9 April 2010

Wikileaks Needs Money; We Need Wikileaks

The top of the wikileaks page has this footage, which you should be aware is pretty brutal:

WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded. For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com.

Wikileaks is one of the greatest forces of political accountability on the internet; some have called it the most important site on the internet, and I think that may be close to accurate. Many people are worried that the farcical new Digital Economy Bill, rushed through behind the fuss of announcing the election, will endanger their work. Many of the items leaked are technically copyright, and people are worried the website could be blocked using the new rules.

We cannot let that happen.

This new law is a farce, and serves nobody but a select few.The only rational response is to simply say "no" to the Digital Economy Bill, for this and for so many other reasons.

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