Wikileaks and Society’s New Norms

By Debra Sweet 

The recorded webcast from Sunday, August 1 concerning the Wikileaks.org revelations about the US occupation of Afghanistan is online and available now. 
 
A highlight was Matthis Chiroux with a group of GI resisters and others organizing active duty soldiers at Ft. Hood as they talked about protesting the upcoming deployment of the 3rd Regiment back to Iraq. Watch now.
 
World Can't Wait will hold more programs like this. Thanks for your support, questions & suggestions.  Thanks to Ray McGovern, Josh Stieber, Dahr Jamail, Cindy Sheehan, Matthis Chiroux & Under the Hood, and Mike Ferner.
 
Government Threatens Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Bradley Manning While the U.S. Occupation of Afghanistan Kills On
 
The unified message of the Defense Department and military command -- that leaking the evidence of US war crimes is criminal, while committing them is not -- is being delivered to the media by Robert Gates & Michael Mullen.  They both use the phrase, "Wikileaks might already have blood on their hands," which as we've noted is a surety in the case of Gates & Mullen who both served under the Bush regime.

Assange spoke Tuesday about what the leaks show; why the charges from the US that they put anyone in danger are wrong; and gave an example to the rest of us of someone sticking firmly to principle, based on having looked for what's true.

Jacob Applebaum, associated with Wikileaks.org, was detained last week at Newark Airport.  See U.S. detains, questions, security researcher associated with Wikileaks.

Congressman Mike Rogers, MI, who is on the House Intelligence Committee said, "the alleged release by a soldier of documents relating to the war in Afghanistan to WikiLeaks.org constitutes treason and should be considered a capital offense."  On Democracy Now, Assange spoke about threats on Bradley Manning, the US soldier who is being held now in Quantico, VA, on charges that he leaked the footage from Collateral Murder, and is reportedly being investigated for the most recent War Diary leaks:

"So this is an individual who is meant to be overseeing the intelligence Industry in the United States. So that's the sort of first takeaway, is that this, like, war hawk is meant to be overseeing and holding to account behavior of those involved in war. His call for execution, well, it's not only legally wrong-Congress has not declared war, so that option, as I understand, is not available to him. Also, for an execution to occur, the President must, or authority of the President must, authorize it. Now, that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. If the political will in the United States doesn't shoot down these floating balloons that Rogers and Thiessen are putting up, then we could see a shift towards finding that behavior or similar behavior acceptable. People have to shoot those statements down; otherwise, they will become the new norm."

World Can't Wait affirms our support for Assange, the Wikileaks organization, and for Bradley Manning, who should be released whether or not he had anything to do with exposing the underside of the US occupations to the world. We encourage everyone to read, watch and share the information that has been provided. We are making available DVD copies of the "Collateral Murder" video for use in classrooms, etc. Contact me if you need a copy!
 
Rally in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning
 
When: Sunday, August 8, noon

Where: Quantico Marine Corps Base where Manning is being held in pre-trial confinement; Meet at the Amtrak station in Quantico

More information: Bradley Manning Support Network bradleymanning.org

Please write to Bradley Manning at 3247 Elrod Avenue Quantico, VA Also see: Obama Administration In Danger Of Establishing "New Normal" With Worst Bush-Era Policies, Says ACLU:

"In the eighteen months since the issuance of those executive orders, the administration's record on issues related to civil liberties and national security has been, at best, mixed. Indeed, on a range of issues including accountability for torture, detention of terrorism suspects, and use of lethal force against civilians, there is a very real danger that the Obama administration will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful during the Bush administration. There is a real danger, in other words, that the Obama administration will preside over the creation of a "new normal."
 
Center for Constitutional Rights & ACLU Sue for Right to Defend Man Targeted for Assasination by Obama Administration.
 
Cheers to Bill Quigley & Michael Ratner of CCR, both signers of the Crimes Are Crimes - No Matter Who Does Them statement, and the ACLU for challenging the U.S. plan to assassinate Anwar Al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen.  But as the New York Times says, today, "the group has found itself in a Catch-22-like bind: because the government has designated Mr. Awlaki a terrorist, it would be a crime for the lawyers to file a lawsuit challenging the government's attempts to kill him."

A statement from CCR and the ACLU says, in part, "On July 16, however, the Secretary of the Treasury labeled Anwar al-Aulaqi a "specially designated global terrorist," which makes it a crime for lawyers to provide representation for his benefit without first seeking a license from OFAC...

"President Obama is claiming the power to act as judge, jury and executioner while suspending any semblance of due process," said Vince Warren, Executive Director of CCR. "Yemen is nearly 2000 miles from Afghanistan or Iraq. The U.S. government is going outside the law to create an ever-larger global war zone and turn the whole world into a battlefield. Would we tolerate it if China or France secretly decided to execute their enemies inside the U.S.?" He added, "This sets a dangerous precedent for other countries that will only lead to more violence and further diminish the rule of law."
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