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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:59 AM
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wikileaks protests - GO!
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:03 AM
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1. it isn't democracy if there is no informed consent. nt
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MrMickeysMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:11 AM
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2. So, THIS is what democracy SHOULD look like.... I'm in!
K&R
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:11 AM
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3. He calls Wikileaks an idea
This is good, intended to inspire and give hope. You can't arrest an idea.
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Voice for Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:49 AM
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4. excelllllllent
kickety
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Voice for Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 09:50 AM
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5. "the strongest force the world has ever seen" nt
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sce56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 10:10 AM
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6. Could this signal the end of the FREE exchange of information on the Internet?
A lot of the links have been shutdown!

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rabies1 Donating Member (434 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 11:55 AM
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7. Ouch! The truth hurts doesn't it?
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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:02 PM
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8. Amazing!!!......A little shock and awe for the ruling society.
Tic toc tic toc....time is not on their side.
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Goldstein1984 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 03:20 PM
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9. Organizations must now be organized around sets of principles...
not around leaders.

If you accept and act on that set of principles, you are a member. This is the secret to the success of organizations like Al Qaeda and the Tea Party--their "leaders" are disposable illusions.

Julian Assange, like Osama bin Laden, is a figurehead, and his persecution is helping to build dissent, but Wikileaks doesn't need him to exist any more than Al Qaeda needs bin Laden. Like Al Qaeda, Wikileaks is franchising and diversifying. What's being reported as dissent within Wikileaks is nothing but the proliferation of organizations that follow the idea of Wikileaks in different ways.

Wikileaks is an idea, which means that it can continue to exist without regard to how many people are arrested and imprisoned for supporting it.

By the way, that "idea" is: transparency; informed consent of the governed; no immunity from the law regardless of position, power, or economic status; no people having "exceptional" authority to inflict suffering on others; rejection of empire.

I'm not championing the tactics of Al Qaeda, merely their organizational genius, which should be emulated because of its obvious success at thwarting the efforts of the world's superpower--draining it of treasure and life and credibility.

Recommended Reading: "The Anti-American Manifesto" by Ted Rall, where this concept of leaderless organizations based on principles is discussed in more detail.
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