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Strike four

Perhaps we have been complacent; surely our mainstream “journalists” are at least that, if not deliberately obtuse. When corrupt authority wishes to silence its critics — or those who tell the public of its misdeeds, conspiracies and mutual backbiting, whom it views as the most dangerous of its enemies — it begins with the least sympathetic of them, or those whom it can brand criminal. Now, having applied that label to one of its most acidulous critics, WikiLeaks, the U.S. government has resolved to make an example of it. This is a lesson that should be noted by all journalists, for if those in power can silence WikiLeaks, a dangerous precedent has been set, and the apparatus has been installed: Thenceforth no media outlet is safe from similar suppression, and no reporter from being muzzled.

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And yet, putative journalists who should know better have abetted the US government’s efforts to crush WikiLeaks by their silence or, more egregiously, by their aggressive proselytizing in favor of those efforts.

That corporate “journalists” should extol the attack on WikiLeaks, however, should really come as no surprise. Similarly, we cannot really be startled to find that the corporations that control the gateways to the internet would so readily accede in censorship. Since the same elite controls both the government and the corporations, and since that elite now perceives WikiLeaks as a threat to its reputation and hence to its stability and authority, it will now collaborate to remove that threat.

Such collaboration may not surprise us, but it should warn us of what lies ahead. If the suppression of WikiLeaks succeeds, we may confidently predict future collusions for the same object. And in that case, the freedom of the internet may prove illusory.

What lesson can we take from this?

Since it is easier to bribe, browbeat or arrange a deal with a few big companies than with many small ones, easier to pull a few large plugs than many little ones, we need to start adding more independent ISPs, free-access web servers and more DNS services. There needs to be an enormous proliferation and a staggering redundancy of such entities, as ecumenically scattered across the world as possible.

Giant corporations are not our friends. Therefore, we must act swiftly and forthrightly to wrest their hands from the controls at the chokepoints of the internet.

Originally published as a review of a salon.com article on corporate and journalistic collusion to silence WikiLeaks.

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