Accused of the biggest intelligence leak in American history, Bradley Manning will begin the first stages of his military trial on Friday. But U.S. prosecutors are really trying to indict Julian Assange, who published Manning’s leaks. Investigators have been scrutinizing the details of the case in an attempt to hustle Assange into legal culpability, but the confidentiality protocols inherent in WikiLeak’s procedures as well as the fact that he did no different than many other major journalistic outlets, may prevent the predatory government from silencing Assange.
where excessive 'secrecy" meets freedom of the press and the importance of Truth. Freedom of information (accurate) to the public factors in too.
but the predator is pissed .....so it has to have a couple of fall guys. Gives "justice" a whole new meaning.-one with prehistoric overtones .and die hard revenge.
No justice for Bradley Manning
The US government has made an example of Bradley Manning to prevent others from challenging the American empire.
By Charles Davis
December 16, 2011 "Al Jazeera (external - login to view)" - - Washington, DC - Private Bradley Manning was just 22 years old when he allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of US State Department cables and video evidence of war crimes to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. For that act of courage that revealed to the world the true face of the American empire, he faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison.
After waiting more than 18 months, half of which he spent in torturous solitary confinement that he was only removed from after an international outcry and the resignation (external - login to view) of a top State Department official, Manning is finally getting a shot at justice - if we can think of a military court as justice - when his case moves to the pre-trial hearing (external - login to view) phase this Friday. But whether Manning is ultimately found guilty or not is beside the point: All one needs to know about American justice is that if he had murdered civilians and desecrated their corpses - if he had the moral capacity to commit war crimes, not the audacity to expose them - he'd be better off today.
Indeed, if Manning had merely murdered the nameless, faceless "other", as his Army colleagues on the notorious Afghan "Kill Team (external - login to view)" did, he would not have had his right to a speedy trial blatantly violated. If Manning had intentionally killed unarmed civilians, posed for pictures with their dead bodies and slashed their fingers off as souvenirs, he would not have had his guilt publicly pronounced (external - login to view) by his own commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, months before he so much as saw the inside of a military court. If he had killed poor foreigners instead of exposing their deaths, he might even stand a chance of getting out of prison while still a young man (external - login to view).
** No justice for Bradley Manning:* Information Clearing House (external - login to view)
IF history is allowed to be documented objectively.....this young chap will be the hero that he is. But given the way things are going.......history will be spun to suit the empire's slant.
The empire has done many sickening and inhumane things in recent years......but this one warrants a special consideration as it is a clear message to americans. and just where their so called liberties end. (the same liberties they have boasted about for as long as they existed as a union. and the ones they are gradually, and willingly helping erode on the basis of "security".
.........The things that have been done through out history and continue to be done in the name of national security are evidenced for all to see.
this is not "justice" .......it is the powers that be getting their pound of flesh in the most painful way.
the issue is that if what has been exposed is the tip of the iceberg, one would be beyond horrified to see and read the remaining secrets that the empire engages in.