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WikiLeaks not shielded by Swedish law: experts

TT/AFP/The Local · 7 Aug 2010, 09:58

Published: 07 Aug 2010 09:58 GMT+02:00

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Rules on source protection are written into the Swedish constitution and effectively block individuals and government agencies from attempting to uncover journalists’ sources. Revealing the identity if sources who wish to remain anonymous is a punishable offence.

But the law only apply to websites or publications that possess a special publishing licence (utgivningsbevis) granting them constitutional protection, and WikiLeaks has not acquired the requisite paperwork, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports [article in English].

"To my mind, it is too simple to claim that all Wikileaks sources are totally protected in Sweden,” deputy Chancellor of Justice Håkan Rustand told the newspaper.

Author and journalist, Anders R Olsson, who specializes in Swedish freedom of expression issues, said he found it strange that WikiLeaks did not appear fully aware of the legal situation.

He also noted that the Swedish authorities could find ways to circumvent source protection law in extreme cases, even if a publisher possessed the relevant licence.

“In the case of top secret information that is of great importance to the military, police and prosecutors have a duty to try to find the leak and prosecute the source,” he told Sydsvenskan.

Swedish internet company PRQ said on Friday it had been helping whistleblower website WikiLeaks since 2008 by hosting its servers at a secret basement location in a Stockholm suburb.

WikiLeaks "contacted us through a third party in Sweden a few years ago and

... their traffic goes through us," Mikael Viborg, the 27-year-old head of the PRQ Internet hosting company, told AFP.

He said the company's server hall housed several hundred servers and was located "somewhere in Solna," some five kilometres (three miles) from Stockholm's centre.

WikiLeaks had purchased a so-called tunnel service, he said, meaning "the material itself is somewhere else but is sent through our machines so for someone downloading the material, it looks like it is coming from us."

He stressed however that "we have no control over what WikiLeaks publishes.

We don't have any contact with them ... We have never talked with (WikiLeaks founder) Julian Assange and they never ask us before they publish something."

Viborg showed the entrance of PRQ's server hall to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, but refused to let the paper look inside and insisted the exact location not be revealed.

The company counts up to 600 customers, ranging from private individuals to international corporations, he told AFP, acknowledging that "some of the material sent out through our server hall is controversial and we want to avoid sabotage."

Viborg, who has a Swedish law degree and has served as a legal advisor to popular filesharing website The Pirate Bay, said PRQ had yet to be contacted by Swedish or US authorities about WikiLeaks' activities.

"I'm a bit worried about that happening, but I don't expect it," he said.

WikiLeaks, which was founded in December 2006 and styles itself "the first intelligence agency of the people," published some 70,000 classified documents on the US-led war in Afghanistan in late July.

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The files contained a string of damaging claims, including allegations that Pakistani spies met directly with the Taliban and that deaths of innocent civilians at the hands of international forces were covered up.

The documents also included the names of some Afghan informants, prompting claims that the leaks have endangered lives.

WikiLeaks has already acknowledged that it posts material though servers based in Sweden and Belgium.

The Pentagon on Thursday urged WikiLeaks to "do the right thing," and return the leaked US military documents and stop any future public releases.

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12:18 August 7, 2010 by Twiceshy
"return the leaked US military documents"

Lol. Do they realize the stupidity of this statement? You can't "return" a digital document.
12:51 August 7, 2010 by truthworthy
i find strange the freedom of speech of the west, when it is against them it is bad, when it is against others it is good.
13:02 August 7, 2010 by dwb5555
Assange is a anarchist and should be treated as one.

What I mean by that is they are crazy because they think people are smart and can take care of themselves without the help of others.

The problem with Anarchist and communist philosophy is that they assume people are intelligent or will act in their best interested .

This world is full of idiots and this is not to say that I am smart and your dumb. Instead there are many people out their that don't think, they do stupid things and could care less about others.

Assange is one of these people that does not think and does stupid things and could care less about others.

He thinks its ok to release information about how the security is trained to make our airline flights safe.
13:50 August 7, 2010 by locaxy

How dare you? Since when has standing for transparency been equated with anarchism?

Governments are the only entities given a monopoly on violence. Nothing they do should be secret! It should be out in the open so the taxpayers and voters can make informed decisions. If you don't like that, go live in China.

I don't think people are intelligent. Far from that! But freedom of speech must prevail lest we descend into an Orwellian scenario. It's amazing how many people still don't understand the internet paradigm-shift has nothing in common with the old paper-based way of doing things.
14:25 August 7, 2010 by arizwan
@ locaxy Internet is making a change and governments can't fool people anymore and that's why they are so worried about WikiLeaks! Kudos to such initiatives, we need transparency 'n need to make informed decisions! There is no room for top-secrets in 21st century!
15:27 August 7, 2010 by eZee.se
When governments pass stupid and far reaching laws, or laws pushed forward by special interests groups like the music and film industries they usually have one little slogan:

"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."

This was also the BS given to the British people when the started installing cameras all over the place:

"If you have nothing to hide, why are you so concerned?"

Ironic that we can use those same lines to question the government, and watch them get flustered in trying to spin an answer.

Because of the large amount of documents all of them have not been read through, I wonder what big surprises are in store for us when someone does uncover them - perhaps then we will know exactly what they were trying to hide... and what got them so scared and concerned.
15:31 August 7, 2010 by Freebie
"some of the material sent out through our server hall is controversial and we want to avoid sabotage."

.....Viborg showed the entrance of PRQ's server hall to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, but refused to let the paper look inside and insisted the exact location not be revealed.

Not be revealed???? Seems to be a rather odd demand coming from people who place such little value in secrecy. And their concerns about 'sabotage.' As if releasing very sensitive information will not jeopardize countless lives.
16:13 August 7, 2010 by Carbarrister
Since the world seems incapable of ending the publication of leaked information, then stop the leaks.

The one of the few penalties specified in the US constitution is the death penalty for treason. A soldier knows the penalty for disclosing military secrets regardless of how stylish it may be portrayed by some in the media. The execution of Bradley Manning and all US citizens who assisted him will discourage future leaks at least in the US.

If other countries want to celebrate leaked information, so be it.
16:39 August 7, 2010 by dredeyedick
White House Won't Protect Afghan Sources, Won't Rule Out Killing Assange

-Capturing Bin Laden Takes Back Seat to Fighting WikiLeaks

Last Thursday I thought I'd ask the White House a simple question. Is it more important to capture Osama Bin Laden, or to detain and "question" (under the PATRIOT Act, we all know what that can mean.) Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.

I thought this was a no brainer. How wrong, I suppose, I was. ...

For the full post, see my blog Scribal Thrum, at dredeyedick.wordpress.com.

Short Link: http://bit.ly/cANjMw

... and yesterday's disgraceful pentagon press briefing confirms Obama's stance: The United States government will NOT act to protect it's Aghan Friends and Sources, if it means admitting the Executive Branch no longer controls declassification. Which, in this important case, it doesn't.

Here's my tweet to Gibbs, today, Aug 6 2010:

:Sure wish You'd give answers.WH won't protect Afghan Sources?Won't say You WON'T murder Assange?

It's the WH failing to take killing Assange off the table that really really bothers me. As it should any Citizen who feels that governments should not go around killing People with whom it disagrees.


Dave Manchester :-|
17:21 August 7, 2010 by Beachbear2012
Secrecy is the twin sibling of betrayal. Together, the agenda of these two weapons of weak minds, this psychosis of hiding in the dark the evil things that you have done, has cost the human race more suffering and loss than any other.

Sunlight, the likes of which has graciously been shed by WikiLeaks, is the oxygenated blood necessary to resuscitate the dying body of humanity left in this world.

If we listen only to the propaganda, highly refined and administered thousands of times a day by the governments of all major powers, we are nothing more than drones who have chosen freely to abdicate from our position of power as humans, and simply do the work of the vilest section of society ever known.....the government.

God Bless WikiLeaks and all who participate in the endevour to save humanity and restore justice, through the vigorous prosecution of their chosen tasks.
17:47 August 7, 2010 by Roy E
This little self-absorbed worm Assange is getting Afghan civilians killed - civilians hoping for a better life for themselves and their children.

The Taliban theocrats could not have hoped for a better ally than the one they found in Assange.
18:06 August 7, 2010 by Luckystrike
@Roy E

It's the biggest terrorist organisation, aka. The United states goverment, that are getting Afghan civilians killed. I think you're confused.

Assange and the source are hero's!
18:32 August 7, 2010 by GLO
World security will depend on finding these terrorists and bringing them to justice. They have no boundrys and only answer to self promotion. Peaceful nations must protect themselves and future generations. Another reason you need to know who you have invited into your country. Open borders will contribute to bad people living in your own back yard.

Sweden needs to get serious.... Hitler used the Bible to gain support and build his power base, then we all know what was next. Oh, we lost 6 doctors today in the Afgan mts, they were just there to help people.
19:12 August 7, 2010 by americanska
why would they be protected? how is this a story?
21:06 August 7, 2010 by Investor612

Swedish soldiers are risking, and sometimes losing their lives, and Swedes and their government are agonizing over whether the creature who released classified documents and puts them at great risk should be protected.

Western civilization has become too liberal to defend itself.
21:10 August 7, 2010 by Syftfel
Let's hope they're not shielded by Swedish law! These people are out in one errand, and one errand only, sabotage againts the West. Go after them!!!,
21:47 August 7, 2010 by locaxy
@freebie: "Not be revealed???? Seems to be a rather odd demand coming from people who place such little value in secrecy."

After the Swedish police's illegal raid on TPB's server, I think it's a reasonable course of action not to publicize servers' locations.

And don't conflate governments with NGOs. I don't have to tell you what I spent my money on today. The government, on the other hand, NEEDS to do it.

@investor612: "Swedish soldiers are risking, and sometimes losing their lives"

First of all, the Swedish soldiers who died were shot by Afghan police. You know...friendly fire.

Secondly, why are they over there? What did Afghans ever do to the Swedes?

And finally, it is their job to risk their lives. They volunteered for the position and they get paid for it. Many things increase their chances of getting in harm's way and the most important one is their deployment to a hell hole!

@Syftfel "These people are out in one errand, and one errand only, sabotage againts the West. Go after them!!!"

Sabotage? What sabotage? Is the free flow of information deemed sabotage now? This is not the West vs. everybody else (or us vs. them as Dubya would put it). This is about exposing certain bad aspects of the decision making process in the Pentagon and the White House.

@GLO "Peaceful nations must protect themselves and future generations."

How can a nation be considered "peaceful" when it wages wars of aggression? You make no sense whatsoever.
23:19 August 7, 2010 by amirhosein
shame on you.

do the paperwork, and don't wimp out.
08:38 August 8, 2010 by dwb5555

You say how dare I?

It is very easy to call Assange is a anarchist. I think similar to you he is living in some utopia world where there are unicorns and everyone is happy.

Do you really believe that transparency is everything? So why don't you post your home address, phone number and email address on your next post. I dare you. Also include your parent and all sibling address.

I don't know where you come from so just for argument lets say country x. Do you want your buddy Assange to post the location of all military site and there contents or the location of all your public figure? Probably not, because there are some thing the public does not need to know. Why is that, because it does not help them make a decision about voting and make them unsafe. So now we have establish boundaries. Since Assange is not a real journalist and was quoted saying hes does not care about the affect of the documents just releases in the name of " transparency". So now we have establish he has no boundaries. And that is why he is anarchist because they believe in living some world that their is no consequence for action as there is no rule of law to be followed.

So don't get me wrong I think their site could be good think its just currently there is no accountability or good decision making by them about what is good and bad as most real journalist have to face every day. (and I know real journalist don't always make perfect decision either). If they were real journalist they would have work with US government to remove all information harmful to the men and women on the ground. Instead they said they did it themselves which is wrong they are not qualified to do such work.

And do you believe the public makes inform decision, about anything, what a joke they care more about what Lady Gaga latest outfit is then reading and learning about history.

So I suggest maybe you think a little before you use the word transparency, and think about whether its ok to release information about how the security is trained to make our airline flights safe. Especially the next time your on airplane and some person decided to bring on some bomb to the plane because he found away around the airline security because he knew how from what he read in wikileaks.
08:49 August 8, 2010 by Nika-NM
locaxy: What part of globalization don't you understand? Have you noticed that the world is turning itself into an open valley and you can't simply rig up a door in order to keep the unwanted away? Any war ought to be aggressive against aggressive militants who deny basic cultural development of their public. Would you turn a blind eye to the Taliban blowing up schools and cutting off wrists that have stolen bread? Denying their females education? What language would you suggest us in which we could speak to those blood-guzzling philistine non-entities that are poles apart in terms of everything liberal and democratic? Against Science, against education, culture, anything that's not fervently religious enough for them. They hate the Swedish way of life to the same degree as they hate American or British.
11:10 August 8, 2010 by Lars J
I can't believe there are people commenting here that are actually supporting the war. Where do you come from? I never met one single person in reality that supports the war. Are you being paid for writing these comments? Most swedes are against wars of aggression against nations that didn't pose any threat to us. Afghanistan didn't pose any threat to the US either. You didn't provide one single proof that it was somebody from Afghanistan that committed the attacks of 9/11. In the leaked files there is one document suggesting that the infamous "Osama Bin Laden" actually worked for the CIA... This is a war that was started under false pretext. Americans in general don't care about Afghan women. They don't even know where Afghanistan is on the world map. This war was started for geopolitical reasons. The other excuses are nothing more than manufactured propaganda.
11:33 August 8, 2010 by dwb5555
@Lars J

Ok we get it you hate americans. Who told you your opinion because it seems like what you wrote is same thing you see other tell you to think. Your just as brainwashed as the other side. So deal with it.
11:33 August 8, 2010 by Makaveli
@dwB5555 good one man! Very well said.

I think the whole idea of freedom of speech and transparency is overrated. For y'all posters here who are screaming so loud about transparency, i got one comment. Lets this ASSsanga ASSsuckne or whatever he's called lay bare every goverment's military secrets and security details in order to please these transparency mongers, and just hope that the next bloody carnage that results from such reckless action doesn't take the life of one of your loved ones.

Information is power, and in the wrong hands y'all know whats gonna happen...Do i have to spell it out for you......? nuff said
12:04 August 8, 2010 by dwb5555

All I have say, is right on!
12:40 August 8, 2010 by SilentLogic
@ Lars J: 100% agreed,

I find always same pro-war group commenting anxiously right after every such news like they are being paid.
13:21 August 8, 2010 by dwb5555

I find all the same anti-war people seem to be paid too.

See I can make comment without any proof too.
13:35 August 8, 2010 by SilentLogic
@dwb5555: At least you shouldn't talk about the word "proof" as guys of ur kind are always afraid of such words, for example WIKILEAKS
14:01 August 8, 2010 by dwb5555

Again thank you for the brain buster. Are you going to add anything important to the conversation?

What kind is that? Are you making fun of me because I am white. See again I can make a mindless statements.
14:51 August 8, 2010 by Syftfel
This has nothing to do with "free flow of information" or "freedom of speech" or any other such, selectively chosen, convenient out. It is my sincere conviction that every one involved in this sordid mess deserves to be treated like a toxic waste dump, and should be kidnapped - across international boundaries if necessary - and brought to trial on espionage charges. Surely you must all realize that this will do irreparable damage to the efforts in Aghanistan, and the likely result is that this poor nation will evert to primitive shariah principles which in turn will comprise yet another threat to western civilzation. The poisonous and distorted debate must be brought back to something palatable western reality.
16:38 August 8, 2010 by Freebie
@locaxy 'I don't have to tell you what I spent my money on today.'

Nothing personal, but perhaps you should invest a few kronor in the latest edition of Time Magazine. http://img.timeinc.net/time/daily/2010/1007/a_time_cover_0809.jpg

My comments here are never intended to preach, teach or ridicule others for their thoughts and ideas related to any given topic. Nor do I believe these are your intentions. Personally, I despise government secrecy, primarily for the crooks, thieves and charlatans who hide behind this shield, normally for no other reason than to pursue self-gratification--be it ego-directed or financial, but almost always a combination of both. But I do believe brave young men and women, including those from Sweden, deserve support from their fellow countrymen, who these young people have taken an oath to protect. Unfortunately, in some instances, too much information released to the public can, and probably has, resulted in casualties; both to the military representatives and civilians on the ground where they unselfishly work to support what their families and friends enjoy 'back home'.....freedom. This type of freedom obviously is not a practice of Shariah law.

Until self righteous cowards like Julian Assange and his exploitative arm (pit) Wikileaks, infiltrates the Taliban, and make public the goals of that lunatic fringe, he and his element should be recognized for what they appear to be...'gossipy,' lonely individuals searching for identity and recognition.
16:48 August 8, 2010 by Twiceshy
I think the US government is panicking right now. Also, keep in mind that the US is actively working on shaping public opinion in Europe.

17:54 August 8, 2010 by memyselfandi
I hope that Sweden is over run militarily so that I can hear the Whiney Liberal Swedes that hate the U.S. crying for the U.S. to help them........LOL.
19:12 August 8, 2010 by SilentLogic

Huh..after these comments from you thread of this conversation really slipped from my hand leaving a deep slash in middle of palm.

I feel pity and quit
20:02 August 8, 2010 by bira
I sure hope they're not shielded by Swedish law! That would set a rather dangerous precedence. If it is as easy as ordering a "tunnel" service, or as a foreigner host my info on a server in Sweden, to gain Swedish constitutional protection then anyone could take advantage of such. Just because many of you agree this is a "good" example, don't be surprised when it becomes a bad one that hurts you. The law then applies equally to that situation and you will have no one to blame but yourselves.
21:31 August 8, 2010 by dwb5555

Thanks for quiting as it allow other to really add something to the conversation instead of lame oneliner
00:56 August 9, 2010 by americanska
@locaxy - you said "And finally, it is their job to risk their lives. They volunteered for the position and they get paid for it. Many things increase their chances of getting in harm's way and the most important one is their deployment to a hell hole"

ok - so you probably think the chinese berry pickers are getting ripped off and the evil corporation should pay them more. but if the soldiers die "it's their job"...... idiot.
06:27 August 9, 2010 by Sebastian_R
Back in the days when it was Wikileaks against a Swiss bank and when the US profited from knowing who the tax fraudsters are, Wikileaks in the US was all about free speech and source protection.

Now that Wikileaks exposed the nature of US military operations they are anarchists and dangerous criminals that endanger the very foundation of western civilisation.

I'm not trying to take sides, but it's interesting to see how the wind changes depending on who you speak out against....
06:47 August 9, 2010 by csence
the security of many countries and many lives are at stake. how can anybody discuss opinions of war? this is not a game to play. the Swedish state has been told to take care of the offenders or the US will. they are playing Russian roulette with their own lives. how incredibly stupid of them and apparently of Helen Thomas.... scorned ex whitehouse press corps member .....another Islamic/Marxist idiot.

and Lars.... boy are you clueless!!!! Political propaganda...??? 3000 people were killed - remember 9/11 or were you not born yet.....? how many times do these Islamic terrorist have to say they want to kill ALL non-Muslims before you will understand.... that includes you....
10:44 August 9, 2010 by LeoKinmann
and why should Sweden listen to US on this one? a big surprise to ya, we are not you Yank's lapdog! anyone who suggest the lynching of Julian Assange, have you even read the released documents? the only things they published were on friendly fires and civilian casaulties. to the Talibans it's not like something they didn't know before. from military purpose, the leaked information is utterly useless. besides, do you think Assange can ever come across top-classified information? who the hell is he? Julian Almighty?

@Freebie: when i see the Swedish men and women sent to the battlefield, i wish them luck and that they can return home sitting on a plane instead of lying in boxes. however, i didn't send them to the war zone personally. and i dont support my government sending these ppl out there to die. the war in Afghan will be dragged out. the only way to avoid casaulty of our young folks is getting them back home where they can have a normal life. by exposing the true nature of the unjust war, it stirs up the public opinion and thus brings a quicker end to it. thus, wikileak is doing your fellow countrymen a favor. im sure Julian Assange was thinking in similar tracks. on the other hand, can you even prove that the leaked information has incurred harm to the military personnel so far?

@memyselfandi: are you gonna run over Sweden "militarily" with your hummer/chevy pickup and Remington bolt-action rifle? stop being ridiculous.

@amerikanska: yes, working as a soldier totally involves no injury or death. unfortunately the human history has proven otherwise. how the heck can you get to the frontline, without knowing the risk at all? it's pure common sense!
13:47 August 9, 2010 by americanska
right - and it's not common sense to try to keep our solidiers from dying? i find it intereting when liberals almost like hearing about young men dying while trying to protect the likes of you.

glad to see you have such respect for human life. idiot
14:11 August 9, 2010 by Nika-NM
You don't necessarily need to be a warmonger to support war, please some of you stop tarring all those who try to justify this war against terrorism (not against Afghanistan or Iraq) with the same brush. As John Adams once said ''I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy''. I'm ideologically against martially aroused leaders who just coming out of their self-righteous decisions wage wars against other states. It's all about having the right cause to engage in warfare. And this is the very right one.

Many a country is involved in this, including Sweden, and this country's mission in Afghanistan doesn't involve anything offensive, Sweden does the most liberalistic job in there, and some of you aren't even placated with this, what's this? isn't there anything other than egocentrism in your minds?

Don't you realise, this isn't war against a certain country, it's the war against the most terrible evil in the world, that's terrorism.
14:52 August 9, 2010 by Freebie

From Wikipedia: Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, has confirmed they are searching the leaked documents for information on Afghan civilians who collaborated with NATO forces so they can track them down and "punish them".[70]

@Nika-NM Your comment makes more sense than probably any words offered here, and deserve repeating: 'Don't you realize, this isn't war against a certain country, it's the war against the most terrible evil in the world, that's terrorism.'
15:35 August 9, 2010 by LeoKinmann

i dont need their protection. cos as i said before, Sweden has never been on Talibans' radar unless we associate ourselves closely with US. here's a quote from Osama bin Laden himself: "Free people do not relinquish their security. This is contrary to Bush's claim that we hate freedom. Let him tell us why we did not strike Sweden, for example. " hoping to live through the war is human nature, thinking that nobody in an army will die during the war is naivete. running the world's most advanced war machine doesnt mean some third world thugs cant figure out ways to kill its operators.
16:36 August 9, 2010 by Carbarrister
I can't believe there are people commenting here that are actually supporting the war. Where do you come from? I never met one single person in reality that supports the war.

Either you live in fantasy land or you need to widen your "reality" circle.
17:11 August 9, 2010 by LeoKinmann
"Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."

--- Hermann Göring, prominent Nazi leader during WW2
18:14 August 9, 2010 by whattodo?
Wow, LeoKinmann...thanks for your contribution to this discussion! You have very interesting comment and quotes. I like your statement about the leaked information being "utterly useless" to the Taliban. That is a very good point. I have been wondering how it is that so many people are buying into the lame excuse that this transparency somehow puts soldiers at risk. It is a mindset that people tend to assume, when in fact, it is totally false.

On the other hand, it does have the potential to give humanity the chance to examine the true nature and realities of this war in particular, to hopefully get a glimpse into the actual motives, and decide whether they think it is worth the cost.

The ones who consider this a crime and risk to the soldiers are also the ones who believe that terrorism(originating outside our own government or CIA), is a serious threat. The war machine thrives on this type of naivety.

Bid Laden was a family friend of the Bush's.

911was a false flag, inside job, as many other "terrorist" events.

Waco, Ruby Ridge, Oklahoma City, London subway, etc.

Unfortunately the combination of greedy covert agendas, mixed with blind testosterone has yet to be extinguished.
19:20 August 9, 2010 by americanska
@LeoKinmann - I'm glad you can support your stance on Swedish Foreign policy with a quote from Bin Laden!!!!

20:55 August 9, 2010 by d_s
Mmmm, why is it that I always get the feeling that we are so much ruled by these concepts in these discussions. Would it help to grasp things better if we would consciously stop the use of the concept terror/terrorism/terrorist(s) in thought and writing, just for some time. We could actually use instead the names of persons or organizations in question (not to inflate or deflate their qualities and habits however).

Sometimes these concepts are so tremendously loaded with strong, emotional content that has been built up via mass-media through endless repetition. Its really hard to feel free in a situation like this, if you have to use a predefined and utterly pregnant concepts.

I was thinking of the Japanese. Watched on TV as they had a little celebration at a naval base as they were sending a ship (or ships) to the Gulf area. The ranking speech-guy gave the reason to their participation to the navy personnel: national interests in the region. I was so surprised that it almost felt unreal. A breath of fresh air.

I do not necessarily need to agree with what the Japanese are doing, but at least I can respect them. Honesty is good for the soul.
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10 useful hjälpverb (The Swedish Teacher) »

"Hej! I think the so-called “hjalpverb” (auxiliary verbs in English) are a good way to get…" READ »


8 July

Editor’s blog, July 8th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hej readers, It has, as always, been a bizarre, serious and hilarious week in Sweden. You…" READ »

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