How Denial Works: Library Of Congress Blocks Wikileaks
from the head-in-the-sand dept
So the latest in the US government sticking its head in the sand over Wikileaks is that the Library of Congress has blocked access to the Wikileaks site, claiming:
The Library decided to block Wikileaks because applicable law obligates federal agencies to protect classified information. Unauthorized disclosures of classified documents do not alter the documents’ classified status or automatically result in declassification of the documents.
I don’t know how to put this any more diplomatically, so I’ll just say it straight up: this is stupid. This is pure denialism. We’ve seen it before, such as in the Al-Haramain case, where the government accidentally leaked evidence of warrantless wiretapping, and the information was widely available… but everyone involved in the case had to pretend it wasn’t available. It’s stupid.
And that’s what’s going on here. Rather than admitting that the content released by Wikileaks is available all over the damn internet while also being widely reported on in the press and elsewhere, the Library of Congress pretends that blocking access to Wikileaks actually does something. It does not. It just makes the Library of Congress appear to be in denial. If the Library of Congress was actually serious about blocking access to classified information, it would also need to block all of the torrents that contain the cables, the scores of media outlets reporting on this and highlighting the documents and the thousands of other places that are also offering up the documents. But that’s (of course) impossible. Which is kind of the point. Why make such a symbolically silly move and claim that it’s because you’re “obligated” to block such content. How hard is it to admit the reality of the situation, rather than pretending it’s something different? I don’t know about you, but I would prefer that my government responded to the reality of what’s going on, rather than pretending it wasn’t going on at all.