This is just a quick post on a deep, complicated issue…

[teaser]As an American, I feel better off – and I think all Americans are better off, having knowledge of and access to the Collateral Damage video leaked by Bradley Manning.[/teaser]

(Do you think that it’s best Americans don’t know about this? If so, I’d like to hear your comments.)

I wonder why then President Obama and the Federal Government are so hostile to whistleblowers ? Government by its nature often abuses power, acts inefficiently, stupidly, immorally. We need to support whistleblowers to call this to light. If there is a cost to protecting whistleblowers when they cause their own collateral damage, perhaps it’s worth the risk. Personally, I see anonymous use of power as more of a threat than occasional overexposure of government’s activities.

I appreciate On the Media’s ongoing coverage of the issue of Whistleblowers and transparency in general.

Whistleblowers often bring to light the activities conducted by our government in our name and with our tax dollars. The lack of transparency – especially with military operations – creates separation and disassociation between us and these acts. This separation and disassociation leads to a number of harms … too numerous to describe here. I appreciate Bradley Manning’s efforts in bringing the CD video to light and breaking down a small piece of this separation between me and my government and its actions.

Posted by Jeff Reifman

Jeff is a technology consultant based in the Pacific Northwest.

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