Report: Columbia Students Told Not to Talk WikiLeaks Online

If you have any doubt that Infowars are currently in full swing, this article should put it to rest.  Here we have tomorrow’s graduates being threatened that if they even discuss this matter, it will hurt future job prospects.

What?  Really???

Columbia University students have been warned that commenting on WikiLeaks could harm their job prospects, according to The Wall Street Journal.

An e-mail from the university’s Office of Career Services urged students to refrain from posting links to WikiLeaks or commenting on it on sites like Facebook or Twitter if they’re planning to apply for jobs with the federal government. The Journal said that the November 30 e-mail was sent out to students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) after an alumnus at the U.S. State Department contacted the school. The e-mail said that comments could harm students’ chances at landing government jobs due to intense background checks.

“[The alumnus] recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter,” said the e-mail. “Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.”

However, a spokesperson from the State Department told the Journal that the e-mail isn’t an official stance on the issue.

“If an employee of the State Dept. sent such an email, it does not represent a formal policy position,” said spokesman Philip J. Crowley.

This isn’t the first attempt to censor the whistle-blowing site in the U.S. After it began the release of more than 250,000 confidential diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks was removed from its domain in the U.S. and forced to move to WikiLeaks also had to find a new server in Sweden after Amazon pulled its support. It was also the target of two denial of service attacks.

Update: Columbia has since rescinded its stance on WikiLeaks. In an email originally obtained by Wired, SIPA Dean John H. Coatsworth said that the Office of Carrer Services’ original message was merely a guideline.

“Freedom of information and expression is a core value of our institution,” he said. “Thus, SIPA’s position is that their students have a right to discuss and debate any information in the public arena that they deem relevant to their studies or their roles as global citizens, and to do so without fear of adverse consequences. The WikiLeaks documents are accessible to SIPA students (and everyone else) from a wide variety of respected sources, as are multiple means of discussion and debate both in and outside of the classroom.”


What happened to The Whistleblower Act?

A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about alleged wrongdoing occurring in an organization or body of people. Usually this person would be from that same organization. The alleged misconduct may be classified in many ways; for example, a violation of a law, rule, regulation and/or a direct threat to public interest, such as fraud, health/safety violations, and corruption. Whistleblowers may make their allegations internally (for example, to other people within the accused organization) or externally (to regulators, law enforcement agencies, to the media or to groups concerned with the issues).

Whistleblowers frequently face reprisal, sometimes at the hands of the organization or group which they have accused, sometimes from related organizations, and sometimes under law.

I understand that the Supreme Court has ruled that it does not always apply in the case of government employees.  This is tyranny.  It is government employees who should be protected the most.

Our founding fathers set up a nation where a Constitution was crafted to limit what the government could do.  Somewhere along the way, it got all messed up.  Now we see the Constitution as a document that grants the citizens rights, not limiting government rights.  They don’t realize that We The People are given the right to do anything that does not cause a loss to another.

We have it all screwed up.  Wikileaks is just another example of this.  And now look at what we see happening in our universities.  The former bastion of open mindedness and unruly protesters.


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