Monday, October 21, 2013

State Department Employees Cleared to Watch Wikileaks Movie

A fascinating article by John Hudson in 'Foreign Policy Magazine' on-line issue:

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/10/18/state_department_employees_cleared_to_watch_wikileaks_movie

It bordered on the ridiculous when the State Department banned employees from accessing the Wikileaks website without explicit authorization when Julian Assange's outfit dumped over 250,000 sensitive and classified State Department cables into the public domain creating concern and chaos worldwide. The ban was a typical knee-jerk reaction from an organization that thrives on micromanagement.

It comes as no surprise, therefore, to see that someone would think that a government department could actually enforce a ban on what movie its employees could see. This reminds me a bit of the 50s and 60s when magazine subscriptions were looked at - subscribe to the 'Daily Worker' and you were tabbed as a closet Communist. Of course, then we were just coming out of the McCarthy era.

All I have to say is, when the government can tell me what movie I can or can't see on the basis of my employment, that will be the day I pack and move to Antarctica to live with the penguins.