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Ron Paul on Wikileaks

2010-12-12 22:25:16.04667+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Excerpt from Ron Paul's speech to the House on Wikileaks:

Number 1: Do the America People deserve know the truth regarding the ongoing wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?

Number 2: Could a larger question be how can an army private access so much secret information?

Number 3: Why is the hostility directed at Assange, the publisher, and not at our governments failure to protect classified information?

Number 4: Are we getting our moneys worth of the 80 Billion dollars per year spent on intelligence gathering?

Number 5: Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war or Wikileaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?

Number 6: If Assange can be convicted of a crime for publishing information that he did not steal, what does this say about the future of the first amendment and the independence of the internet?

Number 7: Could it be that the real reason for the near universal attacks on Wikileaks is more about secretly maintaining a seriously flawed foreign policy of empire than it is about national security?

Number 8: Is there not a huge difference between releasing secret information to help the enemy in a time of declared war, which is treason, and the releasing of information to expose our government lies that promote secret wars, death and corruption?

Number 9: Was it not once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it is wrong?

Via here, which also has those questions.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: Stand up and clap your hands for Ron Paul... made: 2010-12-12 23:37:33.006221+00 by: jeff

I don't always agree with Ron Paul but he raises some VERY compelling questions and issues here.

For this I emphatically applaud Ron Paul.

Wake up America...

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-13 09:16:01.480946+00 by: andylyke

I seldom agree with Ron Paul, but he's 9 for 9 in this. Glad somebody's standing for sanity

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-13 12:20:27.192892+00 by: meuon

I thought they were all excellent and well phrased questions/statements. Re: #9, the sticker on my truck says: "Real Americans question authority".

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-14 03:54:29.564965+00 by: mkelley

I have a serious problem with #5. It remains to be seen the collateral damage the leaks caused. Imagine what happens 5-8 years after and let's see how many diplomatic relations are severed and how the middle east is still at arms.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-14 14:45:08.114575+00 by: m

meuon, I like your truck sticker.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-12-14 23:57:10.904466+00 by: jeff

MKelley--I hate to say it, but the Middle East will likely be at arms the rest of our lives.