Jared Lee Loughner and Julian Assange: Both are upset with the U.S. Government

One acts by leaking information unlawfully, the other by taking law into his hands. Both in their minds are doing the right thing. Is itjust the U.S. problem, or is it the global problem of have’s and havenot’s? Isit the problem of technology growth and our inability to deal with it?

 

About ten years ago I started the Non-violence Award for promoting non-violence in youth. My dilemma is that we talk about achieving peace but with violence. Our Governments give example to youth about achieving peace globally with violent means. I believe we get the ‘peace’ wrong. Peace must be achieved peacefully or with non-violence means and without causing social disturbances.

 

Can we rid society of violence while making firearms easilyavailable at the same time?

 

I recently have found two graduate students who have decidedto work with the Award, and re-launch it globally again. Getting a few journalists on board shouldn't hurt.

 

Your thoughts are welcome!

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Comment by Ioannis Andritsopoulos on January 9, 2011 at 16:04

With all due respect, I think that it is at least unfortunate -if not dangerous- to compare a mass murderer with a person that publishes documents on the Web. And I am sure that you did it unintentionally.

 

It is not my intention to defend Assange, however whether someone agrees or not with Wikileaks' actions, the two individuals have nothing in common. Assange has not “assassinated” anyone.

 

Hypothetically speaking, if I was obliged to make a comparison between the two cases (which would be unfortunate as well), I would compare Assange to Loughner’s victims, judging from the fierce efforts that are being exerted to muzzle Assange.

 

By the way, no court has said that Wikileaks’ actions are 'unlawful' – on the contrary, Wikileaks has revealed unlawful actions, corruption, tortures, murders etc.

 

Just for the record, the International Federation of Journalists, the world's largest organisation of journalists, said in a press release:

 

“The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free speech after it put pressure on the website's host server to shut down the site.

‘It is unacceptable to try to deny people the right to know’, said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. ‘These revelations may be embarrassing in their detail, but they also expose corruption and double-dealing in public life that is worthy of public scrutiny’.

 

Meanwhile, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has called for an investigation into allegations of abuse and murder of Iraqis within detention centres, following the publication of the Iraq war logs by Wikileaks.

 

“The information adds to concerns that serious breaches of international human rights law have occurred in Iraq, including summary executions of a large number of civilians and torture and ill-treatment of detainees. The US and Iraqi authorities should take necessary measures to investigate all allegations made in these reports and to bring to justice those responsible for unlawful killings, summary executions, torture and other serious human rights abuse”, Mrs Pillay said.

 

I am sure that the United Nations would never use “unlawful” material.

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