The Need To Know

One of Dave’s favorite websites is www.publicintelligence.net.  It’s an amazing site where amazing public information gets posted.  I think of it as a really good librarian who isn’t on the government’s payroll so they show you where the really good library books are. 

Over the years Dave has published a lot of links to their site and he has reposted content from their site.  Official documents from the Federal Reserve, Congressional accounting reports and investigations are the kind of thing that get brushed under the carpet, but not when it comes to PublicIntelligence.net.  They seek out those documents and publish them for everyone to see.  They are kind of like a non-hacking version of Wikileaks site without the court-ordered ankle bracelet while you wait months for juris prudence. 

Well, the other day I went to their site and it was gone.  I wasn’t really surprised.  I figured they had been taken down by the powers that be.  Here’s a link to their site and also a copy of the page content from the site.  I don’t understand it yet and it looks like one of the links they put up isn’t working.  It is also impossible to tell if this is actually their posting. 

If you are interesting in value of trading your time in exchange for ideas, then you’re interested in the same thing Dave is interested in.   If on the other hand, you’re interested in what the big media companies have to offer, then you can go back to your big networks and see if they are reporting on this.  When you wonder why the lights went off and you’re in the dark, at least you’ll know how it happened.  It’s because certain individuals (the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs comes to mind) believe that they know better than you know what it is exactly that you need to know.

the following is reposted from www.publicintelligence.net

On August 21, 2011 our server in the Netherlands was shut down due to complaints made against content on our website.  We must make clear to all our readers and to those who would wish to do us harm: everything we post on our site is publicly available.  We do not “hack” anything.  We do not “leak” anything.  We distribute information that is already publicly available.

If we have posted information from your company, military unit, government agency or other corporate entity it is only because you or someone connected to you has published this information themselves by making it available for all the world to see.  Our only belief is that knowledge is free and that when you post your information to public networks for anyone to see, the public, who can so benefit from that knowledge, should be encouraged to see it as well.

The information published on our website has been referenced in news articles by Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, Mother Jones, Slate, the Atlantic, Wired, the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC, Der Standard, Aftenposten, the Toronto Star, the Guardian, Fox News, Foreign Policy, the Center for Investigative Reporting, NPR, Talking Points Memo, Gawker, Al Jazeera, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Reuters, as well as a variety of other newspapers and publications around the world.

Information published on our website has helped to inform UN reports and has facilitated academic studies on a number of topics, from electronic privacy to the war in Afghanistan.  All of this has been done with information available to any member of the public at any time. To illustrate this point, we will direct our readers to the source of the information that we believe was most responsible for our server being taken offline:

http://bit.ly/qlIKDL

Alternatively, you can type this into Google and download whatever you like:

“document control” site:ecbaku.com

Equal access to information is a human right.

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