Over the course of the last year, the popular leak website Wikileaks has released over a million secret US military documents that detail everything from the mundane work our soldiers do to some of the atrocities they've committed. For its part, the US government is trying to squelch the site using the 'national security' argument claiming that the leaks are putting our 'men and women in uniform' at risk.
Personally, I applaud the work that Julian Assange and the Wikileaks team have done to hold the US and other governments accountable for their actions. For too long, governments have hidden under the blanket of national security while committing some of the most vile acts known to man. Rape, torture, and the outright murder of innocent civilians are all things that the government believes would 'compromise national security' if the knowledge of them came to light. Those who dare question such obviously faulty logic and patent lying are quickly labeled 'unAmerican' or smeared because they don't care about the men and women in the field.
I care about our soldiers. I am thankful every single day that they choose to put their lives on the line to protect my safety and ensure that future generations will grow up in at least a somewhat free country. But killing innocent people, raping non-combative women, torturing potential informants for information has nothing to do with protecting my freedom and safety and I'm deeply offended that the government believes the American people are so collectively stupid that we will continue to believe the lies as long as they keep feeding them to us and demonizing those who question or confront them.
In an age where we're flooded with brainless prattle like 'you're either for us or with the terrorists', it's refreshing to see men and women of conscious standing up and boldly confronting that which is wrong, unethical, and immoral. I believe they are every bit as much of a hero as the battlefield soldier who braves enemy fire to pull his wouned comrade to safety or the young Private that runs into hostile territory to accomplish the mission with no thought to his own safety.
I refuse to accept the 'we'll take care of you, you don't need to know the details' doctrine anymore. We do need to know. We need to know when our government, as our representatives to the world, is murdering innocent people, torturing people to madness, and running secret detention facilities where who-knows-what goes on. Yes, Mr. Gates, President Obama, Senators, we do need to know that. More importantly, we have a right to know and no amount of 'national security' foliage that you use to hide your actions is going to take away that right or lessen our determination and dedication to the truth.
So this is my personal 'thank you' to Jullian Assange and Wikileaks for the incredible work you do in exposing the truth. The government might war against you but the people are standing strong at your side.
Keep up the great work!