Michael joined Keith last night to discuss why he's stepping up to the plate and offering up 20K plus a passionate defense of what Julian Assange and Wikileaks is doing.
Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that I have put up $20,000 of my own money to help bail Mr. Assange out of jail.
Furthermore, I am publicly offering the assistance of my website, my servers, my domain names and anything else I can do to keep WikiLeaks alive and thriving as it continues its work to expose the crimes that were concocted in secret and carried out in our name and with our tax dollars.
We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again.
So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top:
**Sen. Joe Lieberman says WikiLeaks "has violated the Espionage Act."
**The New Yorker's George Packer calls Assange "super-secretive, thin-skinned, [and] megalomaniacal."
**Sarah Palin claims he's "an anti-American operative with blood on his hands" whom we should pursue "with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders."
**Democrat Bob Beckel (Walter Mondale's 1984 campaign manager) said about Assange on Fox: "A dead man can't leak stuff ... there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch."
**Republican Mary Matalin says "he's a psychopath, a sociopath ... He's a terrorist."
**Rep. Peter A. King calls WikiLeaks a "terrorist organization."
And indeed they are! They exist to terrorize the liars and warmongers who have brought ruin to our nation and to others. Perhaps the next war won't be so easy because the tables have been turned -- and now it's Big Brother who's being watched ... by us! WikiLeaks deserves our thanks for shining a huge spotlight on all this. But some in the corporate-owned press have dismissed the importance of WikiLeaks ("they've released little that's new!") or have painted them as simple anarchists ("WikiLeaks just releases everything without any editorial control!")...read on
Read the whole post because it's excellent.
How disgusting is Bob Beckel of FOX News who said this about Assange?
BOB BECKEL, FOX NEWS ANALYST: I‘m not for the death penalty. So, if I‘m not for the death penalty, there‘s only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a (EXPLITIVE DELETED).
Here's the transcript of Countdown:
OLBERMANN: You also offered the use of your Web site before Assange or your servers, or anything else you can do to keep WikiLeaks alive. What‘s the premise?
MOORE: The premise is that we really—we really owe a debt to Mr. Assange and to WikiLeaks for turning on a big spotlight on those people who brought about, first of all, this war that we‘ve been in for the better part of this decade. These people concocted lies, and they committed crimes in order to send our young men and women off to war.
And it has cost us not only the lives of our own people, but the lives of literally, now, tens of, if not hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghan citizens. And it‘s—I just think that if that in a free and open society, if we aren‘t able to find out the truth, mistakes like this get repeated over and over and over again.
I mean, I just—I was thinking yesterday when I sent the bail money over to London, what if we‘d had a WikiLeaks in August of 1964 when we were told that the North Vietnamese fired on a U.S. ship? Which, in fact, was a lie. It was a concocted lie at the Pentagon. And we didn‘t find out about that until Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers some six, seven years later...read on