"The contacts list and IP address data of Jacob Appelbaum, a WikiLeaks volunteer and developer for Tor was given to the U.S. government after they requested it using a secret court order enabled by a controversial 1986 law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, according to the Wall Street Journal. The law allows the government to demand information from ISPs not only without a warrant, but without ever notifying the user."
— Google Hands Wikileaks Volunteer’s Gmail Data to U.S. Government
"The founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, who published the greatest leak of official documents in history, providing a unique insight into rapacious wars and the lies told by governments, is likely to find himself in a hell hole not dissimilar to the “torturous” dungeon that held Private Bradley Manning, the alleged whistleblower. Manning has not been tried, let alone convicted, yet on 21 April President Barack Obama declared him guilty with a dismissive “He broke the law”."
— New Statesman - The smearing of a revolution
“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the U.S. government,” an article reads. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”
Though Iran was the first of the two to use the “Great Satan” as a synonym for the U.S., the author claims that Iran sees itself as a rival for al Qaeda when it comes to anti-Americanism and was jealous of the 9/11 attacks.
— Al Qaeda to Iran Ahmadinejad: Stop Spreading 9/11 Conspiracy Theory - ABC News
What distinguishes many of the contemporary conspiracy theories from their predecessors is that they portrait the home government, rather than foreign enemies, as the conspiring power. Lee connects this to the fall of communism, which provided a readily available symbol of the alien other, and the post Watergate cynicism.
Lee sees the rise of conspiracy theories leading to the twin, though superficially diametrically opposed, dangers of apathy and extremism, one fed by the sense that there is no point in taking part in politics because ‘they’ control everything, the second by the belief that one’s political opponents are not just wrong or misguided, but are the incarnate forces of cosmic evil who must be opposed by all means, including violence.
— THE MAGONIA BLOG: AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES
"Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions. She believes that the Chinese are plotting to replace the dollar bill, that light bulbs are killing our dogs and cats, and that God personally chose her to become both an IRS attorney who would spend years hounding taxpayers and a raging anti-tax Tea Party crusader against big government."
— Michele Bachmann’s Holy War | Rolling Stone Politics
"En mars dernier, Chantal Brunel, Rapporteure de l’Observatoire de la parité et sénatrice UMP, déclenchait un tollé en suggérant de remettre les immigrés “dans des bateaux”. 14 des 36 membres de l’Observatoire de la parité écrivaient alors au Premier ministre qui l’avait nommée à ce poste pour protester et annoncer qu’ils suspendaient leurs travaux tant que cette institution n’était pas au clair avec les valeurs républicaines."
— Parité bloquée par les propos de Brunel
"Au passage, le public découvre qu’un ménage qui gagne quelques centaines d’euros de plus par an, ou un agriculteur quelques milliers, c’est mal. Pour un gouvernement qui glorifie à longueur d’année la valeur argent et ne trouve rien à redire aux profits des grandes multinationales de l’énergie, le ressort comique est du plus bel effet."
— La tragedia dell’arte du photovoltaïque français
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed 8,000 people."
— What Eisenhower Got Wrong
"Like many of the cables made public in recent weeks, those describing the drug war do not offer large disclosures. Rather, it is the details that add up to a clearer picture of the corrupting influence of big traffickers, the tricky game of figuring out which foreign officials are actually controlled by drug lords, and the story of how an entrepreneurial agency operating in the shadows of the F.B.I. has become something more than a drug agency. The D.E.A. now has 87 offices in 63 countries and close partnerships with governments that keep the Central Intelligence Agency at arm’s length."
— WikiLeaks Archive - Cables Show D.E.A.’s Global Reach - NYTimes.com
"Quel est l’unique effet concret de ces révélations ? L’impossibilité de continuer à affirmer des vérités officielles, à produire au kilomètre des contre-vérités flagrantes en espérant que quelqu’un les tiendra pour exactes. Le seul véritable changement induit par les révélations de Wikileaks est la sanction désormais définitive du fait que le public croit de moins en moins ce que disent dirigeants de la planète. Il est désormais officiel que toutes les déclarations officielles sont vraisemblablement vides de toute vérité. Chacun le savait déjà, mais c’est désormais vérifiable et validé."
— Lignes de fuites - Article11
"A consensus quickly emerged in the political and media class that they are Evil Villains who must be severely punished, while those responsible for the acts they revealed are guilty of nothing. That reaction has not been weakened at all even by the Pentagon’s own admission that, in stark contrast to its own actions, there is no evidence — zero — that any of WikiLeaks’ actions has caused even a single death."
— What WikiLeaks revealed to the world in 2010 - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com