Wednesday, December 01, 2010
More Cats Out of the Bag
I don't want to belittle the signifigance of having some of our classified network compromised, but come on, the US government with it's over the top penchant for paranoia is more likely to classify something not worth classifying just because that is their habit. Nevermind not letting the right hand know what the left one is doing, they love to not let any hand know what they are doing.
Because secrets held close will tell the real story, not the story manicured and molded for public consumption. What tickles me no end is that often the real secret is already out there, yet the government continues to act as if it is not.
Take for instance the cables swapped back and forth between US officials regarding that bastion of ethics, Afghanistan’s President Karzai. In these cables apparently, the diplomat's true feelings about him were made public. Like it was a secret he and his crew were corrupt assholes who were raping their country for fun and profit. I guess though, it did not become "truth" until these cables became public. Right.
An article I read about the increased reliance on the electronic storage of classified secrets is turning into a laugher. The claim is that every government is working 24/7 to hack into the electronically stored classified records of every other country - friend and foe alike. The article points up that if it is stored on a computer, no matter what security is in place, someone always finds a way to hack past the electronic guards on duty. It goes on to say a good safe with a combo lock and paper records are still the surest way to ensure safe storage of secrets the government does not want to see the light of day.
There are claims that people will die as a result of this exposure. The Right has new ammunition in it's neverending seige of Obama land. And the leaks has anyone dealing with government business thinking twice about what they do say in electronic communication.
Contrary to Julian Assange's claim that leaking these electronic communications lends transparency to the notion of government and is a good thing, the Wikileaks founder is just stirring the pot and making things worse. Instead of opening up government to the light of day, his stupidity is just going to cause governments to be more secretive, not less.
And yes, the diplomatic efforts of the US have been damaged. Our diplomatic corp has been doing such a lousy job of late, I wonder if I will even notice. And with this release of information, the hawks of this country have one more reason to consider diplomacy less than useful in covering our interests abroad. All in all, another small ingredient added to the chaotic global stew simmering just waiting to come to a full boil.