Posted on March 12, 2012 by CaTⓋ
Thoughts on the Extradition of Julian Assange by Nozomi Hayase.
I think WikiLeaks’ success has a lot to do with the kind of person Julian Assange is. While most people grow up corporate and gave up virtues such as compassion, creativity and conscience in exchange for corporate values of profits at any cost, Assange has never compromised and maintained with tenacity and courage his conviction that ordinary people are the source of all power.
For many around the world, this made him a kind of hero. At the same time he has been called an enemy of the State by the Power..
The US government’s attacks on him and WikiLeaks supporters are really an assault on all people’s exercise of freedom, which is fundamental for any real democracy. This extradition of Assange is a subversion of a criminal process, for desperate political aims. What’s happening to Julian Assange could happen to any one of us.
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
By Pastor Niemoller
If standing up for justice makes a person an enemy of the state, a traitor or a terrorist, I say, so be it; but I would not support a society that outlaws the very thing that makes us human.
First, they came for WikiLeaks and Anonymous stood up because WikiLeaks stood up for freedom of speech. Then they came for Bradley Manning and around the world people stood up because whistleblowing is a heroic deed. Then they came for Julian Assange and I am standing up because he stood up for all of us.
Now it’s time to stand up for one another. When people are truly united, there is no need for anyone else to stand up for us.
We are all we need.”
Image – Cathy Vogan
Music – Orlando Harrison, Cathy Vogan
Thanks to Juice Media Rap News, Nozomi Hayase and John Hinkle