Terrorism vs. Free Speech
Sarah Palin advised the public to hunt down Julian Assange like Osama Bin Laden. Someone's response: "Then he's safe for at least another decade."
This comment was astute. Despite billions of dollars spent, millions announced as a reward, and a global manhunt, Osama Bin Laden still has not been found. This brings to mind an obvious question. Is the military really that incompetent, or is there some funny business going on?
After the 9-11 attacks, I not only made a radio address in favor of the war on a radio station that typically does not air any such sentiments, but called military recruitment myself. What I - and many others - did not count upon, is abominable conduct by American military in the wars that followed. No, it is not OK to shoot unarmed, unthreatening, civilians from gunships. No, it is not OK to teach Afghani children to say "I'm an idiot and will always be a beggar." No, it is not OK to kill as many, if not more, civilians in Iraq than were killed by Saddam Hussein. And people who do such things not only commit war crimes but gravely dishonor America.
Who is more dangerous: Osama Bin Laden or Julian Assange? If free speech, freedom of information, and informing the public of what is being done in their name and at their expense, is equated with terrorism, then I submit that Osama Bin Laden has won already. If liberty is what the Jihadists hate, and American military is sworn to protect, then the American military may as well have capitulated to Osama Bin Laden by taking the stance that it has. In America, the military is sworn constitutionally to at all times remain under strict civilian control. And informing the public of what is done in their name and at their expense is a vast service done to America.
There are two directions to go from this juncture. One is to effectively capitulate to Osama Bin Laden and prosecute free speech directed to inform the public of what the government that is meant to serve them is doing at their expense and in their name. Another is to stand on the virtues and principles of American Constitution and defend this service. The people who would do the first may as well defect to the Taliban. The people who would do the latter can lay legitimate claim to being true patriots of America.