What Price Transparency?
“When all who are honestly mistaken hear the truth, they will either quit being mistaken or cease being honest.” ~Anonymous~
Vietnam whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has a recent article in the Huffington Post about a new group he has started with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Xeni Jardin, John Cusack, and Laura Poitras called The Freedom of the Press Foundation. It was started in response to the decision by Visa, Mastercard, Bank of America and PayPal (under pressure from Senator Joe Lieberman and Congressman Peter King) to stop processing donations to WikiLeaks. This caused the group to lose 95% of their funding overnight.
Donations to the foundation are tax deductible. To start with they will help fund Wikileaks; MuckRock News, which streamlines Freedom of Information Act requests so that ordinary people can file them easily; The National Security Archive, which collects and publishes newly declassified government documents; and The UpTake, a Midwest collective of citizen journalists focused on bringing transparency to state and local government.
The corrupt and blatantly criminal activities that go on in Washington and some of our state capitals continue because they happen in secret. This is why these four programs, which have a proven track record of exposing government malfeasance to public scrutiny, deserve our support.
I’ve been to the Freedom of the Press Foundation website, and donors have a choice of how to divide up their donation among the four groups.