POL103-Episode2

According to Wikipedia, WikiLeaks /ˈwɪkiliːks/ is an “ international, online, non-profit, journalistic organization which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. Its website, initiated in 2006 in Iceland by the organization Sunshine Press, claimed a database of more than 1.2 million documents within a year of its launch.” I cannot say I agree or disagree with what they do, but I know their existence is necessary. I mean, information is always valuable, especially in the conflict area. There will always be someone get profit from it. Besides, as this episode implies, US army’s action seems really big and it is really be caught. Every small movement the army take may not be hidden. However, some small cyber-organization like this is much easier to capture something valuable. In this case, it seems helps a lot in finding Bowe. But it’s hard to say which side this kind of organization chose. They may cheat, for example, “LLVI receives traffic that an American Soldier with a camera is looking for someone who speaks English” — Bowe did not carry a camera; but it seems US army have no other option.

I thought about maybe it was Wikileaks let out all US army’s action. But then I doubt. The “finding Bowe” action is too conspicuous to ignore, and it should not be the proper way to find a voluntary missing guy who captured by the enemy. For example, post posters, give kids candies, even hand chocolates. Then everyone would know Bowe is missing, and of course, Taliban will know it and send him to a “safer place”. For me, it sounds like, finding the guy may not be the goal for them. The officials may just use this opportunity to test their weapon, their troops, like a military exercise, or maybe just for build their fame. I remember one of the interviewees said he is not surprised they did not find him at all, because of the US army still unfamiliar with the local situation, for example, they cannot track a single network. Well, so maybe they just use this chance to explore every place they haven’t know much. Enter houses and let the women put off their veil? If that is true, the US soldiers can really come up with the most accurate map of the local condition, even population census. If I was the officer, I may think about that way, really.

Also, I have another confusion toward the purpose of the US army in Afghanistan. “Jason says what’s down there on the ground are towns we don’t understand, where regular people and government officials and the Taliban are impossibly enmeshed. Where civilians might hate the Taliban, but they might hate the Karzai government even more. So it’s not clear at all that the U.S. is the team to root for, to help. It’s not as simple as these people are loyal to our side, and those people are loyal to their side. It’s fluid.” If that is the case, why the US soldiers have to be there, and what exactly they do every day? I think I will know better about Bowe if I know the answer.

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