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.
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.