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How to Write a Letter of Support to Bradley Manning

Posted by on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 11:54 AM

The Free Bradley Manning support network is encouraging supporters to send him letters for his birthday. The military whistleblower turns 25 on December 17. He is the reason we have all seen that "Collateral Murder" video from Iraq, of civilians being gunned down. He plans to plead guilty to releasing that video. But he's also just a kid who fucked up while trying to do good, and he has had a hell of a time in detainment. He has been "subjected to forced nudity, 24-hour camera surveillance, harassment under the guise of concern for his well-being, and months long solitary confinement, despite model behavior," as Jake Blumgart wrote in The Stranger back in August. Blumgart visited a pretrial hearing and pointed out: "Manning's case has struggled to maintain sustained public interest since day one." He added:

Whether Manning is guilty or not, whether he should be prosecuted or lauded, whether he is a whistle-blower or an indiscriminate dumper of information, it is clear that Manning's case is an example of a larger trend in American society: The powerless and economically vulnerable are held to punishingly harsh standards, while the rich and powerful get away with a slap on the wrist (if that). Steal $100 of food from the grocery store? You go to jail. Steal $10,000 from your employees through shady employment practices? Worst thing that happens is you might have to pay them back (but probably not). If an antipoverty organization is involved in a scandal, Congress cuts off its funding. But if a big bank indulges in racist lending practices to line the pockets of its executives, it gets a stipulation-free bailout.

According to Manning's lawyer, "his dream would be to go to college, go into public service, and perhaps one day, run for public office. And I asked Brad, why would he want to do that? And he said, ‘I want to make a difference. I want to make a difference in this world.'"

If you feel like writing to Manning, here is the address:

Commander, HHC USAG
Attn: PFC Bradley Manning
239 Sheridan Ave, Bldg 417
JBM-HH, VA 22211

His court martial is scheduled for March.

To clarify: I'm not saying he deserves to be free. I'm saying he sacrificed his life to sound the alarm with "Collateral Muder," and he deserves respect.


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Dear Bradley,
Here's hoping they fry your traitor ass.
Posted by Hell is too good for you on December 8, 2012 at 12:03 PM · Report this
Christampa 2
Ha! The very idea that American citizens would ever vote for someone who broke the law is laughable. HA!

Posted by Christampa on December 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
just kidding.

we know they hang traitors.

maybe the rope will break and they can do it twice....
Posted by but his is a role model for Liberals, we admit.... on December 8, 2012 at 12:05 PM · Report this
President Barack Obama 4
Dear Bradley,

Treason has consequences.

Your Commander In Chief
Posted by President Barack Obama on December 8, 2012 at 12:18 PM · Report this
I'm not the same troll as above

I want to say no way will I wish the traitor manning anything but an execution.

Jeez what a bunch of libtard shit.
Posted by Treason is "progressive" on December 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM · Report this
The Obama administration's aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers would make Dubya blush.
Posted by Spindles on December 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM · Report this

you know, when WE did a phony Obama
Danny deleted our account......
Posted by ....we're just sayin' on December 8, 2012 at 12:50 PM · Report this
oooh, TraitorTrolls..! oh my!
"trait'r'olls" as I call 'em for short.

projecting their treason on the whistleblower and telling us aaalll about it. shocking!
Posted by aiff on December 8, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 9
Dear troll @4,

So much for a trial as guaranteed in the constitution, huh? Cruel and unusual what? Never mind.

Whatever, I guess he deserves it.
Posted by MacCrocodile on December 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM · Report this
Leaking classified information when you work for the military isn't "whistleblowing"

Did anything positive actually come of any of this? Did it end up being pointless?
Posted by The CHZA on December 8, 2012 at 1:17 PM · Report this
edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary 11
"No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court."

1. Not sure I see anything in there about a right to have a formal trial-like hearing, like @9 assumes. So, nothing says you get counsel, or can confront witnesses against you, or admit evidence in your defense. Also, procedural due process, which is what you are complaining about, is usually based on balancing the interests of the plaintiff against the interests of the gov (I'm not being exact here) and the gov gets away with a lot more when national security interests are at risk. So, not talking about torture, but the procedural stuff is probably constitutional. Ethical, no. But that's not new.

2. There's a difference between whistleblowing and giving classified documents away. If this had been the former he might have been able to claim some protection. I think this is probably a good kid with a good heart who didn't make the best decision. I think the law will be applied in a non-biased manner and reach a lamentable, heartbreaking result. I hope some great lawyers out there are working on this. He doesn't deserve what he's going through, and I hope he keeps his head up. He's not a bad person, he just repeated 'candyman' three times.
Posted by edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary on December 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
raku 12
10- He leaked a video of the US military murdering two Reuters journalists and medical aid workers, documents showing that the US military believed most of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners were innocent and included people as young as 14 years old, details of over 15,000 Iraqis murdered that were never revealed to the press, incidents of torture in Iraq that continued after Abu Ghraib, and thousands of pages more.

If that's not whistleblowing, what is?
Posted by raku on December 8, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
@12, well, there's the problem that it isn't true.
Posted by GermanSausage on December 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary 14
oh, also gotta say, as an american citizen, hey I want this prosecuted. don't go leaking private docs to randos.

and yo, if you think (as I do) that there is a problem with the proportionality of the punishment to the crime in comparing something like this with something like Jack Abramoff, the answer isn't to make it less punitive for someone like Bradley but to make it more punitive to be someone like Abramoff. Let's be straightforward here.
Posted by edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary on December 8, 2012 at 1:42 PM · Report this
Hang on. When he joined the army he signed a contract that made his actions illegal. You can't just walk away from that. The "I'm a confused homo" defense doesn't change that contract.

He'll enjoy jail anyway. Looks like he won't even insist on a reach-around.
Posted by Major Jackoff on December 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Did I accidentally click on a Fox news comment thread? Oh, that's right, when war crimes like, oh I don't American helicopter gunning down a group of civilians in Baghdad are exposed under Democratic's loving and liberal. People just need to keep their big mouths shut and follow orders in the face of crimes against humanity. I can't quite remember where I've heard that mantra before...whatever.

Posted by Spindles on December 8, 2012 at 1:44 PM · Report this
Also, how to get your name and address put on a federal list of "troublemakers"
Posted by high and bi on December 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM · Report this
That guy is not a whistleblower. He transferred tens of thousands of classified documents to a foreign national with the express purpose of causing harm to the US while a member of the military. He should be executed.
Posted by Reader01 on December 8, 2012 at 2:03 PM · Report this
I'm not saying he deserves to be freed. I'm saying he scarified his life to sound the alarm with "Collateral Murder," and he deserves respect.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on December 8, 2012 at 2:07 PM · Report this
edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary 20
@9, You are right, it is better to not try and understand the conversation, but to paint the people you disagree with as Bush conservatives.

So, with that in mind, you are a Bush conservative because you are resorting to painting your opponents as anti-American. How Fox-newsy of you. Is this how you win these arguments? Did I win? You're right, much easier than trying to be thoughtful.
Posted by edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary on December 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM · Report this

"Collateral Murder" doesn't seem to bother you when Obama rains it down on Pakistani women and children daily.

Posted by did we mention you are an asshole? on December 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM · Report this
edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary 22
@19, agree completely.
Posted by edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary on December 8, 2012 at 2:28 PM · Report this
@19, except he didn't do that. If anything, that video in question exonerates the troops. They followed the rules of engagement. A terrible tragedy in a senseless, pointless war, yes. But it wasn't murder. Manning didn't blow the whistle on anything.
Posted by GermanSausage on December 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 24
I have no doubt he knew the consequences of his actions. He should pay the price.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 8, 2012 at 2:45 PM · Report this
"I'm not saying he deserves to be freed. I'm saying he scarified his life to sound the alarm with "Collateral Murder," and he deserves respect."

Perfectly understandable. He needed to be "locked in a 6-foot-by-8-foot cell for 23 hours a day" and "kept naked for long periods". He needs to be given a life sentence. The Obama's state department needs to keep up their valiant efforts of prosecuting more whisleblowers under the World War I-era Espionage Act than all his predecessors combined, including law-and-order Republicans John Mitchell, Edwin Meese and John Ashcroft.

I hate to know how the Stranger would like people they don't respect treated.…
Posted by Spindles on December 8, 2012 at 2:50 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 26
@25 tsk tsk tsk...there shall be no truth that makes Democrats look bad allowed on Slog. We only want the GOP to look bad.

Unless the Stranger is working on a piece that goes into the lies the Obama Administration spins about the drone attacks? And how Eric Holder has publicly said if we kill you with a drone attack that makes you an enemy combatant. Maybe the Stranger is pulling that sort of reporting together right now? LOL!! Who am I kidding!

But sorry Spindles...the Stranger is nothing more than a mouth piece for the DNC...not for facts and certainly not for liberalism. Try Democracy Now for that.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on December 8, 2012 at 3:10 PM · Report this
sperifera 27
In the interest of "National Security", I think that this entire post and comment thread should be deleted. It's just not worth chancing...
Posted by sperifera on December 8, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
care bear 28
I can't believe how young he is.
Posted by care bear on December 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this
Christampa 29
@26 - Why don't you both try Democracy Now for all of your unhinged and half thought out rants instead of just some of them?
Posted by Christampa on December 8, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this
Yeah the rich never go to jail…
Posted by Seattle14 on December 8, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
@26 Umm the Stranger is a mouthpiece for liberalism, who on the staff is not super liberal?
Posted by Seattle14 on December 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Reader01 @18, my thoughts exactly. In order to obtain a Top Secret Codeword security clearance, during my time in the US Army, I too swore an oath of secrecy.

Like everyone else in my unit, we took that responsibility very seriously and would never have knowingly violated it even slightly -- let alone download tens of thousands of secret documents to unauthorized recipients. He has earned a sentence of life in prison, with parole coming only at an advanced age.

And these lame-ass people yelling whistleblower. What a crock! If he was truly blowing the whistle, he would've revealed only the few documents necessary to reveal the transgression -- not the mass dump that he did.
Posted by Citizen R on December 8, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
This thread is another example of how fascism knows no political party boundaries. Fucking war crimes apologists.
Posted by Tent_Liberation_Army on December 8, 2012 at 4:15 PM · Report this
JensR 34
Jesus - you guys and your crimes of war and the flag waving nationalists that are upset that they get found out.

Buhoo... "he's a traitor" you do realize how pathetic that sounds, right? Considering all things surrounding the case - you do realize that you sound as stupid as someone who calls "just following orders" a sound moral defence?

Posted by JensR on December 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
skjaere 35
If people are actually interested in being supportive of Private Manning, please bear in mind that she identifies as female and uses the name Breanna. In fact, regardless of what you may think about Private Manning's actions, please do her the courtesy of treating her like a person.
Posted by skjaere on December 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
JensR 36
@35 didn't know that. Cheers.
Posted by JensR on December 8, 2012 at 4:25 PM · Report this
OK. If we can try GW Bush for war crimes (after keeping him in the brig for a couple of years incommunicado) then I have no problem with frying Bradley Manning.
Posted by Prettybetsy on December 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM · Report this
To elaborate, because this makes me sick, I've seen several people talk about how Manning "pledged an oath". The fact that Americans believe this exonerates a person from behaving in an otherwise moral manner is a huge part of what is wrong with our country today. Is the military you're a part of killing civilians in a pointless and morally bankrupt war? Too bad, you pledged an oath! Is the company you work for contributing to the rapidly approaching ecological suicide of the human race? Sit back and wait for it, because you should be local to the company!

I heard someone at the gym yesterday whining about what a loser his friend was dating. Said person was a loser because he still believed in that "idealistic crap" and refused to get a real career. If we had a few million more like him, and a few million less like the asshole running his mouth, maybe we wouldn't be running headlong for the cliff like we are.

Treason has become synonymous with acting in the interest of peace and human well-being. Ugh.
Posted by Tent_Liberation_Army on December 8, 2012 at 4:31 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 39
eddie @11 (and other places) - Gee, thanks for puttin' words in my mouth, lord knows I didn't put my own words into writing. Good thing you were there to help out. I was addressing a troll; I couldn't say for sure if he was a Fox News conservative, but there's a fair chance he's a moron.

Anyway, treason is so clearly defined in the constitution in order to limit its use to silence political dissidents. Treason had been used in England to execute anyone thought to have spoken ill of the king, and nothing about what you quoted suggests that treason is in any way exempted from the due process parts and the cruel and unusual parts of the Bill of Rights. If anything, treason (and the punishments for it) is more strictly defined and restrained than any other crime. In fact, it's the only crime defined in the constitution. If only they had foreseen that the same tactics would be used but in the name of "national security".

Oh, also, you're a fuckin' fuckwad. Fuck you, fuckity fuckface.
Posted by MacCrocodile on December 8, 2012 at 4:34 PM · Report this
Rotten666 40
Well it is a shame that this sensitive female identified lady is having a hard time in jail. But what exactly the fuck did she think was going to happen? Slap on the wrist?
Posted by Rotten666 on December 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM · Report this
rob! 41
There are enough unregistered comments on this post that, combined with the opinions of various registered commenters, I'd bet there are multiple calls for Manning to "hang" or "fry" or whatever.

I'd further wager that some of those same people have prattled on in the past about not "killing" "babies." What part of "thou shalt not kill" are you unable to grasp? It didn't come with an asterisk.

And whether you think Manning should be freed, or hung, or suffer some punishment in between, you must admit that 1) you will have fuck-all to do with what actually happens, 2) you are extremely unlikely to possess adequate information to decide his fate even if you had that power, and 3) wherever you fall on the spectrum from deeply religious to godless secular humanist, the advice to comfort the afflicted, visit the sick, and help the poor is hard to fault.
Posted by rob! on December 8, 2012 at 4:38 PM · Report this
@40 Perhaps he thought his sacrificial action would propel our population to question their complicity in the slaughter and subjugation of entire nations. If this is a democracy, and we are still occupying these countries, then logically it's because we as citizens desire this course of action. If not, if there are actually a small group of people carrying out murder in all of our names, using our tax dollars, without our permission, it's every citizens' duty to challenge the system at least as much as Manning has. Otherwise, we should accept our roles as collective perpetrators.
Posted by Tent_Liberation_Army on December 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary 43
@39, oops the 2:16 post was intended for Spindles. You were just easily recalled because you like to invent constitutional rights. Or whatever will help you make your argument.

And I never said anything about treason being EXEMPT from DP, I said courts use a balancing test to determine what process you get and when you get it. Hope you didn't spend too much time researching your moot point/getting emotional.
Posted by edie murphy beverly hills have eyes cleary on December 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM · Report this
venomlash 44
@9: Individuals in the military are under the jurisdiction of military courts. They have somewhat abridged versions of many rights. (And they give this up voluntarily, since the draft isn't in use.)
@32: THANK YOU. If he'd just leaked the documents pertaining to civilian casualties and such, the sort of thing that needs to be addressed, I'd stand by his actions and call for him to be given a slap-on-the-wrist punishment (OTH discharge, a couple years' probation). But he indiscriminately dumped sensitive information into the hands of a foreign organization and trusted THEM to decide what should be released and what needed to be kept under wraps. And that is reprehensible. I'm not going to call for his execution, but he ought to serve some serious time.
Posted by venomlash on December 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM · Report this
I don't think Manning exposed any abuse of power serious enough to justify the embarrassment he caused to our government. The 'Collateral Murder' video documents an understandable mistake that resulted in the deaths of several innocent people, not a murder.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 8, 2012 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Christampa 46
A serious discussion on the nature of treason in the modern age would be just as useful as a serious discussion on the subject of impeachment would have been 15 years ago. Unfortunately, we didn't have that discussion then, and we won't have this one now. Instead, we will again wallow in our adolescence, painting all we don't like with too broad a brush, and come out the other end slightly worse off than before. And having clearly learned nothing from our mistakes at all.
Posted by Christampa on December 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM · Report this
Among the things he did leak were...

Names of Afghan informants, many of whom were providing valuable intelligence.
GPSs of MEDEVAC sites, down to the tens of meters. Dial-a-mortar!

PFC Manning could have released the one video, but noooooooooooo.
Posted by OOF POOF on December 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM · Report this

here we go:

Dear Breanna,
Here's hoping they fry your traitor ass. Bitch.
Posted by you go girl. straight to hell. on December 8, 2012 at 6:15 PM · Report this
What you said, @44. Thank you.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM · Report this
of course, it will be the height of murderous hypocrisy if obama kills manning.

obama, who picks and chooses which laws he will respect and obey and enforce and which laws he will ignore; killing someone for doing the same would be very typical of him.....
Posted by macaroon on December 8, 2012 at 6:47 PM · Report this
@34: Thank you -- fifty comments here so far, and you've written the only one worth taking the time to read.
Posted by aiff on December 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
"she identifies as female and uses the name Breanna"

Seriously? Thanks for the laugh. He'll make a fine bitch at Leavenworth then.
Posted by I identify as a cat, call me Mr. Dibbs on December 8, 2012 at 8:36 PM · Report this
"she identifies as female and uses the name Breanna"

He can identify as a fucking tree for all I care, as long as he has his twig and berries, he's gonna be some marines play thing at Leavenworth. I'm pretty sure the US Army isn't up to date on the latest on confused queer identity politics.
Posted by Cisgendered hetero-normative non-trans feline on December 8, 2012 at 8:46 PM · Report this
He didn't 'fuck up' and he deserves to be free. Bradley Manning had the balls to do the right thing of such proportions and you can't even give a freaking verbal support without caveat?
And these comments! When it comes to things that matter and moments of truth, Americans are so similar to the citizens of every other country of the world, yet they speak with such self-righousness about other peoples (China, Russia, MENA countries etc) as if they owned everything about ethics, morality and freedom... the discrepency is nauseating.
You are being lied to by your government (like every other people in the world), and he showed you the tip of that iceburg.
Learn to recognise your heros, you guys.
Posted by fahima on December 9, 2012 at 4:51 AM · Report this
Last of the Time Lords 55
I'm a little amazed how many commentators are perfectly fine with living in a state that has embraced over the past 80 one of the most fundamental elements of every totalitarian state...endless secrets and a lack of transparency.

And I assume everyone demanding a variety of punishments for Manning, including Mr. Frizzelle, have spent hours studying the case, reviewed all the evidence and have come to that decision after careful thought? But we know that the level of Slog has turned into the same level as the comment section of Drudge. Foolish cowards who make knee jerk reactions and hide under assumed names and then claim free speech.

Sewage coming from the left is just as nasty as sewage coming from the right.
Posted by Last of the Time Lords on December 9, 2012 at 6:41 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 56
@ 55, are you claiming to have "spent hours studying the case, reviewed all the evidence and have come to that decision after careful thought" ?

This is a complicated issue. I'm not generally okay with leaking of classified secrets because I understand the importance of secrecy to national security. That doesn't mean I'm unaware that that's abused, and that the military commits despicable and horrific acts we never hear about because of them.

Right now, I'm more concerned with Manning's treatment in prison, where it sounds like he's being abused. That's not right, no matter if he was a hero or a fool.

That said, I'm not okay with the knee-jerk beatification that comes from every hard left mouthbreather. They haven't spent hours studying the case, reviewed all the evidence and have come to that decision after careful thought either. They just saw someone give them something that they needed.

It's interesting, the phenomenon of people who are very close politically turning on one another over a disagreement. Drudge? This is nothing like Drudge.
Posted by Matt from Denver on December 9, 2012 at 7:19 AM · Report this
@54 & 55 Was any of the stuff Manning's mega-leak revealed all that surprising? From what I've heard all it did was confirm that our government operates the way anybody with half a brain would assume it operates. What social good did Manning do that would justify his decision to betray his country?
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 9, 2012 at 8:25 AM · Report this
@10: Nobody died as a direct result of this information being released, but that won't stop fearmongers from demanding that Manning deserves what he's been handed because "somebody might get hurt."
Posted by suddenlyorcas on December 9, 2012 at 8:43 AM · Report this
@57 Again, your concept of betrayal is bizarre. Let's start with the fact that this was never about one specific event that Manning was trying to bring to light. He figured out that wars are a blood-stained racket for rich people through his experiences in Iraq, and wanted to stop all of them*. American citizens have no way way of ending them through normal political channels. You can't vote to get rid of the military-industrial complex. So he did something that clearly did have an effect in undermining the whole rotten system, based on the freak-out our government has had over it.

This question of loyalty really needs to be turned around. Why does each of us enable imperialism in our names through collective apathy? Why don't we all follow Bradley Manning's lead?…
Posted by Tent_Liberation_Army on December 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM · Report this
@59 If Bradley Manning didn't want to participate in "a blood-stained racket for rich people" what was he doing in army in the first place? Did he discover something in the course of his duties an an army intel analyst that brought him around to the Tent Liberation Army way of thinking? If so what was it?
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Hmmm. I recognize some of the handles here but a lot of the comments look like they're coming from sock puppets. I almost feel like I'm back at the Blethen Highlands Seattle Times during the public debate on healthcare reform.

If the Clean Hands Doctrine applied in criminal proceedings, the case against Manning would be thrown out of court. And if he were to be treated equitably, he would be bumped right up to the top of the transplant list for whatever organ he might happen to need, like Dick Cheney (who helped gin up false pretexts for an illegal war of aggression), and have his prison sentence fully commuted, like Scooter Libby (who actually did endanger lives when he intentionally outed an active CIA operative whose husband was exposing the aforementioned false pretexts).

Tell you what: here's another scrap of meat for the sock puppets and the right-thinking jingoists: The PSY scandal: singing about killing p… Go nuts, guys.
Posted by PCM on December 9, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
"To clarify: I'm not saying he deserves to be free."

Of course not, Frizzelle, you couldn't even take a concrete stand on the NY Times Book Review, for chrissakes. That entire freedom of the press is real brain buster for the your kind, huh, Frizzelle?

Well, I guess would should be at least thankful you wrote anything about the Great American Hero, Bradley Manning, and how those Wikileaked cables go to verify the non-stop purpose of the US State Department to work primarily and pretty much only on behalf of the multinationals.……

(I bet Frizzelle really wants Susan Rice in as the new Sec'y of State, with that $40 million of hers spread around from Rio Tinto, Monsanto to various oil, energy and coal corporations, she could really increase her wealth with that position, huh?)
Posted by sgt_doom on December 9, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this
@60, the usual dipshit, Manning clearly stated his time in the US Army had been a learning experience for him, and he hadn't fully realized exactly what was what until then.

Ya know, like we were supposed to have been "attacked" on 9/11, douchetard, remember????

Until I served in the US military during the draft, and met specific individuals, as in people who had been through boot camp with Lee Oswald, and one who had been through Russian language school at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey with Lee (which officially wasn't supposed to have happened, and evidently only a select few of us bothered to read the Warren Commission report where that contradictory factoid appeared), and a Navy comm tech, and a USAF comm tech, who independently of each other reviewed the Kennedy memo ordering the full withdrawal of US military advisors in Vietnam by December of 1963.

We live in we learn, unlike that Ken douchetard.....
Posted by sgt_doom on December 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM · Report this
@10, CHZA --- ever you ever read any frigging news the last four effing years, moron??????

All the stories which came out from those WikiLeaked cables --- you illiterate idiot????

Ever heard of the "Arab Spring" --- a bunch of stuff out about Monsanto and the oil corps?

Ever heard of "Collateral Murder" --- you complete and total halfwit?????
Posted by sgt_doom on December 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM · Report this
@19, Frizzelle--- the only stand you ever took in your life was on butt sex, and we'd just as soon as not heard of that one, kiddo!!!!

Thanks to Spindles for his highly intelligent and thoughtful comments, as usual....……
Posted by sgt_doom on December 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM · Report this
@63 You may know who really killed President Kennedy, but I don't think Bradley Manning does. As far as I can tell the most inflammatory thing Manning leaked was the so-called "Collateral Murder" video. When Manning joined the army did he not know that sometimes in the fog of war soldiers kill people other than the ones they intend to kill? Was he unaware that sometimes the military conceals such incidents in order to avoid bad publicity? I doubt it. Pat Tillman was an NFL player who gave up his football career to join the army after 9/11. In 2004 he was killed in Afghanistan. Shortly before Manning joined the army in 2007 it came out that Tillman had been killed by friendly fire and that the military had kept that fact secret for more than two years. Bradley Manning must have know what he was getting into when he joined the army. If his conscience wouldn't allow him to be part of an organization that sometimes conceals embarrassing facts regarding the deaths of innocent people he should never have put on the uniform.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on December 9, 2012 at 2:08 PM · Report this
"@63 You may know who really killed President Kennedy"

He'll have to adjust his tinfoil hat so he can receive the answer beamed to him by the Masons.

So is "Breanna" going to wear a frock to his/her/its execution?
Posted by Wanna die in style ladies! on December 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM · Report this
Chris in Vancouver WA 68
Posted by Chris in Vancouver WA on December 10, 2012 at 7:43 AM · Report this
He is a traitor for the indiscriminate diplomatic cable leak who jeopardized the lives of countless sources to US diplomats abroad - folks who came forward to report on human rights abuses and other atrocities within their governments and nations with the expectation of keeping their identities secret. Ask any journalist if a source will talk to them if they cant have anonymity, especially if it is promised and then someone else releases it. The guy was an adult, had a top security clearance, and deserves to rot the rest of his life in miserable conditions - if nothing else than as a warning to others.
Posted by Some liberal pissed off guy on December 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
He wasn't an "adult"! He's gonna used the confused trannie defense!
Posted by Breanna Bottomsup on December 10, 2012 at 9:35 AM · Report this
One the rarely talked about in the US but none-the-less very interesting effects of the Manning/WIKILeaks fallout was how it effected the nacent Arab Spring.

When I was in France last year there was quite a bit of punditry discussion about the unexpected details in the leaked diplomatic cables that was picked up by the democracy movements in Egypt and Libya.

What the cables said was the US State Department had become totally frustrated and fatigued by Bush era policies and fuck ups and that basically if all our pocket-dictators in the middle east were over-thrown most of the high level US diplomats would cheer and argue against US interference. The kids running what was going on in Tahir square read THOSE leaked cables and took heart. Despite all the stuff about torture and what not the Arab Spring saw that at least some people in the US government believed in their ideals.

And guess what? That's exactly what happened. It's fascinating. But nobody in the US talks about it.

As for Manning. His treatment is deplorable. Shameful, in fact. And we should see that he gets a fair trial and humane treatment.

But he knew what he was in for in terms of consequences of the leaks. UCMJ is pretty clear. You can say he's a hero all you want but those laws are there for a reason and there can be no exceptions even for somebody who is doing the right thing. And he, he admits this, was not very mature or prudent in what material was released.

Undoubtably some of that material cost not only US military lives, but probably the lives of a few innocent and crucial informants throughout Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia. We'll not know for years what the fall out really is.

But you have to ask yourself this: Is it worth it?

The war in Iraq itself was immoral. The war in Afghanistan is just fucking pointless. Both are costing innocent lives no matter what. The moral calculus is not easy.

Do you believe that releasing this information may save lives in the long run? Maybe. Hard to say. But he has to live with the consequences and shouldn't just be set free. It's the deal HE made joining the US military in a time war with the laws in place he agreed to obey. There are no whistle blower protections under the UCMJ. He's free to exercise his conscience and violate those rules. But he's got to face the consequences.

He needs a fair trial. He needs to be treated humanely. But his heroism is really for history to decide. All the facts simply are not in.

We have laws. They may not always be just or hold the right people accountable. But you can't ignore them out without very dire consequences. What you can do is change the laws.
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