On Wikileaks, the impending Korean malstrom, TSA’s porn machines, and FBI sting operations…
You will find excellent conversations on the first two subjects ongoing at Galrahn’s Information Dissemination. And just as excellent conversations on the second two subjects at Michael J Tottens PJMedia blog.
I’m still of the school of thought that says that Julian Assange is little more then a fence of stolen property and that he has quite throughly convicted himself of receiving that stolen property with every leak that he releases. I am also of the school of thought that both Assange and Bradley Manning should be charged as accessories to murder for every single person whose death can be directly attributed to the release of the Manning documents. I’m not entirely comfortable with Rep. Peter Kings move to charge Wikileaks with terrorism, in spite of the fact that the Manning documents have undoubtedly terrorized hundreds of thousands or more people who have worked with and alongside of US forces, agencies, and other entities all over the world, I’m having a difficult time finding grounds to disagree with Rep. King at this point.
On the Korean Peninsula – Men and weapons systems are on the move all over the Pacific Ocean regions even as I type this. I am in full and complete agreement with South Korean president Lee Myung-bak when he says that the time for patience is at an end. There are no more cheeks left to turn…
“The South Korean people now unequivocally understand that prolonged endurance and tolerance will spawn nothing but more serious provocations.”
This is coming from the same South Korean president who just four months ago was talking about peaceful re-unification with the South footing the entire bill through increased taxes…
The North Koreans, as is their usual and long standing MO, threaten a rain of fire and other such horrible things if they are not allowed to continue doing the horrible things that they have been doing to themselves and two of their neighbors for over sixty years. I could be wrong, but I strongly suspect that war is not something that is in China’s current or long range plans. And I strongly suspect (and hope) that China will at some point soon tell their belligerent and bellicose ally to back down.
Update: Or China could turn its back on North Korea…
Regarding the TSA – Hundreds of millions of dollars spent on machines that do not work as designed (the puffers) or worse are potentially dangerous (the porn machines). The porn machines themselves are a clear violation of several Constitutional amendments and all to remincesent of the pre-WW2 Maginot Line. They were obsolete before they even went into service, as the enemy has already shown with their attempts to target cargo aircraft and usage of anal suppository bombers. Worst of all, as TSA has been wasting hundreds of millions of our tax dollars on these machines (and on the six figure salary of its veracity challenged administrative leadership) it has been repeatedly shown to be incompetent at the job its intended to do. Meanwhile the TSA frontline screening officers barely make a living wage…
With an annual budget of over $8 billion dollars a year the TSA seems to be extremely reluctant to publicly show evidence of any success at actually preventing or stopping any terrorist attempts. As a taxpayer I expect to see at least some results from the money that is taken from me. Expensive boondoogles and poorly paid frontline grunts are not the results I want to see from my money.
Regarding the FBI sting operations – I’m going to quote from Merchants of Treason by Thomas B. Allen and Norman Polmar (which I highly recommend to any who might be interested in the related subjects)…
“Stagecraft has often been an important element of FBI counter-espionage work. When the FBI wants to impress the Soviets and give an example to would be spies, it sets up a scam, captures the “legal” Soviet officer operating under diplomatic cover, and turns the publicity spotlight on the arrest. The result is that the Soviets learn a lesson and presumably rein in overly zealous intelligence officers. A secondary result is that Congress and the American people see their FBI in action. A well publicized espionage arrest is good for everybody.”
Substitute the word “terrorism” for “espionage” and “Soviets” for the current terrorist enemy and you get an idea of how modern counter-terrorism tactics are sometimes handled. You also get a whole new understanding of the recent Anna Chapman case, (but that’s another post that I’m not likely to ever do).
Update (hattip to Illuminati on Information Dissemination): Interpol issues Red Notice for Julian Assange Wanted by Sweden for sex crimes.