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Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Bush officials' 'lack of recall' thwarted Tillman, Lynch probes
Mild reprimands in Tillman case won’t be in officers’ records
People lied in the aftermath of Pat Tillman's death. No one was ever charged with anything. And I don't think they should have been. Even though people were technically in violation of the UCMJ, I think the prosecuting authorities were right to use judgement, discretion, and common sense, and not pursue violations to the full extent of the law. I wish they would use similar judgement, discretion & common sense in Bradley Manning's case. No matter how many times the prosecuting authorities try to bully people who disagree with them with words like "treason" and "aiding the enemy", the simple truth is that what Bradley Manning did, is not 1/100 as serious a violation as what Charles Graner did, and Graner got 10 years. A just outcome to the Bradley Manning case would be some sort of reprimand or possibly a dishonourable discharge, and a thorough reform of the system of classifying information. Anything more is immorality, injustice, and abuse of power on the part of the prosecuting authorities.
The whole world is watching, and the whole world knows this stinks. Our eyes and ears are recently too full of other people in other lands claiming "treason" and "aiding the enemy", to be impressed by our people in power using the same big words in order to avoid accountability for using their power properly.
Glenn Greenwald - Bradley Manning could face death: For what?
The Law Office of David E. Coombs - PFC Manning Forced to Strip Naked
From the comments, explaining where this is coming from:
"So. He is a traitor. He deserves no respect."
". . .It is pretty sickening that a Traitor to this country has so many fans. The Blood of some of our soldiers is on his hands. . ."
Not true, but a lie that some apparently believe.
"This is very, very scary. If we have secrets that conceal wrongdoing, they need to come out. The US has become such a scary place to live. People are afraid to speak their piece. . ."
It's worth noting that Oliver North stole weapons from the army, sold them to the Ayatollah Khomeini, and used part of the proceeds to spruce up his vacation home. Not only did he somehow avoid the "Traitor" label, the prosecuting authorities spared him a dishonorable discharge, and he eventually got a show on Fox news. The venom directed at Manning is not a reasoned response to heinous criminal conduct, it's some people who have been whipped into a frenzy, brandishing the word "Traitor" with intoxicated fanaticism, and other more sober people, too scared of the accusations of "Treason" to say a moderating word against it.
Bradley Manning is not a traitor. He may not be a hero. What he certainly is is someone who leaked the lowest level of classified documents, documents which had zero protections or safeguards, with intent to expose abuses and the reality of war. Maybe he was unwise to do so. But a common criminal he is not, still less a traitor. He may deserve a reprimand, but the attempt to make him out to be a heinous criminal is misguided and immoral.
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