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The WikiLeak espionage case is not a First Amendment case – lives are at stake
Many Years ago during target study for my SAC B-47 combat crew, I was shocked to see an article from a well-known magazine stamped “Top Secret”. My Aircraft Commander explained that context was involved. The mere fact such an article was included in a SAC target study could tip off Soviet Intelligence to what our specific target was and, thus, how they could better plan to intercept and shoot us down. The importance of materials can be modified by extraneous matters not readily apparent. Thus negative discussions about the WikiLeaks disclosure of secret or confidential materials, is clearer than editors and commentators might understand. They don’t have an ability to judge such matters.
Neither does anti-American conspirator, Julian Assange, who is irresponsibly dumping classified materials into public news outlets. Even if his motives and those of editors who reprint the materials, were pure, neither Assange nor the editors are competent to judge. Neither are they competent to understand the potential damage his journalistic vandalism may cause – especially how many lives may be lost because of the revelations.
Those who attempt First Amendment arguments in the case simply don’t get it. They are dead wrong, and their reasoning flawed by an obvious ignorance of what is at stake.
The WikiLeaks story cannot be justified, and those involved in the theft, release, and publication of such material should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. National security is involved, and how it is involved may well be quite beyond the understanding of people outside those for whom the materials were intended. First Amendment considerations take second place when our nation’s security is at stake.
Of course, Julian Assange doesn’t care about this nation’s security. He is on a malicious mission with nothing more than inflicting as much damage as possible on this country in his calculations. A full investigation of the affair should be giving top priority. However, Attorney General Eric Holder is probably among the weaker characters to whom such a mission might be assigned.
An enlisted man who had access to such materials is being held in the case. He should be charged with treason – as if that charge has any meaning these days. Former prosecutors caution that cases involving leaked classified information are difficult to win because the Espionage Act is a 1917 statute passed before more liberal Supreme Court cases expanded First Amendment protections.
For his part, Assange, tells ABC News through emails from a hideout, that he believes his safety and freedom are in danger. Yet he remains undaunted and says the material dumps are aimed at "lying, corrupt and murderous leadership from Bahrain to Brazil."
"We're only one thousandth of the way in and look at what has so far being revealed, says Assange, “there will be many more," he defiantly proclaims.
Suggestions the First Amendment should protect aliens such as Assange who act so maliciously, and who show a total lack of concern for the lives the information endangers, are ridiculous. We are at war with brutal and savage enemies who, as we learn from our most recent domestic terror case, care nothing about American lives – even the lives of innocent children.
Perhaps Assange’s case should be assigned to clandestine “black ops” groups who act without worrying about legal niceties. We are at war, after all, and the courtroom is no place in which war should be conducted.
The day’s top political news:
Obama calls for 2-year freeze on federal pay, Hoyer wants Military included
President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a two-year freeze of the salaries of some 2 million federal workers, trying to seize the deficit-cutting initiative from Republicans with a sudden, dramatic stroke. Though signaling White House concern over record deficits, the freeze would make only a tiny dent in annual deficits or the nation's $14 trillion debt.The administration said the plan was designed to save more than $5 billion over the first two years.
The proposal, which must be approved by Congress, would not apply to the military, but it would affect all others on the Executive Branch payroll. It would not affect members of Congress or
However, Hoyer says Military should also see pay freeze. The second-ranking House Democrat says President Obama’s freeze of the pay of civilian federal employees should also be extended to military personnel. Hoyer (D-Md.) said including the military would have increased savings and add “an element of fairness."
AP-CNBC Poll: Cut services to balance the budget
To ease surging budget deficits, Americans prefer cutting federal services to raising taxes by nearly 2-1 in a new poll. Yet there is little consensus on specific, meaningful steps — and a wariness about touching two gargantuan programs, Social Security and Medicare.
An Associated Press-CNBC Poll showed widespread anxiety about budget shortfalls exceeding $1 trillion a year. Eighty-five percent worry that growing red ink will harm future generations — the strongest expression of concern since AP polls began asking the question in 2008. Fifty-six percent think the shortfalls will spark a major economic crisis in the coming decade.
As for detailed cures, the poll shows little agreement — a problem that has long bedeviled lawmakers who often speak about taming federal deficits but seldom vote to do so. Given more than a dozen options for helping balance the budget, majorities backed just four: Reduce the number of federal workers, trim their salaries, cut overseas military bases and eliminate the tax deduction on home mortgage interest in exchange for lower income tax rates.
U.S. scrambles to contain WikiLeaks damage
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton and other officials shrug off the undiplomatic assessments revealed in the diplomatic cables, saying they won't affect long-term ties, even as they promise to tighten security and punish the culprits.
The massive leak of secret diplomatic cables sent a tremor from Washington through world capitals Monday, exposing deception and scheming that world leaders take great pains to keep private and complicating some of America's most sensitive strategic relations.
Release of the cables by the WikiLeaks website Sunday shocked a culture built on the expectation that candid discussions should remain exactly that — amounting, in the words of the Italian foreign minister, to the "Sept. 11 of world diplomacy." Diplomats and world leaders said the revelations probably would make them less forthcoming in their discussions and their reports back home, a development that could make it more difficult to manage policy and head off problems. There were indications that the leak could cause a backlash in countries vital to U.S. interests, such as Pakistan and Yemen.