The WikiLeaks controversy has been increasing as of late. So I decided to give about 3 people my unsolicited opinion.
1. People say shutting down WikiLeaks is a violation of free speech (not in constitutional terms, just with regard to censorship of the internet in general). No it isn't. Why?
a. Let's translate leaked documents into another plane. Leaked documents are like stolen property, right? I'd say so. So shutting down an operation whose business is the resale of stolen goods would be totally logical.
2. WikiLeaks has EVERY RIGHT to publish these documents! The government shouldn't be keeping secrets from the people!
a. Whoever really believes this is a total idiot who should be wearing a helmet at all times and be living in a padded home with no sharp corners. Honestly. I mean, if military protocol was public knowledge to US Citizens, the world would know it. If any such protocol was public knowledge to US Citizens, the world would know it. It's impossible to keep such material quiet if it's publicized at all. I mean, just look at this whole WikiLeaks issue. It's happening because there are those who are privy to information that they obviously shouldn't be.
b. Once you accept that certain information should remain secret, then who the fuck are you to decide what documents should be public knowledge? Because if the wrong people get their hands on certain documents that other people think the American people are entitled to, such as emergency response protocol, then that could be used against us. Some things seem so simple and black and white to us individuals, like government transparency. BUT WE DON'T SEE THE BIG PICTURE!
AND THIS IS A PROBLEM INHERENT IN THE CONCEPT OF GOVERNMENT! THERE IS A BIG PICTURE WHICH WE CAN'T SEE! THERE CAN BE NO REAL TRANSPARENCY IF A GOVERNMENT IN THE REAL WORLD WISHES TO BE EFFECTIVE!
As a people, we don't really want to know the truth. We just don't want to find the truth out from someone else. Much like parents. Parents don't really want to know if their kids have smoked pot or stolen something or cheated on a test or had sex (until a certain age, of course). As long as they can't tell, they're perfectly well off assuming the best. That is, until they catch their 14 daughter in their bed having sex with her 19 year old boyfriend while smoking a joint using stolen birth control.
I see the necessity of black ops programs and intelligence agencies without too much oversight. I think these agencies should each have one Senator, or someone else who keeps secrets and lies for a living, to oversee them, without having to submit documentation after confirmation. But then I also believe the entire political and judicial system should be overhauled, so what the hell.
3. Amazon and PayPal were wrong to sever ties with WikiLeaks!
a. Nah, not really. They really did violate user agreements. PayPal says that users may not be doing anything that could cause illegal activity. And Amazon says that users may not being using someone else's shit.
b. Now, people are saying, "Amazon folded under pressure from the government! Joe Lieberman visits Jeff Bezos and Amazon gives WikiLeaks the boot? And what about all of the other people that use that service and violate the agreement?!"
Well, jackass, WikiLeaks DOES violate user policy. Amazon doesn't prescreen applicants. But if they catch you, they kick you off. There are hundreds of thousands of accounts here. Amazon can't look at all of them. but if the US Government brings something up, you can be damn sure Amazon OR ANY OTHER WEBSITE IN THE WORLD is at least going to review the case. So Amazon discovered violations and kicked them off. What's wrong with that?
WIKILEAKS HAS ENDANGERED PEOPLE. THE FOUNDER IS A NARCISSIST WITH A GOD COMPLEX. HE BELIEVES HE HAS THE RIGHT AND POWER AND KNOWLEDGE TO PUBLICIZE SENSITIVE INFORMATION. HE MUST BE STOPPED. I HOPE HIS "SUICIDE" IS DISCOVERED SOON.
I'm tired now, so I'll stop here. I probably won't finish this because I don't finish things, so leave a comment. I may have answered it in the next unpublished section, but don't be afraid to talk to me.