…and once again on conspiracies

On wikileaks, via In Mala Fide (original source here):

“In this sense, most of the media commentary on the latest round of leaks has totally missed the point. After all, why are diplomatic cables being leaked? These leaks are not specifically about the war(s) at all, and most seem to simply be a broad swath of the everyday normal secrets that a security state keeps from all but its most trusted hundreds of thousands of people who have the right clearance. Which is the point: Assange is completely right that our government has conspiratorial functions. What else would you call the fact that a small percentage of our governing class governs and acts in our name according to information which is freely shared amongst them but which cannot be shared amongst their constituency?”

“our government has conspiratorial functions”. Isn’t it obvious?

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3 Responses to …and once again on conspiracies

  1. Heathcliff says:

    The government does and always has had “conspiratorial functions”. What matters is that they are acting in the best interest of the majority of Americans. Should they have oversight? Absolutely. Are you and Ferd really taking the position that there should be no confidential communication between US diplomats, that every person in the world should be privy to every communication? Have you thought through the consequences of that? No state has ever been held to that standard.

  2. Tarl says:

    Agree with Heathcliff. It’s pretty ridiculous to contend that the government should not have secrets. And in fact, the information is shared with the people — after 30 years or so. Check out the Foreign Relations of the United States series. It’s nothing but WikiLeaks-type information (diplomatic cables) from 30+ years ago.

  3. Deansdale says:

    I’ve written this post for those who constantly deny that conspiracies exist and make fun of those who believe in (some of) them. Wikileaks is concrete, undeniable proof that conspiracies do exist – even if some of them are officially revealed 30 years later.

    OTOH,
    “they are acting in the best interest of the majority of Americans”
    Are you serious? Do you think this is the case? They do all this in the best interest of the people? It seems to me they could not give any less fuck about the people, all they care about is their own wealth and status.
    Is the war in Iraq and Afganistan in the best interest of the people?
    If the USA would attack Iran (on behalf of Saudi Arabia, Israel and Halliburton) would that be in the best interest of the people?

    I reckon that – first of all – the best interest of the people is to be informed. To know what’s going on.

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