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April 5, 2010

WikiLeaks - A New Fifth Column Trying to Undermine Us

Post updated at bottom

Late in 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, the Nationalist General Mola was advancing on Madrid with four columns of soldiers. During a radio address he was asked which one would take the city, which was held by Republican forces. He replied that a "fifth column" of hidden supporters within the city would undermine the government from within.

In a October 20, 2004 post titled The New Fifth Column I wrote that "we are today faced with a new Fifth Column in the War on Terror. One that is working to undermine us from within." Already it was clear that there were those within our ranks who would work to undermine us from within.

We saw this during the Cold War, especially during it's latter stages, with the rise of the "anti-anticommunist" movement on the left. These people were not communists themselves, and if you put them on the rack they'd eventually admit that "ok, communism isn't so great," but their real enemy, and the people they spent their entire time denouncing, were the anti-communists of both the right and left (yes they existed on the left).

So once again the phenomenon has surfaced. We can call them anti-anti-terrorists, or anti-war, or whatever. Like their anti-anti-communist forefathers, they are not terrorists nor do they defend the ideology of jihad. But they spend their entire time attacking the West in general and the United States in particular. To them, if we fight at all, we must conduct the perfect war.

The latest example of this type is WikiLeaks. From their website

The Sunshine Press (WikiLeaks) is an non-profit organization funded by human rights campaigners, investigative journalists, technologists and the general public. Through your support we have exposed significant injustice around the world-- successfully fighting off over 100 legal attacks in the process. Although our work produces reforms daily and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the 2008 Index on Censorship-Economist Freedom of Expression Award as well as the 2009 Amnesty International New Media Award, these accolades do not pay the bills. Nor can we accept government or corporate funding and maintain our absolute integrity. It is your strong support alone that preserves our continued independence and strength.

Basically they release whatever secret documents they can find and then congratulate themselves.

Bunch of goddamn traitors is what they are.

Here's their latest piece of disinformation

And here's what they say about it:

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com.

Of course, it's all a big lie. Military expert Bill Roggio analyzes the video and concludes that:

Baghdad in July 2007 was a very violent place, and the neighborhoods of Sadr City and New Baghdad were breeding grounds for the Mahdi Army and associated Iranian-backed Shia terror groups. The city was a war zone. To describe the attack you see in the video as "murder" is a sensationalist gimmick that succeeded in driving tons of media attention and traffic to their website.

But of course.

Yes yes, I know, we're all supposed to believe that the people at WikiLeaks are fighting for truth and justice and the American Way. We're supposed to think that they're only trying to hold the government, corporations, and the powerful to account for any misdeeds. And hey, if they haven't done anything wrong, what's the problem?

If you haven't watched the whole video yet, please do so. The editorial comments before, during, and after the intercepted video make it clear that it's all just hate-America propaganda.

More Misdeeds

In case you're still in doubt as to the vile sort of people we're dealing with, this is the crowd that in 2008 publishedscreen shots of Sarah Palin's emails from her hacked Yahoo account.

Would they have published Obama's emails if someone had hacked into his account? Or that of Joe Biden? I think we know the answer.

People who do this sort of thing are beneath contempt.

In November of 2009 WikiLeaks also published hacked emails from the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia. They should not have done this either.

For what it's worth, my distain of global warmers and disbelief in their theories has nothing to do with these hacked emails, and not liking the situation I never blogged on them.

What About Investigative Journalism?"

Don't be silly. Of course there are times when leaked documents and such should be published. But it's clear that the people at WikiLeaks are out of bounds.

The Adversary Culture

In his 1992 work Anti-Americanism: Critiques at Home and Abroad, 1965-1990 Paul Hollander summed up these people to a T:

The people I have in mind - who belong to this broader adversary culture - can be identified by a number of beliefs. Among them is that American intervention almost anywhere in the world is without moral justification. They also aver that the United States bears the lion's share of responsibility for the sufferings of the poor in the Third World. They include prosperous white middle-class people who voted for Jesse Jackson, those who would not register for the draft (or who support and encourage nonregistration). They are citizens for whom all American military expenditure is wasteful, who claim to have sleepless nights over the prospect of nuclear war and press for making their towns "nuclear free zones"(and "sister cities" of those in the USSR and Nicaragua), people who in any conceivable conflict between the U.S. and other powers instinctively place the blame on the U.S., those among the college educated who are persuaded that Orwell's1984 captures most aptly the characteristics of contemporary America. They can also be identified by sporting bumper stickers proclaiming "US out of North America" and "This Country Was Build on the Bones of Indians." They are inclined to believe that the United States is a uniquely hypocritical and destructive society that failed to live up to it's promises. They are for the most part people of goodwill amid frustrated idealism, persuaded that in no other country are social ideals and practices so far apart as in the United States of America

Change the nouns and you have the modern left. Instead of obsessing over nuclear war it's global warming. Different decade, same type.

Wednesday Update

NRO's The Feed:

Julian Assange, a WikiLeaks editor, acknowledged to Fox News in an interview Tuesday evening that "it's likely some of the individuals seen in the video were carrying weapons."

Assange said his suspicions about the weapons were so strong that a draft version of the video they produced made specific reference to the AK-47s and RPGs. Ultimately, Assange said, WikiLeaks became "unsure" about the weapons. He claimed the RPG could have been a camera tripod, so editors decided not to point it out.

"Based upon visual evidence I suspect there probably were AKs and an RPG, but I'm not sure that means anything," Assange said. Nearly every Iraqi household has a rifle or an AK. Those guys could have just been protecting their area."

And as Greg Pollowitz of NRO's The Feed says,

In this history of man, no army has done more to minimize civilian casualties than what's gone on in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'd expect that hundreds, if not thousands of American lives have been lost because the R.O.E. are as strict as they are, not the opposite as WikiLeaks claims.

It's as if the more we try to minimize civilian casualties, the more strident the criticism becomes. You'd think that the folks at Wikileaks wanted to eliminate our ability to make war completely or something.

Thursday Update

Professor Donald Douglas has a must-read post on his American Power blog appropriately titled Exposing the WikiLeaks/Communist/Media Alliance He not only provides armfuls of evidence that WikiLeaks is all wet, but exposes WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange as a convicted computer hacker and communist activist.

It'd be a grave miscarriage for U.S. military personnel, who meticulously observed ROE, to be charged with violated rules of war; and it'd be an even greater injustice to truth and common decency should this communist propaganda campaign gain even more domestic and international legitimacy than it already has.

Military expert and blogger Bill Roggio has another article up in which he concludes that that the Military Investigation Matches What Is Seen On Baghdad Strike Tape

The U.S. Army investigated this incident after it occurred and cleared the Apache crews of wrongdoing. And if you read the investigation and watch the tape, you'll see the findings of the investigation are consistent with what you see on the video.

If you follow any of these links, go to and aread all of Bill Roggio's two articles.

Other good posts (via the professor)

Mudville Gazette - War Porn (part three - for the children)

...what shouldn't stand without comment is a demonstrably false accusation (made in the "collateral murder" version of the video) that the children - unseen until that moment - were denied treatment in an American medical facility.

Pajama's Media - Shame on WikiLeaks: Framing Lawful Engagement as Anti-American Propaganda (Part One), and Shame on WikiLeaks: Framing Lawful Engagement as Anti-American Propaganda (Part Two).

Author Bob Owens goes through the video, providing context and refuting various WikiLeaks allegations, so follow the links for his entire analysis. As with me, he questions their motivations:

The organization happens to be attempting to raise funds now. Claiming the need for an operating budget of $600,000, the group states they have only been able to raise $370,000. The implication seems both sad and obvious. Desperate for both attention and funding, WikiLeaks carefully constructed a propaganda video designed to raise their profile and increase donations....

The WikiLeaks video and "Collateral Murder" website seem calibrated for the express purpose of accusing soldiers of murder for the purposes of fundraising.

If they would like to continue to be though of as a non-partisan whistleblower organization, WikiLeaks must retract the inflammatory "Collateral Murder" short video, shut down the identically titled website, and provide critical and historical context -- not partisan framing -- around the events depicted.

The WikiLeaks fundraising effort "Collateral Murder" is not an accurate reflection of what occurred that morning in 2007 and manages only to slaughter the truth.

Yup.

Sunday Update - Wiki Deception: Iraq "Collateral Murder" Rebuttal

Posted by Tom at April 5, 2010 9:45 PM

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THERE SHOULD BE A LAW!

* Any ruler that seeks to reign over the common herd...must be chosen by All, and if he Lies to his loyal subjects, he must have rocks thrown in his bed, gravel put in his shoes, and his tongue painted with Tabasco Sauce! - reb
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Posted by: Ralph E at April 5, 2010 10:13 PM

I sort of know what you mean about the "anti-American" strain in some liberal discourse. I see it as a sort of inverted form of American exceptionalism: the tendency to brag about the US as being the freest country in the world, the only true beacon of liberty, embodiment of manifest destiny etc... is up-ended to become an operatic, lament. No other country is as wasteful, as imperialistic, has a political culture so degraded... As a foreigner, I often hear American liberals talking about Europe in unrealistically glowing terms in the much the same style as conservatives disparage it. For both, Europe is not so much a real place as the embodiment of their dreams/nightmares.

As for the video, your response seemed confused. You mainly seem to be disparaging the motivations of the people at wikileaks. I don't know what their agenda is - the fact that they published the East Anglia emails as well as this suggests that, as they claim, they don't really have one - apart from to put secret stuff in the public domain.

But their agenda isn't really the point here. It's not the hammy 1984 references that make this video upsetting, it's the content. Even if we accept the deaths of these two journalists as collateral damage, it's still newsworthy to see the way they died. There's a good argument that this should be in the public domain.

I think you were arguing (you didn't say it explicitly) that the footage should not be released because it damages the US war effort. Why, exactly?

- Because it makes US troops look bad? Not a good enough argument, unless you maintain that only embedded journalists, whose access to the war zone is mediated through the military, should be able to report on Iraq.

- Because it compromises ops security? Possibly, but what does this footage really tell us that we didn't already know? It was already common knowledge that the army flew remote armed drones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

- Because leaks in principle are unethical and shouldn't be encouraged? Should Watergate's Deep Throat have just kept quiet?

Posted by: Mylne Karimov at April 6, 2010 3:43 PM

What a disgraceful comment, Mylne.

"No other country is as wasteful, as imperialistic, has a political culture so degraded..."

Screw you, creep.

And yes, I disparage the motivations of Wikileaks as well as the substance of their "analysis." The people at Wikileaks are part of the hate-America crowd that wants to see us defeated. Anyone who would publish hacked emails, of either Sarah Palin or the climate research people are morally bankrupt. I saw this crap during the Cold War and I know the hate-America crowd when I see it. Comparing what they do to Deep Throat or other legitimate journalism is asinine.

Posted by: Tom the Redhunter at April 8, 2010 8:13 PM

Woah, hang on there. Read my comment again carefully.

Posted by: Mylne Karimov at April 8, 2010 10:27 PM

I reread your comment, and frankly the writing in that first paragraph is so confused I'm not sure what you're saying. "No other country is as wasteful, as imperialistic, has a political culture so degraded" Is this your opinion or a parody of what Europeans say or what?

Posted by: Tom the Redhunter at April 9, 2010 9:30 PM

Snake Hunter Sez,

The USA wasteful and over-indulgent? I suppose
an Anti-American could make that case believable.

But I would also add that in less than 200 years,
this nation has achieved some remarkable things:

In 1776, these rag-tag colonists signed the Declaration of Independence...from monarchs & dictators, and from pious oppression & persecution, to establish a system of - laws governing conduct- without parallel anywhere on this planet.

By 1865 we had the Emancipation Proclamation that
showed the way out of human bondage, and later we gave women the right to vote!

Innovation & Inventive Genius Also Germinated In Freedom's Rich Soil:

Thomas Edison - "Let There Be Light."
Alexander Graham Bell - "Hello There!"
The Wright Brothers - First In Powered Flight!
Henry Ford - Assembly Line Mass-Production.

And lest we forget: In WWII, we became the "Arsenal of Democracy" for a war-weary world, and with our Allies help, defeated two despotic Imperial War Powers unlike anything in world history; then we rebuilt them, turning them away from war, into peaceful & productive nations with the post-war Marshall Plan!

We were first to walk on the Moon, first with "mechanical rovers" on Mars, first with a space telescope to probe the vast universe...
Thanks NASA!

More Innovation: First With Nation-Wide Television, The Miracle of Audio-Visual Communication...Also, First with The Computer!

Do you have one?

Wasteful & Over-Indulgent, You Say? Can you name a
better place to raise and educate a family? - reb
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Posted by: Ralph E at April 10, 2010 1:30 AM

Screw you too. I'm not going to clarify myself if you call me names. Good luck hunting fifth columnists, you stale paranoiac. What was it about scoundrels and patriotism?

Posted by: Mylne Karimov at April 10, 2010 8:40 AM

Mylne's first paragraph is fairly clear: the narrative is about anti-American viewpoints that demonstrate an "inverted form of American exceptionalism", aka, America is the source of all evil, we are imperialists who want to control the world, etc. These are not my views (or Mylne's), but it is the "inverted form of American excpetionalism" of people who go to UC Berkeley, and (unfortunately), many other people in the world.

Posted by: jason at April 10, 2010 8:17 PM

Where does it mention "SECRET GOVERNMENT" in our Constitution?

Why don't YOU believe in Oversight, Transparency & Accountability?

Posted by: Craig L at August 21, 2010 7:16 PM

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