Who Were Wikileaks?

WikiLeaks is the first global Samizdat movement. The truth will surface even in the face of total annihilation.

Thus spake the Wikileaks twitter, causing a bit of shock in readers who just got here when Julian Assange started wearing a suit and stopped talking about pissing in the corner of dragon caves. There have been many accusations that Wikileaks operates for money, a front for some evil agency that they pretend to be against, a random act of vandalism, or for personal glory. Supporters tend to say it is simply an attempt to modify the current media to trend towards greater transparency.  But personal glory it is, not as a means to fame or notoriety, but for the glory of living your life to the fullest and exercising yourself to your greatest capacity.

Wikileaks is an idea, born to people of great talent, acquired skill, and intelligence, who decided to conduct a well thought out and analyzed effort to improve as much of the world as possible in as many ways as possible. A very, very large idea. Sort of an intellectual extreme sport.

Too few people have read what probably will be considered John Young’s greatest historical achievement (besides creating Cryptome, the seed for Wikileaks). When he became annoyed with Wikileaks he published all the emails that went into the original discussions in 2006 and 2007, a fascinating look at characters that must have been so difficult to get together in agreement that it is mind boggling how few public eruptions we have actually seen. The anarchist, the revolutionary, the difficult, the brilliant, and the possibly mad, sometimes all in one person. And frequently, a very familiar voice. All working towards the same goal, to rock your world and make it better.

Since I know most of you really don’t have time to add these giant files to your list of required reading this week, I have gone through it all and pulled what I felt was most illustrative for your reading enjoyment. Wikileaks now is not Wikileaks then. People have wandered in and out, and a lot of much more mainstream professionals have joined. But these are the origins. Not the CIA.

Note: The following quotes are from many different people, not just Assange.

The difficulties that confront a conspirator are infinite many have been the conspiracies, but few have been successful; because he who conspires can not act alone, nor can he take a companion except from those whom he believes malcontent, and as soon as you have opened your mind to a malcontent you have given him the material with which to content himself. –Macchiavelli

We have come to the conclusion that fomenting a world wide movement of mass leaking is the most cost effective political intervention available to us* We believe that injustice is answered by good governance and for there to be good governance there must be open governance. Governance by stealth is governance by conspiracy and fear. Fear, because without it, secrecy does not last for long.Retired generals and diplomats are vociferous, but those in active service hold their tune.

Lord Action said, “Everything secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity”.

This degeneration comes about because when injustice is concealed, including plans for future injustice, it cannot be addressed. When governance is closed, man’s eyes become cataracts. When governance is open, man can see and so act to move the world towards a more just state; for instance see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporters_Without_Borders which shows a striking correlation between press freedom and countries known for their quality of life.

us*: some attributes may have been swapped to protect selected identities, no particular order.

1) Retired new york architect and notorious intelligence leak facilitator
2) Euro cryptographer/programmer
3) Pacific physicist and illustrator
4) A pacific author and economic policy lecturer
5) Euro, Ex-Cambridge mathematician/cryptographer/programmer
6) Euro businessman and security specialist/activist
7) Author of software than runs 40% of the world’s websites.
8 ) US pure mathematician with criminal law background
9) An infamous US ex-hacker
10) Pacific cryptographer/physicist and activist
11) US/euro cryptographer and activist/programmer
12) Pacific programmer
13) Pacific architect / foreign policy wonk

New technology and cryptographic ideas permit us to not only encourage document leaking, but to facilitate it directly on a mass scale. We intend to place a new star in the political firmament of man.

The more armor we have, particularly in the form of men and women sanctified by age, history and class, the more we can act like brazen young men and get away with it.

John Young: Leaks should be doubted and doubts answered by leakers or those who distribute the leakables. An iron-clad leak is a phony or a lie. It does require more work to perform an exegesis of a leaked document weighing the pros and cons, but that is what it takes to avoid the trap of vainglorious pride in being a leaker and the subsequent lure of leaking crap to remain in the spotlight — the politician’s disease.

John Young: Or the other trap is pretending authority where it is not deserved, indeed, where reputation and reliability are marketed as come-ons, thus the celebrated MSM and its bastard children, the nameish blogs seen as sidebars to other nameish blogs, self-referencing one another into triviality.

My only hesitation vis-a-vis Counterpunch is the readership, which though large, tends to pal up on one pew and sometimes even sings and claps.

When WL is deployed, feedback will be, like Wikipedia, an act of creation and  correction; the Aweys document and those like it will eventually  face one hundred thousand incensed Somali refugees, blade and keyboard in hand, cutting, cutting, cutting apart its pages until all is dancing confetti and the truth.

Keep up our hopes, our e-spirit de corpuscular; draw forth our anger, our courage — and our fire — to lick at the damp paper of uncivilization until it catches and our hearts are warmed by the conflagration of basement mendacities the world over. Let our smiles be woken by flowers of openness pushing through the ash from below.

We are compelled to act,  as we are best able, for a man who witnesses injustice but does not act, becomes a party to a cascade of  injustice, via the iterative diminution and pacification of his character.

It is our plan to foment political and financial support for WL. To do that we need a commanding voice. Everywhere we see professional sayers and professional knowers, but the demands of each mean little intersection and the world finds itself with brainless words and wordless brains. By uniting a handful of knowers together in harmony we can project our voice without devoting our minds to the preferments and petty intrigues of moguls.

We have the collective sources, personalities and learning to be, or rather, appear to be, the reclusive ubermench of the 4th estate. We will take the non-linear blessing such a position affords and apply it to our great task of DIY universal open governance.

Our rules follow that of the French Bourbaki who through their allonym set the mathematical world to right in the first half of the 20th C with internal agreement by exhaustion and the purification inherit in non-attribution of ego. Ben likes to quotes Woodruff thus “There is no limit to what a man can do or how far he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”

Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. In a modern economy it is impossible to seal oneself off from injustice.

If we have brains or courage, then we are blessed and called on not to frit these qualities away, standing agape at the ideas of others, winning pissing contests, improving the efficiencies of the neocorporate state, or immersing ourselves in obscuranta, but rather to prove the vigor of our talents against the strongest opponents of love we can find.

If we can only live once, then let it be a daring adventure that draws on all our powers. Let it be with similar types whos hearts and heads we may be proud of. Let our grandchildren delight to find the start of our stories in their ears but the endings all around in their wandering eyes.

We expect difficult state lashback unless WikiLeaks can be given a sanctified frame (“center for human rights, democracy, good government and apple pie press freedom project” vs “hackers strike again”).

It’s easy to percieve the connection between publication and the complaints people make about publication. But this generates a perception bias, because it overlooks the vastness of the invisible. It overlooks the unintended consequences of failing to publish and it overlooks all those who are emancipated by being in a climate where bad governance cannot be concealed. Such a climate is a motivating force to behave better in the first place and shifts structures and individuals that generate bad governance away from positions where they generate poor governance.

Injustice concealed cannot be answered. Concealed plans for future injustice cannot be stopped until they are revealed by becoming reality, which is too late. Administrative injustice, by defintion affects many.

Government has ample avenues to abuse revelation, not limited to the full force of intelligence, law enforcement, and complicit media. Moves towards the democratisation of revelation are strongly biased in favor of justice. Where democratised revelations are unjust they tend to affect isolated individuals, but where they are just, they affect systems of policy, planning an governance and through them the lives of all.

You may point to a salicious main stream media, but that is not democratised revelation. We point instead to the internet as a whole, which although not yet a vehicle of universal free revelation, is very close to it. Look at the great bounty of positive political change pooring forth as a result.

WikiLeaks reveals, but it is not primarily a tool of revelation. There are many avenues on the internet for revelation. What does not exist is a social movement that makes acting ethically by leaking a virtue. What does not exist is a comfortable way for everyone to leak safely and easily. What does not exist is a way to turn raw leaks into into politically influential knowledge through the revoutionary mass collaborative analysis of wikipedia.

Sufficient leaking will bring down many administrations that rely on concealing reality —  including the US administration. Ellsberg calls for it. Everyone knows it. We’re doing it.

The more secretive and unjust  an organization is, the more leaks  induce fear and paranoia in its leadership and planning coterie. This  must result in minimization of efficient internal communications  mechanisms (an increase in cognitive “secrecy tax”) and consequent  system-wide cognitive decline and hence the ability to hold onto  power as the environment demands adaption. Hence in a world where leaking is easy, secretive or unjust systems  are nonlinearly hit relative to open, just systems. Since unjust  systems, by their nature induce opponents, and in many places barely  have the upper hand, mass leaking leaves them exquisitely vulnerable  to those who seek to replace them with more open forms of governance.

Only revealed injustice can be answered; for man to do anything  intelligent he has to know what’s actually going on.

We believe fostering a safe, easy, socially sanctified way for uncensorable mass document leaking, publishing and analysis is THE most cost effective generator of good governance. We seek good governance, because good governance does more than run trains on time. Good governance responds to the sufferings of its people. Good governance answers injustice.

1. Ethics. We favour, and uphold, ethical behaviour in all circumstances. We do not believe in unquestioning obedience to authority in all circumstances. Every person is the ultimate arbiter of justice in their own conscience. Where injustice reigns and is enshrined in law, there is a place for principled civil disobedience. Where the simple act of distributing information may embarrass authoritarian power structures or expose oppression or major crimes, we recognise a right, indeed a duty, to perform that act. Such whistleblowing often involves major personal risk. Just like whistleblower protection laws in some jurisdictions, this project provides means and opportunity to minimise such risks.

3. Gauntlet. We are no friends of oppressive regimes, dictators, authoritarian governmental institutions or exploitative corporations. We fully intend to expose injustice and make the world a better place; this is our overarching goal and all policy will be formulated with this goal in mind.

John Young: Aftergood’s report was unexpected, particularly for showing wikileaks.org was active and the first document was available. When did access become public, and was that announced here? Or did Aftergood release private information, say in disagreement with WL purposes. His comments on WL were disdainful, and appear to have been made to buttress his own endeavor as more honorable and respectable — he has a habit of doing that, but so do others who cherish their reputation (and carefully nuture support of those who really have a problem with uncontrolled information as if it is “dangerous to go too far, yadda, yadda.”).

John Young: Reporters, and keep in mind they are competitors with WL as much as any keepers of secrets and peddlers of inside information, (all obsessed with appearing to be “responsible” arbiters of what information gets published) will most certainly dig for unfriendly aspects of WL to gain reader attention and to show they are not complicit in WL unrespectable intentions. Some will promise one thing to get information and do the opposite for publication. Some will fuck you for failing to do what they asked.

John Young: Expect agents of the authorities to pry into WL by way of journalists, supporters, funders, advisory board members; that is customary for those hoping to smoke out opposition. Expect smears, lies, forgeries, betrayal, bribes, and the host of common tools used to suppress dissent. Expect taunts, insults, ridicule, praise, admiration, obsequiousness, arrogance, skepticism, demands for who the fuck are you, I need the information for an urgent deadline. Expect accusations that someone else associated with WL has already told me such and such so why are you being so coy? Expect much flattery and disdain.

John Young: Beware of disclosing private information as a means to recruit. Beware of releasing information about WL founders and supporters, that will be grist for the truth twisters. Keep anonymous as possible or WL is doomed. This discussion list is going to be leaked. Anonymize, anonymize every communication with the press and potential recruits. Somebody is going to come at me as the name on the NSI registry. The less I know about WL people the better. And I know for sure that everyone associated with WL is a bald-faced liar, an agent of the authorities and the worst of the worst.

Regarding a reporter’s question: Misleading leaks — already well placed in the main stream media. WL is of no additional assistance to them.

We can turn this unexpected difficulty into a great blessing by being  crafty and exuberant in our attentions over the next few days. The hunger for freedom and truth is clearly so intense that despite  having little more than “we’re working on it” and a nice example  (that few seem bother to read in their quest for the salacious) off  it goes on its own exponential of media read, write and rewrite.   Random quotes (not from us) and rephrasing will lead to the most  salacious evolving in the galapagos of quote, edit and requote. What this means is that we have to answer questions before they’re  asked and we have to answer them with statements that optimize max (journalistic lazynes + quote sexyness).

Analogously, the public sphere is warm milk, into which has leaked  our culture. Bacterial growth follows an exponential — left  unmolested it would become the congealed yogurt of our desires, but  random innocents and malefactors alike are injecting their their own  bacterial strain into the mix. The impact of early strains of  information release (ours and others) will be fantastically amplified  by the exponential process. Consequently we must expend as much  energies on this IMMEDIATELY as we have inorder to set path of future  perceptions, which will otherwise require far more energies to  correct even a day later. Since we can not seal the public sphere from the influence of others,  our only recourse is to continually inject our informational strain  into the ferment. If we keep our strain (our public positioning )  consistent and quotable we should come to dominate the culture when  opposed by relatively random influences of others. And despite JYAs seasoned fears, our opponents thus far are  essentially uncoordinated; they do not strike with vigor at the same  point.

Here follows our blessing. Because WL has not yet generated ANY specific enemies (at least  outside of China and Somalia), attacks are generalized (“pro- censorship”) , unmotivated, limp-wristed and lack precision and  common direction. This will not be the case once we release substantial material. That  will invoke enemies with specific grievances. Our previous desire to  splash forth only with a fully operational system with content would  have generated both specific opposition and fears by example. Hence we have a great opportunity — to push our desired perceptions  of what WL is into the world, to set the key in which future bars of  our song are to be played by the public orchestra, BEFORE it faces  any serious opposition.

John Young: Is there a target date for wikileaks.org becoming interactive, hyperactive, flooded with spam and attacks and demands to name names or else? Any advisory board members jumped ship yet?

John — no ship jumps, plank walks or keel hauls. Though some here  may want to feed the sniveling holier than thou After Good Comes Bad  to the swirling creatures of the deep, we will continue to project  puppy dog eye rolls and the greatest generosity, acceptance and respect. Rhetoric is generally overblown, and deliberately so. Feel free to tone down. On the other hand perhaps there are sufficiently sexy statements for the press. 😛

WL may become the most powerful intelligence agency on earth, an intelligence agency of the people. It will be an open source, democratic intelligence agency. But it will be far better, far more principled, and far less parochial than any governmental intelligence agency; consequently, it will be more accurate, and more relevant. It will have no commercial or national interests at heart; its only interests will be truth and freedom of information. Unlike the covert activities of national intelligence agencies, WL will rely upon the power of overt fact to inform citizens about the truths of their world. WL will resonate not to the sound of money or guns or the flow of oil, but to the grievances of oppressed and exploited people around the world. It will be the outlet for every government official, every bureaucrat, every corporate worker, who becomes privy to embarrassing information which the institution wants to hide but the public needs to know. What conscience cannot contain, and institutional secrecy unjustly conceals, WL can broadcast to the world. WL will be a forum for the ethical defection of unaccountable and abusive power to the people. WL will be an anvil at which beats the hammer of the collective conscience of humanity.

WL has no formal relationship to wikipedia. However both employ the same wiki interface and technology. Both share the same radically democratic philosophy that allowing anyone to be an author or editor leads to a vast and accurate collective intelligence and knowledge. Both place their trust in an informed community of citizens. WL, we hope, will be a new star in the political firmament of humanity.

Disarming. FH along with NED are notorious US State/CIA money launderers.  The goal is not to get them to accept, although that might be rather interesting, but to make them feel we are on the same “side” by the early approach and enemy of my enemy is my friend.

We must find our own ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ s — blessings and  sanctifications that even our most diseased and demonic opponents  will find themselves chanting to each other in the night.

John Young: In solidarity to fuck em all.

J. We are going to fuck them all. Chinese mostly, but not entirely a feint. Invention abounds. Lies, twists and distorts everywhere needed for protection. Hackers monitor chinese and other intel as they burrow into their targets, when they pull, so do we. Inxhaustible supply of material. Near 100,000 documents/emails a day. We’re going to crack the world open and let it flower into something new. If fleecing the CIA will assist us, then fleece we will. We have pullbacks from NED, CFR, Freedomhouse and other CIA teats. We have all of pre 2005 afghanistan. Almost all of india fed. Half a dozen foreign ministries. Dozens of political parties and consulates, worldbank, apec, UN sections, trade groups, tibet and fulan dafa associations and… russian phishing mafia who pull data everywhere. We’re drowing. We don’t even know a tenth of what we have or who it belongs to. We stopped storing it at 1Tb.

This delegation carries some risks (to wl), but we are in a romance with journalists hearts; if our voices sweet are not easily reachable on the phone when their desire and deadlines peek, others voices, less honeyed but always, always available will replace them.

Subject: [WL] We’re all CIA stooges, apparently.

John Young has leaked the content of this list, sans most identifying  info to cryptome.org It’s clear from his recent messages that he’s been losing it for some  time. We should have checked his current mental state more thoroughly rather than relying on previous experience.

The impact maybe positive. It’s certainly very mysterious and  exciting to read. I don’t think there’s much dissonance between our public and private positions.

Why was his final message to this list filtered?

And does anyone understand wtf it means?

No idea what JYA was saying!

It’s clear to me however, that he was not trying to protect people’s identities with his xxxxx’ing, but rather trying to increase the sexiness of the document. Perhaps he feels WL is a threat to the central status mechanism in his life? I think he just likes the controversy.

He may have done us a great favor. There’s a lot of movement in that document. It’s a little anarchist, but I think it generally reads well and sounds like people doing something they care about.

Btw, I suggest we be careful with Wayne Madsen too. He seems to be another case of someone who was fantastic a few years ago, but recently has started to see conspiracies everywhere. Both cases possibly age related.

I am not spending any more thought on it. Next week is going to be busy. The weeks earlier stories will be already done and that’ll set the agenda for the rest of the week, not jya’s attention seeker.

Early logos:

Original Logo

The Jimmy Wales Section:

Any idea what this may mean? Either he wants to support WL and is registering those in order to do so, or he wants to hedge so he’s registering them in order to run his own version, or put his own views on them. I’d ask, if I were you. Or perhaps I will.

Wikia Inc.
200 2nd Ave. S
Suite 306
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
United States
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: WIKILEAKS.NET
Created on: 03-Jan-07
Expires on: 04-Jan-09
Last Updated on:
Administrative Contact: Wales, Jimmy  jasonr[a t]bomis.com,Wikia Inc. 200 2nd Ave. S   Suite 306  St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 United States 17273886691

My of most probable guess is he wants to protect them from scalpers,  in order to do as ben suggest. Provided Wales, Inc. doesn’t use these domains for content, the rego  certainly aids us in projection. It’s interesting they they seem to be directly registered by Wales,  NOT by the Wikipedia foundation i.e compare the records to wikipedia. {org,com,net} and mediawiki.{org,com,net} What’s unusual is that he hasn’t notified us.

Read carefully. This doesn’t seem to be related to Wikipedia, but  rather to Wikia, Inc. From http://www.aboutus.org/Wikia.com: “Free wiki hosting from Wikia, using the same MediaWiki software that  runs Wikipedia. ”Wikipedia is the Encyclopedia. Wikia is the rest of  the library.” Wikia are wiki communities creating free content with the MediaWiki  software. These are hosted for free by Wikia, Inc., the company which  runs the project. Anyone is free to start a new Wikia in accordance  with the creation policy and terms of use. Wikia was founded by Angela Beesley and Jimmy Wales, originally under  the name “Wikicities”, in October 2004. It celebrated its first  birthday on November 2, 2005. Wikicities relaunched as “Wikia” in  March 2006 (see the press release for details). News about the site can be found at news and press releases. See also  the reasons to use Wikia, what Wikia is not, and then explore or  browse the site.” Seeing this domain being registered to Wikia seems to indicate that  he *IS* willing to help us. We should inquire nonetheless. The email  address for the Admin contact looks valid (Jason Richey).

John Young: Cheers, Wales is attempting to protect his investment. He’s businessman before all else, meaning without scruples. Consider his action an attack on WL, perhaps to be followed by others if it threatens his commercial operation of reputation building pretending to be a public service — like giving out free cigarettes.

I think JY maybe right — Wales has scalped it for his commercial  Wiki company, perhaps even automatically.

Get Healthy Get Strong, Get Educated and Informed

And start contributing to your own governance. If you want a democratic society, that is. I try not to get too preachy here, but the western population has been programmed towards a certain end, and if we are going to change the world, we need to at least be aware of this. The things we have been taught and fed for decades were part of a system meant to create an uneducated, ignorant, distracted populace. The military industrial complex has been with us for a long time and they have thought about these things. In order to fight them, we have to stop playing their games.

Get healthy: There is a very real reason why people are being fed food, pharmaceuticals, and environmental hazards that destroy their health. It is impossible to concentrate on the world’s problems when you are suffering from any of the myriad autoimmune and other diseases everyone seems afflicted with. And it is impossible to think clearly through the brain fog and personality disorders being triggered by all the pollutants we are fed. The subsequent foggy thinking and miserable angry feeling are then fed by substandard education systems and violence in all media until we have a population that greets the Collateral Murder video with open youtube arms and sets it to music. When people start bouncing and singing to a video of civilians and children being slaughtered, we have a problem. When the reaction to an organization that tries to give people information and make them think, is that someone should send a drone after the organization, we have a problem. Anyone that tries to correct the unhealthiness of the population is greeted by a media storm of ‘promoting eating disorders’, ‘always rely on trusted medical personnel, not the internet, etc.’. Some people have a big interest in keeping you from taking charge of your own health.

Get strong: When you have no home and nothing to eat, when you are terrified of medical bills and surrounded by violent crime, it is hard to care about the greater good for humanity. Civilized societies have well defined morals. Attributes such as bravery, kindness, generosity and concern for others are valued. In these days when everyone can see the abyss in front of them, it seems more prudent to scramble over each other for our own security. Elite schools stress the three A’s, arts, academics and athletics, and concentrate on building a superior human for the upper ranks. Character is almost never taught any more, even though it seems obvious to wonder what benefit to society is a superior human who has never been taught to use their advantages for the overall good. When society has enough, and the people feel secure that they will continue to have enough, maybe we will stop seeing preschool mothers shoving their children to the front of the line and college fathers bribing officials. We can hope. The problem is not usually the amount we possess, but rather the widespread fear that we may lose it or that others have more. This disease is fed every day in the media

Get educated: It is hard to judge the world without context. Any education is better than no education, and it should continue all of our lives. The clogging of western brains with poor health choices has been accompanied for decades with an anti-intellectual movement that has grown to such proportions that the US could seriously elect Sarah Palin for president simply because she doesn’t sound “elite”. Education is not bad any more than physical fitness is bad. Being programmed by video games and state/industrial propaganda is easy, but it’s not fun, it tends to make us restless, angry and discontent, while feeding the self-perception that the population is not as competent to govern themselves as the educated. Education brings excitement, pride and a kind of peace.

Get informed: I truly believe that nobody is seriously interested in the ‘news’ plastered over the media now. I believe this not just from wishful thinking and projecting my own opinions onto others, but from the comments (facebook groups, etc.) that constantly say they are sick of hearing about these people. There has been a growing revulsion for the topics of today’s media which gets worse every year. It is unfortunately usually displaced into hatred for the subject instead of the media. A new media would allow us to walk away, to step into a new world where we do not have to hear about haircuts and what people we don’t care about look like with no makeup on. We could look for real information that is relevant to what we need to know and have a right to know. And we would wake up every day interested in the news again.

Then of course, we are ready for the last one: start contributing to our own governance.

Samizdat

Okay, I was writing something called the Anonymous Revolution, but Wikileaks twitter just renamed it samizdat. I can live with the slightly more highbrow name, it is more accurate.

The point in either case is this. Wikileaks is not a lone vandal hacker. It is an idea. We all have the idea. And you can’t bomb an idea, or send drones after it, or put it in jail. I suppose Hilary Clinton could declare an idea a terrorist, since she called the people terrorists for catching her spying, but she’s going to have a hard time executing an idea.

This is not a ‘hacker’ movement, whatever that even means, but it gains two things from the computer world: shared logic and mass communication of data. We, the people, have the ability to store and communicate massive amounts of data. We, the people, also have the ability to logically process that data and come to the best conclusions possible for society. Together our brains are much more capable than the brains currently running the world, and an open transparent system will ensure potential abuses are spotted and stopped. We will no longer submit to a paternalistic and secret form of governance, where everyone in the world running political, industrial, financial, media and military organizations are privy to information that we, the governed, are denied. We will never again believe anything we are told by the servant media, unless we have supporting evidence and a forum for verifying their interpretations.

Do you think that people who have had the secrets to the BP oil spill, the environmental disasters, the pharmaceutical lobbies, the political corruption, the military abuses and the financial crash dangled in front of them will just sit back and be content again while “investigative reporting” serves up breast implants discovered on reality TV stars? If you manage to dismantle Wikileaks, those secrets will still be ours, we know you have them and we will get them.

That is our idea. It is not anarchy, it is not vandalism, we call it democracy and transparent governance. It has never existed before. But now we have the ability and the idea, and you will not kill this revolution any more than the bullets that killed Martin Luther King and Malcolm X killed the civil rights movement.

We explore…and you call us criminals. We seek after knowledge…and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color, without nationality, without religious bias…and you call us criminals. You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can’t stop us all. – The Mentor

Spies Are Only Them

Watching Hilary Clinton and her cohorts threatening Wikileaks over being “terrorists” and “spies” was a laugh. As always, the comedy ended when I started looking at the amount of people online who bought into it. The propaganda and misinformation has been so complete over the years, it is frightening what people will accept now.

Look at this. Hilary Clinton was caught directing ambassadors to collect credit card numbers, email addresses, phone, fax and pager numbers, frequent-flyer account numbers, iris scans, fingerprints and DNA, current technical specifications, physical layout and planned upgrades to telecommunications infrastructure and information systems, networks and technologies used by top officials and their support staff, as well as details on private networks used for official comunication, to include upgrades, security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys and virtual private network versions used on all members of the UN.

The CIA, FBI and NSA were all involved in this. As we have seen, there is a very direct path between intelligence in those organizations and intelligence available to the highest bidder.

Her and her international colleagues are laughing this off as something that could happen to any of them, and blaming the person publishing the leak even though he has committed no crime. The logic they are presenting to the people is that he has unlawfully accessed their secrets and exposed those secrets to their international rivals. But the cables revealed that they were unlawfully accessing each other’s secrets and those secrets were already exposed to all of their rivals. Do you all see the logic fail here? Please?

The only differences between Hilary Cilnton’s spying and Wikileaks’ spying are:
– she was breaking international laws and protocols, he was behaving completely inside the law.
– she directed her subordinates to collect this information, Wikileaks was voluntarily given information by an anonymous source.
– she was part of a system where the world’s governing bodies all have access to each other’s secrets, he shared some of those secrets to the people being governed.

Somehow she has convinced the people being governed to start calling for his execution. Her first.

Democracy is Coming … And It Looks Like Work.

The internet is slightly annoyed. In the euphoric highs of the weekend, people couldn’t wait for a giant document drop that would bring democracy to the world. But when it arrived, it was the biggest ton of documents we’d ever seen in our lives, formal documents yet, a brain crushing amount of work. So far we have 243 documents, which is not quite 0.1% of what we have to go through in just this batch. For democracy to be permanent, there will be an unending stream of these batches. Finals week, every week.

Wikileaks has done a wonderful job of explaining how to go through this and providing us with the tools. Other people have helped. But at the end of the day, we still have to read it.

The trouble is, we have been suffering from a worldwide Cinderella Complex, a lazy trust in the paternalistic politics we have been given that has allowed those who care (those who make money from it) to control our politics. We said we wanted democracy. But for many people, that just means they want “someone” to look at all these documents, and tell them which is the most important one. Of 251,287. And highlight the important part.

This is great news for any true media organization. What a lot of work, and I would certainly pay someone to read all of these for me. That would be a far better deal than the propaganda we have been paying for. If you would rather die than read these documents, then read the people reading the documents, and make sure they link to the logs and highlight what they are quoting. If they aren’t reporting on this, switch media outlets. Because the important thing to remember is this: people have risked everything to bring you this information. If they thought it was that important, please read it. If you don’t see why it is important, please ask. You don’t have to do any of this by yourself, just be part of it.

This is what democracy is. Get busy.

The Intelligence Mafia

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What is the difference between a terrorist and a soldier? The actions are now identical, both act to produce terror, so probably the only standing difference is that terrorists are non-government agencies. Remember that.

The US intelligence infrastructure is not just huge, it is colossal, a parallel society living among us (yes, us, wherever you live). That has been amply illustrated by the investigative journalism project Top Secret America. According to their research, there are 1200 government agencies, more than 3,666 private companies, 17,000 locations, and 854,000 people in the US that have Top Secret security clearance. Top Secret. None of the cables released by Wikileaks this week are Top Secret. Can you even imagine the amount of data here? This is what the US calls “information dominance” and a “global surveillance system”.  Almost all IT and communication companies in the US are a part of the network, and they reach across the globe.

In 2007, 70% of all intelligence budgets were spent on private contractors. That was 3 years ago, and we don’t know how that has changed because all intelligence budgets are classified, but the trend since then has been a definite shift towards more private contractors. Obama likes to use the terms “american intelligence” and “american military” to play games with the truth (see “american troops pull out of Iraq”). If they are private contractors, they aren’t american intelligence, right? And there are other much more important reasons for private contractors, they are allowed to make huge donations to political parties from their billion tax dollar contracts.

Like the military contractors, the private companies also are not bound by government procedure, their contracts are classified so most of the government has no idea what they are doing, and they are private companies who do not have to disclose information to the public. They also have a classified bid system that makes corruption between private companies and politicians particularly easy. Again, like military contractors, they are not being used in secondary roles, they are used in training and in developing and operating all the high tech industries. They are paid with huge amounts of tax money, and in turn, are in a position to drastically influence governmental policies.

Not only were private contractors involved in the extreme interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, they have taken over the training of military interrogators at the U.S. Army’s Intelligence Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. And in hotspots around the world, private contractors are taking the place of government operatives. In Pakistan, for example, three-quarters of the officers posted at the Islamabad CIA station since 9/11 have been private contractors. In the Baghdad CIA station, contractors have sometimes outnumbered government employees and have taken supervisory positions overseeing what CIA agents do every day.”

Not frightened yet? Well, leave it to Xe (Ze evil Blackwater dudes).  By yet another name, they are Total Intelligence Solutions, which is a private intelligence contractor headed by the former head of CIA counterterrorism who ran the extraordinary rendition program for Bush. This private company, staffed by ex members of all branches of US government intelligence, has been aggressively marketing to Fortune 1000 companies. They state that they can bring CIA type services to the corporate boardroom. Former CIA agent contacts and classified knowledge is being put on the open market internationally. This is from a company that runs a completely parallel intelligence and military to the US government and is headed by a man who said “Blackwater is a private company. There is a key word there. Private.” For those who only care about the US, yes they can contract to other countries.

There are only two possible explanations for a sovereign nation to bankrupt its own citizens and its government in order to set up a huge international surveillance and military system, “the finest fighting force the world has ever seen” that they do not actually own or control. One, everyone is completely insane, or two, it has not been a sovereign nation for a long time. Now is the time to remember the definition of a terrorist.

There Is Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

The world has been rightly preoccupied with the plight of people in the countries currently being occupied by the US / NATO armies, which are understood to be the countries they are at war with. No one seems to recognize that the countries most occupied by these forces are the US, followed by their allies.

No, these people are not having bombs dropped on their heads as they starve in toxic environments. But I still cannot ignore the despair and hysteria in some of the people on the internet today. These people were brought up as the chosen ones. They have been told all of their lives that they are the superior race, everyone wants to be them, and everyone hates them for their ‘way of life’. They have been taught to fear and have contempt for all other people in the world. They have been discouraged from ever listening to a viewpoint outside their country on the grounds that it was ‘propaganda’ (old) or ‘biased’ (current).

They have lost all of their personal freedoms and dignity in the name of ‘national security’, because everyone else is jealous and coming to get them. They have lost their homes, their health, their jobs, and the money to buy food, and that is the fault of other countries, probably China. Like a rescued feral animal, these people are not going to view the overthrowing of the MIC and the rise of democracy as anything good. In the minds of these people, all that is standing between them and certain death or worse, is their big strong army, ‘the finest fighting force in the history of the world’.

Like we saw with the civil rights movement, people bred on hate cannot understand that the people they have harmed the most may not want them destroyed. They who cannot forgive, do not understand the potential for forgiveness. This week, they are genuinely terrified. All they can see is that someone is taking away their big strong shield and leaving them at the mercy of all these people who hate them and want to kill them.

We come in peace.

From Martin Luther King, an expert on the subject:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil – hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars – must be broken, or else we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.

I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.

If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.