Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 27th Nov 2010 10:46 UTC
Legal The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks? Update: The blocks function outside of the US too. In other words, the US is forcing its views upon the rest of the world once again.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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I really do respect you Thom, despite your love of unicorns of the pink fluffy variaty. But Julian Assange, while noble for his role in creating wikileaks is a douche-bag in real life. Unfortunately, begin a giant douche-bag isn't a crime yet. But, don't pretend that his douche-ness is part of a vast conspiracy by a government that's unable to do even the simplest jobs correctly.

The truth is the leaks aren't that bad. You have a few idiots that spend all of their time engrossed in the details of the secrecy of war, suddenly losing control of that minutia. They freak out, but the guys with the bigger picture understand how non-valuable that info is to the enemy. Its just mostly embarrassing that it contradicts what the official government line was in the past. People hate it when you catch them in a lie.

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tylerdurden Member since:

How exactly is Assange, a person I am sure you don't know at a personal level, a "douche?"

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RE[4]: Why not WikiLeaks yet?
by abraxas on Sun 28th Nov 2010 13:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Why not WikiLeaks yet?"
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How exactly is Assange, a person I am sure you don't know at a personal level, a "douche?"

Assange is a total douche. His own personal freedom of speech is more important than protecting lives of civilians who are working for the US in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. I don't have a problem with him releasing information pertaining to soldiers committing war crimes but to endanger civilian lives just because you can makes him just as bad as those he exposes.

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RE[3]: Why not WikiLeaks yet?
by Moredhas on Sun 28th Nov 2010 08:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Why not WikiLeaks yet?"
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I thought the smear campaign went further than casting aspersions on his credibility. Aren't they trying to peg rape or child molestation on him? Hardly requires being a douche to do either of those things, though of course they aren't mutually exclusive. Whether or not he actually is guilty of some crime, I have no knowledge or opinion, but it does seem awfully convenient that he's been charged with something other than violating national security. Call someone a child molester and people start whispering "maybe he is", and, whether or not he's ever convicted or even tried, that corrupts their view of everything he's involved in. Probably wouldn't be hard to pay off a family to claim their kid was a victim. If I were in a high position of power, and needed someone removed without political uproar, I'd probably do that.

I'm not calling him a hero of democracy and freedom, or anything like that, but the US Government obviously sees him as an important embarrassment.

Edited 2010-11-28 08:26 UTC

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