The price of truth

Those who expose governments' crimes are invariably targeted, criminalised or "neutralised".

Chelsea Manning, who exposed US crimes (eg. slaughter of civilians in cold blood), is serving a 35 years prison sentence. Edward Snowden escaped to Russia to avoid a similar fate, while Wikileaks' Julian Assange has been "detained" for four years and only Ecuador's intervention, offering him asylum in its London embassy, has kept him beyond the reach of the US penal archipelago.

There are many more whistleblowers and journalists who've paid an even higher price for exposing truth; they're now dead. One such is Michael Hastings, a US journalist who achieved prominence after his 2010 Rolling Stone article exposed General Stanley McChrystal's intemperate remarks, about President Obama and his staff, which led to the General's dismissal. Hastings died in June 2013 in a mysterious car crash, the truth of which will probably never come to light.

Richard Clarke, who headed up counterterrorism efforts under Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said: "I'm not a conspiracy guy. In fact, I've spent most of my life knocking down conspiracy theories but my rule has always been you don't knock down a conspiracy theory until you can prove it [wrong]. And in the case of Michael Hastings, what evidence is available publicly is consistent with a car cyber attack. And the problem with that is you can't prove it."

Shortly before his death, Hastings told friends he was working on a big story but was increasingly anxious and suspected he was under surveillance. The story concerned CIA director John Brennan who was in charge of the US government's continued witch-hunt of investigative journalists.

Confirmed: Michael Hastings Working on Story About CIA Director John Brennan Before Fatal Car Crash
by markthshark

If we are to resolve the problems of the world, unfettered access to truth is essential. Critical Thinking at the Free University provides a platform to examine any proposition, no matter how alarming or controversial, because the only way to discover what's going on is to explore all the possibilities. Sadly, our corporate funded universities of today are no longer in the business of the pursuit of knowledge irrespective of its commercial value. Free speech is under attack and healthy debate is stifled.

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Critical Thinking's analysis of the political economy couldn't have been done within a conventional university - as universities have become progressively reliant on corporate funding, directed by the Structural Elite (SE), study has been increasingly restricted to the corporate agenda. Economics is a prime example of a myopic curriculum which ignores fundamental principles, the control of land and money.

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