Is Wikileaks Assange a "Terrorist?"
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is a "hi-tech terrorist." I guess that makes him way more dangerous than low-tech terrorists like those pictured above. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has called for his assassination. Newt Gingrich says he should be treated like "an enemy combatant."
This is madness. Terrorists blow up bus loads of shoppers and school children. Enemy combatants engage in, well combat. Assange leaked documents. Some of them have placed Iraqi's who cooperated with U.S. forces in danger because Al-Quida now knows who they are. Other than that, what he's done is leak documents that embarrass politicians. I am ashamed of our politicians whose fascist streaks are so strong that they equate embarrassing them with real terrorism.
The revelations of Assange are no threat whatsoever to the United States. They are a threat to the fabrications of its government officials. They are a threat to the grandiose utopian nation-building fantasies of the dandies in the state department, but that's not the same thing as America. The real America is only made stronger and more secure when the deceptions of its government are exposed.
Once we were a nation that valued a free press as a check against government. Now there is little media left that is not in bed with the government, and some of those few left are rapidly being labeled as "terrorists" for reporting things that the government does not want you to know.
Responsible leaders should step forth and denounce this hysteronic nonsense of equating journalists, even reckless ones, with "terrorists" and "enemy combatants."