Mainly US readers but also readers in all the countries US foreign policy affects –
– may have come across an anti-Republican group that organises lobbies of Senators etc, with the naff name “People For the American Way” which will never sound very appealing to hearers in the rest of the West. However, it has been circulating interesting emails opposing the constitutionality of some of the Bush government’s more disturbing activities, as regards electronic surveillance, secret records of everyone’s phone calls, + court nominations.
But it becomes necessary for any thinking democrat not to trust or support PFAW, when you catch it suppressing information itself, concerned with injustice.
PFAW set up its own version of Wikipedia, called “Wiki the Presidency”: at http://www.wikithepresidency.org [defunct link]. It claims to be a place for sharing + exposing dirt on Bush + the Republicans, concerning civil liberties + war drives. “An ongoing record of Whitehouse wrongdoing for all to see”, no less. In opening this site, PFAW described Wikipedia in positive terms, as popular and a public resource. “Authored entirely by the general public”, which it isn’t as anyone who reads Wikipedia’s pages on its workings can easily see. In response, an article “Wikipedia” was created on Wiki the Presidency giving the dismal truth about Wikipedia, as revealed on Spectrum Fairness and elsewhere. In 3 days this article was deleted by PFAW, as “not relevant to the mission and spirit of this project.” It’s spirit is not about factual openness then, by its own admission! (WikiSysop, 1141 May 18).
ONLY INTERESTED IN YOU IF THEY CAN EXPLOIT YOU. ONLY WANT TO SAY WHAT FITS A SLICK IMAGE. NOT INTERESTED A DAMN IN TRUTH AT GRASSROOTS LEVEL. NOT A SCRAP BETTER THAN THE FORCES THEY PAINT THEMSELVES AS FIGHTING. Clearly their site will contain no other information than they approve.