At 10/2/12 06:08 PM, Feoric wrote:
Wikileaks releases video depicting US forces killing of two Reuters journalists in Iraq
'Ha ha, I hit 'em': Top secret video showing U.S. helicopter pilots gunning down 12 civilians in Baghdad attack leaked online
Its war, shit happens. In World War 2 it was common to bomb entire cities. Not to make light of people dying but sometimes in war you have to make a call in a matter of seconds, while we get years to judge it. Also the pilot saw a guy with an RPG which can be neither confirmed nor denied by the video.
Iraq war logs: Secret order that let US ignore abuse
Thats not true. I read your article and it says that US forces reported the abuse and stopped it, as well as provided training for junior officers in Iraq's security forces, made unannounced inspections at police stations and prisons, and in some cases physically stayed at these locations to prevent further abuses. The only thing they did not do was investigate further and prosecute the Iraqi officials. That is the job of Iraqi's to investigate and punish the offenders. The US military did what they could to stop abuses.
Iraq war logs reveal 15,000 previously unlisted civilian deaths
These deaths are from all violent causes over a period of 5 years and includes both insurgents, Iraqi security forces, US military and civilians. Of the approximately 100 000 deaths recorded in this log, 31,780 are by IED, 34,814 are from sectarian fighting. 28000 are insurgents, 15000 are members of Iraq's security forces and 4000 are members of US and coalition military forces. The remaining 60 000 are civilians, but like I stated before, most were killed by Iraqi's, not by the US military.
Clinton ordered American diplomats to spy on U.N. officials
Diplomats gather 95% of intelligence in the world, mainly from open sources or personal contacts and observations. The James Bond's of the world only gather about 5% of the intelligence. No one should be shocked diplomats are being used to gather information. The Chinese, the Russians and nearly every other country in the world does it.
This is perhaps something that could have been worth bringing to the attention of Congress.
Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe
Spain has a law on their books that gives them "universal" jurisdiction for crimes committed against any Spanish citizen or resident, anywhere in the world. The case was opened because 5 people in Gitmo fell under that broad category. After this case was dropped Spain actually changed the law to make it less broad. This wasn't a probe into the use of torture, this was an attempt by some to manipulate the Spanish legal system to bring a politically motivated criminal charge against members of the Bush Administration. Would you really expect the US gov't to let this happen?
Its worth pointing out that governments all the time go to bat for their citizens. The Canadian government went to bat against Pakistan when Ahmed khadr, a known senior member of Al Quida was arrested in Pakistan. I fail to see hwo this issue is one requiring whistle blowing.
U.S. Pressured Germany Not To Prosecute CIA Officers For Torture And Rendition
Again see above. Its not unusual for the government of any nation to go to bat for its citizens, especially ones it employs.
Cables Show Germany Caved to Pressure from Washington
Same story as above, stop trying to pad the list.
WikiLeaks Exposes Rumsfeld's Lies
He lied about sectarian violence, trying to minimize its occurrence and significance. I fail to see how this is whistle blowing. Some Iraqi warlords militia killed a thousand or so people it didnt like. This was not the work of the Iraqi security forces or US troops. Do you really expect that people will never lie or spin the truth? What kind of fairy tale land do you live in.
Yemeni president lied about US strikes
OMG, Yemen lied to their own people and took responsibility for strikes the US did on legit targets to avoid domestic backlash in Yemen. This is in no way something requiring a whistle blowing.
Contrary to public statements, Obama admin fueled conflict in Yemen
The US sent ammo for small arms and artillery to Saudi forces to help them and Yemen crush a rebel force they had been fighting for years. Once again I fail to see the significance of this. Do you really expect the US government should admit to every bullet and every gun it hands out to its allies in the world? There is transparency and then there is stupidity.
...do I need to continue? Because I can.
You provided 11 links to 9 different issues. Of those 9 issues, at the most 2 could be seen as legit whistle blowing, and they arent even that huge. So 2 out of 250 000, that's not very diligent now is it. Manning I doubt read most of what he released before doing so, he just released it all in hopes maybe someone would find a nugget or two. This is why Manning is a traitor, not a whistle blower.
2 Zimbabwean generals face court martial and execution for meeting with US embassy
Ethiopian journalist flees country after his name is published in wikileaks.