Wikileaks News roundup 16-17 December, 2010

17 December, 2010 21:29:22 —

17 December, 2010

16 December, 2010

Wikileaks News roundup 16-17 December, 2010

17 December, 2010 21:29:22 —

17 December, 2010

16 December, 2010

France: Not Victorious, But Not Defeated By Murray Smith

17 December, 2010 — The Bullet: Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 441

It is now possible to begin to draw a tentative balance sheet of the vast movement against the reform (or more exactly, counter-reform) of the pension system in France over the last few months. We need to look at the depth and breadth of the movement, the forms that it took and the positions adopted by its various components. And finally at what might be the repercussions and consequences.

The immediate aim of the reform proposed by President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government seemed quite clear. It was to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 and the age for retiring with a full pension from 65 to 67, with corresponding increases in the number of years of contribution required. But behind this immediate aim lies the ongoing objective of slowly undermining the public pension system, with the aim of pushing workers toward subscribing to private pension plans, to the greater profit of the pension funds.

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Busi Mhlongo – We Baba Omncane live@Nantes & Roskilde

25 September, 2009

South African diva, singer and songwriter Busi Mhlongo – Live recordings from the Fin de Siecle Festival in Nantes France, 1997 and the the Roskilde Festival in Denmark 1999. Cameras by Dick Jewell and Marcus Conway. edited by Lianne Cox. Taken from the DVD Busi Mhlongo Urbanzulu live by MELT 2000 cat. No MZADVCD014. featuring Spector Ngwayi, Thierry Mvie, Serge Ngndo, Brice Wassy Ndodile Shezi & Thembisa Khuzwayo. Tragically, she died earlier this year from breast cancer.

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National Security Archive Update, December 16, 2010: Archive Director Tom Blanton decries “Wikimania”

16 December, 2010 — NSA

Congressional testimony calls for overhaul of secrecy system and restraint on prosecutions

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Tom Blanton – 202/994-7000 or

Washington, DC, December 16, 2010 – Efforts to tighten the secrecy system and crackdown on leakers and the media will be “fundamentally self-defeating,” according to Thomas Blanton, executive director of the National Security Archive, who testified today before the House Committee on the Judiciary. During the first Congressional hearing in the aftermath of “Cablegate” and the Wikileaks release of State Department documents, Blanton urged that lawmakers take a reasoned view of the issues raised by the leaks and not to “overreact.”

“There is more heat than light,” Blanton stated, citing calls for broadening the Espionage Act and assassinating Wikileaks leader, Julian Assange. Hasty punitive reactions, he predicted, “will actually produce more leaks, more crackdowns, less accountable government, and diminished security.”

“History shows we end up doing more damage from the overreaction than from the original leak,” according to Blanton.

Blanton reminded lawmakers that the Nixon administration had once considered firebombing the Brookings Institution building to destroy a copy of the Pentagon Papers, and that President Gerald Ford had vetoed the Freedom of Information Act in reaction to government leaks–only to be overruled by the U.S. Congress.

“The real danger of ‘Wikimania’ is that that we could revert to Cold War notions of secrecy, to the kind of stovepipes and compartments that left us blind before 9/11,” Blanton said. He called on lawmakers to protect the First Amendment, rather than adopt a “Chinese model of state control” of information.

“Those voices who argue for a crackdown on leakers and publishers need to face the reality that their approach is fundamentally self-defeating because it will increase government secrecy, reduce our security, and actually encourage more leaks from the continued legitmacy crisis of the classification system,” Blanton concluded.

Blanton’s testimony was posted today on the Archive Web site. The hearing was broadcast on C-SPAN.

Other witnesses included legal advocate Ralph Nader, law professors Stephen Vladeck and Geoffrey Stone, attorneys Abbe Lowell and Kenneth Wainstein, and Gabriel Schoenfeld of the Hudson Institute.

Visit the Archive’s Web site for more information about today’s posting.


THE NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE is an independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A tax-exempt public charity, the Archive receives no U.S. government funding; its budget is supported by publication royalties and donations from foundations and individuals.

White House Intensifies Military Buildup In Poland By Rick Rozoff

10 December, 2010 — Stop NATO

Immediately on the heels of reports in the Guardian and other Western news media that the U.S.-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization has crafted a strategy to intervene with nine army divisions in the Baltic Sea area, President Barack Obama met with his Polish counterpart Bronislaw Komorowski at the White House and confirmed plans to increase U.S. military hardware and troops in the latter’s country.

The two heads of state agreed on expanding bilateral military relations “in the spirit of the 2008 U.S.-Polish Declaration on Strategic Cooperation,” [1] including the stationing of 16 U.S. F-16 jet fighters and four C-130 Hercules military transport planes on Polish air bases beginning in 2013.

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