If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide, You’ve Got Nothing to Fear

DN Wednesday, December 15, 2010: Please answer three questions:

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  1. 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?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
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One Response to If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide, You’ve Got Nothing to Fear

  1. vcoraggio says:

    Weds 12/15
    2.Of course, Dick Cheney should face criminal charges for the bribery his company is responsible for. He is responsible too. He should be banned from political positions until the case is solved and have to pay more thn the agreed upon twenty-five million. His company was to get six billion from the Nigerian oil deal. The oil deal should be voided because at this point it was illegally made.
    3. The phrase “if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear” is used by the government to excuse invasions on peoples right to privacy. They use it to explain that people shouldn’t care about their privacy being compromised unless they’re covering up secrets. The phrase was originally from the phrase, “ The innocent have nothing to fear,” used in the UK. It was and still is commonly used by secret service agents as a counter argument to security breaches on their part. I really enjoyed the music video they played. It was both clever and factual with a catchy little beat.
    4. Richard Holbrooke did not shock me; his actions disgusted me. He oversaw weapon shipments in Indonesia, played a big part in South Korea’s crackdown on its people, which killed hundreds, backed the war in Iraq even though he knew it was a lie, and trained mass murdering ethnic cleansers for the Serbs in Krajinia! It’s worse when you figure out what roles he’s played in US government. He was an American Diplomat, PeaceCore Official, and Assistant Secretary of State both in Asia and Europe. Under Obama and Hilary Clinton he was Special Representative of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the list goes on and on. His definition of declassification was twisted in a way to make him look better. Assange wants a transparent government, not the twisted confusing one Holbrooke offered. That is our government now.

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