Julian Assange of WikiLeaks – Oslo Freedom Forum 2010

12 08 2010

From Oslo Freedom ForumFrom

May 18, 2010

Julian Assange is a spokesman and advisory board member of WikiLeaks, a transparency website whose mission is to “open governments” and expose human rights abuses. It has a core focus on protecting dissidents, whistleblowers, investigative journalists, and bloggers who face state threats, and it largely operates by publishing leaks of sensitive documents.

Winners of Amnesty International’s 2009 Media Award for exposing extrajudicial assassinations in Kenya, Assange and WikiLeaks have recently launched www.collateralmurder.com, a website that hosts a leaked video of U.S. military forces in Iraq apparently slaying over a dozen people indiscriminately.

In his speech, Assange chooses to focus specifically on WikiLeaks’s work against censorship and human rights abuses committed by Western governments. Paraphrasing Orwell, Assange explains that he who controls today’s internet servers controls the intellectual record of mankind.

He warns us that Western governments, large corporations, and certain wealthy individuals are increasingly able and increasingly trying to remove material permanently from the historical record using sophisticated methods.

Assange reviews WikiLeaks’s work in uncovering human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib, Bagram, and Guantanamo, and discusses the dangerous irony in the U.S. military’s conduct as it decorates its detention centers with “Honor Bound to Defend Freedom” signs.

If the West doesn’t reverse its course of increased censorship and rights abuses, Assange warns, it will lose all of the ideals that it once stood for.

Julian Assange – Oslo Freedom Forum 2010

Two Parts


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Joe Stack’s Final Act – Full Statement

18 02 2010
18 February, 2010 – This morning a software engineer and small businessman in Austin TX flew a plane into a building housing an IRS office and other businesses. His name was Joe Stack. He had reached the end of his rope in frustration about our existing political, economic, and judicial system. He decided to rise up and revolt. So he flew a plane into this building.
I do not agree with that. But I think his concerns are the concerns of more than a majority of Americans. So I think he should be heard.
Here is his complete statement, posted on his site embeddedart.com, this morning. (It’s on Scribd:
Although embeddedart.com has been taken down due to a request from the FBI, the site owner’s last post has been captured by the Smoking Gun here:
http://bit.ly/dAgiY0 which takes You to
(note: all links will open a new window/tab)
Mr. Stack’s statement is here presented in the interest of complete historicity. -dcm




Judge says Phoenix church cannot feed homeless | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Local News

13 11 2009

Thanks to an idiot judge, a venal judiciary, intolerant neighbors, a few complaints, and inflexible zoning, Phoenix AZ is setting a new low: No church within the City Limits of Phoenix may feed the homeless. Zoning doesn’t allow it. And the idiot judge annointed by a venal judiciary ordered such charitable acts to stop.  Way to go, dumbass. Makes me wonder when they’ll start shooting lawyers in Arizona. -dcm

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