Joe Lieberman's Next Target

By Jeffrey Goldberg

At the risk of agreeing with Glenn Greenwald two days in a row, I do think it's ripe that Sen. Joseph Lieberman, the Senate's Homeland Security czar, has coerced Amazon.com to drop Wikileaks from its server: "The company's decision to cut off WikiLeaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies WikiLeaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material," Lieberman said in a statement.

I would only point out that the most important company Wikileaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material is The New York Times. Without the Times -- its intensive coverage of the documents' contents, its re-publication, in print and on the web, of many of the original documents -- Wikileaks would have much weaker legs in this country. Does this, then, mean that The Times is Lieberman's next target?

Here is Greenwald on the subject:

Note that Lieberman here is desperate to prevent American citizens -- not The Terrorists -- from reading the WikiLeaks documents which shed light on what the U.S. Government is doing.  His concern is domestic consumption.  By his own account, he did this to "send a message to other companies that might host WikiLeaks" not to do so.  No matter what you think of WikiLeaks, they have never been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime; Lieberman literally wants to dictate -- unilaterally -- what you can and cannot read on the Internet, to prevent Americans from accessing documents that much of the rest of the world is freely reading.

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