Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Obama Administration's Orwellian Reaction To Wikileaks

James Fallows: "A government contractor forwards an email he received today from the Commerce Department. Its gist: just because State Department memos had been posted by Wikileaks and published in the press, that didn't mean they weren't 'classified' any more, or that there wouldn't still be penalties for quoting them. Eg: 'There has been a rumor that the information is no longer classified since it resides in the public domain. This is NOT true.'"

Fallows goes on to quote a law school official who let his students know this week that they could, someday, be deprived employment and/or security clearances with the government -- or government-related work -- if they post links to the Wikileaks material, or comment about it on social media sites. In other words: the Obama Administration's response to Wikileaks is to make sure that aspiring members of the establishment officially pretend the Wikileaks release never happened. Every day brings me one more step toward becoming a weirdo libertarian.

1 comment:

Monkey RobbL said...

One more step, eh? After your comment last night about bureaucracies, I was starting to think (hope) you were already there...