Monday, February 14, 2011

The Corporate Influence

This is an incredible story regarding the attacks on WikiLeaks as they have continued over the past several months. Take the time to read this one! For anyone who would like a lesson in nationalist political systems, this is most related to fascism. While the "f-word" has become one of the fashionable new buzzwords floating around in the political playground recently, it actually has roots in deep conservative politics. Fascism depends on the organization of government around corporate interests rather than the good of the people. Reading the article, it sounds as if we are slowly morphing into a fascist nation, if we are not one already.

The idea that political entities and high-level individuals are above and beyond the reach of the law is nothing new. What is new is this recent example of how that immunity is being spread to major corporations and private businesses that have interests in common with the government (in this case, stopping WikiLeaks). The interesting, ironic, and unfortunate thing about this is that this immunity to persecution is very subjective. On the one hand, you have a group hacking into a computer and being targeted by the DOJ, resulting in arrests of several individuals. On the other hand, you have a second group hacking into a computer of the first, and not a word is said. Double standard much?

The reason, as the article points out, is that the second group had interests in line with the government, and so they all but sanctioned the illegal activity. The DOJ even gave BofA the name of a law firm that would help them discredit and destroy WikiLeaks, a plan that was laid bare by the hackers of Anonymous.

As I've said in previous posts, I think WikiLeaks serves an important purpose in our society where we are supposed to have equal rights and individual freedoms like everyone else. We are supposed to be given information so that we can make an informed choice about who we vote for, who we buy from, and how we live. We are not meant to be subjected to the distorted, falsified information that comes from a corporate media system as our only means of educating ourselves. I'm glad that there is at least some hope when it comes to getting the word out about this kind of corruption.

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