As I scan around the net, I see my fellow bloggers are getting caught in the Wikileaks trap. The debate is centered around whether or not Julian Assange is a hero or a villain. Did he commit treason? Did he commit espionage? Did he commit any crime at all? Did he permanently damage U.S. foreign relations? Did he do us all a favor by shining a light on our government’s wheelings and dealings they don’t want us to know about? All good questions. None of them are the correct one.
We should be asking what price the American citizens are going to pay because of Wikileaks. What price in the form of liberty being stripped away. That’s what this is all about. People are spending way too much time trying to find supporting opinions for their take on Assange’s guilt or innocence.
He’s a narcissist. He’s in it for the money. He has an agenda. It’s one of those deals where we all know he’s a bad dude, but since the stuff is out there…well you know. Lets take a look at it and see what we can see.
That’s what you’re supposed to be doing. You’re supposed to be calling for his head. You’re supposed to be outraged. You’re supposed to be fearful that any further leaks of this nature must be stopped at any cost. At ANY cost. Meaning your liberty. Because that’s what you are about to willingly give up. 2011 will no doubt bring us legislation that will restrict the internet in some way. To protect us. For our national security. Who can argue with that? You won’t because you hate Assange so much right now that you will gladly trade away some freedom for the government safety net.
It’s all by design. Once the government was on to Assange, they made the decision to take advantage of the situation. Like they have done so many times in the past regarding terrorists. Time after time after time, we find out that a terrorist left a trail of clues and red flags that anybody could have put together and done something in time to stop the attack. Yet our government does not. Because they are opportunists. It’s a blameless way to advance a political agenda.
Wikileaks is no different. They weren’t shut down because the Feds need a crisis. A crisis in order to get the American people to willingly give up their privacy rights. Had they simply enacted legislation without a crisis, they would have faced a firestorm of rebellion. However, in doing it this way, we just lay down like a little kitten and purr.
So, as we move forward and the administration goes after Assange, keep this in mind. The Feds won’t have any problem finding enough backing to take Assange down if they can find a way. Some will object that prefer that any administration dealings be done with full public knowledge, but not the majority. One thing is for sure. The American people will ultimately pay the biggest price.