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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 06:36 AM
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Indecent Exposure: WikiLeaks Hounded for Showing Power Its True Face
Even as WikiLeaks fights for its life -- a phrase that becomes less metaphorical by the day, especially for Julian Assange, hounded and hunted by several governments -- its revelations continue to shake the world's power structures. Every day we are treated to the edifying spectacle of the most powerful and privileged people on earth scurrying around like panicked rats, trying to escape the streams of light pouring into their filthy backrooms, exposing their ruthless machtpolitik -- and their monumental incompetence at every level.

The trove of leaked diplomatic cables is too rich to encompass or fully process right away. Dip your hand into one batch and you come out with a whole handful of jewels, each one worthy of careful, in-depth analysis, buttressed with innumerable links to current events and detailed historical context. This is the work of months, even years. For now, we can only survey the highlights as they are released and draw some initial impressions.

Two things stand out immediately. First, the leaked cables reveal -- or rather, confirm -- that American "intelligence" on the activities of foreign nations is based almost totally on hearsay, rumor, gossip and fantasies brewed from a deadly mix of arrogance and ignorance. Second, they show that the overwhelming majority of the public statements made by top American officials about the nation's foreign policy are deliberate, knowing lies: the cheapest, most threadbare bromides about America's noble intentions coupled with cynical fear-mongering, which knowingly fans low-grade -- or non-existent -- threats into dire "emergencies" that somehow, always, fill the coffers of war-profiteers (and that new breed of gluttonous predator, the security-profiteers) and require ever-greater expansions of authoritarian power.

Or as Arthur Silber, who has explored these themes in depth for years, puts it: "They'll lie about everything."

Take for example a couple of the latest Guardian stories from the WikiLeaks trove: "Cables portray Saudi Arabia as cash machine for terrorists" and "Saudi Arabia rated a bigger threat to Iraqi stability than Iran." These are not particularly major revelations, but they are highly illustrative for our purposes. In them, we find American diplomats flinging accusations of extensive terrorist funding by powerful Saudis and, in particular, by Saudi-based charities which work around the world. Even as they report their assertions back to Washington, however, the diplomats admit that the "intelligence" they are relying upon is merely "suggestive," that it is based on "limited information," that confirmation of the charges and rumors is "hard to come by."

This is not to say that powerful Saudi interests -- that is, staunch political allies and business partners of the American elite -- are not helping finance extremist organizations around the world. This is hardly a secret: the Saudi Arabian monarchy itself is one of the most extremist organizations in the world, openly propagating a retrograde and repressive brand of Islam, even as its bloated ranks of royalty enjoy every possible secular indulgence in their Western pleasure palaces.


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Celtic Raven Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 10:34 AM
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1. Interesting read
thanks for posting it.

K&R

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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 11:12 AM
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2. K&R'd
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 11:12 AM
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3. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, Joanne.
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BlueMTexpat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-07-10 11:19 AM
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4. There were no Afghanis and no Iraqis among the 9-11 bombers.
There were, however, Saudis, Egyptians and Pakistanis.
Guess which countries we are "friendly" with, i.e., sell a LOT of arms to, and guess which two were invaded.

There were no Iranians among the 9-11 bombers.
Guess which country is next in the crosshairs.

Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

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