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WikiLeaks Spawns More Backlash
Rep. Peter King (left) introduces anti-WikiLeaks legislation ... The bill, known as the SHIELD Act, would amend the Espionage Act to make publishing classified information "concerning the identity of a classified source or informant of an element of the intelligence community" an act of espionage. Sens. John Ensign (R-NV), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate last week. "These organizations are a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States," Rep. King continued. "Julian Assange and his compatriots are enemies of the US and should be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. This legislation provides the Attorney General with additional authority to do just that." – Raw Story
Dominant Social Theme: The threat of WikiLeaks refocuses Peter King's pathologies.
Free-Market Analysis: WikiLeaks continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. We've analyzed WikiLeaks from the point of view of a power elite gambit and the pieces of the puzzle continue to fit together. Not only that, but the WikiLeaks sub dominant social theme was assembled relatively rapidly in our view with Julian Assange taking over WikiLeaks only about four years ago. That's a blink of an eye in terms of elite promotions, which can run 50 or even 100 years (see central banking). Here are links to three Assange-like stories, a trilogy if you will:
WikiLeaks seems to talk a better leak than it offers. One thing it HAS been good at – as we would expect if it were ultimately an Anglosphere psyops – is generating pushback from Anglosphere political elites, especially in America (see excerpt above). There is of course no "security" measure that is too Draconian for someone like Peter King, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, who has backed virtually every legislative disassembling of American civil rights for the past decade. WikiLeaks, conveniently, has given him a renewed opportunity to further polarize the US security debate and whittle away further freedoms. Here's more from Raw Story regarding King's latest jeremiad:
... King sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder ... demanding that WikiLeaks be deemed a "foreign terrorist organization" and it's founder declared a terror ringleader ... "Julian Assange and his associates who have operated and supported WikiLeaks not only damaged US national security with their releases of classified documents, but also placed at risk countless lives, including those of our Nation's intelligence sources around the world."
The ACLU, which has done exactly nothing to slow America's descent into authoritarianism, opposes the latest King gambit. In a statement, the ACLU urged Congress to, "resist the urge to broaden the Espionage Act's already overbroad proscriptions and, instead, to narrow the Act's focus to those responsible for leaking properly classified information to the detriment of our national security. Publishers who are not involved in the leaking of classified information should be praised by our society for their contributions to public discourse, not vilified as the co-conspirators of leakers with whom they have no criminal connection."
We doubt that King's gambit will go far, but it does contribute generally to the continued miasma of paranoia that afflicts the Hill. The Patriot Act itself, which only recently failed to garner a two-thirds super majority, passed the House on Monday via a simple majority. The vast majority of House Republicans voted for it, and so did over 60 Democrats. The provisions as usual are focused on terrorism but, in the breach, will be applied to every US citizen. As TPM reported on legislation that continues to be unconstitutional:
The provisions allow investigators to get "roving wiretap" court orders allowing them to follow terrorism suspects who switch phone numbers or providers; to get orders allowing them to seize "any tangible things" relevant to a security investigation, like a business's customer records; and to get national-security wiretap orders against non-citizen suspects who are not connected to any foreign power.
One might have thought that the Tea Party movement itself, which aligns itself with the US constitutional framework, would have been circumspect about supporting such legislation. But Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-6), who has emerged along with Sarah Palin as a spokesperson for the movement backed the legislation and released a 3rd person statement explaining her reasons. "Today's vote was for a ten-month extension of three provisions that would have expired later this month. These provisions maintain the flexibility that our intelligence community needs to monitor terror suspects and protect our country against international terrorism. As a mother of five and a foster mother to 23 children, I voted for these authorities so that our laws keep pace with the evolving threats posed by terrorists."
These then, are the fruits of WikiLeaks. Julian Assange has burst onto the scene in dramatic fashion, but his activities have tended to polarize the security debate and have even given rise to more Draconian legislation. When one examines his track record there is not much to justify the tremendous coverage he has received from the mainstream media. He has a million-dollar book contract, has been nominated for the Nobel Prize and his life story is being made into a major motion picture. Frankly, this kind of adulatory treatment is reserved for those who are most important to power elite narratives.
Each of these instruments of notoriety is controlled by the elite; major motion pictures about young men (who are still alive) are rarely if ever made. Million-dollar book contracts are generated by a very few authors. Nobel Peace Prizes are given out sparsely and hardly ever to young men. Assange is getting the "star treatment." At the same time, his actions have not yielded up anything of note regarding Western improprieties – or little that is new anyway.
Conclusion: Assange has however hardened the "terrorism" debate in the West and the United States, making it easier for the Peter Kings and Michele Bachmanns of the world to further restrict citizens' civil rights while expanding the grasp of Leviathan. If that is the point of WikiLeaks, Assange is seemingly succeeding. And perhaps it is.
Posted by Robert on 02/17/11 12:35 PM
Michelle Bachman and Sara Palin do not speak for those constitutional supporters in the US. While the Tea Party can be corporatized to supposedly represent the classic liberals in American society, and those who support those principals as embodied in the Constitution, the Tea Party construct will fail and a new movement will arise in it's place. It will take a bit of time, however, for the supporters to realize the movement has been preempted by existing Republican Neo-cons.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/17/11 09:22 AM
I thought Epstein's David Bowie song cut to the chase about your cool postings. Works of art, I say!
Speaking of whether Hillary's speech was solid, liquid, or just gas, could I draw your attention to a note I just read from Doctor Sternum? It sheds some sort of light the matter.
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Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/17/11 08:31 AM
@ Leonardo Pisano
What in the world would make you think I was talking about chess? That was just the virtual vessel!
And I think I used the term "Metaforianally" with just one "n," but for the life of me, I cannot find it either here, or there. Did I just think it?
And I would rather be prone to error as opposed to being just prone. I'm just a simple little hybrid.
And finally, sure, you can scroll past every one of my posts, it is now a free internet . . . thanks to our new woman in Washington.
If you really want to get it on with me, no problem . . . DB lets me bang my gong here (most of the time, anyway.)
Je suis tres, tres fou!
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Posted by Hans on 02/17/11 06:48 AM
that offline generation will die out within the next 20 years. nobody will ever talk about patriotism,religious values or a republican party. it is called evolution and as darwin stated, those that adapt the fastest will survive. we all can be sure republican peter king will not be one of them.
Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 02/17/11 06:41 AM
My post wasn't about chess, obviously, but about thinking prior to acting. In the past I scored your post 1/5 sensible, 4/5 nonsense (rough estimate; subjective assessment prone to error).
Metaforiannally (what a word! Shows your creativity), you posted 4/5 impatiently. I didn't mind because I liked the 1/5 so much. But I spend all this time on this post to make you hopefully improve on your score. Despite the statistics, THAT's what I think (hope anyway) is the real Weeble. So, my friend, to put it bluntly: cut the crap and contribute sensibly.
If we seek blahblah, we have zillion governmental websites to choose from. Of course, it's a free world, so if the 4/5 monkey talk is showing your true colors, just continue (as long as the DB allows you) and I know that I best skip all your posts.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Less opaque. Clearer. Don't use ManfromMars as a model.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/17/11 05:49 AM
@ Leonardo Pisano
It seems you listened to those who flattered you. Thanks for the tip, though.
Chess is a 1500 year old Indian game, but the Chinese come to mind as the great proponents of its popularity. I love that game and have an absolutely fabulous $350 hand carved Chinese set in a wooden box that Lucy and I have never played! How odd. We have had it since Christmas 2007. I splurged, much to the chagrin of Lucy.
I usually find out whether my opponent knows the Blitzkrieg move before we get into the meat and potatoes of our game. That separates the rice from the paddies.
By the way, you were the only one here that spotted my less than unique writing style a few months ago. Good show . . . but I could not say it at the time, as I was in the middle of sacrificing my Queen.
Here's a nice clip from Wiki:
An alternative origin theory contends that chess arose from Xiangqi or a predecessor thereof, existing in China since the 2nd century BC. David H. Li, a retired accountant, professor of accounting and translator of ancient Chinese texts, hypothesizes that general Han Xin drew on the earlier game of Liubo to develop an early form of Chinese chess in the winter of 204‒203 BC. The German chess historian Peter Banaschak, however, points out that Li's main hypothesis "is based on virtually nothing". He notes that the "Xuanguai lu," authored by the Tang Dynasty minister Niu Sengru (779‒847), remains the first real source on the Chinese chess variant xiangqi.
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Now, from this little snippet, I surmise that Peter Banaschak would not bet me a single grain of rice, placed on the first square and doubled on the next square, and so on, that he has any way of truly substantiating his statement.
Tonight, I dust off the box, lay out the wooden warriors, and see how good Lucy's memory is.
Posted by HappyCamper on 02/17/11 05:35 AM
Posted by Leonardo Pisano on 02/17/11 03:23 AM
Ages ago I was a talented chess player, at least so people told me. But I lost games, because I hadn't thought through all consequences. Ah impatience of youth, no doubt. Then an old man advised me to sit on my hands. This worked wonderfully " my game improved dramatically, as when I tried to make my move ... well, you get the picture. May I suggest, dear Agent Weebley, that you are going to sit on your hands before " metaforiannally speaking " you make your move here?
Posted by AmanfromMars on 02/17/11 01:47 AM
""Welcome To The Machine, Bill."
As an engineer, it is incumbent on me, by basic (CHOSEN) nature to either fix or obsolete broken machines.
Thought you knew that?
Far better than just "railing against the machine", or complaining, with ZERO intelligent alternatives proposed, a waste of time, since, only the intelligent pay attention and therefore, are capable of "running to" (a goal), as opposed to "running from", no goal, disaster certain.
End gobbly gook..." ..... Posted by Bill Ross on 2/16/2011 3:16:58 PM
That is most encouraging, Bill Ross, and certainly do the intelligent and IntelAIgents pay attention and are capable of providing everything and anything that one needs and/or desires. And whether 'tis a need or a desire does a feed require only seeds for Source from an Advanced Intellectual Property Core with Virtual Reality Banks with Loded Future Memory Vaults ..... Strategic Imaginative Storage.
And such gobbly gook is not gobbledygook to Future LOVE Pioneers with Passions for AIMissions delivering Perfect Goals.
"It appears that the big chess game is approaching the major move that all the pawns have worked hard to clear a path for. ..... The cumulation of a many memes appear to be approaching, a giant step toward globalization. Atlas is about to Shrug. My senses feel this with be a fascinating period, not good, but a change in the world as we understand it, one step back to 1984. We are on the precipice of a new world order. Free thought is all we have, and I am not so sure about that. Remember Winston Smith." ....... Posted by SP on 2/16/2011 4:13:40 PM
Your doubts do you a disservice and unnecessarily fuel negative pessimism in an otherwise perceptive and positive See, SP. I would counter a "Remember Winston Smith" with a "Have you forgotten Winston Churchill?" ..... 'Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.' ..... which of course has its evil flip side in the modern era, post World War 2, with the world being held to ransom by the holders of deficits and the issuers of treasury IOUs. Indeed, one could almost repeat exactly those few Churchillian words to accurately represent the Present Rape of Humanity on the Altar of Paper Profit, for is it not a true reflection ...... Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few.
"Why, thank you, DB. .... Can I ask you something though? What does this site symbolize? " ..... Posted by Agent Weebley on 2/16/2011 9:50:22 PM
A boldly going question, Agent Weebley, with many and more than the few wondering on the answer to help decide on whether their virtual page can be a plant and/or a mole for the Novel and Noble Establishment and a Brave New World Order with IT Command in CHAOS and Control of Assets, .... Animal, Vegetable and Mineral.
And even if Hillary is an immoral/amoral/polyamoral groupie jumping into bed with whatever and whoever is leading, so she can be part of the action, so what? It still shows the way the future is going and politics aint leading, and that the past is over. And if she can't deliver what is required, she'll just get dumped and left behind with nothing but fading memories to feast upon, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Texas if the fault is all of her own making.
Posted by Winnybar on 02/16/11 10:35 PM
You can add King to the folowing list.
Learn how to ferret out foreigners. They speak English at the Fifth grade level with No complex sentences. Often just phrases but usualy phrases connected by ANDs, and BUTs. This is a complex sentence. Because we are trying to save America, we are spending time ferreting out the foreigners, Nazis, in the Federal government.
Google a transcript of any of the following and Ferret out a foreigner. The Bushes, the Clintons, Obama, Boehner, John Howard, Warren Buffet, Alex Jones, Murdoch, Tony Blair, John Roberts, Pelosi, FDA Hamburg. Most are German born but Obama being an Asian is believed to have been born in Thailand. Google Thai king who may be his daddy. The Nazis have taken over control of the media also.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/16/11 10:09 PM
Actually, I do have something on my site that does answer your question: "what is a Metaforian".
Oh, and the name is Weebley, Agent Weebley.
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Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/16/11 09:50 PM
DB reply: "You are out of your mind, Weeble. Hillary is restating her favorite theme – it takes a village to build an Internet. And what is a metaforian?"
Why, thank you, DB.
Oh no, Hillary is our mole; now squinting in the bright sunshine!
You have to visit my site to understand your Metaforian side. We cannot really explain ourselves in a 60 second infomercial.
Can I ask you something though? What does this site symbolize?
Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/16/11 07:09 PM
I knew we had moles in government. Too many opposing things are happening. I am now busy searching to see who her real friends actually are. Maybe we have more moles than we thought.
We are now "free" in cyberspace! Yippee!!!!
If Lucy wasn't my Number 1, then Hillary would be my new Tweety Bird. This is awesome News. Why can't you see it?!
I don't care what people say about you, Bill, you're a Puddy Tat! Hmmm . . . Delkey doesn't like cats. Can you pretend to be a Tigger at our party? He does not know what a Tigger is.
Posted by Bill Ross on 02/16/11 06:48 PM
"Hillary Clinton is all about World Peace!"
Standard politicians (such as Clintons) are about NOTHING except sniffing the prevailing perceptual winds and hitching their sail to whatever position they calculate will provide them with the most power. PERIOD.
Be careful who you ask to represent you and solve your own problems. Invariably, the "pound of flesh" will cost far more than the problem, but, it will be spread out in time to make it appear "more tolerable". By the time you realize it, you will be too old and ready to roll over and die. Much like the baby boomer generation, flush with wealth, of declining ability to defend themselves.
And, everyone wants peace. The issue is, some also desire to prey, in a peaceful manner, an impossibility, at least, if people have some minimal level of awareness, slightly above comatose.
Posted by Bill Ross on 02/16/11 06:36 PM
"What the government really fears..."
...is that the majority are forced (by survival necessity) past the tipping point of AGAIN realizing that government is an unruly servant and tyrannical master, an untameable beast, requiring close watching and severe limitations of power and resources, with ZERO discretion, for the reasons explained in the "Federalist Papers" and embedded in the laws of the land, now rationalized away.
But, the opinions / knowledge of our dead ancestors, who actually fought for and built civilization is of "no force and effect".
If we want it back, there MUST be a "force and effect".
Does anyone REALLY need a hint of the only possible source of this?
And, matters are complicated by the fact that governments are in a trap, a pincer movement, caught between the mutually exclusive demands of the people and elites. They can only wither and die, no other option is possible. Then, with the middleman (buffer) removed, it will be between the people and elites.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/16/11 06:27 PM
Well she said it . . . about 4 hours ago!
"The freedoms to assemble and associate also apply in cyberspace. In our time, people are as likely to come together to pursue common interests online as in a church or a labor hall."
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In the Metaforian language, "come together" is about as strong a statement as anyone could make about what we Metaforians are all about.
This is a day to remember across the world! We have a mole in government. She has "outed" herself to the world.
Hillary Clinton is all about World Peace!
Forget everything you have ever thought about Hillary in the past. They were forcing her to do it. She has had enough. She wants WikiLeaks to stand! She wants us to have the freedom to express ourselves in cyberspace. Forget SHIELD. Shields are down. Say what you will.
Say whatever you feel like saying!
Hillary, we love you!
Reply from The Daily Bell
You are out of your mind, Weeble. Hillary is restating her favorite theme - it takes a village to build an Internet. And what is a metaforian?
Posted by Patrick on 02/16/11 05:57 PM
What the government really fears from Wikileaks is the release of documents that would show the gross financial fraud of the U. S. banksters that has led to this financial mess.
Posted by Agent Weebley on 02/16/11 05:51 PM
Wow, Bill Ross, thems are fightin' words!
I'm going to ask Lucy to put you on our invite list for our upcoming party. You will get to meet our dog, Delkey.
After a pretend "battle," he will love you to bits, and I am sure you will love him right back. He has beautiful wet eyes. He just gazes right into your soul; dripping with love, that dog.
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Posted by Bill Ross on 02/16/11 05:17 PM
"Would that be Running From The Cops?"
No, its "turn and snarl time", planetwide...
Or, haven't you noticed?