DN Wednesday, December 15, 2010: Please answer three questions:
- Attorney: Swedish Case is a “Holding Charge” to Get Julian Assange Extradited to U.S.: Florida representative Allen West said, “Here is an individual that is not an American citizen, first and foremost, for whatever reason, you know, gotten his hands on classified American material and has put it out there in the public domain. And I think that we also should be censoring the American news agencies which enabled him to be able to do this and then also supported him and applauded him for the efforts. So, that’s kind of aiding and abetting of a serious crime.” According to the Constitution, who does the government work for? If your employee kept secrets from you, all the while reading your email and listening to your conversations, how would you feel? Would you pay them to continue, and allow them to manage your money? Should we the people fire the government for insubordination?
- Report: Halliburton to Pay $250M in Nigeria Bribery Case: KBR, the Halliburton subsidiary owned by Dick Cheney, has pled guilty to charges of corruption and bribing Nigerian officials. Should Dick Cheney face criminal charges in the US, and be suspended from any office or government dealings while the trial is pending? What bail would be appropriate for a billionaire facing such major allegations, if an average person not wearing a condom warrants $300,000 in cash? Should the oil deal be considered void and be subject to renegotiation? What percentage is this of Halliburton’s profit from the Nigerian oil deal?
- The Wikileaks music video says, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.” How has this phrase been used by the US government? Does it also have a historical precedent? What do you think of the video, and of DN’s new video project?
- Richard Holbrooke Dies at 69: Remembering Veteran Diplomat’s Overlooked Record in East Timor, Iraq and the Balkans: Are you shocked by the role that Richard Holbrooke played in Serbia and these other places? What titles did he hold during his tenure, and which administrations did he work for? When he says that he’s in favor of declassification, how does it compare to what Julian Assange has done?