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  WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation_ Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us _      Information Clearing House_ ICH

  WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation_ Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us _      Information Clearing House_ ICH

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WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us :

Information Clearing House: ICH

3/6/11 9:02 PM

WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us
By Fred Branfman "Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them." -- Julian Assange, 2007 blog entry January 04, 2011 "AlterNet' -- Do
WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us :

Information Clearing House: ICH

3/6/11 9:02 PM

WikiLeaks' Most Terrifying Revelation: Just How Much Our Government Lies to Us
By Fred Branfman "Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhaps as an old man I will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked to act on them." -- Julian Assange, 2007 blog entry January 04, 2011 "AlterNet' -- Do

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WikiLeak s' Most TerrifyingRevelation: Just How MuchOur Government Lies to Us
By Fred Branfman
"Try as I may I can not escape the sound of suffering. Perhapsas an old man I will accept suffering with insouciance. But not now; men in their prime, if they have convictions are tasked toact onthem." --
2007 blog entry
you believe that it is inAmericans' interest to allow a small group of U.S. leaders tounilaterally murder, maim, imprison and/or torture anyonethey choose anywhere in the world, without the knowledge letalone oversight of their citizens or the internationalcommunity? And, despite their proven record of failure toprotect America -- from Indochina to Iran to Iraq -- do you
 
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believe they should be permitted to clandestinely expand their war-making without informed public debate? If so, you arebetraying the principles upon which America was founded,endangering your nation, and displaying a distinctly"unamerican" subservience to unaccountable authority. But if you oppose autocratic power, you are called to supportWikileaks and others trying to limit U.S. Executive Branchmass murder abroad and failure to protect Americans at home.These two issues became officially linked for the first timewhen former U.S. Afghan commander General StanleyMcChrystal explicitly stated that the murder of civiliansincreases rather than decreases the numbers of thosecommitted to killing Americans, and actually implementedpolicies -- since reversed by General Petraeus -- to reduce U.S.murder of civilians. McChrystal said that “
for every innocenperson you kill, you create 10 new enemies.
" By so doing hemade it clear that killing civilians is not only a moral and war crimes issue, but -- in today's interdependent world -- alsothreatens U.S. national security.As important as is the issue of free speech, it is the question of whether the U.S. Executive is in fact protecting the Americanpeople through its mass murder abroad that really lies at theheart of the Wikileaks controversy. Executive Branch officialsjustify persecuting and threatening to murder Assange on thegrounds that he has damaged U.S. "national security." If 
 
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McChrystal is right, however, it is the past decade of U.S.Executive mass murder in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, nowrevealed beyond any doubt by Wikileaks, that is the real threatto U.S. national security.The chilling fact is this: whether you believe that September 11, 2001 was due to incomprehensible fanaticism or genuinegrievances, it seems likely that U.S. leaders’ murder of countless Muslims since 2001 will cause the next 9/11 should,God forbid, it occur, The recent suicide-bomber in Swedenwho came perilously close to succeeding taped a messagesaying "
so will your children, daughters, brothers, and sistersdie, like our brothers, sisters, and children die.
" Similar sentiments were voiced by the Times Square bomber, and it islikely that those responsible for future American deaths willalso be motivated by revenge for the hundreds of thousands of Muslims for whose deaths U.S. leaders are responsible since2001.This is not, of course, to justify such attacks. Any attacks oncivilians, whether by the Taliban or General Petraeus, aretotally unjustified and crimes of war. But if the issue is howbest to enhance U.S. national security, it is critical to rationallydiscuss the most prudent and sensible means of preventingfurther attacks -- which in this case is to stop creating hugenumbers of people who want to kill Americans. If GeneralMcChrystal is correct, every American should tremble at the

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