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3821 Pentagon & US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks 12/08/2010 09:24:51
3822 Fallibility Of DNA Evidence Exposed - AGAIN! 13/08/2010 14:48:07
3823 NVIC Launches New Volunteer Section Of Website! 13/08/2010 15:07:28
3824 After Avandia: Does The FDA Have A Drug Problem? 13/08/2010 15:14:17
3825 WHO Swine Flu 'Experts' Linked To Vaccine Producers 13/08/2010 15:19:31
3826 Doctors Kept In The Dark About Flu Vaccine Fiasco 13/08/2010 15:22:33
3827 How WikiLeaks Is Changing The Face Of Journalism 13/08/2010 15:39:49
3828 Journalism Warning Labels - Contents Not Verified 16/08/2010 09:18:32
3829 Call To Examine Drug Dealer Connections Of Australian Swine Flu 'Experts' 16/08/2010 09:22:46
3830 WikiLeaks Julian Assange On Amnesty International & The Wall Street Journal 16/08/2010 10:01:59
3831 WikiLeaks Refuses To Be Threatened By Pentagon 16/08/2010 10:05:02
3832 UK Government Scapegoating The Sick & Disabled 17/08/2010 10:56:48
3833 Diabetes Drugs Cause Increased Bone Fracture Risk 17/08/2010 11:00:04
3834 The Digital Surveillance State 17/08/2010 11:03:44
3835 Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop WikiLeaks 17/08/2010 11:07:38
3836 Soldier Who Found Rocket Launcher At WikiLeaks Scene Says No Attack Was Being Planned 17/08/2010 11:10:08
3837 Numerous Trials Reveal The Scope Of UNUM Insurance Misdeeds 18/08/2010 11:17:47
3838 XMRV Virus In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Confirmed By US Government 18/08/2010 11:20:42
3839 Mother Launches Lawsuit Against Gardasil Vaccine Manufacturer 18/08/2010 11:23:36
3840 US Department Of Justice To Investigate Pharma Bribes Abroad 18/08/2010 11:25:49

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Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop WikiLeaks
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Clueless Commentators Think That It's Possible To Stop Wikileaks

from the good-luck-with-that dept

by Mike Masnick

Aug 16th 2010

Marc Thiessen is a former Bush speechwriter, who seems to have tried to make a second career out of saying really clueless things as loudly as possible. Lately he's been on a rampage against Wikileaks, first suggesting that it somehow made sense to use US military power to track down and capture Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. This resulted in a reporter pointing out that Thiessen's response to Wikileaks is like the RIAA's response to Napster: destined to backfire due to a basic misunderstanding of the internet.

Apparently Thiessen either didn't read or understand that response. Or, perhaps in the business of being loud and wrong, he just doesn't care. He's since written a few more pieces attacking Wikileaks, including directly blaming it for an Afghan tribal leader being killed... though in the very next sentence he admits he doesn't know if that had anything to do with Wikileaks. Accuse first, find out the truth later, huh?

But, last Friday, Thiessen moved things up a notch on the RIAA-repeatifier, and suggested that with Assange's recent promise to release the remaining 15,000 documents in the recent collection -- after scrubbing them of identifying information -- the US should somehow "shut down" Wikileaks. Yeah, good luck with that. Kevin Poulsen, over at Wired, does a nice job educating Thiessen once again on what a clueless statement that is. You can't just shut down Wikileaks, and any attempt to do so would only get the material in question significantly more attention.

First of all, a US court once tried to shut down Wikileaks over a minor issue which, in turn, got the documents in question a lot more attention and eventually resulted in a dropped lawsuit. But, more importantly, for the brief time that the site was supposed to be blocked, it didn't take long for many, many, many people around the world to make sure it was not blocked at all. Just imagine the response if the US federal government tried to shut down Wikileaks? It would get a tremendous amount of attention, and would do absolutely nothing to stop the dissemination of the files in question.

It's amazing that anyone can claim to be knowledgeable about these things and suggest a brute force solution that would so obviously backfire. But, then again, the RIAA did do the same sort of thing for nearly a decade, and still is so dizzy from the backlash that it hasn't figured out what it did wrong.

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* WikiLeaks Refuses To Be Threatened By Pentagon
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* How WikiLeaks Is Changing The Face Of  Journalism
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* Pentagon & US State Department Launch Unhinged War On WikiLeaks
Maximillian C. Forte, Counterpunch
* Rap News: WikiLeaks Vs. The Pentagon - The Internet Wars
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* Courage Is Contagious - How To Whistleblow Safely
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