WikiLeaks on Western Internet Censorship

For every noble human desire, in this case, the strong protective feelings most adults have towards children, opportunists such as Senator Conroy and his German equivalent, CDU Minister Ursula von der Leyen, stand ready to exploit these feelings for their own power and position.

Von der Leyen apparently hopes to raise her profile before a national election by promoting a national censorship "solution" to child pornography.

But forcibly preventing the average parent from seeing evidence of what may be an abuse against a child is not the same as stopping abuses against children. Absense of evidence is not evidence of absense.

Censoring the evidence promotes abuses by driving them underground, where they are difficult to track. Such schemes divert resources and political will away from proven policing solutions which target producers and consumers.

Children depend, even more than their parents, on the quality and viability of government. An assault against those systems and ideals which keep government honest and accountable - public oversight, natural justice, and protection from state censorship - is not just an affront to Enlightment ideals, but an assult on the long term interests of children and adults alike.

WikiLeaks is a wonderful site and this editorial is no exception. The bring transparency where it only darkness looms. The thought of my government censoring my internet and monitoring (yea.. they already do, I know) is disgusting. Everyday there is a new assault on privacy, when will it end? When will the tides turn and the ideals we strive for take precedence over the false sense of security? Soon, I hope, for all of our sakes.

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