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US tells Wikileaks: “do the right thing” though deaf to the concept otherwise.

What does it mean to have the criminal US regime tell you to "do the right thing?" As if a spokesmen for a morally bankrupt war machine assert any inherent understanding of right and wrong. But this request was expressed more like "gimme you lunch money." If you doubt this is meant more as an offer Julian Assange cannot refuse, the follow up statement explained that the US government would explore whatever other means it has to make Assange comply. It reminds me of George Bush snickering as he declined to elaborate on what eventually was exposed to be a CIA assassination program.

NY Times pretends the Afghanistan War Logs is news that does not fit

Is it surprising that the US newspaper of record, the NYT which prints all the news that's fit, should declare of the Wikileaks Afghanistan War Logs: there's nothing much new there? Oh REALLY? Point me to a NYT headline that read US Death Squads, or Civilian Casualties: We DO Body-Counts, or Insurgents Armed With Heat-Seeking Missiles, or War Crimes Being Committed Daily. Are we to accept that the NYT knew about these, but thought wisest not to report them? The only revelation which has been known, Pakistan Directs Taliban, is the leak they're running with, because those reports are founded on intelligence, ie dubious conjecture, to discredit the others based on first hand accounts, and to rationalize more attacks on Pakistan. I'm galled even that Wikileaks chose to let the NYT in on the advance team. Of course the NYT went right to the White House and Pentagon to warn them of what was about to be unleashed. The files were given to three news organizations simultaneously to limit the spin each might try to apply. The move to involve the press in advance was for stories and their context could hit the ground running. It's curious that most columnists and news blogs are favoring the Guardian's analysis the logs, over the NYT's. In spite of the peer review, the NYT is pushing back harder the the White House, which isn't disputing the authenticity of the material, only their outrage that the facts are being made public. Small wonder. Worse than denying them, the NYT is dismissive. No big deal. And it's working. The rest of the MSM is characterizing the "alleged" logs as "accusations." Despite the un-argued official admission that these are the unadulterated records. Most of the discussion is about the leak itself, and Julian Assange's motive as an activist. No mention he's anactivist for "justice." Not partisan, not pacifist, but moral. You'd think that shouldn't differentiate him from a journalist. The NYT has some nerve to pretend the logs aren't going to bring on a sea change of despondency about the war, even in Iraq. In particular with the soldiers' families starved for news, who will recognize from the reports the snippets of sensitive information they get from their individual soldier, with no idea it forms the character of the whole picture. We're fucked. We can't throw more at it, we can't fire truer, wiser, safer. This is unwinnable. And those are the reports our government has been seeing. Maybe that's what the NYT means to say, we/they already know this material. Our leaders have been reading these reports daily and they don't dispute that. Their glass-half-full projections for success in Afghanistan is half-full with blood. Now we know it. That's the sordid quality of these revelations. Soldiers lives FUBAR. These are more than the Pentagon Papers, these are American war-making unspun, undone. NYT et al, will have us blame the messenger, condemn Private Bradley Manning for his breach of security. Our national security depends on keeping secrets is their unchallenged theme. Do you believe

Wikileaks spills “Afganistan War Logs” detail Task Force 373, US death squad

You thought death squads were only for banana republics? Meet covert US Task Force 373 which circulates in Afghanistan with a 2,058 name "Kill or Capture List" killing all witnesses, even policemen, who get in their way. The sudden transparency is due the AFGHANISTAN WAR LOGS, courtesy at last from Wikileaks. While dodging US DHS agents, Wikileak's Julian Assange was able to coordinate a clever self-checking joint release of the documents via the Guardian UK, Der Spiegel, and the New York Times. The events reported aren't accusations, they're the soldiers' own records. This leak of over 90,000 files represents the US military's account of the Afghanistan conflict virtually in its entirety. The news outlets have attempted the present the data in manageable articles, while also providing the raw material for download. The Guardian even offers a tutorial. The coordinated release ensures that no one can alter the information, and Assange's choice of outlets was also clever: all three of them are/were pro-war. There will be lots of revelations from these leaked document, including underestimates of civilian casualties, and acknowledgment of casualties not admitted to the media, CIA hits, and another Black Ops SF squad called Scorpion 26, but let's get back to the death squad. We don't have to allege that TF 373 is an extrajudicial, fully-illegal assassination team, we have their own logs. Who they killed, tried to kill, killed instead, killed trying to get there, killed covering their tracks. Men, women and children. The logs cover up to November 2009, but we have no reason to think they're not killing still. Task Force 373 operates out of Kabul, Kandahar and Khost, comprised of soldiers of the 7th Special Forces Group of Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. They are transported by Chinook and Cobra helicopters flown by 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, of Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Special Forces Airborne death squads. Or is America inured by our armed drones which assassinate from up high. Whether the trigger man wears a mask in Afghanistan, or sits at a console in Nevada, the hit is a war crime. Outside of a field of battle, it's simply murder. And lookey here, the 7th Special Forces have a patch for their record in El Salvador in 1984... Addressed by their commander in 2001: "From Fort Bragg to Colombia to Venezuela to Peru to Ecuador to Bolivia to Nicaragua to Argentina, you have been instrumental in forging deeper bonds with the democracies of Latin America," So before I let the banana republic slur go. Let's recall that Latin American death squads were often trained at the US School of the Americas, when they or their governments weren't being directed by Americans outright. Or the 7th, the "Devil's Brigade."

Wikileaks has video of Granai Massacre

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is officially a wanted man. After the arrest of whistleblower Bradley Manning for leaking the Collateral Murder video, the Pentagon announced it is hunting Assange "to talk to him" about 260,000 diplomatic cables which Army Specialist Manning is purported to have passed along as well. Appealing for fans to create Wikileak support groups worldwide, Assange confirmed possession of sensitive material to which he could only allude earlier: the US military's own video of the "Garani Massacre" (sic), its 2009 airstrike and coverup of the killing of over 140 Afghan civilians, most of them children. Within hours, the claim and Assange's appeal, were removed from the Wikileaks website. Assange's announcement has been propagated by journalists in the Wikileaks email circle, but strangely the call for creating a network of support groups, "Friends of Wikileaks is being given no traction. The hasty typo of "Garani," uncorrected, doesn't serve the cause either. As a keyword, Garani brings up only Assange's recent Tweet. All news references of the original incident are indexed under "Granai." Or of course Julian Assange's earlier codeword, Project G. That the media is so casual about describing the Wikileaks founder as subject of an "international manhunt" is unfortunately disarming. Assange has had to cancel an appearance in Las Vegas, and a later keynote engagement for 2600 in NYC. Oh hw funny. Pentagon Papers whisleblower Daniel Ellsberg is warning the Assange is facing very real danger of rendition, interrogation, disappearance, even assassination by US drone. The excitement builds? You can do more than watch Assange dodge missile strikes like Flash Osama. Contact Wikileaks about enlisting as friend or supporter, not just spectator. Below is the original email from Julian Assange: WikiLeaks may be under attack. You were generous enough to write to us, but we have not had the labor resources to respond. Your support is important to us. Please read all of this email to understand what is going on. We apologize for not getting back to you before. It is not through any lack of interest on our part, but an enforced lack of resources. One of our alleged sources, a young US intelligence analyst, Bradley Manning, has been detained and shipped to a US military prison in Kuwait, where he is being held without trail. Mr. Manning is alleged to have acted according to his conscious and leaked to us the Collateral Murder video and the video of a massacre that took place in Afghanistan last year at Garani. The Garani massacre, which we are still working on, killed over 100 people, mostly children. Mr. Manning allegedly also sent us 260,000 classified US Department cables, reporting on the actions of US Embassy's engaging in abusive actions all over the world. We have denied the allegation, but the US government is acting as if the allegation is true and we do have a lot of other material that exposes human rights abuses by the United States government. Mr. Manning was allegedly exposed after talking to an unrelated "journalist" who then worked with

Wikileaks can archive the Palin emails so she doesn’t have to, by law

Wikileaks is off-line again. (But try 88.80.13.160) The whistle-blower safe box had just posted fragments of communications hacked from Sarah Palin's Yahoo email account. GOP campaign reps denounced the act as "a shocking invasion of the governor's privacy and a violation of the law" Come again? Eavesdropping is illegal? Hackers working under the venerable pseudonym "Anonymous" posted email from the Alaska Governor which appeared to violate government safeguards about official communications. Emails regarding state business are supposed to go through government mail systems and be archived accordingly. Personal email accounts are not to be used to circumvent government oversight. The hackers invite the public to decide for themselves whether communications at the addresses sarah.palin@yahoo.com and gov.sarah@yahoo.com violated these restrictions. Wikileaks is a repository of leaked information to which government or corporate whistle-blowers can post who want to bring evidence of wrong-doing to the public's attention. Wired has an excellent profile of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. The site has been targeted by the courts and corporate hackers to prevent the disclosure of sensitive information. For example, Wikileaks leaked instruction manuals from the DoD's secret prison system. Why Wikileaks has become inaccessible this time is hopefully due simply to too much traffic. You can check Wikileak for access updates, if lame commentary. When Wikileaks published offshore banking records showing how US corporations are evading federal taxes, the Swiss bank Julius Baer prevailed upon a US court to revoke the wikileaks.org domain name. Apparently the Secret Service has vowed to investigate who hacked into Sarah Palin's account. This should be a revealing test of Wikileaks' stealth measures. Wikileaks contributors use a FIREFOX pluggin called TOR to spread their online tracks over a distribution of participating TOR users. In addition communications are encrypted with PGP -Pretty Good Privacy. Unavoidably however, a not insignificant number of machines on the network are recognized to be intelligence agents. (Scrubbing Bubbles said "We work hard so you don't have to.")

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