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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.


somemisfits 7 years, 5 months ago

Does not compute. Facebook =/= Secure Information

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 5 months ago

I understand that Lincoln declared martial law and suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War. This is not the Civil War. Habeas corpus is a right of common law that dates all the way back to the Magna Charta , where it was codified, and before, where it was common practice and incorporated into English law by Henry I, the son of William of Normandy. The right of people to know who is jailing them, why they are being jailed and what authority the people jailing them have to do so is, in other words, nearly a thousand years old. If the president suspends HC this country is being set up to be another Nazi Germany with "Homeland Security" (what a misnomer!) becoming another SS. They are nearly there now.

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