December 26, 2010
The WikiLeaks releases has sparked a push for greater control of the internet and the setting up a global “working group” to “harmonise” global efforts to regulate it and are pushing for censorship. Is Assange the ‘patsy’ or is it just a conspiracy?
Wikileaks has given the cables in full to five media groups, including the New York Times and Guardian newspapers, and ever since they started to break talk has mostly been ambivalent at best.
I have read a wry smile or two into his antics, some with misplaced admiration, others like Max Hastings who headlined his opinion piece “This megalomaniac sleazeball embodies the nightmares we face in the anarchic age of the internet” but nothing quite stopped me in my tracks as much as when I read Assange’s claim that if the US succeeded in extraditing him from Britain or Sweden, there was a “high chance” of him being killed “Jack Ruby-style”.
Not that I remember but Jack Leon Rubenstein, who changed his name to Jack Ruby in 1947, was an American nightclub operator of The Carousel club in Dallas, Texas, and was convicted of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.
Jack Ruby’s statement to reporters after he has been permitted a new trial read: “Gentlemen, I want to tell the truth, but I cannot tell it here. If you want a fair shake out of me, you have to take me to Washington…When I mentioned about Adlai Stevenson, if he was vice president there would never have been an assassination of our beloved President Kennedy.” Asked if he would explain that statement, Ruby continued: “Well the answer is the man in office now”. That man was Lyndon B Johnson.
Before her death on 22nd June 22 2002, author and lecturer Robert Gaylon Ross conducted an 80-minute interview with Madeleine Duncan Brown, who claimed she had been the mistress of US President Lyndon B. Johnson for more than two decades. From that discussion (available on YouTube) she said that LBJ told her at the time: “Those SOB’s will never embarrass me again”. It is said by some that this is the biggest smoking gun on JFK there is.
There’s no hard evidence to suggest that Jack Ruby was the “patsy”, but it is interesting that numerous people say they saw Lee Harvey Oswald at Ruby’s club, The Carousel, weeks before assassination. In an article by Don Fulsom, he states that MC and magician-ventriloquist Bill Demar publicly identified Oswald as a recent patron. Comedian Wally Weston, who preceded Demar, also claimed Oswald was at the Carousel “at least twice” before the assassination.
Ruby and Oswald could well have been part of this conspiracy; and Ruby could have been activated to kill Oswald after Oswald’s arrest. This could be what Oswald was indicating when he insisted “I’m a patsy” and it could also have been what Ruby was referring to when he declared, “I have been used for a purpose”. Maybe Private Manning and Julian Assange feel the same way?
Bring in Private First Class Bradley E. Manning, 23 years of age. Manning enlisted in the US Army in 2007 and became an intelligence analyst in Iraq, sifting through classified information. He was arrested and charged with the unauthorised use and disclosure of classified information and is now being held in solitary confinement and faces a court martial. The BBC reported that Wikileaks has a cache of 251,287 cables sent by US diplomatic staff at its disposal. Julian Assange claims he has never met Bradley Manning.
Manning is said to have tracked down and communicated with Adrian Lamo, a well-known former computer hacker in the US, who he thought would help him get information out. He was also said to have boasted that he had used blank CDs to download classified information while pretending to be listening to Lady Gaga. Wikipedia describes Adrian Lamo as a “threat analyst” and “government informant” known principally for breaking into a series of high-profile computer networks including the New York Times, Yahoo! News, and Microsoft.
Alongside all this, Australia IT News has reported that because of the WikiLeaks releases it has sparked a push for greater control of the internet and that it is considering setting up a global “working group” to “harmonise” global efforts to regulate the internet and are pushing for censorship. It also said that the UN is “mulling over” its internet regulation options and that it is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to regulate the internet.
Seen by some as conspiratorial, at a meeting in New York last Wednesday, “representatives from Brazil called for an international body made up of government representatives that would attempt to create global standards for policing the internet — specifically in reaction to challenges such as WikiLeaks…India, South Africa, China and Saudi Arabia appeared to favour a new possible over-arching inter-government body.”
However, this is not strictly as scary as it sounds, as the Brazilian delegate stressed “that this should not be seen as a call for a ‘takeover’ of the internet,”; it was, I believe, meant to wrest control from the current US regulators such as ICANN.
This has aroused the suspicions of the Conspiracists though, as in one recent blog it says: “Something about the entire affair just doesn’t add up…that is the crux of the problem for the global elite. For as long as there is freedom of speech they cannot control the content of the internet and that means they can’t hide their dirty laundry. If you really want to know the truth behind anything just follow the money trail.”
The argument being made here is that a “shadowy” family, the Rothschilds, wants the internet strictly controlled and have used WikiLeaks as a cover with “patsy” Assange working on their behalf.
The Rothschild family is of German- Jewish origin that established European banking and finance houses from the late eighteenth century and that during the 19th century it possessed by far the largest private fortune in the world. This family, demand the conspiracists, are behind the WikiLeaks facade and have put together a plan to regulate and control the internet.
After all, they say, the House of Rothschild bought Reuters news service in the 1800s and also bought the Associated Press, the two largest wire services in the world. The family is said to own trillions of dollars.
Yahoo!, amongst many other citations, published that on 4th June 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order No. 11110 that returned to the US government the power to issue currency, without going through the Federal Reserve, a private bank believed to be in the control of the Rothschilds family.
Kennedy’s order gave the Treasury the power “to issue silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury.” This meant that for every ounce of silver in the Treasury’s vault, the government could introduce new money into circulation. After Kennedy was assassinated, just five months later, no more silver certificates were issued. The Executive Order was never repealed by any US President and is still valid.
If the State Department really felt that the WikiLeaks operation was a serious threat to national security, or even a serious embarrassment politically, why haven’t they shut it down completely? The WikiLeaks affair has become a dramatic story line on the global mass media stage. And the secrets keep being published but nothing decisive is being done.
Reading between the lines some commentators are pointing to a Cyber Terrorism Act along the lines of the “terrorism” acts. In a Google Group on activism, one line goes so far as to say: “Websites will simply be seized, without fanfare, and that’s already been happening, under the logo of Homeland Security.”
WikiLeaks is being dubbed by some as the 9/11 of the internet, and posted on some sites with the words: “The leaks themselves are an inside job, just like the Twin Towers, with the leaks carefully selected to avoid anything really damaging, or anything embarrassing…And just as they didn’t scramble the interceptors, they didn’t close down the WikiLeaks site…Such things are always done for a purpose.”
Well search me as to the truth but surely there is certainly “something” that doesn’t add up.
# # #
V9 Design and Build (http://www.v9designbuild.com) produce tasteful web design in Bangkok, Thailand, including ecommerce shopping cart solutions, with functionality that allows owners to set up and maintain their online stores.