From Michael Moore: Why I’m Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange.
This is a must read. A necessary perspective.
WikiLeaks exists, in part, because the mainstream media has failed to live up to its responsibility. The corporate owners have decimated newsrooms, making it impossible for good journalists to do their job. There’s no time or money anymore for investigative journalism. Simply put, investors don’t want those stories exposed. They like their secrets kept … as secrets.
I ask you to imagine how much different our world would be if WikiLeaks had existed 10 years ago. Take a look at this photo. That’s Mr. Bush about to be handed a “secret” document on August 6th, 2001. Its heading read: “Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US.” And on those pages it said the FBI had discovered “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings.” Mr. Bush decided to ignore it and went fishing for the next four weeks.
But if that document had been leaked, how would you or I have reacted? What would Congress or the FAA have done? Was there not a greater chance that someone, somewhere would have done something if all of us knew about bin Laden’s impending attack using hijacked planes?
Looking ahead, courtesy of OpenSecrets Blog….
A new political fund-raising group called “Draft Sarah Palin” registered with the Federal Election Commission this month, federal records indicate, and the committee’s treasurer has a history of big-time fund-raising.
Randy Goodwin, the group’s treasurer, told OpenSecrets Blog that a yet-to-be-developed website — DraftSarahPalin.us — will be the main fund-raising tool for the “grass roots committee.” The pro-Palin site, he said, should begin functioning after January 1.
The committee’s mission is simple, Goodwin said: Help make Palin the GOP presidential nominee in 2012….
Goodwin is also the treasurer and co-founder of the California-based Republican Majority Campaign political action committee, which sponsored advertisements accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of supporting Arab slave labor. The group’s other founder, attorney Gary Kreep, also starred in the 30-minute “Birthermercial” — a television spot wherein Kreep and televangelist Bill Keller questioned where President Barack Obama was born.
Check out this group, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
As a service organization assisting federal & state public employees, PEER allows public servants to work as “anonymous activists” so that agencies must confront the message, rather than the messenger
The group sent out a press release this week.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has dismissed one of its top organic standards experts because he expressed personal opinions on technical matters, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The case is at odds with Obama administration calls for free exchange of ideas among experts and has broad implications in that the employee did not contradict official policy but was aiding an advisory panel in formulating recommendations for what the official policy should be.
And there’s a lot of other good stuff here!
Finally, do yourself a favor and bookmark the New York Times “White Collar Watch“.