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The controversial WikiLeaks cable leaks have been condemned, particularly by those in power, for sabotaging diplomatic efforts and empowering terrorists with sensitive information. Defenders of the leaks downplay such concerns, which they believe are outweighed by the benefits of bringing transparency to government.
Julian Assange, via his organization WikiLeaks, recently released classified communications between the US State Department and its embassies throughout the world. Should he be considered a criminal who compromised the noble goals of a righteous country, or a hero who fights corruption and champions freedom and transparency?
New York has countless mosques, but recently a plan to build a large mosque and Islamic cultural center two blocks from Ground Zero has sparked controversy. Some conservatives want to ban the construction of the mosque, claiming its an insult to the people who died on September 11th, while libertarians tend to argue that religious freedom is a constitutional right.
The burka is clothing that completely hides a woman's body and face, apart from a small slit for the eyes. Some countries outlaw the burka, some claiming it oppresses women, and others saying it poses a security threat. Defenders of the burka claim a ban is an infringement of religious freedom.
Political activists sometimes desecrate their own country's flag as a protest against the government. Some governments have outlawed the act, while other governments consider it a form of freedom of expression for their citizens.
A common reason for the prohibition of psychoactive drugs is the health risk they entail. However, from a libertarian perspective, a person is free to engage in activities that are a risk to themselves, such as high-impact sports.
Prostitution is the act of exchanging sex for money, or the profession of doing so. Critics typically have moral or religious objections to prostitution. Its defenders typically believe it is justified based on libertarian grounds, but also point to the safety benefits that come with legitimacy and regulation.
Censorship limits the freedom of speech and expression, typically by the government, for purported social good. In its most extreme form, it is illegal for people to question the leaders and ideology of the society they live in.
The intent of strictly regulating guns is to reduce violent crime, without compromising their reasonable use, such as for self-defense. Those who prefer more liberal gun laws say that governmental restrictions are a violation of civil liberties, and also claim that the only people who benefit from stricter laws are the criminals themselves.
The Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp in Cuba is a POW camp run by the United States. Its critics claim it breaks international law, because its prisoners are abused and held indefinitely without fair trial.
In countries with a federal/state split, a compromise proposed by politicians is to allow each state to determine whether they support gay marriage. Strong opponents of gay marriage want it banned at the federal level.
Marriage comes with many legal benefits. In the United States, there are over 1,100 rights associated with married heterosexual couples, many of which are not available to homosexual couples. Gay advocates say that laws must not discriminate on sexual orientation.
Mitt Romney
Well, yes. I'm going to want to see a marriage limited to a man and a woman. I don't want to see civil union either. Of course, if we find ourselves in a setting where the only choice is between civil union and marriage, I will prefer civil union. But I would prefer neither.
Studies indicate that homosexual couples have higher rates of promiscuity than heterosexual couples. Allowing gays to marry would make gays seek more partners.
Donald Trump
It's very insensitive and it shouldn't be there. I'm a big believer in freedom of religion, but I think the mosque being in that location is absolutely wrong.
John Howard
To publish some cables containing commentary about political figures, while it's very uncomfortable for the diplomat involved ... and uncomfortable to the subject, you can't expect a journalist to hold back on something like that. I'm sure things had been said about me. It's embarrassing when it happens but ... you can't condemn the media for running this stuff. .. The bad people in this little exercise are the people who gave the information to him... They deserve to be chased and prosecuted.
Mitch McConnell
I think it's done enormous damage to our country and to our relationships with our allies around the world. ... While I strongly support government transparency, certain information must be kept classified in order to protect innocent American lives during this time of war and global terrorism.
Mitch McConnell
I think the man is a high-tech terrorist. He's done an enormous damage to our country, and I think he needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if that becomes a problem, we need to change the law.
...it is not credible that the extraordinary volume of 250,000 classified documents that WikiLeaks is publishing could have been carefully redacted in such a way as to ensure that they weren’t putting innocent people in jeopardy. Human rights organizations have in fact written to WikiLeaks asking them to exercise caution and not release the names or identities of human rights defenders who might be persecuted by their governments.
Julian Assange
This organization practices civil obedience, that is, we are an organization that tries to make the world more civil and act against abusive organizations that are pushing it in the opposite direction.
Evan Hansen
WikiLeaks stands to improve our democracy, not weaken it. ... On the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to roll back the secrecy apparatus that had been dramatically expanded under his predecessor, but his administration has largely abandoned those promises and instead doubled-down on secrecy.
The Economist
It's part of the nature of human communication that one doesn't always say the same thing to every audience. There are perfectly good reasons why you don't always tell the same story to your boss as you do to your spouse. ...simply grabbing as many diplomatic cables as you can get your hands on and making them public is not a socially worthy activity.
Robert Gibbs
WikiLeaks and people that disseminate information to people like this are criminals.

New Comments

0 Points       dionisos       22 Aug 2016     Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks? Disagree
No, states should strive to almost complete transparency, they are way too much corruptible without it.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should the burka be banned? Mostly Disagree
People should wear whatever they want.

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero? Disagree
9/11 was done in the name of Islam. They followed the Quran word to word. Why should we allow this?

0 Points       Capricious       25 Mar 2015     Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits? Agree
Homosexuals deserve rights like the straights.

0 Points       tellvinay2003       14 May 2013     Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero? Disagree
Why we want to memorise such disasteraus incident for ever?
Why don't we make a new World Trade Center on the same place and start with new Entusiasm to demolish the fear of terror for coming generation.

0 Points       Nashhinton       20 Apr 2013     Should prostitution be legal? Agree
It should be legalized and regulated by the government to ensure the prevention of venereal diseases.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Should flag burning be legal? Agree
Yes, burning a piece of cloth should be legal, regardless of what image is on it.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Is censorship acceptable? Disagree
There is no need for censorship.

0 Points       MTC       23 Feb 2013     Are gun control laws a serious breach of civil liberties? Disagree
No, controlling guns is not inherently a breach of civil liberties.

In an ideal world the only people who would have guns would be the military, police, and people who participate in shooting sports (and the latter only during competition). A large part of the world, including the US, seems to be way past that ideal being remotely possible though.

0 Points       Nashhinton       23 Jan 2013     Should the federal government ban gay marriage? Disagree
Gays deserve freedom from religious oppression. They deserve the right to get married.

1 Point       Nashhinton       23 Jan 2013     Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero? Agree
Yes. Muslims have the right to do what ever their conscience tells them as long as it doesn't force a nonbeliever into submission and compliance to their religious belief. The constitution guarantees religious freedom under the first amendment while promoting secularism and separation between government and religion.

0 Points       Nashhinton       21 Nov 2011     Are gun control laws a serious breach of civil liberties? Agree
Gun control laws are a violation of the constitution and civil liberties. I support the right to protect and arm yourself in case of danger.

Liberty Question Index

Should gay and straight couples have the same legal benefits?
Should the US close Guantanamo Bay?
Should the federal government ban gay marriage?
Do Muslims have the right to build a mosque near ground zero?
Should Julian Assange be considered a criminal for Wikileaks?
Will the WikiLeaks cable leaks do more harm than good?
Should the burka be banned?
Is the health risk of a psychoactive drug a legitimate reason to make it illegal?
Is censorship acceptable?
Should prostitution be legal?
Should flag burning be legal?
Are gun control laws a serious breach of civil liberties?
Should marijuana be decriminalized?