A shocking read about solitary confinement…

WikiLeaks: Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America’s Depravity on Full Display

By Lynn Parramore, New Deal 2.0
Posted on January 4, 2011, Printed on January 6, 2011
http://www.alternet.org/story/149410/

The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

In the earliest days of our Republic, a group of well-meaning Philadelphia Quakers set out to reform the prison system. The idea was to remove convicts from the mayhem and corruption of overcrowded jails to solitary cells where sinners would return to mental and spiritual health through reflection. In the Walnut Street Jail, no windows would distract the prisoners with street life; no conversation would disturb their penitence. Alone with God, they would be rehabilitated. διαβάστε περισσότερα

6 Companies That Haven’t Wussed Out of Working with WikiLeaks

6 Companies That Haven’t Wussed Out of Working with WikiLeaks

As more and more companies bend under government pressure, a few are standing up for the site.

December 10, 2010

Giants like PayPal, Amazon.com, Visa and MasterCard almost instantly crumbled under government (and p.r.) pressure to drop WikiLeaks, depriving the site of vital funding sources and online platforms. But other companies, some of them small, independent start-ups, have decided to risk the wrath of Joe Lieberman, the State Department, and their European counterparts and help keep WikiLeaks afloat by providing funding sources (yeah, you can now donate to WikiLeaks even if you only have Visa or MasterCard.) and hosting the site. Here’s a list of companies that have stood by WikiLeaks: διαβάστε περισσότερα

Western Democracies Must Live With Leaks

WikiLeaks logo
WikiLeaks logo

Must-read article from «The Guardian«, UK, by John Naughton, December 6, 2010:

Live with the WikiLeakable world or shut down the net. It’s your choice

What WikiLeaks is really exposing is the extent to which the western democratic system has been hollowed out. In the last decade its political elites have been shown to be incompetent (Ireland, the US and UK in not regulating banks); corrupt (all governments in relation to the arms trade); or recklessly militaristic (the US and UK in Iraq). And yet nowhere have they been called to account in any effective way. Instead they have obfuscated, lied or blustered their way through. And when, finally, the veil of secrecy is lifted, their reflex reaction is to kill the messenger. διαβάστε περισσότερα

2010-12-05: Cablegate: News from the infowar front

2010-12-05: Cablegate: News from the infowar front [Update 1]

Submitted by admin on Sun, 12/05/2010 – 16:02

«The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops,» wrote John Perry Barlow on Twitter.