Here in Canada there is a growing story about how our government unilaterally decided to purchase the F-35 JSF. The problem isn't so much about the
aircraft itself, more that the government made the decision to purchase them without offering a tender for other manufacturers to bid on.
Now we have this story on how dissent in this country concerning this deal was published on Wikipedia only to be removed by users of Department of
National Defence computers.
A Defence Department spokesperson confirms computers at the department's research agency were used to alter a Wikipedia page entry about the Joint
Strike Fighter jet and the Conservative government's decision to spend as much as $18 billion on the aircraft.
Those edits included the removal of information critical of the government's plan to buy the jets and the addition of insulting comments aimed at
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.
Read more: www.cbc.ca...
Not only did the editors delete comments critical of the plan/move, but they also added
both insults against the leader of the
opposition and claims that he approved of the plan.
Now the trend in Canadian politics is to blame a janitor or security guard creating a dead end for any investigation. That being said...WTF?
1) Editting criticism from a public forum
2) Lying about support for the plan
3) Taking cheap shots at a political leader
We don't get the almost daily beating from our politicians that our American cousins do, but it still goes on. This action shows not only what type
of control government wants to have over what we preceive of the world, but it also shows how out of touch they are with the world themselves.
As first reported in a story by Postmedia, Wikipedia traced the edits to computers owned by Defence Research Development Canada's Ottawa offices.
Wikipedia locked down the entry, labelled the changes as vandalism and only allowed recognized editors to work on the page.
Read more: www.cbc.ca...
Whoever was responsible for this didn't realize that they could be tracked; I didn't think there was anyone that naive left online now-a-days.
One of the other things that bothers me about this is that in May of this year there was a story about the
Canadian Government Hiring
companies to 'Correct' Online Misconceptions
. I find it troubling that two months later this is the type of 'Misconception' that my
government wants corrected. I don't know if the masses really are that dumbed down now that a news article from May 23 2010 is
forgotten (and I'm assuming here that they even noticed, I know what the truth is there though) but people here should be
outraged at this.
...especially because it comes so close on the heels of the G2o fiasco that is still being investigated.
Disturbing, even more so because it is not any surprise.
[edit on 29-7-2010 by [davinci]]