Thursday, December 09, 2010

Gagged by the Flag

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TIME Magazine has hailed Julian Assange, an Internet hacker from Australia, "The Wizard Of Oz." And they aren't using a question mark.

Although Assange is now in custody, he will not disappear any time soon. Nor will his mission. The press has seized the moment to extol their own virtues, using Assange as their newest, most visible prop.

TIME has
depicted Assange with an American flag over his mouth, keeping him from talking.

His cause, he has said, is to cripple American "imperialism." A cause, I suppose, that is consistent with terrorists around the world.

Is it odd that "imperialism" would be attached to the country that has freed more people from tyranny and given more charity to the poor and needy than any country in the history of the world? Probably not, given the hate and envy some can foster.

It is generally believed that TIME Magazine will make Julian Assange their 2010 "Person of the Year." The TIME announcement will come on December 14.

Richard Stengel, TIME Magazine editor, wrote in his "To Our Readers" letter that Assange is out to "harm American national security," but he says, "the right of news organizations to publish those documents has historically been protected by the First Amendment ."

Brent Bozell, president of
Media Research Council says, "Some might ask, on the people's behalf: In our democracy, whom do you trust to defend you from another terrorist attack? TIME Magazine? The New York Times? Who elected them to act as our guardians against terrorist violence and mayhem?"

And speaking of electing those who would look out for our national security, Christian Whiton, a former US State Department senior advisor, has written a very
telling article titled, "Dereliction of Duty: Obama and the WikiLeaks Train Wreck." I recommend you read it.

Stengel told CNN the media's role is to "publish and be damned," which Bozell says is the media's way of saying "the public be damned."

In Assange's world our Pentagon is always lying and the idealistic liberals and leftists are always exposing them with the "sensitive truths."

If someone is being "gagged by the flag," is it Julian Assange? And his allies in the "free" press? Or is it the American people who once again are getting a bad rap for being good and trying to protect themselves from terrorists while the terrorists abuse our freedoms to advance their own anti-American agenda?

You tell me.

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Free. Be Thankful.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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