250,000 Secret U.S. Diplomatic Cables released by WikiLeaks

Posted By kurtnimmo On November 29, 2010 @ 12:11 pm In World News | 7 Comments
Breffni O’Rourke
OilPrice.com
November 29, 2010
WikiLeaks’ release of a quarter of a million confidential diplomatic cables will embarrass Washington — but in all probability will not have more serious policy consequences for the United States.
After all, to describe Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as an alpha male is hardly sensational information; neither is describing President Dmitry Medvedev as playing Robin to Putin’s Batman.
Nor for that matter is the fact that the U.S. Embassy in Bejing suspects the Chinese leadership of trying for years to hack into computers of the United States, its allies, and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
As so far examined, the documents are full of such material, most conclusions of which could be arrived at by any careful reader of world affairs.
But there are also a few revelations. They include reports that some Arab leaders — including Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah — urged the United States to attack Iran and end its nuclear program. The released cables also include details on the very close relationship between Putin and his Italian counterpart, Silvio Berlusconi, and alleged links between the Russian government and organized crime.
Washington Angry
Among the first international reactions to WikiLeaks’ latest disclosures was from Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who downplayed the event.
“First, let’s see what WikiLeaks has in hand and then we will evaluate whether the disclosed documents are reliable. At the moment, WikiLeaks’ reliability is dubious,” Erdogan said, speaking at a news conference in Istanbul. “Therefore, we will wait until WikiLeaks discloses all the information that it obtained. Then we will evaluate and comment on it.”
But still the political establishment in Washington is angry at having its private correspondence strung out on a washing line, as it were, for all the world to see. Even if major policy areas remain unaffected by the disclosures, there remains the question of heightened risk for the writers and subjects of the reports.

A statement issued by the White House says the disclosures put at risk U.S. diplomatic and intelligence staff but also individuals who live and work under oppressive conditions and who may have approached the United States for help in trying to create freer societies.
The statement continues: “By releasing stolen and classified documents WikiLeaks has put at risk not only the cause of human rights but also the lives and work of these individuals.”
Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaking on November 28 in an interview with CNN, pointed to another danger — namely, that any extra fragment of information could help extremists create a pattern to gain better insight into U.S. plans.
“What I don’t think those who are in charge of WikiLeaks understand is [that] we live in a world where just a little, [tiny] piece of information can be added to a network of information and really open up an understanding that just wasn’t there before. So it continues to be extremely dangerous,” Mullen said.
‘Healthy Openness’
Despite the criticism, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has said that he is promoting a healthy openness in government affairs. He spoke on November 28 via video link to journalists in Amman, Jordan.
“The general trend for accountability of the U.S. military is worrying. But fortunately, there are still good people in the U.S. government, and some of those good people want to see things go the other way, and they are willing to step forward to give us material to help us do that, and to give other journalists similar material as well,” Assange said.
Assange gave advance copies of some of the cables to five major press outlets in the United States and Europe. One of these, “The New York Times,” explained its rationale for printing the material.

It said the documents serve an important public interest, illuminating the goals, successes, compromises, and frustrations of American diplomacy in a way that other accounts cannot match.


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The Truth About 9/11: Graeme MacQueen and Laurie Manwell

Graeme MacQueen and Laurie Manwell are prominent researchers in the national 9/11 Truth movement, seeking to educate the public regarding the facts of September 11, 2001 and calling for a new and independent investigation. Graeme MacQueen is founder of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University and now a retired professor from that university. Laurie Manwell is a professor at Guelph University in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Sciences. MacQueen and Manwell were in Bloomington for a public presentation called “Peace Through Truth: 9/11 and State Crimes Against Democracy”. During their visit they sat down with local 9/11 Truth advocate Byron Bangert for an exploration of fact vs. fiction and how fear colors our perceptions.
http://www.wfhb.org/news/interchange-truth-about-911-graeme-macqueen-and-laurie-manwell

Olbermann says Fox must fire Judge Napolitano for being a 9/11 truther

via infowars

November 26, 2010
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann named Roger Ailes his “worser” person of the day, raging that Judge Napolitano’s courage in questioning the 9/11 attacks amounted to hypocrisy because Fox’s other marque hosts have engaged in so many witch hunts against other professed doubters of the government’s official fairy tale. Thus he deduces that if they have called for other figures, like Van Jones, to be fired or outcast, then Napolitano should also be fired. How about free speech?
Olbermann stated:
“Roger Ailes of ‘Fixed’ News’ employee Judge Andrew Napolitano went on the radio yesterday to declare that 9/11 “couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.” OK, Napolitano’s a truther. I don’t have to agree with him; you don’t have to disagree with him. But according to his employer’s code of smear, they’ve got to fire him. Televangelist Glenn Beck hunted Van Jones on the flimsier complaint that Jones had unknowingly signed a truther petition. Sean Hannity said Jones should be fired immediately. O’Reilly attacked Feisel Abdul Rauf of the Park 51 Center in New York, because even though Rauf believes the attacks were created by extremist Muslims, one of his former associates is a truther. So Ailes has to fire Napolitano, and if he doesn’t Beck, Hannity and O’Reilly need to condemn Ailes and Fox and call them unAmerican for not firing him. Go ahead, put your outrage where your money is.”

TTOO DOCU PIC : Behind The Big News: Propaganda and the CFR

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6632255652046262625#

Judge Nap Comes Out of Truth Closet on Alex Jones

Napolitano replied:

“It’s hard for me to believe that it came down by itself…I am gratified to see that people across the board are interested. I think twenty years from now, people will look at 9-11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn’t possibly have been done the way the government told us.”

Strategies for Resisting Information

From 
“There Must Be a Reason: Osama, Saddam and Inferred Justification.”

Strategies for Resisting Information
  • Counter arguing
  • Attitude Bolstering
  • Selective Exposure
  • Disputing Rationality
  • Inferred Justification

“Motivated reasoning…envisions respondents as processing and responding to information defensively, accepting and seeking out confirming information, while ignoring, discrediting the source of, or arguing against the substance of contrary information…..
 Hoffman concluded, “Our data shows substantial support for a cognitive theory known as ‘motivated reasoning,’ which suggests that rather than search rationally for information that either confirms or disconfirms a particular belief, people actually seek out information that confirms what they already believe. In fact, for the most part people completely ignore contrary information”.
The paper goes on to say that 

“Motivated reasoning is found among all races and across the income spectrum” (Lodge and Tabor 2000).