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Comment: Re:WikiLeaks are fuckers (Score 1) 140

by tverbeek (#49492845) Attached to: Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents

Wikileaks performs an important public service ... and does it badly.

The U.S. Constitution recognizes that it is necessary to violate privacy to expose wrong-doing, but places limits on the government's authority to do so "unreasonably", because the very act of doing so can be harmful to those who are not guilty. We shouldn't applaud when a private entity violates others' privacy even more irresponsibly than the government.

Comment: Try doing it right next time (Score 4, Insightful) 698

by tverbeek (#49478141) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

It would be nice to see a petition that instead makes a cogent, fact-based, reasoned argument against the COS's legal eligibility for tax-exempt status, rather than a rant consisting of a bunch of unproven allegations, unspecified accusations of government corruption that sound like they come from conspiracy nuts, some borderline libel, with a couple facts thrown in. It wouldn't be that difficult to do, and it might actually make it awkward for the White House to dismiss, rather than making it easy by inviting them to defend their tax status as an example of how the U.S. defends "oppressed" religions.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.