Bradley Manning Charges Are Not DroppedAdded: Thursday, July 25th, 2013
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The judge won’t drop the most serious charge against Bradley Manning – that the latter “aided the enemy”. The defence asked the judge to dismiss the notion Bradley knowingly aided the enemy, because in case of being found guilty, he could get a lifetime sentence without parole.
Bradley Manning case is known as the biggest leak ever of secret American documents. The authorities claim that Manning had systematically harvested information that was eventually seen by Osama bin Laden. The prosecutors also said the leaks had damaged national security and put lives of US citizens at risk. However, critics regarded this argument as dishonest and spurious.
Critics argue that it is the US administration itself that has threatened national security with its interventionalist policies of aggression, let alone Obama’s drone assassination campaign that has actually resulted in killing an American. Bradley Manning has already pleaded guilty to ten charges for which he could get twenty years of jail time, but the government is seeking punishment of up to 154 years plus the maximum life sentence for “aiding the enemy”.
Judge agreed that Manning was knowingly providing intelligence to the enemy. In the meantime, a key witness – a director of the American air force’s judicial system from 2007-2008 – claimed that he was “extraordinarily disappointed” with the decision. Although he usually tends to defend military justice, the concerns were expressed about the extent of Bradley’s heavy-handed prosecution. The Manning trial was compared to the marines who faced court-martial over the 2005 Haditha killings.
Meanwhile, human rights advocacy groups called the court ruling “a travesty of justice”, saying that it was abundantly clear that the charge of “aiding the enemy” had no basis and should have been dropped. Manning’s lawyers point out that he was young, naive and good intentioned when he arrived in Iraq, but it was his growing disillusion that spurred him to allegedly leak the data, including an infamous video of the US apache helicopter attack over Baghdad which killed dozen people, among whom there was a photographer for Reuters. Industry observers admit that in case Manning was found guilty of “aiding the enemy”, this would set a dangerous precedent for all whistleblowers and the freedom of the press.
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Thursday, July 25th, 2013
|He's a hero. SHITbama and his government can go to hell.|
|If the enemy is wikileaks and the truth being declared to the free world then he is guilty,but when all is said and done the Truth is supposed to set you free not have you treated like a traitor.The damage to the administration and troops was in the actions of the office of the president and the hierarchy within the military who`s actions in collateral murder and illegal occupation of Iraq caused the deaths of over 1.5 million civilians and the way in which non combatants were brutally slain by said military ,secular murders by the police and special security teams as well as insurgence who were never present under Saddam Hussein's reign of over 30+ years in power.|
|It must be added that thanks to American forces the country has been left with 5 feudal tribes in a destroyed country and has aided Al queda in recruiting children as young as 6 years old who have been left orphaned and disillusioned under American occupation,said recruits are now responsible for car jackings and anti personnel bombs proving terror creates terrorists both at home and abroad.|
|posted by (2013-07-26 03:14:30)|
|Snowden should turn himself in. He'll TOTALLY get a fair trial!|
Killing and torturing in the name of "national security" is just fine. So are armed paramilitary police raids for our cherished War on Drugs. Same with the wholesale, vacuum cleaner-like electronic surveillance of every communication that crosses US soil for all of the above. Cast light and truth on any of those illegal abuses and you get thrown in a hole until you die.
The government is a heavily armed gang of organized criminals.
|posted by (2013-07-26 04:51:23)|
|america the big bully who never does nothing wrong ...|
so if they find this man guilty, does that mean the rest of the world can find bush and obama guilty of war crimes and prison them with no parole ..
one man stands up to tell the world whats really going on , and the whole world sit there and watch and do nothing .....such a sad world we live in today
|Yeah governments and politicians will sell you down the river everytime,they should be held accountable foe there illegal actions and imprisoned then you might have some hope of real democracy,well done bradley for showing your government to be the lier,cheat and most dishonest,the worl owes you a debt and they should speak up for you but i doubt it good luck.|
|We already knew that the US has corruption and so forth, and I agree OBAMA sucks, but I still think what this guy did was BOTH good and bad.....and I definetly don't think hes a HERO....Just wondering how many of these other posters commenting actually live in the US? How can you call a man a hero for costing people there lives by not doing his job? And I don't want to hear "Oh but what about all that the US government does"? Without brining up how BAD and terrible the US government is what if it was one of your family members or someone you know was injured or killed from him leaking stuff he shouldn't have? Im sure ill get a lot of People who don't live in the States telling me im wrong, and Bradley manning is a hero....I just don't see how you can think everything he did was GOOD and nothing he did was BAD? IMO what he did was BOTH good and BAD, but at the end of the day he broke the law.|
|I don't remember that "the enemy" was every clearly defined. Careers have been made proving how the|
U.S. used these groups for other operations. Only the media can tell friend from foe. It was the media
shot at from the helicopter thinking that the U.S. was a friend in the Bradley Manning video...
If anyone could tell who the enemy was, during the illegal occupation that killed innocent civilians in Iraq
(per the U.N.) then who did Bradley Manning help???? I'm confused, that's why I left the United States.
Wasn't the illegal occupation the enemy if it was illegal?
|posted by (2013-07-27 14:51:01)|
|Oliver North also “aided the enemy” in his well known part in the Iran–Contra affair under Reagan but got away with allot of military awards and decorations instead of a maximum life sentence.|
Its just one more example of judges bending justice to serve politics. On top it doesnt make much sense as in the future whistleblowers like Mr. Snowden just adapt by fleeing to china or russia to evade this kind of justice.
This way we just keep ending up with allot of bad examples
|posted by (2013-07-28 06:43:51)|
|"How can you call a man a hero for costing people there lives by not doing his job?"|
Say whah?? Exactly WHO died as a result of Snowden's whistleblowing? How many? What were their names? When did they die?
All rhetorical questions since no one has died. NO ONE. Nice straw man there.
"IMO what he did was BOTH good and BAD, but at the end of the day he broke the law."
And what was so bad again about what Snowden did? Will you bring up your sorry "innocent people died" argument again? When that's not true at all?
What about all the people who DID die as a result of other Americans who kept their mouths shut when war crimes were being committed, thug dictators were being supported while they tortured and killed hundreds of thousands of people, experiments were being conducted on innocent people, countries invaded or bombed with false evidence, or other criminal programs were being run by the government- all in the name of National Security? At least a million people DID die due to these criminal abuses of power. FOR REAL.
As for his breaking a law drafted during World War I, which is very rarely ever prosecuted- even under extreme circumstances- Snowden exposed an ***ILLEGAL*** and ***CRIMINAL*** program that violated not just dozens of laws, but also the highest law of the land: The Constitution and its Bill of Rights.
Honestly, please get a goddamned clue.
|I don't know enough about the Snowden case, did you mean Manning?> Im guessing you meant manning as this was a article about him? So you see nothing wrong with him leaking classified information to Al queada or other terrosit organzations? Yea I know Americas the worst of them all, but im not talking about SNOWDEN or anything else America has done wrong, just the particulars in the MANNING case.|
|posted by (2013-07-28 21:36:34)|
|Whether you're talking about Manning or Snowden, no one has ever been hurt or killed as a result of their disclosures. I know that a few US assets were compromised during the first Wikileaks release a few years back, but even they (and their overseas associates) weren't hurt or killed.|
Whenever someone talks about throwing the Constitution in the garbage because of terrorism, "the children", the War on Drugs, or ANY OTHER REASON, they're on a slippery slope.
Even taking account of the events of 9/11, you have a FAR greater chance of being hit by lightening than you do of being killed in a terrorist attack.
The fact that you and tens of millions of others think its ok to violate the constitution hundreds of millions of times a year "to feel safe", then lie continually to defend criminal actions, shows very clearly that the country is way beyond repair and is completely doomed.
|AS I WILL ALWAYZ SAY "THE US government IZ the largest criminal organization " on the face of this earth!!!||
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