More than 500 "mirror sites" now possess all the cables, and Assange has said we ain't seen nothin' yet if he meets an untimely demise. As I write this a couple of weeks before the New Year in 2011, he's living in a friend's mansion in England and fighting extradition charges. I'm sure a whole lot more will have developed by the time this book is published. I say let the chips fall where they may as WikiLeaks puts the truth out there. If our State Department is asking diplomats to steal personal information from U.N. officials and human rights groups, in violation of international laws, then shouldn't the world know about it and demand corrective action? Maybe if they know they're potentially going to be exposed, the powers-that-hide behind a cloak of secrecy will think twice before they plot the next Big Lie.
I agree with Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. He faced charges, too, back in 1971, but they were thrown out by a judge. He'S called Private Manning a "brother" who committed "a very admirable act" if he's the one who provided the documents to WikiLeaks. "To call them terrorists is not only mistaken, it's absurd," Ellsberg said.
The book you're about to read is undertaken in the same spirit. I've divided the book into five parts, starting out first to show links between deeds our government perpetrated in the past and what's going on today. If you don't know your own history, you're doomed to repeat it. You'll come across documents on some pretty scandalous behavior, including:
• The CIA's secret assassination manual and experiments to control human behavior with hypnosis, drugs, and other methods.
• The military's Operation Northwoods, a chilling attempt by the Joint Chiefs of Staff to stage a terror attack on our own citizens and make it look like Cuba was behind it – using a hijacked airliner, no less!
• After President Kennedy was trying to get our troops out of Vietnam, the military faked the Gulf of Tonkin attacks in order to expand the war.
• Our chemical and biological warfare capability back in 1969, leading you to wonder about the real origin of things like AIDS and lyme disease.
Part two delves into a series of government, military and corporate secrets, opening with excerpts from two recent reports on how our military and intelligence outfits put Nazi war criminals to work after World War Two. From there, you'll see some eye-opening documents including:
• The CIA's "Propaganda Notes" designed to shore up the Warren Commission's lone-gunman conclusion.
• How Oliver North collaborated with Panama's drug-running dictator Manuel Noriega.
•What America knew, and ignored, about the genocide happening in Rwanda in the mid-1990s.
• How we still turn a blind eye to Gulf War Illness and our veterans.
• The frightening background for our military to intervene in domestic affairs, set up "emergency relocation facilities" for our citizens, and establish a Civilian Inmate Labor Program.
• How failed inspections and ignored science are impacting our food supply and our bees, while we push to promote Monsanto's biotech agenda.
• What our military really knows about the dangers of climate change.