The Most Revolutionary Act

Diverse Ramblings of an American Refugee

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Birthday
December 02
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Retired psychiatrist, activist and author of 2 young adult novels - Battle for Tomorrow and A Rebel Comes of Age - and a free ebook 21st Century Revolution. My 2010 memoir The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee describes the circumstances that led me to leave the US in 2002. More information about my books (and me) at www.stuartjeannebramhall.com

DECEMBER 20, 2012 2:55PM

What Price Transparency?

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Daniel Ellsberg

Daniel Ellsberg

“When all who are honestly mistaken hear the truth, they will either quit being mistaken or cease being honest.” ~Anonymous~

Vietnam whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has a recent article in the Huffington Post about a new group he has started with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Xeni Jardin, John Cusack, and Laura Poitras called The Freedom of the Press Foundation. It was started in response to the decision by Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America and PayPal (under pressure from Senator Joe Lieberman and Congressman Peter King) to stop processing donations to WikiLeaks. This caused the group to lose 95% of their funding overnight.

Donations to the foundation are tax deductible. To start with they will help fund Wikileaks; MuckRock News, which streamlines Freedom of Information Act requests so that ordinary people can file them easily; The National Security Archive, which collects and publishes newly declassified government documents; and The UpTake, a Midwest collective of citizen journalists focused on bringing transparency to state and local government.

The corrupt and blatantly criminal activities that go on in Washington and some of our state capitals continue because they happen in secret. This is why these four programs, which have a proven track record of exposing government malfeasance to public scrutiny, deserve our support.

I’ve been to the Freedom of the Press Foundation website, and donors have a choice of how to divide up their donation among the four groups.

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Surely it is not legal for such outfits to block funds to Wiki?

Does anyone know if Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal are also blocking funds sent from outside the US?

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Excellent post, Dr. Jeanne. You raise the ultimate question, at least by implication: are we now, or beyond the point of receiving real world based news only from outside of the the US? This is extremely serious business, in that many of us, are fairly certain that we are not only receiving managed news -- Hello Pravda ... --- but, more importantly, do we care, really care what this means?
The answer chills me to my marrow. This is the delusional blanket that the German people covered themselves so cozily some 75 years ago. The past has not past us until we are gone ...