There are a lot of people who seemed to have read the first paragraph of the OP and then decided to chime in, without apparently even skimming over
the rest. This thread isn't about WL releasing information that threatens the national security of our state, though it certainly could. Instead, it's
mainly about the chances for WL spreading disinfo and misinfo (whether intentional or not) and the fact that you have no way of authenticating. It's
also about the distraction that WL creates by releasing lightly classified information and people thinking that WL itself is successful in creating
transparency in government, which they aren't, not even by a long shot and even if you overlook the real possibility that much of the information is
in fact dsinformation.
Many people who are swearing to WL authenticity and good motive, are doing so based on faith alone. In fact, if WL itself isn't a disinformation
campaign, then it is extremely susceptable to being unintentionally used as a disinformation tool and there really isn't anything that the
organization could do about it (or even know about it) and you would have no way of knowing what is true and what isn't, ultimately opening up a whole
new can of worms and creating a much bigger burden than what we already have in finding the truth.
For anyone who thinks that WL couldn't be used as a disinfo tool, I'd like you to explain your reasoning. There is nothing to stop the government from
covertly "leaking" disinformation and there is really no way for WL to authenticate most of what is leaked in any kind of viable manner. So, even if
WL itself isn't a disinfo campaign, it would be a disinfo outlet, unless of course the government for some odd reason wouldn't take this spectacular
and wonderful oppurtunity to spread disinformation through the organization. It would require extremely little effort by the government to use WL as a
disinfo outlet, even if WL itself is authentic.
Furthermore, the biggest danger in my opinion, is all of these people who can't clearly see the danger that this organization poses to those of use
truly seeking the truth and objectively weighing this situation. Already twice today, I have heard people claim that 9/11 couldn't have been an inside
job because WL would have exposed it. Am I really one of the only ones (long with 50 odd others) who can see the potential danger in this sentiment?
People are believing that WL is somehow effective at exposing all
of the government's secrets or forcing government to be transparent, all
because WL published a few relatively unimportant and lightly classified documents that may or may not be authentic or true (with no way for us to
know for sure).
Look, even if WL itself has good intentions, there is nothing stopping WL from being used as a tool to spread disinfo by the government. In fact, it
would be absolutely foolish of us to think that the government would jump on this oppurtunity that would take little to no effort to do so. Therefore,
what little and measly info that is leaked, could just as well be disinformation and kicking us several steps back in our quest for truth.
This is in spite of the fact that there are red-flags, very real red-flags pointing to WL being a government or government friendly operation. Surely,
if Jules is so smart, he would see the obvious flaw in the design of this program and how easily it could be used as a tool by the government. If you
are going to start an organization to expose the truth in government, a "dump site" is not the way to go if you want to maintain even an ounce of
integrity, as such a program could be easily turned back around to actually hurt the stated goal, much more than it could ever imagine to help said
For all of those members who have obviously only read the first paragraph of the OP and felt the need to respond as if they read the whole thing, I
can only say that you should read the whole thing - and understand it. It truly will make your contributions a lot more valid.
I thank everyone for joining the discussion and your opinion is truly valued. I'm certainly not trying to say that anyone's opinion is not valid, only
that many peoples' opinion seems to be irrelevant to the point made in the OP.
Furthermore, I never even remotely suggested that it should be okay for the government to lie or cheat anyone. Hady you read past the first paragraph,
you would have seen where I in fact say the public is entitled to know everything, to include things that will compromise our national security. It's
kind of rediculous that I even have to take the time to tell folks to read my controbution before rebuking it, but so goes the yoke, I guess.
edit on 29-11-2010 by airspoon because: (no reason given)