the Machine (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Thu Dec 9 15:51:55 UTC 2010

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> One of the senses of the word "machine" in the OED is this: "10. orig.
> U.S.  [Compare sense 6b.] The controlling organization of a political
> party or similar body; any organization or group displaying impressive
> or ruthless efficiency." But I don't think that's quite what The
> Machine means here (see below). Or is it?
> WikiLeaks vs The Machine
> US government tells firms to pull plug on whistleblowing website as
> hackers cause chaos with revenge attacks on Assange's 'enemies'
> 2155031.html>

Isn't the first sense in OED appropriate here?  See particularly the
1829 quote.
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