... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

22
February
2011

In the News: WikiLeaks, what a joke!

Wiki Leaks is a whistle blower organization where people can leak information on the website they launched in 2006. Their goal is to force openness by governments and the establishment in societies. Since 2010 they became well known because of certain publications they made available to the media. Is all the information Wiki Leaks provides reliable? Some say it is. Is it free of gossip or disinformation? Probably not. So what have we got so far?

The weakly Wiki Leaks does keep the news media busy to get all the information offered to them processed and published. Internet fans and inter net professionals are constantly giving comments in the news or behind the screens. 
A video released by Wiki Leaks seemed to have narrowed down the integrity of thousands of military personnel in the US to the misconduct of a team of soldiers in action by a video released by Wiki Leaks. Of course there is no excuse for the behavior of this particular team.
The inter net seems to be elevated to a god like status: everything is possible by the (inter) net. And Mr JA has achieved the celebrity status. All in the name of openness. And suddenly the world became a better place to live by leaks?

Or is this just part of creating a world of suspicion? A global village in which every body is constantly looking over their shoulders in case there is a whistle blower around. Maybe just some one with a grouch, or any one who is out for some fame and riches. The paranoia of getting crushed by the media is hanging in the air. Just the next chapter in big brother is watching you. Remember 1984, Brave new World? But then, maybe you prefer V for Vengeance. By the way wouldn't people with influence, those who would want to hide secrets have the means to do so anyway? Am I being to pessimistic?

And what about the 'social media'? Does it play any part in this? Yes, it does. Twitter, Face Book, May Space and whatever else. To me it's a no thanks to all these. Why? Because. You really want to know? Ask a professional and honest IT-engineer - my husband is - who knows about this stuff. Up to now LinkedIn seems to be the only exception, which in time might changed of course.To me a mail, a letter or a telephone call is more than enough. I don't see why we should through our right on privacy out the window and give big brother the chance of 'watching' us with our consent.

The inter net

To whom does the inter net belong any way? Some might say to all of us. No! The inter net is an invention of the United States of America. First used for military purpose and later made accessible for public use. ICANN, Inter net Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, is a non-profit organization based in California US that is in charge of IANA to administrate the IP address and the DNS. The organization has a relation with the US government. IANA, Inter net Assigned Numbers Authority, was first administrated by a military linked organization. So these organizations are US based. 
The International Protocol address assigns a numerical label to each device (computer, printer et cetera) that uses the inter net, enabling us to participate in a computer network. The Dominion Name System is needed for the hierarchical naming system, say the telephone book of the world wide web. Both systems are an absolute must for the inter net to function.

The red button?

In order for Wiki Leaks to do it's job properly, it needs the inter net. All this already led to what some people call a cyber war on the net. Who won? A more important question to me is: can the net be turned of? No net, no net war, no fuss. You know, just like in the movies. Their is a war on and the nuclear missiles seem to be the solution (?). Will the president push the red button? Is there such a switch for the net? The owner may have one of those. Both systems, for IP and DNS down: The End to cyber warfare. At least for a while. Noted: all names of and information about the enemy's leaders. Winning a battle doesn't mean you win the war.

But the US would not dare do that. Would they? What happens when there is massive terrorist treats? But then, maybe there isn't such a red button. There was none for Wall Street - back in, wasn't it 2008? - and still they 'put off' the trade. How? They just pulled the plugs to the computer systems. So if not a switch, then the plugs. For the net needs to feed on energy to work. Right? Either way the net can certainly be put off line - confirmed: BBC reported Syrian inter net and mobile communication was 'cut off' a few days in November 2012 - even world wide. By the way we didn't consider the possibility of destructive viruses. But then for some it would just come down to a robot uprising. Just kidding, to many science fiction movies I guess. Please people save your skills and energy for things that really matter. Maybe that's what Daniel Domscheit-Berg wanted in the first place, and left Wiki to set up Open Leaks.

They say that with great power comes great responsibility. 
I say: with great power comes great i n t e g r i t y.

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. ...
16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.


17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:13-18

17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with  i n t e g r i t y. ... 
1 Chronicles 29:17a


Note 14-08-2011:
The full video mentioned about the US Military tells a different story than the shortened video Wiki Leaks showed to the world. It is clear now that the soldiers did make an honest mistake, that sadly did cost the lives of those who died that day.

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: In the News