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December 14 2010

Reefer Leaks

Julian-Assange-WikiLeaks.jpgI just read a letter from Michael Moore called "Why I'm Posting Bail Money for Julian Assange" and it strikes me as so accurate and important, that I feel compelled to add my two cents worth, and try to make sure more people understand his point of view. This topic is at the crux of the "War on Drugs" and may be a small step for mankind, towards truth in "why marijuana is illegal?" and a better understanding "what caused the prohibition of cannabis?".

Please don't confuse me for being a big fan of Michael Moore's, although I've enjoyed some of his work and agree with some of his ideas, I am a huge fan of his courage, for speaking his mind and saying things in public that make conservatives cringe. Michael Moore is an American patriot, in the truest sense of the word because he's put his own country ahead of his own personal security. This man is doing the world a great service by raking the muck that no-one else wants to smell, let alone touch.

This entire story reminds me of one of my favorite Ziggy Marley songs:

Be Free :
The system's got too much control,
and they don't wanna let it go
I'm a prisoner fighting to be free,
I'm breaking out of captivity

Be free, be free
to be free

Little by little, I'm losing control
as little by little my rights erode
I stop the deputy, now you know
mama don't try, you see I got to go

( Chorus )

The government's got too much control,
now is there some place that we can roll
the politics of fear and oppression is everywhere now
the law is closing in, just take what you can bring

( Chorus )

The system's got too much control,
now is there some place that we can roll
I'm a prisoner fighting to be free, the law is closing in
just take what we can bring

I'm no authority on what was released in Wiki Leaks and I'm not convinced that Julian Assange had (or has) altruistic motivations but I heard the statements from his former partner, who claims that he's carrying on with a new format called OpenLeaks.org, which will be a private membership site where news groups and the general public will be able to gain access to archives of data but in the future there won't be a massive out-pour of dirt. So to me, it seems that something really good is coming from this info-war, as it was nick-named by John Perry Barlow:

"The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops," Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow said in a tweet reposted by WikiLeaks to its 300,000-odd followers.

Now there's someone I'm a huge fan of (ie. JPB of EFF), in many ways he's my hero and inspiration. In the year 1999 JPB agreed to become an adviser on my advisory board for Rock-n-Roll.com when I was the CEO, but only under the condition that our business be completely and 100% open source - it took me a few years to fully understand what he meant by that term (I thought, at first, he was referring to the software) and even longer to realize the significance of open source. Think about how much better the world would be if we all lived in complete open source? Would total open source end all war, including the war on drugs? Truth will set us free.
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