True to form, Time Magazine is already laying the foundation for Wiki-traitor Julian Assange’s defense on espionage charges, for releasing a quarter-million classified State Department documents on his Wikileaks website.
Of course the magazine is making the First Amendment argument, which, as Time applies it, would mean one not only could yell, “Fire!” in a crowded theater, but also could lock the doors and set a fire.
Enough diddling with a U.S. media that seems bent on running interference for every traitor, terrorist and terror-sponsoring nation that wants to destroy us; what is more perplexing is just why Eric Holder’s Justice Department hasn’t been working on this for the five months, since Assange released his first volley of classified documents.
If, as some suggest, the Espionage and Sedition Act of 1917 is too archaic or inadequate to prosecute Assange, heaven knows Holder has had time to ask the Obama Administration to introduce legislation in the U.S. House to change it, or, barring that to sponsor new laws.
Yet this morning we read that, while the cyber-spy sits in a British jail cooling his heels on a pair of Swedish sex charges, talks are “quietly under way” to deliver him into U.S. custody. Meaning what? That he may not be turned over?
This is not infinitesimal calculus; Wikileaks has enormously hampered vital U.S. security for years to come, and people will die as a result.
In a society being slowly but steadily affected by the pop culture media it has become increasingly convenient to blame the government for harboring secrets that have no business being classified in the first place; but to do so now is dangerous.
Congressional oversight is our mechanism for policing executive branch abuse, and regardless of its imperfections, we must trust our government to protect us from the consequences of leaks that can do irreparable damage to our national interests.
Yes, we should be angry when we discover that former Afghan vice president Ahmed Zia Massood was detained in Dubai carrying 52 million U.S. dollars last year. But we cannot be distracted by bureaucratic malfeasance, while an enemy is left to play havoc on our security.
The abuse of a system is not grounds for turning our heads when that system is breached. Julian Assange is on record as an avowed enemy of the United States. An argument can be made for simply putting a bullet in his head on some dark European street corner, and that is certainly what this government would have done in any pre-1960s era in our nation’s history.
The Justice Department under Eric Holder has dragged its feet every step of the way in prosecuting the 9-11 terrorists, as if there is some question of jurisdiction, and the repeated delays in acting in our other vital interests have reached almost bizarre proportions.
Although the attorney general has vowed to “close the current gaps” in U.S. legislation he had months to do so and did not act. Is this merely ineptitude, or is something more sinister in play?
We are left to wonder: Is Holder’s worldview so steeped in 1960s liberalism as to believe that a man like Julian Assange has some justification for his actions; or are we instead the victims of a poisonous modern-day radicalism touted by that other Obama appointee, Van Jones?