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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:24 PM
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Obama calls WikiLeaks' "deplorable" - White House
Source: Reuters

Dec 11 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Mexican President Felipe Calderon in phone calls on Saturday that WikiLeaks' actions were "deplorable" and the leaders agreed it would not hurt ties with Washington, the White House said.



Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1119044120101211




Well that should make the Republicans happy!
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:26 PM
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1. good little defender of the status quo and ruling elites, that President
n/t
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:58 PM
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96. A servant for the ruling elites
No spine--- oh well good luck raising money from me the next time around.

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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:39 PM
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106. That's what they teach 'em at Harvard Law (n/t)
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Boudica the Lyoness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:29 PM
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2. His presidency is turning out to be deplorable
n/t
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:52 PM
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22. This.
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pezDispenser Donating Member (443 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:10 PM
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35. this
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:14 PM
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40. + millions n/t
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t0dd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:38 PM
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70. +1
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:48 PM
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72. indeed
n/t
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:47 PM
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77. I'm inclined to agree. nt
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:41 PM
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82. +1000% ...
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Smashcut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:06 PM
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90. +1
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:29 PM
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3. What is he supposed to say? He's trying to smooth things over with Foreign Diplomats.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:33 PM
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6. There was no need for him to name Wikileaks in any way.
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 01:33 PM by EFerrari
There is an infinite number of ways to say "I'm sorry that you were upset" without doing that.

/grammar
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:35 PM
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7. we wouldn't want to hurt wikileaks feelings?
I'm confused
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:39 PM
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11. We wouldn't want to come off as enormous hypocrites
although, that may be a lost cause already. :)
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dave29 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:50 PM
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20. It appears both Govt's agreed it's not a problem
and Obama was straight up with them (usually a trait to be admired), so apparently we don't look like hypocrites.

Wikileaks is going to keep doing it's thing, and I don't have a problem with that at all... this is an area where I don't necessarily agree with the President.

They seem to be equal opportunity leakers. Someday, another govt will be embarrassed by the same shit. Unfortunately, leaking a subset of the picture does not give the full picture, and while it may be illuminating to see the outlines, I take it all with a grain of salt.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:54 PM
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24. Yes, it is hypocritical to condemn Wikileaks for the government's deplorable behavior.
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 01:54 PM by EFerrari
But you're right. Wikileaks has exposed corruption in many countries in just four short years and there have been some really important reforms as a result.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:53 PM
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23. I don't get the "hypocrite" angle. Can you explain it to me?
seriously, I would appreciate it.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:56 PM
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25. It's buck passing. If I behave badly towards you
criticizing the person that told you about it is buck passing.

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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:05 PM
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31. I don't bad behavior was the issue for Obama and Calderon. More that stuff that was supposed to be
confidential between Mexico and The US got leaked and put out in public,

I do understand the Buck Passing Hypocracy, and I have seen a lot of that from the commentators and manipulative politicians, And it is pretty disgusting. I appreciate you taking the time to write your reply.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:10 PM
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36. I don't have a link to the cable/material at issue.
A reassurance that those cables would be more secure in the future would have been a good message, imo. That gesture would speak to an immediate concern Calderon may have about future communication and doesn't hand off responsibility.

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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:23 PM
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45. I think I have a link to the main one in question.


WikiLeaks: Mexico Asked U.S. to Counter Chavez
2009 Cable Reveals President Calderon Accused Venezuelan President of Financing His Opponent, Urged More Restraint of Chavez
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/12/03/world/main711...

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:29 PM
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47. Thanks! That cable is interesting when you consider
that Bush helped Calderon steal the election from Obredor and that the Mexican people were out on the streets protesting their stolen election for six whole months. Calderon sounds just like our wingnuts who accuse us of doing what they are doing or what they plan to do.

It's a commonplace just now in Latin America for the right wing to blame Chavez for the popularity of left wing candidates. The United States catapults that propaganda. It's meant to discredit the real rise of the left all over the region.



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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:41 PM
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52. Yes very interesting. (and there is going to be lots of interesting stuff coming)
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 02:41 PM by emulatorloo
It doesn't appear the US acted on his Chavez Fantasy though, at least I am not finding any follow-up cables with GOOGLE.

From what I seen there's others that questions whether Calderone knows what he is doing regarding the drug cartels and organized crime.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:54 PM
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55. Well, I know that the State Department sends millions to Latin American right wing groups
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 02:54 PM by EFerrari
to oppose Chavez, Morales, Correa, Lugo, Ortega and probably, Lula (+ his successor). And I know because I tracked it down that the Venezuela - Iran - Hamas idea comes from the American Heritage group. Rumsfeld at one point wanted to sell the idea that al Qaida was going to attack us from the area of the unaligned Andean countries. lol

Maybe what Calderon was really asking for was a more shiny thing to draw attention away from his more obvious problems.

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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:06 PM
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58. The Heritage Foundation? Well that figures, they are Masters of Disinformation
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:22 PM
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60. It's amazing. Whenever there is a particularly bizarre claim about Chavez
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 03:23 PM by EFerrari
or any of the Latin American "Axis of Evil" as Evo humorously called them, I go to the Heritage Foundation website and search the meme. There and AEI. It's like tracking a vector. :)
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:29 PM
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61. And there is always an "expert" from both places available to exude "gravitas" on the news shows
Ah don't get me started. :toast:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:32 PM
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62. LOL
:toast:
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:15 PM
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42. Ah luvs ya dearly, E, but ya'd be a helluva lousy diplomat
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 02:15 PM by struggle4progress
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:16 PM
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44. I used to work at Small Claims here as a mediator.
I did okay. :)
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:33 PM
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49. I have no difficulty believing that
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:10 PM
Response to Reply #42
114. I bet EFerrari would do a hell of a lot better than most of the junior high mean girls we apparently
pay to work for the U.S. Dept. of State.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:10 PM
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34. See posts #21 & 33. nt
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:01 PM
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28. it kind of makes me think of a bullying boss that finally gets caught at something
bullyboss: "It was deplorable of them to publish pix of me with my pants down."

underling: "Don't worry. We don't think any less of you and it won't change our relationship at all."

(underling thought bubble: "I hated your guts before. I hate your guts now. Nothing's changed...except you're goin' down BWAH!HA!HA!HA!HA!")
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:30 PM
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4. Obama vowed to fight for transparency in government.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:35 PM
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9. I never heard him vowing to leak Mexico's confidential emails
I understand that what WIKILEAKS did may end up being very significant for historians and reporters and political activists

I also understand Obama is trying to smooth over ruffled feathers of diplomats who expected their confidential cables to be confidential. I don't get what DU wants from him on this.
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:04 PM
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30. Shhh! why bring rationality into the discussion?
no one wants to hear that sh*t.

;)
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:13 PM
Response to Reply #30
39. How is blaming another party for your insecure communications rational?
:)
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:28 PM
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46. LOL I think that is the Sarah Palin position. Just for fun a story about it
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/11/29/sarah-palin-bla... /

Sarah Palin Blames WikiLeaks 'Fiasco' on Obama's 'Incompetence'

Once again, President Obama has fallen woefully short in Sarah Palin's eyes. On Facebook Monday, the former Alaskan governor, conservative wunderkind, reality TV star and self-described Mama Grizzly swatted Obama for being asleep at the wheel when WikiLeaks website released thousands of classified diplomatic cables and communiques.

The title of her post: "Serious Questions about the Obama Administration's Incompetence in the WikiLeaks Fiasco."

<MORE HILARITY AT LINK>
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:30 PM
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48. LOL! She also said that Julian Assange was unAmerican!
:rofl:
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:33 PM
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50. She's a wacky one that's for sure. And a real nasty piece of work -
now her critics are "Weak, Limp and Impotent". That's not how fine christian ladies behave or talk back in my home town.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:34 PM
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51. Yep. That naughty librarian thing barely covers the Big Nasty.
Agreed.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:13 PM
Response to Reply #30
59. Applauding a strawman argument by calling it rational
doesn't make the deflection any more convincing.
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Kaleko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:12 PM
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37. What WikiLeaks is doing is creating a new, globally interconnected Fourth Estate
The implications of this mobilization of whistleblowers worldwide are enormous. Staggering, in fact.

Millions of people are trying to wrap their minds around what this new press platform that is not beholden to any government, Secret Service or corporation can accomplish in the coming years.

I wish Obama had acted much more intelligently in his reactions to this tipping point in human history. But he's proven himself to say one thing and then do the exact opposite. Thus the terrible disappointment with him all across his own base.
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StarsInHerHair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:46 AM
Response to Reply #37
89. no, it is the Fifth Estate-the Internet and Wikileaks
and it is exactly what Obama claimed he wanted when campaigning and, apparently, lying to us all.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:16 PM
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43. Deleted sub-thread
Sub-thread removed by moderator. Click here to review the message board rules.
 
boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:56 PM
Response to Reply #9
83. "confidential emails"
Uhm, no emails are involved in the current leaks.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:31 PM
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5. Criminal proceedings aimed at punishing a private person for communicating evidence
about human rights violations can never be justified -- Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/24339/
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 03:02 PM
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97. Little House servant Holder out to put that guy away
Holder is a real Judas Goat.., He would jump in a lake and fuck fish if told to do so by his MASTER
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:35 PM
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8. Dear Mr. President,
I, as the owner of this government, have the right to know what officials are doing in my name. If what you are doing is against the law or you are doing things that cast my government in a bad light then you should stop all activities at once.

The only things that I have seen in the leaked documents so far has not threatened the security of this nation. They, up to this point, have only shown how some in their execution of their duties have tried to circumvent the law and endangered the American people. If you are embarrassed by the leaks that show hypocrisy and lack of regard for laws, too bad. I have the right to know. It is not up to you to decide. You promised transparency, now let the system work.

King of Light
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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:36 PM
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10. There is something about that statement that kind of puzzles me..WikiLeaks'
actions are deplorable...but we are still friends..why because they found out what we think...does that make WikiLeaks deplorable..
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:41 PM
Response to Reply #10
14. Shoot the messenger. n/t
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:48 PM
Response to Reply #10
19. because WikiLeaks leaked Mexico's confidential cables
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 01:55 PM by emulatorloo
which they didn't expect to be leaked.

Say somebody steals your confidential love letters (LOL EMAILS) and posts them on the internet. Pretty sure your significant other would say that the person who did that was deplorable.

It is a horrible analogy I know, Maybe your tax returns or your bank account numbers or your hospital records would be better

(P.S,I don't mean to trivialize the positives that may come out of wikileaks)

But I don't get the concept that Obama should be celebrating wikileaks to people who had their stuff leaked. How is that going to make Mexico feel.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:53 PM
Response to Reply #19
73. thank you
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 04:59 PM by Lefta Dissenter
you've come up with better analogies than I have in my frustrating attempts.

Why Wikileaks is Bad for Progressive Foreign Policy
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 03:16 PM
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98. She starts off with a blatant lie that Wikileaks "dumped" anything
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 03:17 PM by EFerrari
and it gets worse from there. Good grief.

Exposing war crimes is now "juicy"? That should insult the intelligence of anyone with enough brain cells to raise their head.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:01 PM
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99. blatent lie?
it was a dump - with more "dumps" to come, apparently. There may have been a few names redacted, but many, MANY of the documents that were released served no purpose other than to embarrass US and foreign diplomats.

What effect do you think the leaks will have on diplomacy and foreign policy? Do you even care?

I know I'm virtually alone in my opinion here on DU, but I think the WikiLeaks approach to "opening up the government" is dangerous and self-serving. Ron Paul presented a false choice between the government's secrets that dragged us into an illegal war and WLeaks. I think the better approach is to re-work the classification system for documents, as well as to fix the breakdown of security that enabled people to disclose the documents in the first place.

Yes, I'm biased. My son is a Foreign Service Officer, and his first assignment is Saudi Arabia (one of his top three choices, by the way). I don't think WLeaks helps him in his job in public diplomacy. I think it places him and his fellow officers at greater risk. YOU go work in any one of those Middle East embassies, without being able to seek advice or consult confidentially with anyone in the State Department.

Also I have spent several years of my life battling our local governments over public records, including suing the Town Board to compel them to release documents that proved that the Board was breaking numerous laws. So I am no stranger to the system, or to the importance of public records. Throughout my work against (and subsequently, with) the Town Board, I have had access to numerous documents that would have proved personally embarrassing to Town Board members. However, I never would have considered publishing those in the local paper, unless that disclosure served a greater purpose.

As I said, I am biased. I am proud of my son, who has worked for years to be able to serve our country in the Middle East - serving in diplomacy and strengthening relationships, not by invading and killing. So I AM angry about what I see as a rash document disclosure that will create more stumbling blocks in his contributions to the world.








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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:14 PM
Response to Reply #99
101. Yes, to call the editorial process a "dump" is not only a lie
but a stupid, transparent one, no matter who your son is. As Greenwald pointed out last week.

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/...
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:44 PM
Response to Reply #101
108. No Its a business call. They are dumping them over time to get ad revenue
if it was over in a day the money would get fucked up.
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:43 PM
Response to Reply #99
107. "unless that disclosure served a greater purpose."
I can't think of a higher purpose than hastening the end of the Empire...
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:45 PM
Response to Reply #107
109. To be replaced with what?(nt)
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:07 PM
Response to Reply #19
113. Very false equivalence. You cannot rightly equate acts of or to private, self-supporting human
with act of a supposedly democratic government supported 100% by "donations" required of its workers/voters upon penalty of law.

Plus, no one has a First Amendment right to know what private, self-supporting individuals are up to and no one needs info to vote on which private persons should be voted in or out.

I am not saying every single fact exposed should have been exposed. Just saying your analogy doesn't hold at all.

That said, most of the stuff I've seen should never have happened in the first place and/or never been classified in the first place.

I have a feeling some reactions here would be quite different if this had happened three years ago or happened only to other countries.

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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:39 PM
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12. Is deplorable the Australian word for good ?
.
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:40 PM
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13. Just another politician
Power corrupts
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junior college Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:41 PM
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15. The WikiLeaks have been a big letdown for me
Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld and various other members of their nasty cabal should be LOCKED UP in PRISON for the REST of their natural lives. So far, nothing in the leaks is going to make this even remotely possible.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:43 PM
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16. Because the Obama administration is covering up for them.
The leaks have clearly shown that.

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movonne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:47 PM
Response to Reply #15
18. I think I read that only less than 1% of the info that WikiLeaks has
been distributed...maybe you will see more to your liking coming...
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:17 PM
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74. Correct
Less than 1%. Plenty to go.
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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:25 PM
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76. 99% of the material from the Bush regime years remains to be released.
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ProfessionalLeftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:47 PM
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17. Of course he does. Pfft. n/t
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krabigirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:51 PM
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21. I think Obama's presidency has been deplorable.
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tcaudilllg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 08:47 AM
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123. Not staying home in Nov 2012 BUT...
probably not going to put anything down for pres, either.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:00 PM
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26. Yeah, well fuck that shit.
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 02:02 PM by Hissyspit
Simplistic demonization worthy of Fox News.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:03 PM
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29. That's what I don't get, the ineptness.
What happened to those smart people who ran the campaign?

I guess I vastly over estimated them.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:08 PM
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33. A group that has documented, evidenced and revealed deplorable actions is called deplorable.
I can no way defend that choice of word even within the context which Obama finds himself.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:29 PM
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116. In hindsight, I think I may have voted as much for Axelrod as I did for Obama.
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 11:30 PM by No Elephants
Damned good marketing job.

Puts me a little in mind of Cyrano.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:45 PM
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119. You know, maybe I did, too. Good point!
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Lint Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:00 PM
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27. WikiLeaks' actions were heroic in the face of current US media corporate propaganda.
How is a Saudi Prince hiring prostitutes and parting with powerful world leaders some kind of damn state secret?
Who are the secret CIA or FBI secret agents have been harmed? What soldiers or reporters have been killed other than us killing our
own based on a WikiLeaks data exposure?

What is being hidden and finally exposed is corruption by powerful world leaders and their underlings. That is why our overlords are pissed.

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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:07 PM
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32. OBAMA = FAILURE!!! Wikileaks will make sure of this.
He earned it ...100%
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:15 PM
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41. The blame is not all Obama's by any means.
This is how Washington works. He's just fitting in.
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BlueJac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:50 PM
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53. He should lead instead of being one of the crowd.......
that would be what Presidents do, ya think?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:56 PM
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56. Sure and leaders act within a context, too. n/t
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:45 PM
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64. thank you-
for saying that.



:hi:
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nc4bo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:05 PM
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78. But one one of the campaign promises was changing the way Washington works, right?
2 years later, it looks like SSDD.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:09 PM
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80. That's true. n/t
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:46 PM
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110. One should know by now that that kind of stuff
is election year blather...

He was INSIDE WASHINGTON - in the bloody Senate...

He KNEW he couldn't change the way Washington works...

Even if he wanted to change the way Washington works...

Which he didn't...if it harmed the corporatocracy...
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Pavulon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:47 PM
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111. I dont think accepting espionage was part of the stump
speech. Maybe I forgot that part.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:35 PM
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117. If only he had campaigned on fitting in and over classifying, as usual, instead of on
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 11:38 PM by No Elephants
change and transparency, I would have had a better idea of who I was donating to and volunteering and voting for.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:40 PM
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118. Wikileaks has people on his side. Or so a poll said.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:13 PM
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:53 PM
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54. Please, please I want more
deplorable, Sir.

Free Julian Assange
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Faith No More Donating Member (230 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:03 PM
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57. No, YOU are deplorable Obama!
What happened to your calls for "transparency" in government. You're no better than the fool before you.
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:46 PM
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65. he's FAR better than the last president.
If you don't know that, you are the fool.
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eklektoscdc Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:42 PM
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63. New to politics
I'm 29, but this last election is the first time I've voted. I just started following politics and had NO IDEA things were this heated. I thought democrats liked the president?? What's wrong with Fox news?? And where do I get reliable info on progressive issues, and who is on the right side of the issues? (for future voting)Could someone also define "social justice" I've seen that used alot in posts in different contexts
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:47 PM
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120. Dude, what's your deal? You made is post, almost word for word,
on another thread. IIRC, even down to putting NO IDEA in all caps in both posts. And you were answered.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:47 PM
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66. Mr. President...
the MAN I campaigned for, the man whose picture sits upon my china closet as my child (who also campaigned for you!) took it of you on the Oval at Colorado State University...for shame! You PROMISED transparency, actually, you promised A LOT. I have held back, knowing you were handed a plate of manure that was not yours. Instead of rejecting that plate of manure, and rallying forth, you have fallen into line.

Jullian Assange is a HERO, IMVHO, as was Ellsburg! The powers-that-be can kiss my patriotic, boney butt...deplorable? Please, Sir, just look into the mirror!

Jenn
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:48 PM
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67. Bug waging a pointless, counterproductive and illegal..
... war is just all right.

The media and the politicians are going all out to convince the sheeple that Wikileaks is bad bad bad, only the feeble minded are buying it.

I hope they do a core dump of everything they have tomorrow.
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:57 PM
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68. I wish I could say I was shocked by Obama's statement. n/t
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:23 PM
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69. Could someone point me to where Obama calls those who call for the death of Assange deplorable?
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 04:23 PM by Violet_Crumble
Or am, as I'm suspecting, violent and undemocratic calls for assassination not considered by Obama to be deplorable in the way that sharing information with the world is? Politicians are all the same. Power corrupts...
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 04:41 PM
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71. Sorry Joanne, I marked unrecommend by accident.
Saw what Obama said in your OP and I was furious then I hit unrecommend on autoreflex.
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Amaya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:22 PM
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75. who fucking cares what you think obama
Edited on Sat Dec-11-10 05:24 PM by Amaya
you showed your true colors :puke:
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Hardrada Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:11 PM
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79. Hear! Hear!
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:24 PM
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81. Says Mr. "Transparency in Government". nt
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:02 PM
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84. No kidding.
"I'm for non-embarrassing transparency?"


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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:44 PM
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85. Another brilliant demonstration of what a corrupt, little corporate toady you are, Mr. President.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:47 PM
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86. Wikileaks is patriotic...nt
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BlueStater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:33 AM
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87. You know who I find deplorable?
Edited on Sun Dec-12-10 01:37 AM by BlueStater
People who let war criminal presidents get away with their crimes when they actually have the power to bring them to justice. Just shut the fuck up, Obama, you despicable protector of mass murderers.
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rayofreason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:26 AM
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88. What does Bill Clinton think?...
... After all, isn't he in charge now while Obama goes to Xmas parties?
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:35 PM
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91. You see Felipe Calderon Wikileaks is saying you are stupid
shame on them, you wanna look smarter Felipe? sell your oil company....

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Freetradesucks Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 01:52 PM
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92. I didn't realize that leaking confidential
information that is critical to our national security was a Democrat Party value.
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:05 PM
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93. So democratic values as freedom of the press shouldn't be Democratic party values
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Freetradesucks Donating Member (313 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:54 PM
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94. This isn't just freedom of the press,
There is a need for for privacy in our international dealings.
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AlphaCentauri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 02:57 PM
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95. Why? Democracy is the government of the people for the people
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:16 PM
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102. Covering up war crimes and obstruction of justice is not privacy
it's conspiracy.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 04:06 PM
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100. I didn't realize that covering up government corruption was national security!
:dunce:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 12:08 AM
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121. Which leaked info was "critical" to our national security?
Edited on Mon Dec-13-10 12:18 AM by No Elephants
That a world leader is "pudgy" or has a blond Ukranian nurse with him everywhere he goes?

IMO, voters knowing how much publicly available drivel our government claims is a government secret is far more essential to our national security than anything wikileaks published. Ditto how bad our security for government secrets, real or imagined, actually is.

I also found it useful to have published that players feel free to ask us to spend our blood and treasure warring on nations they see as their religious and/or political enemies while they keep their money and people safe at home. Why do I think that ease tells us this is not the first such request and maybe at least one prior request has been granted?

If this disclosure smakes them hesitate to repeat such requests, fine with me.
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 12:16 AM
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122. Please explain how Eric Clapton being asked to play in North Korea is critical to national security.
I'd like to hear this logic.
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Occulus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-13-10 09:03 AM
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124. "Democrat Party"
:eyes:
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24601 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 05:33 PM
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103. Well that settles the question as the President and Commander
in Chief has spoken. All DUers are hereby commanded by the head of the party to fall into line lest the communists - I mean the terrorists - win. US Cyber Command will monitor postings accordingly - just listen for that knock at the door and get ready to run. Well, we could amend the Constitution and bring back Bush or forget the amendment and bring in Jeb - he's supposed to be the smarter one anyway. :spank:

OK, turning to the serious, do we really want cables watered down that they say, "The conversation was polite and frank - the food and wine were nice and nobody threw up" instead of "Better get SECSTATE out here to talk to this asshat before she sells nukes to Al Qaeda and starts WWIII."

Private conversations need to remain that way or there will be no substantative conversations.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 06:48 PM
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104. No surprise here, blame it on the messenger, and not the government unable to keep secrets /nt
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:48 PM
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112. Or worse -- a "government" that feels it has to keep secrets... (n/t)
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ProudDad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 10:39 PM
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105. Obama's erstwhile base calls
Obama's actions "deplorable"...

with much greater cause...
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The Flaming Red Head Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-12-10 11:12 PM
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115. WikiLeaks exposing Pfizers unethical drug test on children is just
Not deplorable at all. Its really wonderful. Thank you WikiLeaks.
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