Could WikiLeaks have prevented 9/11?

WikiLeaks and 9/11: What if?

Thoughtful and intelligent article by Coleen Rowley and Bogdan Dzakovic.

WikiLeaks is good for the US, and your soul

Ex-Intelligence Officers, Others See Plusses in WikiLeaks Disclosures

From the news release:

So shame on Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and all those who spew platitudes about integrity, justice and accountability while allowing war criminals and torturers to walk freely upon the earth. … the American people should be outraged that their government has transformed a nation with a reputation for freedom, justice, tolerance and respect for human rights into a backwater that revels in its criminality, cover-ups, injustices and hypocrisies.

At the very least, if you’re someone who thinks WikiLeaks is harmful, watch these videos first. After that, let’s talk.


You’re doing it wrong

This is news to me, but did you know that airports are not required to use TSA screeners? One of my favorite parts of the article:

In a May 2010 letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Mica noted that the GAO “discovered that since the program’s inception, at least 17 known terrorists … have flown on 24 different occasions, passing through security at eight SPOT airports.” One of those known terrorists was Faisal Shahzad, who made it past SPOT monitors onto a Dubai-bound plane at New York’s JFK International Airport not long after trying to set off a car bomb in Times Square. Federal agents nabbed him just before departure.

SPOT stands for “Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques,” and is the TSA’s attempt at replicating the successful security observation technique used at some Israeli airports. The problem is—to quote Mr. Mom—you’re doing it wrong.