Assange: US pushing Digital McCarthyism in assault on Wikileaks - Boing Boing
Well, let's look at the definition of terrorism. The definition of terrorism is a group that uses violence or the threat of violence for political ends. [W]hoever the terrorists are here, it's not us. But we see constant threats from people in the Re -- you know, Republicans in the Senate trying to make a -- a name for themselves, the people like Sarah Palin, top shock jocks on Fox and, unfortunately, some members, also, of the Democratic Party, calling for my assassination, calling for the illegal kidnapping of my staff. And -- and just a few days ago, it was in Fox, that was the phrase that was used -- illegal. He should be illegally murdered if necessary-- assassinated by the law, if possible, if not, illegally. What sort of message does that send about the rule of law in the United States? That is conducting violence in order to achieve a political end -- the elimination of this organization or the threat of violence to achieve a political end, the elimination of a publisher. And that is the definition of terrorism.
I'm amazed at the number of normally sane, intelligent, thoughtful people that think Assange is at fault here and that he should be prosecuted, kidnapped, or executed. I think part of the reason is that the citizens of the US have an amazing ability to never accept responsibility for anything, to always shift the blame when they or theirs is atacked,... "it wasn't my kids fault, it was the teacher, the principal, or the cop", "the ref's cheated us", "the liberals are destroying this country", "the republicans are destroying this country", etc. It's always someone else's fault. We've lost the ability to look objectively at the facts. Americans see Assange as a foreigner attacking "their" county,.. so he's wrong and he's the enemy, regardless of the facts.