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greekemmy

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Guantanamo/Whistleblowing and Academic Experiments
« on: April 29, 2011, 17:06:12 PM »
The peculiar nature of US presence in Guantanamo Bay (is it US territory or not? - Is it subject to US law or not and under the courts' jurisdiction? who determines this?) as an "off-shore location"  where human rights are not protected by state law is allowing unacceptable practices to go unpunished and condemns many to emotional and physical pain as illustrated by the Guantanamo files released by WikiLeaks.

The whistleblower who passed them on to WikiLeaks has certainly done a great service to their nation and sometimes the actions of one can save thousands. They acted according to their own moral code and did not comply with the expectations of others. They certainly did not deffer their own responsibility for their actions to authority. We probably need more irreverence in our societies. It seems the only mechanism for balancing the tendency for social cohesion and obedience that seems to be so damaging to democracy and individual human rights.

Please take a look at these studies that illustrate how human nature can so easily turn evil when individuals stop thinking and acting as individuals with full knowledge and acceptance of their own power and responsibility:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_prison_experiment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment

We got the crime, we got the truth, we now need justice.