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The New Cold War
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704584804575644490285411052.html Although I am not yet fully sure how I feel about the whole WikiLeaks mess, I agree that the US military and government keep way too many secrets. There are secrets kept by this government that the US people should know; among them the fact that North Korea gave Iran nuclear missiles. But there are phrases thrown around in this opinion piece that disturb me. Suspension of Habeas Corpus. Death penalty. DEATH PENALTY? Have we gone back to the days of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg? How about something just a little less radical? Like keeping fewer secrets, limiting them to a smaller number of people (that don't include Army privates) and using old fashioned methods like "eyes only" and diplomatic courier pouches. Using computers to transmit secure information was/is just begging to have all of your secrets spilled all over the internet. My ninth grade granddaughter knows that along with ever other teenager on FaceBook. Ultimately, the truth to me is that a "transparent" government is a safe government, not just to the rest of the world but to it's own people as well. What did I just say? "It's own people"? Why yes, I did. The US government has declared war on it's own people numerous times and in various ways. let's see if this time the government can be just a bit more restrained.