Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Hail to the whistleblowers

Whistleblowers like those at WikiLeaks make huge sacrifices and are a vital last resort to check the powers of government

James Denselow, Wednesday 23 June 2010

"James Madison (drafter of the US first amendment) once wrote that "government, without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both".

This is certainly true of Afghanistan, where the US-led coalition has been able to avoid a true audit of the impact of its presence via tight control of the media combined with manipulated patriotism.....

WikiLeaks's Assange claims that he is now under tight surveillance and is afraid to travel to the US. Although these individuals can be easily smeared with accusations of treason and being unpatriotic, more often than not history vindicates their actions."

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