Author: Carsten Agger Published: January 25th, 2011
Dette er formentlig det største, uafhængige Wikileaks-agtige projekt, vi endnu har set – TV-stationen og nyhedsorganisationen Aljazeera tilbyder en hjemmeside med sikker upload af dokumenter og fokus på Mellemøsten:
Launched in January 2011, the Al Jazeera Transparency Unit (AJTU) aims to mobilize its audience – both in the Arab world and further afield – to submit all forms of content (documents, photos, audio & video clips, as well as “story tips”) for editorial review and, if merited, online broadcast and transmission on our English and Arabic-language broadcasts.
We believe that this initiative will allow Al Jazeera’s supporters to shine light on notable and newsworthy government and corporate activities which might otherwise go unreported.
From human rights to poverty to official corruption, AJTU will fairly evaluate and pursue all leads and content submitted, without geographical, political, cultural, or religious bias.
All submitted content is subjected to a rigorous vetting and authentication process that encompasses respect for individual privacy, contextualization, and fierce adherence to our tradecraft commitment of “journalism of depth.”
Al Jazeera has also gone to great lengths to protect the identities of our sources. Files will be uploaded and stored on our secure servers, and accessed only by journalists working for the Al Jazeera Transparency Unit.
For more information about how to upload files, and the security measures in place to protect your identity, click here.
Det første initiativ er The Palestine Papers, en række dokumenter fra forhandlingerne mellem det palæsitnensiske selvstyre og israelerne, der viser, at den palæstinensiske regering i Ramallah i lang tid har opført sig, som det, de er – israelernes betalte lakajer.
The ‘Palestine Papers’ being published this week by al-Jazeera confirm in every detail what many Palestinians have suspected for a long time: their leaders have been collaborating in the most shameful fashion with Israel and the United States. Their grovelling is described in grim detail. The process, though few accepted it at the time, began with the much-trumpeted Oslo Accords, described by Edward Said in the LRB at the time as a ‘Palestinian Versailles’. Even he would have been taken aback by the sheer scale of what the PLO leadership agreed to surrender: virtually everything except their own salaries. Their weaknesses, inadequacies and cravenness are now in the public domain.
Now we know that the capitulation was total, but still the Israeli overlords of the PLO refused to sign a deal and their friends in the press blamed the Palestinians for being too difficult. They wanted Palestine to be crushed before they would agree to underwrite a few moth-eaten protectorates that they would supervise indefinitely. They wanted Hamas destroyed. The PLO agreed. The recent assault on Gaza was carried out with the approval of Abbas and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, not to mention Washington and its EU. The PLO sold out in a literal sense. They were bought with money and treated like servants. There is TV footage of Ehud Barak and Bill Clinton at Camp David playfully tugging at Arafat’s headgear to stop him leaving. All three are laughing. Many PLO supporters in Palestine must be weeping as they watch al-Jazeera and take in the scale of the betrayal and the utter cynicism of their leaders. Now we know why the Israel/US/EU nexus was so keen to disregard the outcome of the Palestinian elections and try to destroy Hamas militarily.
Det bliver spændende at se, hvad fremtiden kan bringe af afsløringer fra denne og andre whistle-blower-faciliteter. Ægypten, Tunesien, Libyen, Algeriet, shady dealings med USA og Iran, anyone? Lige netop på Aljazeeras nye side kommer der nok ikke så meget om Qatars regering, men det kunne jo komme på en konkurrent.
On December 21, Apple pulled a WikiLeaks application from its iTunes store, banning it forever. When reporters queried the company about why it did so, the response was: “We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an individual or target group in harm’s way.”
And so Apple has joined capital’s war on WikiLeaks; adding its power to that of the credit card company’s online retailers and even Swiss banks who refuse to do any business with the grassroots whistleblowing organisation that has done more to bring the malfeasance of governments and corporations to the light of public scrutiny than any other organisation in at least two generations.
And because of that, I will never buy another Apple product again. You’ve made your choice, Mr. Jobs, and now so have I.
LeVine skriver mere, og det er alt sammen værd at læse. Men egentlig er der ikke mere at sige. At mene, at Apple-produkter er cool er det samme som at mene, at politisk censur er cool – for Apple praktiserer politisk censur og er stolt af det.
Author: Carsten Agger Published: December 15th, 2010
Den 22-årige Bradley Manning, der beskyldes for at have lækket et stort antal amerikanske statshemmeligheder, men ikke er dømt for nogen forbrydelse, holdes ikke desto mindre fanget under gruopvækkende omstændigheder, fortæller Glenn Greenwald:
Interviews with several people directly familiar with the conditions of Manning’s detention, ultimately including a Quantico brig official (Lt. Brian Villiard) who confirmed much of what they conveyed, establishes that the accused leaker is subjected to detention conditions likely to create long-term psychological injuries.
Since his arrest in May, Manning has been a model detainee, without any episodes of violence or disciplinary problems. He nonetheless was declared from the start to be a “Maximum Custody Detainee,” the highest and most repressive level of military detention, which then became the basis for the series of inhumane measures imposed on him.
From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting — he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he’s barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he’s being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch). For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs. Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not “like jail movies where someone gets thrown into the hole,” but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the one hour per day he is taken out.
In sum, Manning has been subjected for many months without pause to inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions of isolation similar to those perfected at America’s Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado: all without so much as having been convicted of anything. And as is true of many prisoners subjected to warped treatment of this sort, the brig’s medical personnel now administer regular doses of anti-depressants to Manning to prevent his brain from snapping from the effects of this isolation.
Just by itself, the type of prolonged solitary confinement to which Manning has been subjected for many months is widely viewed around the world as highly injurious, inhumane, punitive, and arguably even a form of torture. In his widely praised March, 2009 New Yorker article — entitled “Is Long-Term Solitary Confinement Torture?” — the surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande assembled expert opinion and personal anecdotes to demonstrate that, as he put it, “all human beings experience isolation as torture.” By itself, prolonged solitary confinement routinely destroys a person’s mind and drives them into insanity. A March, 2010 article in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Lawexplains that “solitary confinement is recognized as difficult to withstand; indeed, psychological stressors such as isolation can be as clinically distressing as physical torture.”
Her var det måske passende at rette et spørgsmål til præsident Obama: Er det den “change”, folk skulle stemme på? Er dette den “reinstatement of habeas corpus”, som Obama lovede, da han stadig kun var kandidat? Ren og skær tortur af en mand, der ikke er dømt for nogen forbrydelse, for at tage en lille, billig hævn og ikke af nogen anden grund. Shame on the U.S. of A.
Author: Carsten Agger Published: December 10th, 2010
Brasiliens præsident Lula erklærer bl.a., at i stedet for at retsforfølge dem, der har lækket disse mange dokumenter, skulle man retsforfølge dem, der har skrevet dem og begået de uhyrlige ting, som mange af telegrammerne afslører.
Selvfølgelig er det relevant og betydningsfuldt at afsløre politisk propaganda, krigsomkostninger i form af civile dødsfald og forlorne studehandler. Ligesom det f.eks. var vigtigt og beundringsværdigt, da Frank Grevil i februar 2004 lækkede dokumenter til Berlingske Tidende om misforholdet mellem den danske regerings og Forsvarets Efterretningstjenestes vurdering af Iraks påståede masseødelæggelsesvåben – og ligesom det f.eks. var vigtigt og beundringsværdigt, da Politiken offentliggjorde Jægerbogen og dermed bidrog afgørende til at igangsatte den fokus på Forsvarskommandoens magtmisbrug og censur, der har ført så mange afsløringer med sig.
Den utilsigtede risiko for enkeltpersoner, der i visse tilfælde er opstået i kølvandet på Wikileaks-afsløringer, skal selvfølgelig i videst muligt omfang undgås, ligesom diplomatiet ikke skal kortsluttes – men det er vi jo heller ikke i nærheden af. Og de utilsigtede bivirkninger, der har været, er absolut småting i forhold til omfanget af (og de menneskelige omkostninger som følge af) den politiske magtmisbrug, der er foregået i det skjulte.
Wikileaks er et vigtigt civilt modtræk imod magtmisbrug, hvis effekt og kvalitet naturligvis også hviler på kompetente journalister og fageksperter, der kan bidrage til at sortere i skidt og kanel, når betændt propaganda og manipulation verden over skal afdækkes.
Wikileaks claims to have obtained and decrypted video that shows US occupying forces in an Apache helicopter intentionally firing on a dozen civilians in Baghdad, including journalists working for the Reuters news organization: 22-year-old Reuters photographer, Namir Noor-Eldeen, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40.
The video is accompanied by audio of the pilots’ radio dialogue. No Pentagon response yet. (Update: A senior U.S. official is confirming authenticity of this video. See this subsequent Boing Boing post for additional background materials related to the attack.) Reuters has been attempting to obtain the video under Freedom of Information Act requests since the incident occurred in July, 2007, but the Pentagon blocked all requests. Reuters news editor-in-chief David Schlesinger says the video is “graphic evidence of the dangers involved in war journalism and the tragedies that can result”. Wikileaks director Julian Assange said Wikileaks had to break military encryption on the file to view it, and will not reveal how or from whom the file was obtained. The transcript (and audio) seem to show the air crew lying about encountering a firefight. When they finish shooting, they laugh at the dead.
Hvis det anede os i forvejen, at den slags foregik, så kan selv de mest indædte tilhængere af den forbrydelse, som Irak-krigen er endt med at være, ikke benægte det længere. Læs selv opfølgningen på Collateralmurder.org. Politiken skriver også om sagen.