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Daniel Ellsberg says goodbye to Amazon with conviction. Here's just the first paragraph: "I'm disgusted by Amazon's cowardice and servility in abruptly terminating today its hosting of the Wikileaks website, in the face of threats from Senator Joe Lieberman and other Congressional right-wingers. I want no further association with any company that encourages legislative and executive officials to aspire to China's control of information and deterrence of whistle-blowing."

Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the so-called 'Pentagon Papers' during the Vietnam War, is currently an ardent anti-war activist. (photo: Mark Costantini/Chronicle)
Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the so-called 'Pentagon Papers' during the Vietnam War, is currently an ardent anti-war activist. (photo: Mark Costantini/Chronicle)

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+50 # Sandy Meier 2010-12-03 11:52
I just terminated my membership and realize I am in good company with Daniel Ellsberg. Maybe when the people of this declining Republic realize that corporations need one to purchase their products and when they are not purchasing, the corporations will then have to provide the public with safer products and not censor what we read. Didn't Amazon do this with George Orwell regarding their Kindle product?

SHAME ON AMAZON - you are no longer my choice for purchasing books, etc. Your excuse for not publishing the Wiki Leaks is not believable!!!!! Too bad, I used to like your company and its service.
 
 
+47 # Chip Pitts 2010-12-03 11:59
Same here - Amazon's lost my business as well. For the reasons Ellsberg states, plus the ubiquitous tracking and inability to "log out" even when you're not "logged in," which will defeat the efforts of all but the most sophisticated consumers and cookie-deleters in their efforts not to be tracked while they browse the web and purchase items.
 
 
+28 # anyfreeman 2010-12-03 12:30
Bravo Chip Pitts! I appreciate what you do for all time challenged liberty and freedom lovers. Keep it up. I stand with you!
 
 
+21 # william Galison 2010-12-03 12:20
Bravo!
 
 
+39 # anyfreeman 2010-12-03 12:28
In addition to terminating my business with Amazon, I am also actively scouring the anti-American, unpatriotic activities of companies owned or controlled by Koch Industries. The onset of fascism (well documented in The Arms of Krupp by William Manchester)depe nded upon the unchallenged assault on personal dignity, liberty, and finally many millions' lives. I for one, choose life, liberty and pursuit of electronic gear from brave vendors, not weasels and cowards - for they will give you and me up for a nickel (or less).
 
 
+12 # AML 2010-12-03 13:33
They, or someone like them, owns Brawny paper towels, for one.
 
 
+5 # brianf 2010-12-05 11:49
Yes, Koch Industries owns Brawny, Dixie Cups, and the companies that make Teflon and Lycra, among other companies and products. Let's starve this monster before it ruins our country and the entire world.

We should also boycott every member of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, at least until they publicly quit that evil organization. Does anyone know how to get a list of members?
 
 
+21 # Robbie 2010-12-03 12:43
Dan and others; the CHEAPEST place to buy books online, which offers a comparative listing of dozens of book providers---is

www.addall.com

I heard about it years ago, and that's my source for books. Half-price, Powells, Amazon, and lots of other and lesser known--and globally located--book sellers are there when you put in your book title--or you can search by author too.

I've got NO interest in the company--it's just what I've found to be the best place for books online.
 
 
+15 # Heartbeatt 2010-12-03 14:20
Wonder whether Addall is in Europe? Another good alternative is to support your local bookstores and, for that matter, any small stores rather than the shareholders in big anonymous companies.
 
 
+14 # genierae 2010-12-04 07:17
That's a great idea, Heartbeatt. Let's support Main St. not Wall St. My town's main street is recovering from the assault of big box stores, and there are many small, very interesting shops, including a bookstore, that are doing well. These stores are owned by local people who care about the health of the community, and they provide jobs for local people. I am sick of stores that all look alike, and I am willing to pay a little more to stimulate the local economy. The American people need to stop supporting these huge chain stores, they care nothing about us.
 
 
+4 # PauLa Doty - Katz 2010-12-05 15:07
Excellent!!! I was going to do a large order with them and now I rejoice that I didn't get it done... the page kept locking up on me. Thank you for encouraging supporting local FAMILY OWNED bookstores. Even though I'm homebound and can't get out to Givins Books in my area, I bet they would ship to me if I asked them.
 
 
+4 # Ben Makinen 2010-12-04 01:50
Thanks Robbie - I just went there and ordered 2 books! Now, back to politics:-)
 
 
+24 # What Now 2010-12-03 12:55
Everybody send them a complaint and boycott them until they offer to re-instate Wikileaks.
 
 
+1 # tomo 2010-12-04 18:57
What Now: I followed your strategy. I told Amazon that I've suspended my use of their service until I hear they have cleaned up their act. The reason I didn't go the full distance is that I like Amazon and hope they're redeemable. We'll see.
 
 
+26 # aajer 2010-12-03 12:55
Today, cut off WikiLeaks,
Tomorrow, what books?
I encourage everyone to seek one of the many more credible,less greedy alternatives to the much too big Amazon.com.
Goodbye and Bad Luck Amazon!
 
 
+4 # EPGAH 2010-12-05 11:47
Actually, Amazon HAS stopped carrying books that "didn't comply with their policies"--oddl y, not based on their content, but on their DISTRIBUTION RULES!
Netflix has gone one step further, and begun dropping movies that "Have The Wrong Message"! However, there's no indicator of what the "Right Message" might be. They even carry Avatar, the message of which seems to be "Savages Up, Civilization Down", an odd choice for a company that relies on civilization or at least technology to make their money!
 
 
+18 # rob 2010-12-03 12:57
Boycotting is a good idea for other companies who think they can run the country with their money in secret. Anyone have a leak of those companies who made secret donations to fund attack ads in the last election?
 
 
+32 # David Applefield 2010-12-03 13:01
My first resonse to the Amazon shutting down of Wikileaks was to boycott Amazon, and I was thus delighted and encouraged that Daniel Ellsberg has led the way. The seriousness of this issue -- a US Senator pressuring a US corporation to comply to his own political agenda or that of his interpretation of US government policy -- should have led a responsible corporate CEO to have carefully studied both the legal position and the moral implications of both cutting off the service and maintaining the service. Amazon has no problem selling Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobediance or Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers and other works that inspire readers to act in principled and courageous ways. If by removing content ultimately puts peoples' lives in jeopardy, is Amazon ready to accept responsibility for that?
 
 
+16 # maddy 2010-12-03 13:21
The same type of people like Lieberman, backed by the wealthy like the Koch brothers, were behind the Fascist American Liberty League that tried to promote the hiterian policies in America 1934, and overthrow the government- and now it's the Tea Party. Will 2012 bring us into another Germany of the 30's???
 
 
+24 # Fran Schmidt 2010-12-03 13:35
Thank you, Daniel Ellsberg for your courage to speak out. Of course, governments don't want anyone to have access to their papers.Good work, Wikileaks. Keep up publishing those papers. Americans deserve to know what our "leaders" are telling the world.
 
 
+21 # Mayzee Klaus 2010-12-03 13:47
Joe Lieberman? Now that's someone I want to be judging what information I can have access to or not, right?

No more Amazon buying for me.
 
 
+17 # Leo Adelman 2010-12-03 13:57
I'm though with Amazon and good riddance!I wish We could do the same with the "mayven" Joe Lieberman!
 
 
+13 # Ryan Langemeyer 2010-12-03 14:00
I terminated my relationship with Amazon yesterday. I would appreciate "anyfreeman" (above) or someone else to give the world a list of Koch Industries products and companies so I can boycott them also. And, Connecticut, anybody in Connecticut, please begin impeachment proceeding against Lieberman.
 
 
-11 # otto117 2010-12-03 14:02
Oh, please, everyone wants to "boycott Amazon". Amazon just wants to avoid controversy. Of course they're cowards. You want bravery from a corporation devoted to making money? Uh, right. Do a search for "boycott Amazon" and you'll find a million reasons people want to boycott Amazon... Eventually, opposing viewpoints will be advocating the same act -- i.e., a boycott. Oh, most of the people who say they're boycotting it? Feel free to go to other sites, but you have no guarantee that they wouldn't do the same were they domain name registrars. And this one isn't about selling books or "publishing" Wikileaks as some seem to believe, but the registration of Wikileaks' domain name. People, your ire should be aimed at Joe Lieberman and the Obama Admin. which is looking for people to prosecute for the Wikileaks, including, quite possibly, companies that provide Internet services. Don't expect a business, even one as big as Amazon, to stand in the crossfire.
 
 
+12 # genierae 2010-12-04 07:28
otto117: If businesses won't support the will of the people, (their customers), then they must face the consequences. The American people have been disrespected by big business for decades, and its gotten much worse since the Bush years. Mega-corporatio ns have no heart. They have turned their backs on us, now it is our turn to do the same to them. Shop locally! Bring main street back to life!
 
 
+23 # Ilse Hadda 2010-12-03 14:06
I was born in Nazi Germany where it was OK to burn books that did not agree with the prevailing ideology. It seems that Amazon is following in that footstep and I, for one, want nothing to do with that company from which I also used to buy books! How fortunate to have someone like Daniel Ellsberg who continues to demonstrate his fight for freedom of speech and true democracy for all of us. Thank you Daniel Ellsberg!
 
 
+12 # Heartbeatt 2010-12-03 14:15
Couldn't agree more with Daniel Ellsberg. I will discontinue buying through Amazon and will inform my friends and colleagues. However, I tried to contact Amazon and couldn't even find an email address!
 
 
+10 # Rita Walpole Ague 2010-12-03 14:36
Kudos to you, Daneil Ellsberg. You and znzrchists like you (were she alive today, govt. operatives would even call Rosa Parks an anarchist), are the real McCoy patriots and protectors of liberty and justice for all. (Please n.b., I did not extend kudos to Tea Partiers and other enforcers and enablers of our greed and power addicted villinaire rulers).

Here's a suggestion, Daneil E.: How about starting up a petition (before the internet is ripped away from we the sheeple) to have Assange receive either the Nobel Peace Prize (maybe a former recipient, Pres. Carter, could help), or, if that won't fly, a special commendation from the U.N. God knows, the U.N. has a lot of thanks that should be given to Assange. Such awards and recognitions could/should help offer Assange a bit of national and international protection and respect.
 
 
+17 # giraffe 2010-12-03 14:42
I'm waiting to see the leaks on the Banks - bet several politicians will be exposed too. The Govt calls it "illegal" (whatever) because they are caught with their pants down and think pushing they are "elected officials" they can "make up rules" about the first amendment. Sloppy pigs couldn't even hide their emails? And we are waiting for them to make major decisions about our future? I want to see MORE - not less
 
 
+8 # Nancy Mikelsons 2010-12-03 14:44
Daniel Ellsberg as always is ahead of the curve! As always his vision is exceptional. I hardly ever buy from Amazon but will not buy at all in the future. The best place on the internet for books (mostly used) is Abebooks.com, an organization of hundreds of independent books sellers and I almost never fail to find exactly what I want there. Not good for 'just published' however.
 
 
+17 # Douglas Jack 2010-12-03 14:47
AMAZON BOYCOTT due to WikiLeaks suspension of service.

I want to congratulate Amazon on the efficient ecological service for distributing books and other essential goods and services, but it is impossible for my family to support an organisation which restricts key information designed to stop war death and destruction.

Please remove my account and name from Amazon's lists until Wiki-Leaks internet service and websites are restored to Amazon. The censoring of important information for the world's well-being will not be tolerated especially from an agency selling books. Service-removal over truth-telling is not a trustworthy action of any bookseller and those of us (90% of the population who read books) who buy books will not buy them from any corporation which restricts key information flows for human and planet.

If you are taking your orders from Joseph Lieberman and arms manufacturers bent on creating conflict and death, then most information seekers will not be interested in using you as a distribution channel. This includes a boycott not just books but for all materials and services.

Douglas Jack
 
 
+8 # Paul Zolbrod 2010-12-03 14:51
I have long ago stopped doing business with Amazon, which has become just another giant, insensitive corporate entity. May I recommend Powells in Portland, where personal telephone contact is an option and the love of books is evident.

peezee
 
 
+11 # Hya 2010-12-03 14:51
I agree that there should be a worldwide BAN on doing any business with Amazon. Let Joe Lieberman´s friends support them!
 
 
+7 # Ellen Cantarow 2010-12-03 14:54
Just had a live chat in which I requested termination of my account. Their online employee said he'd send me an email telling me how to do that.
 
 
+6 # anna 2010-12-03 15:02
I've never bought much from Amazon, because I learned 10 years ago, through a now defunct website, buyblue.org, that they donated exclusively to Repug candidates only. From now on, I'll buy NOTHING at all from them. Does anybody know what happened to buyblue? It was really helpful and informative; listed companies alphabetically and printed info about where they donated their money. I haven't found anything comparable online lately.
 
 
+10 # Bruce Cox 2010-12-03 15:03
Seems AMAZON has gone the way of many - they believe freedom of speech and an informed pubic/world are not essential to our Liberty ...... and that cash trumps independent elections. Thanks to Ellsberg for again taking the lead.
 
 
+15 # veb4 2010-12-03 15:28
Yes, boycott Amazon, but focus also on the government and multinational corporations that daily compromise our privacy and ability to access real information. CNN, FoxNoise, electronic and print media, online sham news outlets. Agitate for accurate news, demand freedom of information. Amazon makes money and acts predictably to preserve their money-making power. Government is only able to exert pressure on business and pursue those who speak the truth because too few of us demand access to unbiased reporting. Speak up!
 
 
+3 # PauLa Doty - Katz 2010-12-05 15:22
veb4, you are right on!!! and I love your calling it FoxNoise!!!! You are "spot on" as a friend is fond of saying.
 
 
+12 # m 2010-12-03 15:49
What about all the Corporations which operate within OUR Legislatures with '$$-fluence' to deregulate the power of WE THE PEOPLE away from US? Or those which starve Government to death through de-taxation lobby schemes on behalf of the Wealthy Corporate Class? Or those few which own Media Empires in America and use it to divide us and pit us against each other on behalf of Global Corporate greed? How about those companies which purchase Commercial space and time in such a Media Empire? How about all those Corporations which lobby to further fragmentize OUR Government into a million bits and useless pieces through the Corporate Contracting of all Government functions?
Wake up America! The entire 'Smaller Government' hue and cry from CONservatives is a big CON JOB, perhaps the biggest in human history. OUR Government is being torn asunder and reduced to nothing right out from under US through the politics of greed and momentary nonsense and being replaced by a hap hazard Corporcratic Government based on 'Corporate Cabal' whimsies, using taxpayers like corporate-contr acting cash cows, 24-hour newz-psychols and schitzo-Media-T alkinghead-phre nia.
 
 
+10 # veb4 2010-12-03 16:51
Order from Haymarket Books, Powells' Books.
 
 
+8 # MICHAEL S 2010-12-04 23:55
POWELLS IS THE ONLY UNIONIZED BOOKSELLER IN THE US, SO IT RESPECTS ITS WORKERS RIGHT TO SELF DETERMINATION. IT'S THE ONLY BOOKSELLER I USE. SCAMAZON IS THE WAL-MART OF BOOKSELLERS. SEE THE RECENT NATION ARTICLE.
 
 
+9 # John Requard 2010-12-03 16:51
I canceled my Amazon account and credit card about a year ago when one of their 'business partners' removed the UPC label from the box of the PC I ordered and heisted my $50 mail-in rebate. Amazon had promoted the manufacturer's mail-in rebate, and I made the buy partially based on it. If I had not canceled then I sure would now. Kudos to Mr. Ellsberg.
 
 
-8 # Don DeGeorge 2010-12-03 17:23
As a progressive and civil libertarian I am in sympathy with many of the comments here, and I am leery of any abridgment of freedom of the press; but at the same time I am queasy about condoning the spilling of national secrets: I'm not so sure that WikiLeaks serves a noble purpose, as it trades in classified materials, and I believe that this is an instance in which the free press should voluntarily restrain itself from publishing things that would potentially harm the U. S. That said, I believe in an adversarial relationship between government and the press, by which I mean that governments should do everything reasonably within their power to prevent leaks, while the press pursues every legal course to obtain them, while acting responsibly as to what they end up publishing. I strongly favor whistle-blowing not involving classified materials. I can see, however, the need for privacy in diplomatic relations; and I am concerned that the U.S. government did not assign a more restrictive classification to the documents that have just been leaked: access by 3 million people with Secret clearance was simply too careless a treatment of some of this material.
 
 
-6 # Ben Makinen 2010-12-04 02:06
Don, the press is voluntarily redacting names and "things that would potentially harm the U.S."

I hope Wikileaks puts out a tabloid issue for the "news stands" in the supermarket checkout aisle. Hillary in a swimsuit talkin' trash with NetanYahoo; and headlines like Putin's Gay Lover President Medvedev! The taxes from the sales could sure help our bum economy ...
 
 
+8 # genierae 2010-12-04 07:50
Don DeGeorge: I disagree. Think what our world would be like if all the dirty dealing were out in the open, known to all. Only the honest rogues would still do bad things. It would force countries such as ours, to live up to their own ideals, instead of using them to hide crimes. Diplomats should negotiate from a high ground, where all is aboveboard and there are no secret agendas. If every country did this, our world would begin to heal, and we would be on our way to lasting peace. "The truth, at all costs!" Emerson
 
 
+10 # tomo 2010-12-04 19:18
Don DeGeorge; Instead of adding one more "thumbs down," let me commend you for your willingness to put your thoughts out there. I don't agree with you though. About a year ago, Wikileaks released a video of the killing-by-heli copter of two reporters in Iraq. Our government should have let us know this had happened. They didn't. It's not foreigners who are being kept in the dark by our security measures--they figured us out a long time ago. It's "we the people"! Hillary for instance has actively lied to us about mideastern sentiment toward Iran. She has also pretended that the U.S. is "an honest broker" in the Mideast. If Wikileaks helps us to see through those lies, I'm all for it. I hope you will be for it as well.
 
 
+13 # timthornton 2010-12-03 17:26
I'm with Daniel Ellsburg. The true traitor to society here is Amazon not Julian Assange. All my future purchases will be steered to alternate sources since Amazon has betrayed my trust in them.
 
 
+9 # Mike Keltner 2010-12-03 17:32
Thank you for your past and present courage, Mr. Ellsberg. Several of the alternate sources listed for book purchases are very good but also keep in mind Better World Books--a portion of their profits goes to literacy and environmental causes.
 
 
+14 # JEFFERSON 2010-12-03 18:03
Lieberman=TRAIT OR to the American people
 
 
+11 # rtrues54 2010-12-03 18:17
JOE LIEBERMANN? He is WHOLLY OWNED by MILITARY CONTRACTORS. Check it out and "FOLLOW THE MONEY" is all I can say for now...
 
 
+13 # heraldmage 2010-12-03 18:56
I agree with the boycott of Amazon, but also need to deal with politicians who pressured Amazon. Write, e-mail & call Lieberman & other right wing Congressman to demand they stop interfering with freedom of speech & harassing Internet providers.

We did not elect them to determine what is appropriate for us to read, review or see on the Internet, in museums, books & movies.

It about time the lies & questionable practices of our govt was made public. Maybe now instead of spending our money on foreign propaganda to start a Middle East arms race or bribing leaders, & terrorist groups you'll spend our money at home. It's easier to make a profit is through the established military industrial complex rather than new green sector products that compete with traditional petro-chemical industry.

We must fight for true Net Neutrality not the fake one being offered by the FCC chairman that gives corporation everything. The Internet is the last bastion of free uncensored information, anyone in this country that tries to impede our freedoms must be removed from power. If Connecticut has recall it's time to start the process to remove Lieberman & other rt. wing fanatics.
 
 
-25 # Pat in Idaho 2010-12-03 19:35
I applaud Amazon. WikiLeaks is irresponsible. Transparency is good to a certain degree, but not one of us would want everything we do and say to be broadcast to the world.
 
 
+7 # donna P 2010-12-04 01:21
SPEAK FOR YOURSELF!
 
 
+10 # Rich Murray 2010-12-03 20:22
I ill boycott with pride! I have always admired Daniel Ellsberg for what he did form thousnands upon millions of people allowd to remmain alive due to his actions. Since the leaders of this nations feel it is part of their solemn duty to get us involved with wars with other nations, and the media feel it is their obligation to keep the truth hidden, ad magnify thier lies, I most certainly will avoid Amazon at all costs. Daniel, I always have admired you, I love you like a brother, and will never for get what you did. YOU ARE A TRUE PATRIOT!!!
 
 
+11 # george beres 2010-12-03 20:51
DAN ELLSBERG WAS the first true American whistleblower. So what he says now about Amazon should be taken most seriously. Whistleblowers now finally may force a measure of honesty to our public life. - G. Beres
 
 
+6 # tishado 2010-12-03 22:29
I am really happy to see that my desire to boycott Amazon is in tune with a lot of other people. I am an academic and live abroad and need to import a lot of books in a year. I have noted some of the suggestions above. Can anyone give me a good source of books that ship reliably overseas?
 
 
+5 # BobHG 2010-12-03 23:23
You could do worse than to start with Abebooks. Alternatively, do an internet search for the title you require and follow the most promising of links.

Like you, I am an academic living abroad and used to order from Amazon, but really disliked their swingeing shipping rates. Now, I either find what I'm looking for locally or through Abebooks: http://www.abebooks.com/
 
 
+4 # Gringaryan 2010-12-04 07:37
My experience with Powells has been excellent as far as sending books out of country
 
 
+7 # beardog 2010-12-03 23:58
The reality checks Wikileaks brings to our attention are breaths
of fresh air. Good for Daniel Ellsberg in abandoning an enemy
of truth.
 
 
+3 # Activista 2010-12-04 00:32
If these DOS (Denial of Service) were going against Pentagon = CYBERTERRORISM - we would known within hours who is doing that.
Now when CYBERTERRORISM comes from USrael - all is kosher.
What is Joe Lieberman, chairman of the Senate's committee on homeland security - doing against Cyber Terrorism - supporting terrorism.
ISP knows IPs/country where the attack is comming from.
Amazon is waking up - but too little too late - customer service will not have Merry Christmas 2010.
 
 
+4 # EPGAH 2010-12-05 18:40
Actually, I liked it when WikiLeaks confirmed something I had long suspected: China was hacking American businesses. Google wasn't the first, either, the attacks on CitiBank Databases came from Chinese IP, as does most of the spam that pollutes E-Mail systems.
More telling: Recently at a White Hat Conference, a speech about Chinese hackers was pulled so as not to "offend" China!
 
 
+3 # Jean 2010-12-04 01:25
I tried to send an email to Amazon,no luck.how do you do it.Thanks for the tips .I think Madison Wisconsin has a very good,liberal bookstore you can order thru.I immediately thought of complaining to Amazon when I heard the news on Democracy Now...Glad we are organizing..I buy new books from Big Lots for 50cents..
 
 
+3 # tomo 2010-12-04 19:37
One way to reach Amazon is by way of their "help" button. You will then be asked what your problem is, and one of the choices will be to advise "improvement."
 
 
+7 # me 2010-12-04 01:25
Hit them where it hurts the bastards: in the pocket book.
 
 
+3 # David Fieldman 2010-12-04 03:16
I applaud all of us who have taken this critical step to remind companies and their leaders not to become toadies of any government. My account has also been canceled.

Abebooks is a wonderful site. And although I live in China, I am able to order and receive books without any "regional" problems that Amazon has continually thrown up as a "barrier" to strict sending certain novels.
 
 
+2 # EPGAH 2010-12-05 18:41
Amazon's not the first. Google, Yahoo, and even Almighty Microsoft were toadying for China's Government, turning in people who used the Internet as a medium of free expression!
 
 
+3 # genierae 2010-12-04 08:12
It is my hope that the majority of Americans will finally wake up and see that these huge corporations care nothing about them. I switched recently from ATT to a local phone/internet company, because I was getting very bad service. These national companies used to treat their customers well, but not anymore. Why should we support their practice of shipping our jobs overseas? They forget that if we lose our jobs, we can't afford their services. We need to carefully investigate a company before we become one of their customers.

Another bookseller is Edward R. Hamilton Bookseller Co. at www.HamiltonBook.com. I deal with their catalogs through the mail, where you can purchase as many books as you want, for one shipping price of $3.50. They have a good selection of new and used, plus movies and music.
 
 
+4 # Barbara Abeille 2010-12-04 08:49
Thank you again, Daniel Ellsberg, for being a voice of intelligence, reason and activisim. I will also stop all use of Amazon.
 
 
+8 # alyceobvious 2010-12-04 10:33
here's the letter i sent to amazon - good riddance - abebooks.com, powells.com, and others are better anyway...

I regret to inform you that I will no longer be doing business with Amazon.com. Please cancel my account effective immediately. I have been a loyal customer for many years, and have greatly appreciated your services - however, I strongly oppose your decision to bar WikiLeaks from your servers. WikiLeaks has BROKEN NO LAWS - fair due process would make Wikileaks innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Our first amendment right is designed protect our freedom of speech and press - no government should be enabled to suppress its people's right to information. As the world's largest bookseller, Amazon.com had an opportunity to take a historic stand in favor of free speech and freedom of information, and chose instead to align itself with a government-back ed McCarthy-style witch hunt. I will be taking my business elsewhere.
 
 
+7 # kleqs 2010-12-04 13:18
I applaud all of you who understand the danger that Amazon.com actions pose to our freedom and democratic right to know how our elites govern.

"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit." Noel Coward (1899-1973) British playwright

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it." Mahatma Gandhi
 
 
-14 # White 2010-12-04 14:28
SORRY, Cant agree with you. I don't mind leaks and I think the people have a right to "Know".

These leaks are not about the peoples right to know, they are the reflection of a guy who hates America.

I will keep on buying books from Amazon. In fact I will increase my purchases.
 
 
+12 # tomo 2010-12-04 19:31
Dear White: Some time ago, Wikileaks released a video of two journalists being killed in Iraq by American helicopter. Two children were wounded in the same attack. Our government had done all it could to keep that video from public notice. It doesn't want to give us any reason to be more negative on the Iraq war than we already are. Do you honestly believe it was someone who hates America who let us know this had happened?
 
 
+7 # M.Izquierdo 2010-12-04 17:41
I already terminated my Amazon membership.
Freedom of Information should be applied to everybody in every part of the world. If the government manipulates the info this is called censorship concealed under National Security excuses. Intimidation and fear are the tools used by governments to control citizens. Thank you, Daniel Ellsberg for your support to Wikileaks and freedom of expression.
 
 
+2 # john Atkeson 2010-12-04 22:45
I fail to see the "courage" in Mr Ellsworth's commentary. No one is shooting at him, his life is not in danger. That said I do wish someone would explain to me just how diplomacy can be carried on in the broad light of day, a day wherein cameras and recorders are working away.
 
 
0 # tomo 2010-12-06 13:54
John Atkeson: Anyone who has ever stood with those who are publicly and officially denounced by their own government, knows how hard that is to do. If Ellsberg (the man you call Ellsworth) is the person you intend, take note that he not only stands with Wikileaks today, but that he stood alone as a target for prosecution by his government in the days of Nixon. (Many, at that time, knew as well as he did--the Pentagon Papers show they knew--what an impossible mess our adventure in Vietnam had turned out to be; he was singular in going public with his knowledge. What distinguished him was courage.)

If you question whether taking a public stand against government war policy requires courage, find some small way, in an instance you care about, to do this, and give yourself a chance to see how it feels.
 
 
+4 # Amy Bachrach 2010-12-05 07:51
Good on ya! We like the book depository. No shippin costs!
 
 
+4 # Activista 2010-12-05 09:21
USA regime road to serfdom.
Amazon, PayPal = EBay - are controlled by totalitarian ideology - NOT serving the customer or promoting free information flow.
DO NOT TRUST them - they open gates to totalitarian government - like USA.
and these attacks on the internet - in China against GOOGLE these were two government officials.
 
 
+2 # Dr. Debra Sabia 2010-12-05 10:25
Daniel Ellsberg, once again, leads the way. I am a Political Scientist who uses Amazon for books and videos. No more! I amd delighted to have the opportunity to join this effort.
 
 
+3 # Dr. Vincent Kohler 2010-12-05 10:27
I will be happy to withdraw all of my future orders with Amazon. As an alternative to Amazon I can highly recommend Strand Books for purchases.
 
 
0 # You Jokers 2010-12-05 13:07
I'm sure Amazon weeps as they lose 300 of their hundreds of millions of customers. Who on Earth will they sell their conspiracy theory books to now?
 
 
+1 # Heartbeatt 2010-12-05 13:21
By the way it wasn't until a boycott against Amazon was threatened last year in Germany that they removed their hosting of the Nationaldemokra tische Partei Deutschlands' (a very unpleasant party of extreme right-wing and neo-nazis)"Nati onal Net Diary" as a partner programme, through which the NPD actually benefited financially, as well as being able to distribute their literature and propaganda.
It needed massive criticism from various political parties before they cut the NPD off.
 
 
+1 # Howard Cort 2010-12-05 13:30
Thanx to Dr. Ellsberg!; and then to those who suggested the various booksites. I will now check them out for capacities re. one particular avenue in the overall struggle: alternative approaches to Isreaeli-
Palestinian Coexistence.
 
 
+1 # Doug McNair 2010-12-06 00:53
Thanks Dr. Ellsberg. I did the same thing yesterday but somehow I think your letter will draw more attention.
 
 
+3 # Michael Monahan 2010-12-06 01:24
Parturient montes et nacaeter ridiculus mus. [or something like that} Just another tempest in a teapot. The issue is not Wikileaks or Amazon; it is the US Senate that is dysfunctional to the point that it can no longer legislate. That is where our energy needs to be directed. This discussion about Amazon is just silly!
 
 
+4 # Rill 2010-12-06 04:58
An Amazon alternative! Please consider using:
http://www.betterworldbooks.com/ It's a beautiful business system: they collect unwanted books from colleges and libraries, sell them online and use some of the profits — donating about $7 million to date — to help more people learn to read. Founded in 2002, Better World Books has 3 million new and used titles. Shipping is free in the U.S., but the Indiana firm charges a few cents for carbon offsets. It's a guilt-free read, the service amazing and they have a sense of humor.
 
 
+1 # Di,Cerrillos,NM 2010-12-06 08:52
Thank you, Daniel and Julian. I would point out that DC came back from the Pentagon Papers with guns blazing and we are now in two unnecessary wars that are draining our economy. Do you think that Wikileaks will put the Pentagon out of business forever? Let's hope. Amazon, get a clue!!!
 
 
+3 # C-E Dawson 2010-12-06 11:21
In a time when we really need public leaders, thank heavens for Daniel Ellsberg! /Remember when Amazon took Jimmy Carter's book on Palestine off their list until there was an outcry of this censorship. Boycott and consumer protest is something we each can do. /A great source for online book-buying is alibris.com ; in response to a comment above, I'm guessing they ship anywhere.
 
 
+1 # Colleen E. Kelley 2010-12-06 13:35
Bravo, Mr. Ellsberg! Powell's and NYC's Strand--as well as any independent bookseller are alternatives to these corporately-dep endent and so bully-vulnerabl e internet spaces.
 
 
+6 # Keating 2010-12-06 15:57
Boycott away, but Ellsberg should resist the urge to be disingenuous. As he's noted in the past, a great many truths are hidden from the average American. He has outed presidents and administrations regarding dishonesty. And yet in his protest, he only names Lieberman and Congressional right wingers when he knows full well there were members of the sitting administration, including Obama, who expressed 'concern' regarding Wikileaks. What, pray tell, might be a possible manifestation of such 'concern'?

To slay a dragon you cut off its head. To suit up for war, provide all of the intel vs. rhetoric about evil corporations and neocons designed to instigate reactive partisan uprisings.

Finally, I note the irony of Ellsberg's complaint against censorship and undue influence in a forum where posts are subject to approval and can be excluded. Amazon is demonised for making business decisions in its best interests, yet RSN can do the same without question.

I'm all for protecting free speech and ensuring government transparency isn't overridden by the needs of "national security". Just don't lie to me or insult my intelligence in order to garner support.
 
 
+3 # Carolyn Lee 2010-12-07 12:11
Your comment took courage and brains. I'm still boycotting Amazon, but you made me think. Thank you for that.
 
 
0 # Marzia 2010-12-07 13:05
Thank you so much,Daniel Ellsberg, for this courageous action! I've now also deleted my account with Amazon. They tried to make it difficult for me, but now I'm finished with them...!!! Blessings and love from Switzerland!
 
 
+1 # Esther Schmeer 2010-12-07 23:30
I've already cancelled all my Amazon accounts: .ca, .com, .de.

Thanks everybody for their support!

Esther S.
 

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