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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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