“The more secretive or unjust an organization is, the more leaks induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This must result in minimization of efficient internal communications mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent system-wide cognitive decline resulting in decreased ability to hold onto power as the environment demands adaption. Hence in a world where leaking is easy, secretive or unjust systems are nonlinearly hit relative to open, just systems. Since unjust systems, by their nature induce opponents, and in many places barely have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.”—Sun 31 Dec 2006 : The non linear effects of leaks on unjust systems of governance
I completely support Wikileaks and all whistleblowers, especially Bradley Manning, trying to wake people up to the complete mess President GW Bush and President Obama are making in foreign policy. Just because the national news media are in lockstep with US empire building and militarism does not mean that patriots from within the US government and its armed forces cannot expose the lies which the government spreads to convince us that its wars are good. Thank God an organization like Wikileaks exists to provide an outlet.
Of course, the ACES editorial makes several factual errors. Wikileaks.org is not anti-American. It merely provides a platform for whistleblowers from any nation or corporation.
The Supreme Court, in its ruling defending the NY Times from prosecution for publishing the Pentagon Papers, has already ruled that publishing classified materials is not a crime. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB48/
Finally, as of today, the US military has not identified one person who has been harmed as a result of the publications of the Afghanistan and Iraq war logs.
How ironic that the ACES bludgeons freedom of speech and upholds government secrecy!
You will share the life of a Nicaraguan family. Conditions will be humble, privacy limited, and food will be basic - rice, beans and tortillas. For most members of the youth delegation, living and working side by side with their Nicaraguan families is a happy and deeply moving experience.This delegation will focus on the economic reality in Nicaragua and the impact of the World Bank and International monetary policies on the people of Nicaragua.You will have the opportunity to meet with community leaders, visit schools and health centers and celebrate with a Christian based community. We will also visit the beautiful beaches, lakes and mountains of Nicaragua.
Anton Flores is one of the founders of the Alterna Community. Alterna is a Christian missional community comprised of U.S. citizens and Latin American immigrants devoted to the ancient practices of accompaniment, advocacy and hospitality.
A classified document obtained by SPIEGEL shows notes from a meeting between a top German diplomat and Condoleezza Rice just weeks before the Iraq invasion. It indicates steps by the German government to prevent the war and undermines claims in George W. Bush’s memoir that Gerhard Schröder indicated he would support the president should the US go to war.
This week, as we celebrate our nation’s bounty and give thanks for the blessings in our lives, most of us probably won’t think very much about the people who do the backbreaking labor that puts food on our plates. We should.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people were once again subject to the whims of homophobia and religious and cultural extremism this week, thanks to a United Nations vote that removed “sexual orientation” from a resolution that protects people from arbitrary executions. In other words, the UN General Assembly this week voted to allow LGBT people to be executed without cause.
The Iraq Water Project (IWP) is a project of Veterans for Peace, Inc. (VFP), a national veterans Peace & Justice organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. Our principal partner in IWP is Life for Relief & Development, a nonprofit organization headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, and dedicated to alleviating human suffering in Iraq and many other parts of the world.
George Mann announces the release of “Until You Come Home,” a CD compilation that speaks of the horrors of war and its toll on those who serve and their families. This new CD features many well-known folk artists, such as John Gorka, Magpie, Holly Near, Tom Paxton, and Utah Phillips, as well as Mann and Julius Margolin, his former singing partner, who died at the age of 93 during production of this CD.
Maryland law requires that each public school that administers the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) shall choose “Option 8” as the reporting option for military recruiter contact to prohibit the general release of any student information to military recruiters