The US is going ballistic after Wikileaks released classified governmental documents.
Some have cried “But we are AT WAR!” – to seemingly justify why the US government should be allowed to operate secretively and opaque and even against the interests of The People that elected them to power.
Such “AT WAR!” justifications have been used throughout history to oppress and suppress anything from free speech and political dissidents to whole groups or nations. Examples include the former Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, Chile under Pinochet, Uganda under Idi Amin, present time North Korea and the Church of Scientology.
When one is “AT WAR!”, one can pretty much do as one wishes. Like go to war against a nation that did nothing to harm you in any way, censor free speech, demand extra taxes, send people to the Ethics department for daring to read the Internet, send staff to the Repair Project Force for not toeing the Party Line, etc.
It matters not whether a government or organization claims to be “AT WAR!” with another nation, terrorists, the psychiatric profession, the media or aliens. Because as long as one gets the group to believe it is “AT WAR!”, then the group will relinquish its basic human rights to those in power and entrust its future in those in command.
One should be very alert of such “AT WAR!” claims, as far too often it is misused in order to suppress opposing views and to keep the status quo for those in power.
I believe Thomas Jefferson was right when he said:
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
Right now there are governments in fear of its people.
I will leave you with some excellent questions by the US politician Ron Paul: