Criminalizing The WhistleBlowers has an article on the detention of Bradley Manning you should read, and how this is going to have some pretty far reaching implications:

What all of this achieves is clear.  Having it known that the U.S. could and would disappear people at will to “black sites,” assassinate them with unseen drones, imprison them for years without a shred of due process even while knowing they were innocent, torture them mercilessly, and in general acts as a lawless and rogue imperial power created a climate of severe intimidation and fear.  Who would want to challenge the U.S. Government in any way — even in legitimate ways — knowing that it could and would engage in such lawless, violent conduct without any restraints or repercussions?

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Johann Hari: This case must not obscure what WikiLeaks has told us

An important article from Johann Hari: This case must not obscure what WikiLeaks has told us

Every one of us owes a debt to Julian Assange. Thanks to him, we now know that our governments are pursuing policies that place you and your family in considerably greater danger. Wikileaks has informed us they have secretly launched war on yet another Muslim country, sanctioned torture, kidnapped innocent people from the streets of free countries and intimidated the police into hushing it up, and covered up the killing of 15,000 civilians ““ five times the number killed on 9/11. Each one of these acts has increased the number of jihadis. We can only change these policies if we know about them ““ and Assange has given us the black-and-white proof.Each of the wikileaks revelations has been carefully weighed to ensure there is a public interest in disclosing it. Of the more than 250,000 documents they hold, they have released fewer than 1000 ““ and each of those has had the names of informants, or any information that could place anyone at risk, removed. The information they have released covers areas where our governments are defying the will of their own citizens, and hiding the proof from them.

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I am exhausted

My apologies to the readership, I have been unable to update this blog adequately, right in the middle of a flurry of major news developments too.

I am exhausted.  Order volume has been absolutely extreme.  So high that I am seriously considering restricting orders now.  Some may find this bizarre behavior, but if I cannot provide adequate service to the customers I already have, what would be the point of exacerbating this situation?

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WalMart Partners With Homeland Security – Increase Spying On Americans

I found this on Drudge, but there is no permanent link.  This should get picked up by the other news services pretty soon.
Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security Dec. 6, 2010


WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign to hundreds of Walmart stores across the country””launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.

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