Obama ran for President on the promise he would make the government transparent. Now that it is clear that the promise won’t kept we must ask, “Who will tell us what is being done in our name?”
The recent release of classified documents by Wikileaks revealed:
“The Minton Report” which exposed a toxic waste dump by the multinational company Trafigura that affected108,000 people on the Ivory Coast. The report was kept classified to protect the corporation.
The “Global Intelligence Files” of Strafor which provides intelligence services for corporate giants, and also Homeland Security, the Marines and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. According to the Wikileaks website, “The emails show Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment laundering techniques and psychological methods.”
779 Prisoner files from Guantanamo Prison including health reports.
We are waging wars in the name of Democracy. For the word “Democracy” to mean anything, the American people know the truth about our military actions abroad, domestic spying at home or the incestuous relationship between corporate giants and governmental agencies. Setting aside the virtues or vices of individuals like Julian Assange and Bradley Manning, whistle blowers may be the only way to get the information we need to be responsible citizens in an irresponsible empire. .