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Bradley Manning: traitor or hero? : Comments

By Marjorie Cohn, published 29/12/2011

In announcing the end of the Iraq War, President Obama ignored its horrors, so as not to further upset its still-powerful supporters. But his silence removed the context for Pvt. Bradley Manning's moral decision to expose these crimes of war.

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The US is working hard to keep the free society that permits the author to write this biased story. Bradley Manning has damaged this noble cause and is a traitor.
Posted by Sniggid, Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:19:49 AM
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noble cause sniggers?

play the facts
not the auther
from the first page

""U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed by his own command and fellow Lethal Warriors in Al Doura. His charges were supported by atrocity photos which have been released by Pulse TV and Maverick Media in the new video by Cindy Piester, "On the Dark Side in Al Doura A Soldier in the Shadows." []
http://vimeo.com/33755968
].

CBS reported obtaining an Army document from the Criminal Investigation Command suggestive of an investigation into these war crimes allegations. The Army's conclusion was that the "offense of War Crimes did not occur."

One of the things Manning is alleged to have leaked is the "Collateral Murder" video which depicts U.S. forces in an Apache helicopter killing 12 unarmed civilians, including two Reuters journalists, and wounding two children.

People trying to rescue the wounded were fired upon and killed.

A U.S. tank drove over one body,
cutting the man in half."""

lets get it on one page
http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=13060&page=0
Posted by one under god, Thursday, 29 December 2011 11:41:44 AM
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This is a call for situational law enforcement and has been practiced by Obama and his attorney general on several occasions (vis, Black Panthers intimidating voters at a polling place, failure to enforce illegal emigrant laws, etc) over the past few years.
By using emotions or some other non codified methodology for determining guilt or non- guilt when facing violations of law the politically connected can continue to flaunt the law for their own personal gain.
Posted by Bruce, Thursday, 29 December 2011 12:19:06 PM
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US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is quoted above as saying, "I think the price has been worth it, to establish a stable government in a very important region of the world."
Is he serious? Or, and more likely, is this another case of self-delusion?
Bradley Manning is a hero. If the Yanks can get their hands on him, Julian Assange will join him in prison.
And Barack Obama is a military hump.
Posted by halduell, Thursday, 29 December 2011 2:06:13 PM
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Hail Democracy err, worst kind of dictatorship.
Posted by individual, Thursday, 29 December 2011 4:07:48 PM
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Marjorie Cohn,

Pvt. Bradley Manning is neither traitor nor hero.

He is an unfortunate young man with all the uncertainties of one born in a family that could afford to give only what is enough to get him to an army recruitment office.

There he received just the discipline of getting into a uniform and, army-like, marching in step with other uniformed young people at the order of some shouthing sergeant.

That is all he knew when he was put in charge of an open parcel and was not instructed about its explosive potential.

The boy is out of question, it is the wisdom of the ones who trusted him with such dangerous a potential weapon that is to be questioned.

Pvt. Manning deserves to have the Pvt. and the uniform stripped out of him.
Posted by skeptic, Thursday, 29 December 2011 4:09:04 PM
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