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techdirt – Lieberman Introduces New Censorship Bill In Kneejerk Response To Wikileaks

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Lieberman Introduces New Censorship Bill In Kneejerk Response To Wikileaks (Free Speech)

by Mike Masnick from the where’s-that-first-amendment dept on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 @ 5:39PM

With Amazon dumping Wikileaks due to pressure from Senator Joe Lieberman, it seems to have only emboldened Lieberman to shred more of the First Amendment he’s supposed to be protecting. First, he has continued pressuring other companies to not host Wikileaks content. This has resulted in Tableau Software removing a visualization of Wikileaks data. People have pointed out that there was no sensitive data in what it had published, but because of Lieberman’s grandstanding, the company felt the need to remove the chart. Of course, you can still find the damn chart everywhere online, and I’m going to publish it here (Senator, feel free to give me a call about this), because it should be damn obvious that publishing something like this is not revealing any sensitive info. It’s all based on the data around the leaked cables, not the cables themselves.

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How The US Response Turns ‘Failed’ Terrorist Attacks Into Successes (News You Could Do Without)

by Mike Masnick from the playing-the-game-they-want dept on Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 @ 6:24AM

Terrorism is a serious issue. No one’s trying to downplay the fact that some very angry individuals are trying to kill an awful lot of Americans (and others as well). However, what’s amazing is how incredibly bad the US appears to be at this particular game of chess. Robert Wright recently had a bit of an eye-opening discussion of how the US appears to have played into Al Qaeda’s plan at almost every turn. It’s another case of the US simply not understanding how to respond to a distributed threat, rather than a centralized one. The whole business is based on getting the US to overreact and overspend and get it caught in a quagmire that causes additional problem s. And, increasingly, it looks like that’s exactly what’s happened.

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