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Tagged as England, Europe, free press, free speech, freedom, Julian Assange, Patrick Chappatte, United States
The feeling here is that this has dragged on for too long and America should let this issue go. What do you think?
Protect the whistle-blower so that future whistle-blowers are not reluctant to come forward or make him face the music?
I guess American authorities are still upset because Assange revealed too many secrets – mainly about the Iraq War. I don’t know the extent of what he revealed, but I’m fully aware that some information must remain concealed – especially if it deals with national security. Yet, I feel our citizenry has the right to know some things; such as what the government knew in advance of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and what intelligence it had about Iraq’s nuclear program. The latter is supposedly what prompted the U.S. incursion into Iraq, which cost trillions in USD and killed thousands of people.
It seems generally thought that Bush used the weapons of mass destruction as rationale for oil rights isn’t it? As they never found any womd. As for Assange, I think it is difficult for whistleblowers to reveal what they need to without revealing too much. Assange makes it harder for himself as he isn’t the most congenial of guys….
The Bush Administration used the possibility that Iraq was hiding nuclear weapons, or at least the technology to build some, to invade. I’ve always said it was strictly to gain access to the vast reserves of oil and natural gas in that region. After the invasion, a large number of energy companies in the U.S. obtained lucrative government contracts to enter Iraq and start processing that material. Most of them – many of which funded Bush’s 2000 campaign – didn’t have to bid for those contracts. The no-bid process was blatantly illegal. By federal law here in the U.S., all companies that want a government contract have to bid for it. One of them was Halliburton, where then-Vice-President Dick Cheney had been chief operating officer – until the spring of 2000, when he abruptly resigned. He and his wife immediately moved from Texas back to their native state of Wyoming – just 6 months before that year’s elections.
A person has to be a resident in a state for at least 6 months in order to vote in that state; otherwise, they have to return to the state where they had been living to vote. Also, U.S. law prevents presidential and vice-presidential candidates from residing in the same state at the time of their campaigns. Bush was governor of Texas in 2000.
So the Iraq incursion was strictly blood for oil. Thousands of our military personnel – many of whom probably joined to make their lives better, get money for education, or to escape bad home life situations – had their lives taken so energy company oligarchs here in the U.S. could maintain their luxurious lifestyles.
Unconscionable conduct. I wasn’t aware of the government contracts and the dodgy tendering process.
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