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Posted at 12:00 AM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Senator Lieberman on the media's role in WikiLeaks

By Ann Telnaes

By Ann Telnaes  | December 9, 2010; 12:00 AM ET
Categories:  Media/Press, National security  
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Joe Lieberman, the very definition of Tiresome. The Sara Palin of the Centre in American politics. He is a walking talking exhibit for unintelligent life-forms.
Posted by: hamelinfish

My Concern...
We seem to have that same problem with our diplomats who are far from diplomatic.
We need to know that in order to be sure that our diplomats are not undermining our national interests. With information comes the responsibility to sort out "need to know" from undermining our security.
Many people have died trying to avoid national disasters by reporting critical information.
It seems to me we are shooting the messenger instead of preventing the disaster. It is kind of like removing the bulb when a warning light comes on.
We would not have gone into Iraq if we had known that we were given false and distorted information. We would have concentrated our efforts on putting the terrorists out of business.
Corrupt and deceptive politicians are destroying the security and welfare of our nation.

Posted by: OckamsRazor | December 10, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

This is an unmistakable gray area. The man is a pig with guts. Wiki leaks are a tap. Freedom of speech IS questionable when the media is paid to print something besides advertising.. the criminals are who ever paid for the tap and stole information. This was intended as blackmailer. Someone has to either pay someone to keep this stuff private or pay them to reveal it. The best information from wiki leaks is the internet is not private. And absolute proof of manipulation of media. The media is a machine that is the devil when it is manipulated. The truth in any form is powerful. So the real reason wiki leaks are undetermined is because they are facts. And the fact that if wiki leaks produced information that was false like the tabloids.. he would've most likely be without fear of arrest. So considering printing lies is ok.. but printing the truth is life threatening.... that is manipulation of the media. Freedom of the press means we have the right to print the truth.. wiki is a scapegoat and tattletale. But the crime is the illusion created by manipulation of the created a false belief that firewalls work... everyone knows what happens to fire when it meets water. The cyber war has two weapons fire and water. People will be burned. More the dam will burst. It will happen. Manipulatioof the media is evil it does not support the freedom of speech and press is censored.

Posted by: Liberty14 | December 10, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I know trying to provide any kind of intelligent comment, especially in a cartoon by Ms. Telnaes, is a rather pointless exercise but here's some food for thought:

If someone obtains actual documents that are clearly labeled secret, the contents of which, if revealed, could harm national security, and the person knows they were stolen and still proceeds to disseminate that information are they unquestionably protected under the first amendment?

Posted by: wassavi | December 10, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Do you get this, America?

You can now be investigated for "bad citizenship."

Does that mean the corporations sitting on more than $1 trillion in uninvested surplus funds while America reels under 9.5% unemployment can be investigated too?

I mean, aren't they "bad" citizens?

If they were "good" they'd have joined the anti-gay protest at Elizabeth Edwards' funeral. [Don't let the intentional sarcasm whoosh right over your head.]

But, hey, look on the bright side. All that extra data collected illegally by the intelligence community in accordance with "good" citizenship can now be examined for evidence of "bad" citizenship.

If you thought McCarthyism was dead, guess again.

Why do we let people do this?

Posted by: mersee | December 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Does Telnaes get paid for these cartoons?

Posted by: Rivery | December 10, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

The gravest threat to any nation is failure of citizens to pay attention and we're quite the bunch of snoozers.
This isn't the first time that we've foolishly allowed so much media ownership to so few to use in furthering selfish interests.

Posted by: reenie10 | December 10, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

The media is out of control.The eliminate a persons rights to freedom and guilty of taking a person freedom away with their repetitious reporting and hounding and also so much of it is their own opinions or who they work for. Why should my freedom be taken away for their story.

We know Elizabeth Edwards died and already there are crazy protestors organizing to protest at her funeral. Now this is freedom out of control.

Posted by: mac7 | December 10, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman, the very definition of Tiresome. The Sara Palin of the Centre in American politics. He is a walking talking exhibit for unintelligent life-forms.

Posted by: hamelinfish | December 10, 2010 4:27 AM | Report abuse

The cartoon is not funny or interesting.

Lieberman is, as many people say, the Senator from and for Israel.

What has he done for Palestinians?

Posted by: robertjames1 | December 10, 2010 4:06 AM | Report abuse

You may want to retract that he called for a special vote on DADT.

Posted by: jornolibist | December 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Good One.

Old Joe and Old John tried to jail US citizens without a trial too didn't they?

Limit it to a 5 year Congress, weed out the geriatrics.

Posted by: dottydo | December 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman's religious fundamentalism has turned him into an extremist.

Posted by: politbureau | December 9, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the Senator could use some common sense.

Ben Franklin said it best:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty."


"Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

I'd like to ask the Senator two questions:
Why is he afraid of free speech?
Why does he want to censor the internet?

Good Day,

Posted by: patrickbarry2 | December 9, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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