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Popular Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul is no stranger to breaking with his party, but in a recent television appearance the libertarian-leaning Rep. went even further than any member of Congress in defending whistleblower website WikiLeaks.
Speaking to Fox Business host Judge Napolitano on Thursday about recent revelations at the Federal Reserve, Paul's typical candor showed through.
"What we need is more WikiLeaks about the Federal Reserve," he said. "Can you imagine what it'd be like if we had every conversation in the last 10 years with our Federal Reserve people, the Federal Reserve chairman, with all the central bankers of the world and every agreement or quid-pro-quo they have? It would be massive. People would be so outraged."
“In a free society we're supposed to know the truth,” Paul insisted. “In a society where truth becomes treason, then we're in big trouble. And now, people who are revealing the truth are getting into trouble for it.
The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
Originally posted by Iamonlyhuman
I'll be interested in what all the Wikileaks deniers but Ron Paul followers have to say about this.
Just a comment... I haven't decided yet on either.
Originally posted by whaaa
The often repeated phrase of conservatives "If you have nothing to hide, why worry about surveillance and inquiry into your private life"
Originally posted by MrXYZ
Isn't it ironic that so many people seem to be against Wikileaks on a site that continuously asks for "disclosure"? Well, you're getting disclosure, and imo that's a great thing!edit on 5-12-2010 by MrXYZ because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by dfens
So far, what has been released is just pure fluff. Diplomats and politicos talking trash is nothing. The first wikileaks releases with video were damning. But most people intuitively know that that is what happens in war. Now when some salesman, whatever title you want to hang on them, says something embarrassing, that somehow becomes real news?