Wikileaks and Why People Deserve the Truth

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One thing that people can’t stand, is a liar. When a person lies to you, and you know they’ve lied,  you lose trust in them. Governments and corporations are no different!

The big Wikileaks revelations have been out for a few months now, giving the public an inside look at international diplomacy, and all the backroom dealings of governments and corporations around the world.

Would all this be a big deal, if the public was given the REAL information in the first place? Why must governments or corporations be so secretive? Have we become a civilization that says it’s OK to have corrupt governments…Why is it OK to lie to us, to make more profit? It’s Crazy!

The recent Nuclear Melt Down going on in Japan is a grim reminder of the dangers of lying to the public. Accountable governments should give up to date and accurate information to its citizens. From all accounts, the company that operates the Nuclear Reactor ( The Tokyo Electric Power Company – TEPCO) has been down playing the fallout, and trying to minimize international pressures. Why? They are trying to protect themselves…

They shouldn’t be trying to minimize their corporate reputation at this stage. They need to get people out of there. Telling them about the worst case scenarios, and allowing people to make informed decisions about whether to leave or not. In fact, be ultra conservative where the public is concerned, so that people can trust you. No one trusts them now.

I don’t think it’s the role of a private corporation to inform the public on matters of national safety. Though I may be wrong about the way everything is being communicated there, it seems to me that public officials in the area are getting extremely frustrated with their lack of information from TEPCO.

It sucks that the most accurate information coming out about this disaster is from other countries. How is that possible? If the United States is suggesting its citizens get out of the country, what do they know that isn’t being shared with the Japanese citizens? But in the same breath, the US is saying that their citizens have nothing to worry about, as a radiation cloud approaches California. Is it true? Probably. Are they also down playing possible effects of this?But, can we trust them?

I am not an alarmist. And, most of the time, I’m not a conspiracy theorist(though I love a lot of the stories). I feel like I have been lied to and the general population has been lied to for far too long. The interests of a select few create suffering for the rest.

This is where an organization like Wikileaks, and others like them, may be making strides in making governments and corporations more accountable. Getting the truth out. Exposing corrupt governments. Unearthing illegal corporate practices. And hopefully, creating a wind of change that the citizens of this planet are more important than corporations, share prices, and nationalist interests.

Give the public the truth. Even if it’s scary.

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3 thoughts on “Wikileaks and Why People Deserve the Truth

  1. I agree with what you are saying but I think sometimes more information is not necessarily a good thing. First of all coming from a country with blatantly corrupt politicians has thought me that politicians and corporations (some of ) need to be gutted and let out to dry. However, there is the media. The media at times also need to be gutted and hung out to dry because they need to sell their products and most of them sell it by sensationalizing news. Facts get twisted and put in a way that would attract the most readers / viewers / listeners. Facts are made even more disastrous than it really is. Does this happen often? I don’t know – I make it a point not to read the news because people / politics and everything else makes me depressed 😉 In the race to come up with the most updated information are the reporters verifying their facts. If they are, why is it that sometimes we get different information from different sources?
    In public health, we learn that there really is an art to communicating to the public and the media. And yes, we are taught that telling everything is not good all the time. Sometimes, its because there needs to be an understanding of what is really going on, the science, the statistics involved and that ever present balancing act between benefit and risks.

    Problem with that is, is it okay to have a group of people decide what is best for the public? For the masses? – Something that can be debated upon.

    There is also the aspect of people in general who tend to loose their heads and panic. It happens. Most of us get into this all out panic that sometimes causes more harm to the situation. One good example was the pandemic in 2009. WHO clearly mentioned the criteria that the Pandemic was announced. It clearly mentioned that the severity of the disease was at most moderate. They even went as far as to say that Seasonal influenza still caused more illness and death compared to the pandemic – based on the date they had. What did the public here in Malaysia do? They ran out and bought not only masks and anti bacterial gels (which was okay) but they started hoarding anti-virals! I had patients demanding that they be treated with anti virals- when there really was no need for them to.

    So I guess the question is, how much to tell and who to decide?

    Sadly, the human tendency especially those “in power” be it corporations , politicians and even the media is to see who gets the most and that sucks big time 😐

    Is Wikileaks a good thing? I don’t know. Just because you have information, you need to look at the big picture too, you know?

    ( I think I’ve rambled enough :P. Good post ! 🙂 )

    • Good points.
      The world is so much more complex than I wish it was. My point is that if we always go the truth, rather than a watered down version of it, we’d know what we were dealing with. The pandemic was a good example. People didn’t trust the information released. If people knew all the time they were getting the truth, maybe they wouldn’t panic?
      I don’t know.
      Good comment on the media! They are just as bad some times! Most are owned by corporations that are looking to make money. In Canada, we have a publicly owned media that I watch. I feel it is more balanced…

  2. You know, in our days, it is easily checking almost all information, even if these are coming from governments, big multi-national corporations or powerful people.

    Why?

    There are many channels of communication, not only mass-media, formal and informal, and it is easy to make friends and to share information from the middle of the events. The technology and social skills (sharing information, communication and making friends) were the weapons used by WikiLeaks.

    Can we do by ourselves?

    Yes, but the results really depends on your abilities, and it is demonstrated that is not anymore impossible.

    Nobody is alone, ever if you look as being alone, and the world is a big global piece shared. Just saying here something is going there, in the opposite corner of the world, in a few seconds. It is the miracle of technology that pushed us in the global world.This development brings a new challenge: it is asking for more responsibility in what ever you are doing and/or what ever you are saying.

    It is a huge pressure on each of us! When I used the term “us” I mean: common people, powerful leaders, big corporations or governments!

    How to address this big challenge: being responsible in front of yourself in a challenging and fast moving world?

    I suggest to use a few principles – this is the key.
    And the rest is easily coming…

    What are you thinking about it?

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