Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, December 02, 2010

WikiLeaks: The New Robin Hood?

Or maybe Steal This Book — Part II. Or the Great Equalizer.

Last week’s political leaks were controversial, to put it mildly. But now, WikiLeaks might start working its magic on the world’s biggest, most unaccountable bastions of power and secrecy: global corporations.

Got dropped by your HMO after twenty years of paying every premium on time? Got fucked over by your bank and you’ve been waiting on hold for an hour and a half? Call WikiLeaks.

(“Who You Gonna Call? Bank Busters!”)

For years there’ve been rumors of computer “Hacktivists” — ready and willing to hack into government and corporate computer systems. Back in the ‘90s, before China’s economic and technological surge, there were rumors that Taiwan had an army of hackers. If China tried to back up one of their numerous threats to “unify” China and Taiwan, these hacktivists were ready to bring China’s entire army to a standstill.

Whether those stories were true or just urban legends, WikiLeaks seems like the closest thing. Whether these leaks are right or wrong, they’re an equal and opposite reaction to decades of secrecy. The powerful VIPs whose decisions affect millions of people are completely sheltered from the unwashed masses whose lives they’ve impacted.

Tear down the wall (as Ronald Reagan once said). Bring on the Equalizer. Steal This Book.

Now, does anybody know: Is there an extradition treaty between the United States and Nigeria? Please say yes.

Dick Cheney serving time in a Nigerian prison [gets all starry-eyed]

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Blogger jadedj said...

“Who You Gonna Call? Bank Busters! Har har har. If only.

Since the rule of checks and balances of our government and the corporate world have pretty much been thrown out the window in this country, and both entities arrogantly spit in our faces repeatedly...this works just fine for me. Hell yes, you go WikiLeaks!

December 2, 2010 at 3:33 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Why yes Tom, yes there is an extradition treaty between the US and Nigeria. Not that it will do any good, because Holder will not give up the Cheney to face justice. That is only my opinion but I'll bet I am right about it.


I've said this elsewhere today, seems to me you can start a war based on lies that gets hundreds of thousands killed. You can torture people till they are mentally unstable and it's all legal according to the lawyers that drafted the arrangement. The minute you start going after the banks or the powers that be, Interpol is looking for your ass to string you up. Not fair in a just world is it?

December 2, 2010 at 4:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


December 2, 2010 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Murr Brewster said...

Is Assange actually having to hide somewhere? Because I've got a guest room all set up, and we've got great beer.

December 2, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Rick said...

Jess: As sad and disgusting as it is, you are dead right. Holder will continue this administration's tradition of protecting these thugs. Justice is a nice concept. Then there is reality.

December 3, 2010 at 4:32 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Nigeria? Oh great, just wait until he gets his hands on all those riches. You think we're fucked now?

December 3, 2010 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I'm not surprised that the corporate media have condemned Wikileaks. They see themselves next after the corporate government.

Corporations and government have more personal info on Americans than we can imagine, yet we are being conditioned to oppose any reversal of the information flow.

It's just not fair. It's not like this is any of the people's business, right?

December 3, 2010 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

jadedj: Works for me too. It's imperfect but necessary. A festering sore has to be allowed to ooze, or the abscess will get even worse.

Jess: Maybe some Nigerian commandos could kidnap, er, I mean extradite Cheney. If our own "leaders" won't do their jobs, somebody else might have to do them for them.

Anonymous: Thanks for the link.

Murr: That's the spirit. I'm sure there are lots of people in the U.K. (I think that's where he is now) who would hide him.

Rick: "Justice is a nice concept. Then there is reality." That pretty well sums it up.

Randal: He's gonna get him some of that there yellowcake uranium that Dumbya was warning us about.

Dave: "any reversal of the information flow." That's exactly what they're afraid of. They like it the way it is: total secrecy for them, while everyone else's life is an open book.

December 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

I still have my copy of Steal This Book. It's a wonderful text, chock full of fun and creative ideas! 8-)

December 4, 2010 at 5:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: I bought a new copy a few years ago. The old one fell through the cracks a few decades ago. The book is every bit as relevant now as it was when Abbie Hoffman wrote it.

December 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger SWEATTSHOP said...

Wikileaks is a real test of our belief in Democracy from the top down. We're failing the test.

December 12, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

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