I’m speaking as a Peace Activist and representative of the Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition in Sydney. As a grass roots supporter, I hope my presence here will help to encourage others, who feel powerless in these troubled times to realize their potential and the necessity to use their voice. I’m no different to you, I have no public profile, I am a Grandmother, wanting to leave a better world for my grandchildren to grow in. You CAN foment change; grassroots action has always enabled it. Our fight is a numbers game, so every one of you, every last one of you is needed, you are important in the struggle for truth and transparency, don’t underestimate your power in our diminishing democracy, we may only have a small window of opportunity left for us to voice our opinions in freedom.
When we hear our Government officials spruiking the company line on Julian Assange, we need to realize they are not speaking to the informed. Their rhetoric is for the uninformed, or the misinformed, we can all help to counter their mischief by informing people of the facts readily found in the public domain. Thanks to freedom of information requests we know there is a document that outlines the pat replies to be used by our representatives when constituents ask tricky questions about Julian Assange, nice to know our representatives aren’t trusted to think for themselves. So be brave, because they’re not. Start conversations with friends, relatives and work mates; the truth is far too important to let it be denied us. You can also donate via wikileaks.org, Bendigo Bank or post a cheque to help them keep up their vital work.
This quote by Julian Assange, nutshells the reason for chain wars, where one is started up before the last one is out. “Looking at the enormous quantity and diversity of these military or intelligence apparatus insider documents, what I see is a vast sprawling estate in what we would traditionally call the Military Intelligence Complex or Military Industrial Complex. And this sprawling industrial estate is growing, becoming more and more secretive, becoming more and more uncontrolled. This is not a sophisticated conspiracy controlled at the top, this is a vast movement of self interest with thousands and thousands of players all working together and against each other to produce an end result which is Iraq and Afghanistan and Columbia, and keeping that going.”
Our taxes feed a war machine. This is what peace activists are up against.
Harking back to the title of this forum, it is interesting that Julian Assange was called a ‘high-tech terrorist’ by Vice President Joe Biden for, as Holly Tannen said: ‘conspiracy to commit journalism’, and informing us how our tax dollars pay for aggressive wars we have been and are currently involved in. According to Fred Burton of Stratfor: "Assange is going to make a nice bride in prison. Screw the terrorist. He’ll be eating cat food forever." And taking bizarre to a new level, the 9/11 Coloring Book with terrorist trading cards featuring Julian Assange; I kid you not. Now, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks staff and supporters have been labeled ‘enemies of the state’. That’s you and I, folks. That’s something we should ask our Government to speak to the US about. Keeping this in mind, the mainstream media and Governments have a massive platform to disseminate their hubris. It is beholden on us to correct their tripe and today’s forum is part of that. Whenever we engage our politicians or members of the public, we need to affirm that Julian Assange is a journalist and editor-in-chief, and that WikiLeaks is a publishing press and media outlet. STATE IT!