December 29, 2010

OPEN SOURCE IT ALL:

The Era of Declassification (Zang Shan, 12/28/10, Epoch Times)

At that time, we started to realize that the target of China’s classification system is the Chinese people, and not the so-called “hostile foreign forces.”

Twenty years later, I was not surprised at all when the Chinese government pressed Google Earth to lower the resolution of Google Earth images of China. The Chinese regime does not care whether foreigners know the truth, but only whether its own people know the truth.

During a casual conversation, I got to know that the Chinese Communist Party spent quite an amount of money and political power to prevent secret files on China from being released when the former Soviet Union collapsed.

Understandably, any leak of secrets will create headaches for the Party. The secret documents recently released by WikiLeaks appeared to impact the entire world, but the most impacted is undoubtedly the Chinese communist regime.

It is said that there are no secrets in the Internet era. Anyone can release the truth on the Internet and include pictures, videos and documents. The Watergate incident in the 70’s, first reported by the Washington Post, was the most prominent investigative article of recent years. Today, almost all of the secrets that have shocked the world are now firstly announced on the Internet by unknown individuals or groups.

In addition to its monopoly of the sources of wealth and the arbitrary use of violence, the Chinese Communist Party's control over the flow of information is also important to its pyramid structure and grip on the country.

In China today, a large amount of information is published on the Internet which would have been regarded as classified secrets 20 years ago. The Internet era is an era of declassification, as well as the era of knocking down the authoritarian pyramid. This definitely frustrates the communist regime who stubbornly insists on maintaining its autocratic system.


In Michael Beschloss's book, Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev, and the U-2 Affair, he discusses how Ike kept flying the U-2 missions even though we knew they were at risk and were a provocation, because he wanted to keep getting visual confirmation that the Soviet military was so backwards as to offer us no danger. Of course, he didn't share that fact with the American people, not even after JFK started campaigning on the canard that we were falling behind them militarily. Essentially, the US government collaborated with the USSR in a deception that warped American policy for the worse for twenty years.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2010 8:17 AM
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