Monday, January 08, 2007

WikiLeaks


* Wikileaks.org:

"WikiLeaks is developing an uncensorable version of WikiPedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary targets are highly oppressive regimes in China, Russia, central eurasia, the middle east and sub-saharan Africa, but we also expect to be of assistance to those in the west who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their own governments and corporations.
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Open government is strongly correlated to quality of life. Open government answers injustice rather than causing it (plans which cause injustice are revealed and opposed before implementation). Open government exposes, and so corrects, corruption. Historically, the most resilient form of open government is one where leaking and publication is easy. Public leaking, being an act of ethical defection to the majority, is by its nature a democratising force.
Hence a system enables everyone to leak safely to a ready audience is the most cost effective means of promoting good government -- in health and medicine, in food supply, in human rights, in arms controls and democratic institutions."
Interesting.

3 comments:

Simon said...

Hey, I like this. I was doing my own thing but this feels better! ('Twas an open letter anyway...)

An Open Letter to Mr Carne Ross, Director, Independent Diplomat

January 07 2007

Dear Sir

I am writing to you from the position of being editor of the UK-based website project www.scudwatch.org, which has for some time now been collecting and compiling information regarding Iraq’s Scud missile programme from publicly available sources.

It is currently SCUDWATCH’s contention that nine Iraqi Scud missiles and nine ‘special’ chemical warheads were in reality unaccounted for in the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War; and that these weapons had been launched but not accounted for during the 1991 Gulf War.

I note with considerable interest the recently published transcript of your statement to Lord Butler’s inquiry, previously unavailable due to OSA concerns. Of particular interest to me were your comments about the Iraqi Scud missiles:

“With the exception of some unaccounted-for Scud missiles, there was no intelligence evidence of significant holdings of CW, BW or nuclear material.”

“Iraq's ability to launch a WMD or any form of attack was very limited. There were approx 12 or so unaccounted-for Scud missiles; …”

I have taken the liberty of adding these comments to SCUDWATCH’s ‘Notable Statements’ section at www.scudwatch.org/miscellanea.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to read the collected content of the SCUDWATCH website. We would be most grateful if you could possibly write for us a short review of the evidence as presented by SCUDWATCH, hopefully expanding on the raised issues, as seen from your previous perspective as First Secretary at the UK mission to the United Nations. We are seeking in particular any account of the intelligence that was presented to HM Government to support the claim that Scud missiles were still extant in Iraq just prior to the 2003 invasion.

Yours sincerely

A----- Simon M----

Editor

SCUDWATCH.ORG

(This letter is posted at www.scudwatch/carneross )

lukery said...

cool - let us know if you get a response.

Simon said...

Luke,

Will do. Would anyone here like to become a honorary member of the SCUDWATCH team? In particular we could do with the help of a US citizen who would be willing to have a go at a couple of FOIA requests. We have in our possession a number of redacted documents. The originals, if we could get our hands on them, would be very very interesting indeed...