Bradley Manning

The Domestic Cold War

Joel Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Previously he worked in Washington, D.C. in public policy for organizations such as the Leadership Institute, the Cato Institute, and the White House Office of Public Liaison. He studied Statesmanship at the undergraduate level and Global Affairs at the postgraduate level.

The battle lines are drawn. The great war between America’s government and her people fast approaches.

No, this isn’t some dystopian near-future science fiction scenario. This is present-day America we’re talking about. There’s a growing hostility between the U.S. government and certain incorrigible freedom-loving citizens, with the live-and-let-lives caught on the side of their more rowdy fellows, despite best efforts to bury their heads in the sand.

But where are all the battles? Where are the troops filling the streets? Where are the tanks rolling across the countryside, steamrolling all dissidents in their path? In waiting, that’s where. This isn’t a traditional armed conflict I’m predicting; at least, not yet. It’s a cold war. Each side is building up its record of hostile actions against the other, all stopping short of the point of no return.

First there’s the war over control of information. The degree to which the U.S government has pursued whistleblowers, leakers, and all those who would enforce transparency is worrisome, almost to the point of making the American people out to be some sort of sworn enemy. Almost. As the Bradley Manning trial showed, they will prudently stop short of making that overt declaration of war.

Obama heckled by protestor during speech

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During the unveiling of his new college unaffordability policies yesterday in Syracuse, President Barack Obama was heckled by a protester upset about the prosecution and conviction of Pfc. Bradley Manning and briefly lost control of the situation.

You can watch the video below. You can’t hear the protester very well at all, but President Obama got frustrated as he tried to calm down the audience.

“No, no, no, that’s fine. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait,” Obama told the crowd amid a chorus of very loud boos.

“We’re okay. We’re okay. That’s okay. Hold on a second. Hold on. Hold on. Hello, everybody, hello.  Hold on. Hold on a minute,” Obama said loudly as he struggled to regain control. “Hold on a minute. Hold on. So, now — hold on a second. “

“Can I just say that as hecklers go, that young lady was very polite,” he added as the crowd started to pay attention again. “She was. And she brought up an issue of importance, and that’s part of what America is all about.”

Your Secrets Are Not Safe with the Government

government secrets

During a recent show, Chris Hayes, host of All In with Chris Hayes, made some very important points worthy of sharing here about government secrecy and the government’s inability to keep secrets:

As of the end of 2011, there were 1.4 million people with top secret security clearance […] just one of the 1.4 million people is on trial for leaking a heck of a lot of secrets. Bradley Manning is the 25-year-old soldier accused of turning over files to Wikileaks including reports from Afghanistan and air strikes to killed civilians. His trial got under way and he faces prison. He is viewed as a hero and others see him as a villain and a traitor. What he is is proof that the government cannot keep secrets. If 1.4 million people had access, that access is not a secret in any real way.

Liberty Links: Morning Reads for Wednesday, January 26th

Below is a collection of several links that we didn’t get around to writing about, but still wanted to post for readers to examine. The stories typically range from news about prominent figures in the liberty movement, national politics, the nanny state, foreign policy and free markets.

Ron Paul defends WikiLeaks: “Lying is not patriotic”

Yesterday, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) took to the floor of the House of Representatives to offer a defense of WikiLeaks. You can read the full text of his speech here.

Judge Napolitano On Wikileaks: The Government Needs To Be Exposed Because The Government Lies To You

This is pretty much how I feel about the Wikileaks story:

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