Civil Obedience: The law is not what a general says it is. The law is not what Hillary Clinton says it is18
December 2, 2010 by tristan savage
By now everyone must have heard about Wikileaks’ massive information dump over the last few days. The story, of course, has been spun in the media as disputes between catty politicians, highlighting petty insults and interpersonal slights, rather than the real story of the mechanics of US imperialism that have threatened democracy throughout the world. One of the stories closest to my heart (and which, if revealed on its own, should have been front-page news for days) reveals that the US government recognized last year’s military coup in Honduras as an illegal and illegitimate act from the beginning, even while Hillary Clinton directed shadow funding to the military dictatorship.
Now, of course, every imperial government in the world is trying to destroy Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange. The United States is pursuing criminal prosecution, Interpol has out an arrest warrant, dozens of government spokespeople and many more pro-imperialist commentators have threatened to attack the website or its staff.
I know a lot of you are following various strands of the Wikileaks story very closely- I look forward to reading your analysis of the information they have made available. In the meantime, I think it is clear that our task is to defend the people who make transparency possible: Support Wikileaks!
As Assange pointed out in an interview the other day,
Write and post back- what are the most useful Wikileaks cables for your work? What do you think the US government’s most hypocritical argument against transparency has been so far?