Sunday, August 08, 2010

Wikileaks, Project Vigilant, & "Freedom" of Speech/Press

Americans love to shout about their freedom. Americans love to shout about how free and informed we are due to our free press.

Pfc. Bradley Manning is accused of helping leak files to Wikileaks to help facilitate this freedom of press and information. Afterall, we were being misled by our benevolent government.

Now a member of Congress is calling for Manning to be executed. A Wikileaks volunteer was detained for three hours and interrogated as to the whereabouts of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange as well as "his attitudes to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and on the philosophy behind Wikileaks."

I guess our government is not as keen on a well informed citizenry.

As a matter of fact, the FBI doesn't even want their blessed seal to appear on wikipedia!

Project Vigilant "monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers" and "hands much of that information to federal agencies."
Lamo, the hacker who turned in Manning to the federal government for allegedly confessing to being the WikiLeaks leaker, was a "volunteer analyst" for Project Vigilant. Project Vigilant's executive director, Uber, directed Lamo to federal authorities to inform on Manning.
Project Vigilant is but one manifestation of a booming and unaccountable industry: groups which collect vast amounts of highly informative data about American citizens -- particularly their Internet activities -- and then sell it or otherwise furnish it to the U.S. Government.


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