed including kidnappings for ransom, proceeds from drug sales and religious pilgrimages to Mecca.
  • One Clinton memo claims Saudi Arabians and citizens from other from Middle-east countries offer financial support to extremist organizations stating: “It has been an ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist financing emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority.  Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide.”
  • Other cables indicate that the United Arab Emirates has “a strategic gap” in its efforts to halt funds to terrorists; that Qatar’s counter-terrorist abilities are “the worst in the region” and  that Kuwait is “a key transit point” for terrorist funds.  Wonder how these folks would treat the West if they were not our allies?

The information included in the released documents led the Times to conclude that most terrorist funding worldwide goes through Middle-eastern countries.  Now there is a surprise.  Many citizens in Middle-east countries have shown a dislike and jealousy towards the West and its culture.  In addition, over the years dictators in some of these countries have used rather slimy relationships with terrorists to further their primary focus of retaining authoritarian power.

Until the West takes an unequivocal stance against Islamic-based terrorism some countries will continue to play both sides of the battle.  Until there is a cost to the greater populations that turn a blind-eye to the terrorists acting within their societies, mainstream Islam will reframe from becoming true partners in the war against terror.  Until then, the bureaucrats and professional statesmen with the State Department will continue writing worthless secret memos about issues we are already aware of.

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New York Times Disingenuous Actions with the WikiLeaks Docs

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 30, 2010

 

The buzz throughout the news media is the thousands of classified documents released by WikiLeaks.  Much of the attention focuses on WikiLeaks’ boss, Julian Assange, and the appropriateness, or inappropriateness, of publishing the leaked American classified documents.  This emphasis misses the larger issues at play.

This story reemphasizes the incompetence of government.  How can the government justify creating all of these secret documents in the first place?  In addition, many of the so called secrets are already known by anyone with a reasonable understanding of world events.  For example, one media outlet reported that some of the documents indicated that the Arab states want a strike on Iran before they go nuclear.  Well duh, …. That’s a surprise to no one.  Yet this information is classified by the knuckleheads in the State Department.

Those that continually promote government as the solution to society’s ills would do well review its many failings, including the document leaks, before giving it still more power.

Then there is the disingenuous behavior of the mainstream media as evidenced by the different ways they treat stolen documents.  Contract the way the New York Times treated the leaked Climategate documents a year ago verse how they are now handling the WikiLeaks’ documents.

November 20, 2009 – The New York Times publishes its reasons (Private Climate Conversations on Display) for not printed the Climategate documents that exposed fraud in the data used by some prominent researches and promoters of the theory of manmade global warming.  Its excuses included:

I have a story in The Times on the incident and its repercussions, which continue to unfold.  But there’s much more to explore, of course (including several references to me).  The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won’t be posted here.  But a quick sift of skeptics’ Web sites will point anyone to plenty of sources.”

November 28, 2010 – The New York Times this week reported its reasons for publishing the WikiLeaks documents in an article titled A Note to Readers: The Decision to Publish Diplomatic Documents.  It includes the following justifications:

  • The Times believes that the documents serve an important public interest, illuminating the goals, successes, compromises and frustrations of American diplomacy in a way that other accounts cannot match.”
  • Of course, most of these documents will be made public regardless of what The Times decides.”
  • For The Times to ignore this material would be to deny its own readers the careful reporting and thoughtful analysis they expect when this kind of information becomes public.”
  • But the more important reason to publish these articles is that the cables tell the unvarnished story of how the government makes its biggest decisions, the decisions that cost the country most heavily in lives and money.  They shed light on the motivations — and, in some cases, duplicity — of allies on the receiving end of American courtship and foreign aid.”

The reasons offered by the Times for publishing the WikiLeaks documents might have held some water had it not been for the opposite position they took on the ClimateGate documents.  Both sets of documents were originally obtained illegally.  Both are on subjects of important public interest, both were made public in cyberspace, both deserve careful analysis, and both tell an unvarnished story of hugely important decisions and with extreme cost implications.

Yesterday the Times felt the need to explain their disingenuous behavior to these two stories with Andrew Revkin writing:

“I’ll note two things about my coverage of the unauthorized distribution of the climate files:

First, while I initially did not publish the contents of the climate files and e-mails (at the request of Times lawyers, considering the uncertain provenance and authenticity of the materials at the time), I did (from the start) provide links to the caches of material set up elsewhere on the Web.

Second, in the rush on the day the files were distributed across the Web, I called them “private” when, in fact, I should have said their senders had presumed they were private.  As I’ve said off and on since then, given that much of the research discussed in the exchanges was done using taxpayers’ money any expectation of privacy wasn’t justified.”

What doubletalk; what dribble.  The New York Times decided to not publish the Climategate files because they embarrassed and reflected negatively on those that support the theory of manmade global warming, a darling of the Progressive Left.   The Times took an entirely opposite view of the WikiLeaks documents because they instead embarrassed America, who Progressives view as the world’s major purveyor of problems.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is likely a man with few noble traits.  However, some good come of man’s drive for personal fame.  If it helps expose the inherent deficiencies of governments, it could lead to the elimination of half the State Department’s employees and also cut the amount of secret documents by the same percentage.  If it exposes the extreme bias of the New York Times, it will hasn’t the Times’ decent into oblivion.

 

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