Friday, January 7, 2011

The War Against The Whistleblowers

Will it be better Darrell when the world laughs at what a banana republic we've become?

Why not just outlaw reporting altogether? Journalism after all, might damage national security and with all those terror bagels out there, god knows what might happen...

From Mail & Guardian.

Republicans set sights on WikiLeaks and Assange

The Republicans plan to hold a congressional inquiry into WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, following the organisation's release of thousands of classified United States diplomatic cables.

The party, which will wrest control of house committees from the Democrats, has included WikiLeaks in a list of priorities for investigation.

The move is partly political, aimed at the attorney general, Eric Holder, whom the Republicans claim has been too slow and too weak in reacting.

He said last month that the justice department was looking at what action can be taken against Assange but that lawyers are struggling to find legislation under which the Australian national can be prosecuted.

Darrell Issa, who will take over as chair of the House of Representatives oversight committee and is calling for Holder's resignation, said of Assange in a television interview on Sunday: "If the president says, 'I can't deal with this guy as a terrorist' then he has to be able to deal with him as a criminal, otherwise the world is laughing at this paper tiger we've become."...

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