The instantly popular video Collateral Murder outputted by WikiLeaks has become the hottest news item on the Internet. This release exemplifies McLuhans idea of the Information War. Though it is critical that videos like Collateral Murder make it into the public sphere, observers must look upon situations from a distance in order to see all the elements.
Journalism has taken on a new form in which it has become harder to make a distinction between disinformation, fact, and propaganda. In this new era of open-source information, blogging, journalism, and the like intention becomes harder to discern.
The following has been lifted from WikiLeaks homepage:
WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff. Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack For further information please visit the special project website www.collateralmurder.com.
WikiLeaks also has another page online seeking donations and using Collateral Murder as the major selling point. The site claims to be a safe-haven for whistleblowers and the like, yet in the Info War all spectacles are suspect and spectators are unwittingly involved.
Collateral Murder has made WikiLeaks the most popular alternative media website. It has entered the public arena as an isle of protection. It invites others to submit damning material of any nature to its email address. This material will then be outputted to the public. Ironically, this is supposedly the very purpose and engine of free press itself. The concept that there is one safe spot on the Internet for any information is utter nonsense. Gary McKinnon has proven that no document is safe.
Wayne Madsen called WikiLeaks, Too good to be true, on the Alex Jones program. The propaganda engines of News Corp have recently reviled Jones, a veteran alternative-media journalist by placing him in their Terror section. Jones has retaliated with classic intellectual gusto.
As with many other sources of information, at this point there is no firm ground to stand on in deducing the intent of the operation at WikiLeaks. Collateral Murder as damning and anti-establishment as it is, very well could be the learned slang and mannerisms of a double agent. COINTELPRO at its finest. The jury is still out.
Interestingly, three days prior to Collateral Murder, blogger Steve Clemons published an article called Communications Corruption at the White House, and if the world press learned the lessons of George W. Bush, Clemons story would be headlined in every major media outlet.
What I have learned after discussions over the last several days with several journalists who either have regular access to the White House or are part of the White House press corps is that there is a growing sense that access is traded for positive stories -- or perhaps worse, an agreement that things learned will not be reported in the near term.
Either way, bloggers, free press, documentarians, and the alternative media continue to save the world from utter psychic tyranny.