Lying Is Not Patriotic

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WikiLeaks’
release of classified information has generated a lot of attention
world-wide in the past few weeks.

The hysterical
reaction makes one wonder if this is not an example of killing the
messenger for the bad news.

Despite what
is claimed, information so far released, though classified, has
caused no known harm to any individual, but it has caused plenty
of embarrassment to our government. Losing a grip on our empire
is not welcomed by the neo-conservatives in charge.

There is now
more information confirming that Saudi Arabia is a principle supporter
and financier of Al Qaeda and this should set off alarm bells since
we guarantee its Sharia-run government.

This emphasizes
even more the fact that no Al Qaeda existed in Iraq before 9/11,
and yet we went to war against Iraq based on the lie that it did.

It has been
charged, by self-proclaimed experts, that Julian Assange, the internet
publisher of this information, has committed a heinous crime deserving
prosecution for treason and execution or even assassination.

But should
we not at least ask how the U.S. government can charge an Australian
citizen with treason for publishing U.S. secret information, that
he did not steal?

And if WikiLeaks
is to be prosecuted for publishing classified documents, why shouldn’t
the Washington Post, New York Times, and others that
have also published these documents be prosecuted? Actually, some
in Congress are threatening this as well.

The New
York Times, as a result of a Supreme Court ruling, was not found
guilty in 1971 for the publication of the Pentagon Papers. Daniel
Ellsberg never served a day in prison for his role in obtaining
these secret documents.

The Pentagon
Papers were also inserted into the Congressional Record by Senator
Mike Gravel with no charges being made of breaking any National
Security laws.

Yet the release
of this classified information was considered illegal by many, and
those who lied us into the Vietnam War and argued for its prolongation
were outraged. But the truth gained from the Pentagon Papers revealed
that lies were told about the Gulf of Tonkin attack which perpetuated
a sad and tragic episode in our history.

Just as with
the Vietnam War, the Iraq War was based on lies. We were never threatened
by Weapons of Mass Destruction or Al Qaeda in Iraq, though the attack
on Iraq was based on this false information.

Any information
that challenges the official propaganda for the war in the Middle
East is unwelcome by the administration and supporters of these
unnecessary wars. Few are interested in understanding the relationship
of our foreign policy and our presence in the Middle East to the
threat of terrorism. Revealing the real nature and goal for our
presence in so many Muslim countries is a threat to our empire and
any revelation of this truth is highly resented by those in charge.

Questions to
consider:

1. Do the American
people deserve to know the truth regarding the ongoing war in Iraq,
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen?

2. Could a
larger question be: how can an Army Private gain access to so much
secret material?

3. Why is the
hostility mostly directed at Assange, the publisher, and not our
government’s failure to protect classified information?

4. Are we getting
our money’s worth from the $80 billion per year we spend on
our intelligence agencies?

5. Which has
resulted in the greatest number of deaths; lying us into war, or
WikiLeaks’ revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?

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?

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?

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

9. Was it not
once considered patriotic to stand up to our government when it’s
wrong?

Thomas Jefferson
had it right when he advised: “Let the eyes of vigilance never
be closed.”

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the Ron Paul File

December
11, 2010

Dr. Ron
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.

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