Ron Paul defends Wikileaks in front of Congress. {Video}

Via on Dec 10, 2010


Hear, hear for freedom!

Transcript:

WikiLeaks release of classified information has generated a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The hysterical reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the messenger for the bad news. Despite what is claimed, the information that has been so far released, though classified, has caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty of embarrassment to our government. Losing our grip on our empire is not welcomed by the neoconservatives in charge.

There is now more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principal supporter and financier of al Qaeda, and that this should set off alarm bells since we guarantee its Sharia-run government. This emphasizes even more the fact that no al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11, and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did. It has been charged by experts that Julian Assange, the internet publisher of this information, has committed a heinous crime, deserving prosecution for treason and execution, or even assassination.

But should we not at least ask how the U.S. government should prosecute an Australian citizen for treason for publishing U.S. secret information that he did not steal? And if WikiLeaks is to be prosecuted for publishing classified documents, why shouldn’t the Washington Post, the New York Times, and others also published these documents be prosecuted? Actually, some in Congress are threatening this as well.

The New York Times, as a results of a Supreme Court ruling, was not found guilty in 1971 for the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Daniel Ellsberg never served a day in prison for his role in obtaining these secret documents. The Pentagon Papers were also inserted into the Congressional record by Senator Mike Gravel, with no charges of any kind being made of breaking any national security laws. Yet the release of this classified information was considered illegal by many, and those who lied us into the Vietnam war, and argued for its prolongation were outraged. But the truth gained from the Pentagon Papers revealed that lies were told about the Gulf of Tonkin attack. which perpetuated a sad and tragic episode in our history.

Just as with the Vietnam War, the Iraq War was based on lies. We were never threatened by weapons of mass destruction or al Qaeda in Iraq, though the attack on Iraq was based on this false information. Any information which challenges the official propaganda for the war in the Middle East is unwelcome by the administration and the supporters of these unnecessary wars. Few are interested in understanding the relationship of our foreign policy and our presence in the Middle East to the threat of terrorism. Revealing the real nature and goal of our presence in so many Muslim countries is a threat to our empire, and any revelation of this truth is highly resented by those in charge.

Questions to consider:

Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?

Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?

Number 3: Why is the hostility mostly directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?

Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?

Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?

Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?

Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?

Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?

Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?

Thomas Jefferson had it right when he advised ‘Let the eyes of vigilance never be closed.’ I yield back the balance of my time.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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4 Responses to “Ron Paul defends Wikileaks in front of Congress. {Video}”

  1. BenRiggs says:

    You know I appreciate Ron Paul. I hate that he is unable to garnish significant support for either of the big parties in this country. I guess that says a lot about the two party system in our country! I also regret that Mr. Paul doesn't receive fair or balanced coverage from network news. Fox has repeatedly tried to sabotage Ron Paul as he proposes the largest threat to the republican party, as he represents the liberal force in the conservative movement. His stance is complex. He isn't a liberal or a conservative. I feel like more Americans would relate to him if he were given a fair shot!

    His points about Wiki-Leaks and Julian Assange are right on. Calling him a criminal or terrorist is a slap in the face to true criminals and terrorists! Assange did not earn such a title, and I think network news has failed utterly to address the real issue– What in the hell has our government been doing the past 60 years? Is it even our government? Instead Network pundits are tackling the tough questions: Is this espionage? Is he a terrorist?

    Here is a video where Sean Hannity does everything he can to make Ron Paul sound like a terrorist sympathizer at the republican primaries: http://bit.ly/11S4QW

    • Michael Six says:

      I'm sorry Ben but I cannot agree with what Julian Assange did, It was a reckless act that put peoples lives in danger who are doing things to provide the safety we live under let me quote the NYT online:

      "A Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan using the pseudonym Zabiullah Mujahid said in a telephone interview that the Taliban had formed a nine-member “commission” after the Afghan documents were posted “to find about people who are spying.” He said the Taliban had a “wanted” list of 1,800 Afghans and was comparing that with names WikiLeaks provided."

      Read for your self here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/24/world/24assange

      cheers,
      M6

      • BenRiggs says:

        Yeah man, I think whether what he did is reckless or not is a fair debate. I definitely agree, but failed to mention earlier, that his failure to omit certain names, logistics, etc was a bad decision on his part.
        I disagree with the priority placed on this debate though…
        Certainly he has endangered peoples lives, but as Ron Paul points out: Those documents speak of governments who have endangered thousands of times more lives!
        If a man were to burst into your house and say, "Come quick! People are dying in the streets, and need help!" Would you first lecture him on etiquette and how to enter someones home, and then head out to help those in need?

  2. Padma Kadag says:

    Maybe most of you are too young to know about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers…This was a contributing reason in bringing the Vietnam War to a hault. Assange is not a hero. He is not even a journalist. He does it because he can. We need to remember that information in Wikileaks is only gathered information and though Classified it does not mean it is all truthful information. While I do not care for Assange's character and his reason's for doing it…I do support the complete transparency as it happens…Would I do it? No.

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