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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

On WikiLeaks, Lieberman Completely Disconnects From Reality

WikiLeaks has Joementum, with the help of a couple of enablers, writing legislation that is -- in a word -- insane.

The Hill:

Sens. John Ensign (R-Nev.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) introduced a bill Thursday aimed at stopping WikiLeaks by making it illegal to publish the names of military or intelligence community informants.

Ensign accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his "cronies" of hindering America's war efforts and creating a "hit list" for U.S. enemies by outing intelligence sources.


The Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination Act (SHIELD) would give the government the flexibility to pursue Assange for allegedly outing confidential U.S. informants. Brown said the law would prevent anyone from compromising national security in a similar manner, while Lieberman said its passage was essential to restore the international diplomatic community's faith in the U.S.

So let me get this straight: they want to pass a law making it illegal for foreign nationals to do something in foreign countries? Have I got that right? I'm reminded of a Monty Python skit where a man on the street suggests taxing all foreigners living abroad. Maybe other nations should join in on the fun -- Iran could make it illegal to be a Mormon in Utah or China can make it illegal to sell Japanese goods at Wal-Marts in Iowa.

I know these guys believe in "American exceptionalism" (i.e., the newest version of "manifest destiny"), but this is just taking it to an absurd extreme. We haven't taken over the world yet, guys. You're going to have to hold off on writing laws for other countries.

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