Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The Emperor Lieberman

His Exalted Highness, the Emperor of Security, His Majesty, the man with Joementum, Sen. Joe Lieberman has called for The New York Times to be investigated for espionage. The NYT was first among U.S. media to publish details of embarrassing diplomatic cables leaked to Wikileaks, allegedly by U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning.
According to The Guardian:
5.15pm: Ramping up his rhetoric on Fox News just now, Senator Joe Lieberman, the head of the Senate's homeland security committee, suggests that the New York Times and other news organisations using the WikiLeaks cables may also be investigated for breaking the US's espionage laws.
Lieberman told Fox News: "To me the New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime is a matter of discussion for the justice department."
The NYT's Bill Keller sought the administration's approval for publishing the leaks beforehand. Is it editorial to suggest that it would seek to enjoy the control he offered it? Or that he signaled a position of weakness and dependency implicitly vulnerable to Joementum?
As of this afternoon, bowing to government pressure, MasterCard and Visa shut down their electronic services to Wilkileaks, but the Philadelphia based mobile payments firm Xipwire, Inc. has set up a page where Wikileaks supporters can donate to their defense fund.
Julian Assange was arrested today in England after turning himself in. The charges against him have boiled down to sexual assault because he engaged in consensual sex and his condom broke. The Swedes claim that this isn't political? An international arrest warrant over a faulty condom?
One of the accusers, Anna Ardin is alleged to have ties to a US financed anti Castro group led by CIA operative, Luis Carlos Posada. Both of the women who have filed charges in the case, boasted publicly on Twitter of their "conquests" of Assange before they filed charges!
In support of Assange, today, both Philosopher and linguist, Noam Chomsky and Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton signed an open letter to The prime Minister of Australia urging the Australian Government to condemn calls for Assange's assasination. Assange is an Australian citizen.
Below is the video of Emperor Lieberman, His Most Exalted defender of Homeland Security and Oppressive Manipulated Paranoia for Political Gain on FOX today, calling for charges against the NY TIMES! For what Joe calls "Bad Citizenship"


-Sepp said...

I've had a gut feeling that the women involved with those charges were probably a setup. The timing was just a bit too coincidental. But, as we discussed before...here we have another high profile government representitive tossing around words like "espionage" and "terrorist".
It's just getting a little too easy for anyone to make claims like that with little or, no proof.

microdot said...

Yeah, if anyone is a threat to democracy, it's Lieberman. I am beginning to believe that Assange turned himself in as a rational alternative to becoming "stain" on the pavement in a cheap spy thriller.
I hope the British act reasonably in this.
He does have an incredible array of legal minds supporting him.
On the other hand, I'm getting all kinds of hits from blocked ISPs, my gmail was hacked, I had to change my password twice in three days . I wonder if it is because I am a private blogger posting access to wikileak info?
I hope not.

architectswives said...

This activist organization in Australia GetUp has been gathering support for protest against the fear mongering in the USA over Assange and wikileaks, and against the Australian Govt's lame response.