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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:00 PM
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Lieberman Strikes Again Against Wikileaks' Web
Edited on Thu Dec-02-10 04:07 PM by Hissyspit
Source: Tech President.com

Lieberman Strikes Again Against Wikileaks' Web
Nancy Scola | December 2, 2010 - 3:52pm

Tableau, the Seattle-based data visualization company that had been hosting Wikileaks charts showing different visualizations of the State Department cables , is saying this afternoon that it took down the charts at Senator Joe Lieberman's request:

Wednesday afternoon, Tableau Software removed data visualizations published by WikiLeaks to Tableau Public. We understand this is a sensitive issue and want to assure the public and our users that this was not an easy decision, nor one that we took lightly.

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Our decision to remove the data from our servers came in response to a public request by Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, when he called for organizations hosting WikiLeaks to terminate their relationship with the website.

This will inevitably be met with mixed reaction. However, our terms of service were created to ensure responsible use of data.

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Tableau's company history explains that the firm spun out of a U.S. Defense Department data viz project.

Read more: http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/lieberman-strikes-a...
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:02 PM
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1. What has Lieberman (R) got to hide?
If he has nothing to hide, he should have no concern. Right?

What a pathetic Republicon he is...
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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:28 PM
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5. Obviously
Wikileaks must be holding some information on israel
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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 09:11 AM
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22. Ding Ding Ding Ding...
nt
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sarcasmo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:04 PM
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2. Joe is no Republican he is Corpricon, like so many other politicians in support of the mega
Edited on Thu Dec-02-10 04:05 PM by sarcasmo
Corporations that run this country.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:06 PM
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3. Oh Joe. Please stop embarrassing your fellow nutmeggers in CT.
2012. 2012. I keep repeating it. He is toast here in CT this time.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:24 PM
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4. another corrupt politician... blah, blah, blah says the con man
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-02-10 04:51 PM
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6. Wasn't it Mike Huckabee who said that traitors like
joe Lie-Berman should be executed?

I concur...
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go west young man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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7. WikiLeaks cables visualisation pulled after pressure from Joe Lieberman
Source: The Guardian UK

The company that provided visualisations of the contents of the leaked US embassy cables has admitted it removed them from the net at the request of Senator Joe Lieberman, the chair of the Senate homeland committee who has made angry denunciations of the leaks.

The removal of the visualisation came as the US Social Security Agency warned its workers that looking at the leaked cables could constitute a criminal offence.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2010/dec/03/wikile...



Can Joe Lieberman get any douchier? Me thinks not.
At this point he is giving Dick Cheney a serious run for his money
in the douche department.
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Art_from_Ark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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8. Social Security Agency?
:shrug:
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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9. Employees of federal contractors
have also been told that accessing the Wikileaks website on company computers could constitute a criminal offense.
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HillbillyBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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10. I had not really considered that end .. If you are using any computer
but your own, then you are bound by whatever company / organization you work for. This is something you do on your own time and dime.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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14. Please. This is Obamaadmin scaring citizens out of exercising their First Amendment rights, not an
Edited on Fri Dec-03-10 06:47 AM by No Elephants
employer remind employees not to use the bosses' stuff for personal reasons.

Getting threatened with firing for misue of company property is one thing. Getting lied to about the potential for criminsl charges (espionage) re: viewing stolen governemnt "secrets" that now could not possibly be more public is something entirely different.

And viewing stolen info was supposedly the offense. That is not limited to use of company property. If it really were a crime, it would be a crime if you viewed it on your own equipment, in your home and on your own time.

We still do have a First Amendment. Okay, maybe only on paper nowadays, much like the Fourth, but no one's done what's necessary legally to formally repeal it.

Seriously, when you're willing to equate government violations of the Bill of Bill of Rights as garden variety, nothing to see here employment law bc Obama's in the Oval Office now instead of Dummya/Dick, please consider pausing and taking a breath.
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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16. There's got to be some serious stuff in there
I mean, other than all the serious stuff we've already seen.

Obama, my god, his people worked with republicans to kill war crimes investigations. And see how republicans have repaid the favor.

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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 10:47 AM
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25. Yes
I hadn't accessed Wikileaks from my work computer, but I have a shortcut to Wikileaks on my PC, and I have downloaded everything I though was interesting onto SD cards for archiving.

If accessing stolen documents that have become public is a crime, I'm screwed, though still employed per company policy. :)
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 10:42 AM
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24. It didn't come from the companies, it came from the feds
The contractors passed word to employees, at which time it became both a federal threat and a company policy.
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crikkett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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11. LOOKING AT LEAKED CABLES COULD BE A CRIMINAL OFFENSE?
:argh:

I wish I could swear in Russian because then it would just complete this picture.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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15. Fist bump. ( I was typing Reply 7 while you were posting.)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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12. LIE berman is douchey, but Cheney is a murdering criminal. Now, why in hell
did you make me defend Jerkoff Joe?

It never entered my mind that I would ever feel moved so to do. I feel so dirty.
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pnorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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13. Hey fellers, don't look at ME!
I voted AGAINST that rat in 2000! (A Premature anti-Fascist, but in this century)
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harun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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17. No one needs government secrecy more than Lieberman.
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Bragi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 07:26 AM
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18. The official reaction to the leaks tells the story
First of all, read the lazy columnists on the op-ed pages who sniff that the leaks actually don't have important information in them. That's the first line of misguidance.

To test their theory, go to the front pages of their newspapers and scan the headlines. Much of it is about real fall-out from real revelations in the leaks.

The second test is to ask, so, what exactly are the powers that be doing in response to the leaks, other than lying about their importance?

Well, they are trying to shut the site down, trying to intimidate every Internet carrier that allows access to the site. They are even threatening to kill the founder of Wikileaks.

So here's what we really know:

The leaks have revealed serious lies by governments around the globe, and raise important issues about foreign policy.

The powers that be intend to pull out all the stops to shut down this attempt and future attempts to shed light on their lies.

If they kill Assange, I say all bets are off. The global insurgency against government secrecy will take on a shape and substance that the powers that be can't even imagine at this point.

And every one of us with a computer and an internet account will be eligible to enlist.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 08:53 AM
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20. Leaks also show how many idiots we have in State wasting our money on dumb chit.
If that's foreign relations, State needs to hire more junior high kids.
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Bragi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 09:05 AM
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21. I don't agree
Not sure how you reach that conclusion.

What I've seen of the cables so far is that they have pretty good information in them, and diplomats were reporting quite candidly on what they were hearing.

If the cables really were written by idiots, then I doubt very much that the world media would be dominated by these leaks for the better part of week already, and there is much more still to come out.

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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 10:28 AM
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23. The cables also show U.S. diplomats behaving like children

How they talked about German's foreign minister, for example.

And spending hundreds of thousands on a birthday party for a dictator.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-03-10 08:51 AM
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19. This more than I remember phlegmatic LIEberman doing ever, including when he ran for V.P.
Is he obsessed? Afraid of something he's done/
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