Governance in the age of Wikileaks — Part 2

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But, as any Spi­der­man fol­lower knows, with great power comes great respon­si­bil­ity. So while we do have a right to free expres­sion and a free press, we, as cit­i­zen do not have a right to abuse. And the free­dom of expres­sion does not con­sti­tute a free pass on law­less­ness under the guise of free expression.

Some have claimed that the actions of anony­mous are a form of civil dis­obe­di­ence. My ques­tion here is simple: if the peo­ple behind anony­mous truly believe that their actions con­sti­tute acts of civil dis­obe­di­ence, why are they per­form­ing them anonymously?

A last ques­tion that I would throw into this mix is the one of motives. The veil of anonymity makes it eas­ier to ques­tion the motives of the anony­mous party. If it is fear of pros­e­cu­tion that forces you to hide, then you are not com­mit­ting an act of dis­obe­di­ence: you are only break­ing the law and being a cow­ard. How­ever, if you are hid­ing because your intents are dif­fer­ent, then you are not only break­ing the law but you are using this merely as a cover up for your true intent and that, in itself, should be enough to pros­e­cute you with no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for your side.



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