by Neenah Payne, Activist Post:
Latest Updates on Julian Assange’s Case shows why the case of the United States against Australian publisher Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, suddenly fell apart. Key Witness In Julian Assange Case ADMITS TO LYING provides a quick overview of the case against Assange whose “crime” was reporting the war crimes of the United States revealed to him by former US intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning (then Bradley Manning) in 2010 which showed, among other crimes, that the US military killed 66,000 unarmed civilians in Iraq. See Wikileaks’ video Collateral Murder. Assange is awaiting an extradition hearing from Britain by the United Sates where he faces 17 charges under the Espionage Act and one of conspiracy to commit computer instruction for leaking classified documents. All charges relate to 700,000 classified documents handed to WikiLeaks.
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Perhaps Assange’s “crime” is that he exposed the fact that the US is acting like a terrorist. Compare the deaths of 66,000 unarmed civilians just in Iraq with the deaths of 3,000 civilians at the World Trade Center and it begins to look like the US is waging a War OF Terror rather than a War on Terror. Add the fact that the US and NATO bombed Libya, one of Africa’s most advanced nations, back to the stone age for nothing, and the case becomes clear.
The War on Terror is not hurting just the Middle East. It is hurting America. It is allowing China to take the lead globally while America falls further and further behind technologically and economically. It is making enemies for America everywhere while China is undertaking major initiatives to connect with nations around the world
The importance of the Julian Assange case is not just for freedom of the press, the First Amendment, and democracy. It is about the future of America. We cannot continue to support the War on Terror. When Dr. Ron Paul ran for president in 2012, he said he would immediately bring all the troops home. Yet, Obama, Trump, and Biden have continued these disastrous policies in the Middle East.
How The War on Terror Is Destroying America
America must listen to Assange now to save itself. The real costs of the endless War on Terror are shown in part by how much progress China has made domestically and internationally in the 21st century.
The almost 20-year War on Terror is making enemies for the US around the world. It is bankrupting the US, crippling, and killing many young Americans, and depriving America of funds to build up its infrastructure. This stands in stark contrast to what China has accomplished in the 21st century. How China Is Conquering The World Now shows that in those 20 years, China has brought billions of its people out of poverty, massively enhanced its infrastructure, and has launched several major global collaborative initiatives.
At the beginning of the 21st century China had no high-speed railways. Under President Xi Jinping, China has built a network of bullet trains and continues to expand it. Why China Is So Good at Building Railways says that in 2008, China began investing in its High-Speed Railroad network. By 2018, China had more high-speed trains than the rest of the world combined. A former trip of 44 hours over a distance equivalent to Washington, DC to Dallas takes about nine hours now. China is the poorest country in the world to have high-speed rail. Over 2,800 pairs of bullet trains run daily connecting over 550 cities in China and cover 33 of the country’s 34 provinces.
The fastest passenger train in intercity service in the United States is Amtrak’s Acela Express which runs between Boston and Washington, D.C. It reaches a top speed of 150 mph — but only for 34 miles of the 450-mile route. Train tickets on the Acela Express from New York to Washington, DC, frequently go for more than $200. Train tickets for the bullet trains cost about $100.
China’s ‘bullet train’ network is the largest in the world — and it’s about to get even bigger. In 2018, China’s “bullet train” network was already the largest in the world at 15,500 miles compared to the second biggest high-speed rail network in Spain which is just 1,926 miles. China planned to expand its high-speed rail network by 2020 to around 18,600 miles, linking most of the nation’s big cities.
America used to lead the world in technology. Now, the US is increasingly looking second-rate, relying on foreign technology just to keep up. The video Fastest Train Being Built in America! – NYC to DC in 60 Minutes says the Northeast Maglev Project, the biggest public works project in the US, will use Japanese technology. The first leg from Washington to Baltimore is expected to be available in 2028 — 20 years after China’s rollout of a national network of high-speed bullet trains that it will show off to the world at the 2022 Winter Olympics.