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The New Cold War

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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.

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MidgeFan1 3 years, 4 months ago

Suspension of Habeus Corpus, see: Abraham Lincoln:

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/historicdocuments/a/lincolnhabeas.htm

"A PROCLAMATION

Whereas, it has become necessary to call into service not only volunteers but also portions of the militia of the States by draft in order to suppress the insurrection existing in the United States, and disloyal persons are not adequately restrained by the ordinary processes of law from hindering this measure and from giving aid and comfort in various ways to the insurrection;

Now, therefore, be it ordered, first, that during the existing insurrection and as a necessary measure for suppressing the same, all Rebels and Insurgents, their aiders and abettors within the United States, and all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice, affording aid and comfort to Rebels against the authority of United States, shall be subject to martial law and liable to trial and punishment by Courts Martial or Military Commission:

Second. That the Writ of Habeas Corpus is suspended in respect to all persons arrested, or who are now, or hereafter during the rebellion shall be, imprisoned in any fort, camp, arsenal, military prison, or other place of confinement by any military authority of by the sentence of any Court Martial or Military Commission.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this twenty fourth day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States the 87th.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD, Secretary of State."

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somemisfits 3 years, 4 months ago

Does not compute. Facebook =/= Secure Information

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