Today I want to share a very interesting website: Wikileaks. Their goal is to develop
… an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact. Our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by all types of people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.
Time magazine covered the issue in the article A Wiki for Whistle-Blowers. Since our own secret services are known to have done similar things in the past (disseminating information about other regimes) I would recommend visiting the site using some form of anonymous surfing (I personally use PCMesh which is an inexpensive and easy to use commercial product).
On the other hand, it is possible that somebody else took over the uncensorable wiki and is now posting information about the US.
Among the latest news available are:
You may want to read the Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedure and other documentation that is going to make you feel great about doing nothing about our rights as American citizens and the rights we confer to citizens of other countries.
A really interesting piece of information is the alleged Lecture on torture techniques by Dr. Larry Forness of the American Military University. You will learn among other things, the fallacies of interrogation:
Fallacy #1. Torture never works, because a prisoner will tell the interrogators whatever they want to hear just to stop the torture.
Fallacy #2. Any prisoner can outwit his or her interrogators.
Fallacy #3. Torture as a means of interrogation is generally not accepted throughout the world.
Fallacy #4. These things called “truths serums” don’t really work.
You can download the document locally here.
I have yet to find any confirmation or denial of the accuracy of this particular document. As it is, I take it as an interesting piece of information for further research, and yet another piece of the current state of moral affairs in America.
I know that this is hardly amazing information when we are publicly discussing if different forms of torture can be linguistically construed as such. I truly expect that somebody will soon propose to solve the issue of cruel and unusual punishment by making the punishment more usual, so it will be clear to all that it is just plain cruel. After all, Rudy Giuliani already justified torture arguing that it “depends on who is doing it“.
Franklin @ December 20, 2007