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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:25 PM
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Newly Leaked Documents Show the Ongoing Travesty of Guantanamo
Source: Salon

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The documents reveal vast new information about these detainees and, in particular, the shoddy and unreliable nature of the evidence used (both before and now) to justify their due-process-free detentions. There are several points worth noting about all this:

(1) Given that multiple media outlets have just published huge amounts of classified information, it is more difficult than ever to distinguish between WikiLeaks and, say, the NYT or the Post under the law. How could anyone possibly justify prosecuting WikiLeaks for disseminating classified information while not prosecuting these newspapers who have done exactly the same thing? If Dianne Feinstein, the DOJ and Newt Gingrich are eager to prosecute WikiLeaks for espionage and they are how can that not also sweep up these media outlets?

(2) Once again we find how much we now rely on whistleblowers in general and WikiLeaks and (if he did whats accused) Bradley Manning in particular to learn the truth and see the evidence about what the worlds most powerful factions are actually doing. WikiLeaks is responsible for more newsworthy scoops over the last year than all media outlets combined: its not even a close call. And if Bradley Manning is the leaker, he has done more than any other human being in our lifetime to bring about transparency and shine a light on what military and government power is doing.

(3) The difference among the various newspapers in how these leaks are being presented is stark, predictable and revealing. The Guardian emphasizes exactly what is most important about these documents: how oppressive is this American detention system, how unreliable the evidence is on which the accusations are based, and how so many people were put in cages for years without any justification:

more: http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2011/...
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