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As Manning trial begins– ‘Does America have a conscience?’

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Bradley Manning’s trial begins today. The young Oklahoman is charged with espionage for courageous acts he undertook in Iraq to tell the American people what was happening with their Middle Eastern wars. We have sought to convey the great moral, political, and social urgency of standing up for Bradley Manning. Note that Daniel Ellsberg undertook similar actions, with more highly-classified documents, and was not imprisoned. And the elite media benefited hugely from Manning’s disclosures, but treat him now as part-traitor.

Where is the Times? Jack Mirkinson asks at Huffpo:

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan noted on Monday that the paper has once again devoted less coverage to the Bradley Manning trial than other outlets.

Manning, who has admitted he leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, is set to start trial on Monday. He faces life in prison for his actions.

Though the Manning story is unquestionably huge–from the details of his controversial detention to the implications of his prosecution–the Times has been criticized in the past for seemingly skimping on coverage. In October, Sullivan called the choice “simply weird,” noting that Manning, through WikiLeaks, had been a huge source of news for the Times.

Moreover, the Times has come up directly at several points in Manning’s ongoing legal proceedings. In a lengthy statement about his dealings with WikiLeaks, Manning said that he had attempted to contact the paper with his information before turning to Julian Assange.

Manning is hailed as a truth-teller, today on Law and Disorder. And, this morning, two friends of Manning’s stood outside the base in the rain.

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  1. just
    June 3, 2013, 10:52 am

    Some of us do. The country as a whole does not.

    It’s the source of many of our everlasting blunders at home and abroad that cause others to look upon us with dismay and dislike. We judge others, yet cannot look inward and see our flaws/mistakes/hypocrisy and, yes, lies & coverups.

  2. Kathleen
    June 3, 2013, 11:05 am

    Thanks for this Phil. Manning is a hero. A man of conscience that many Americans are terrified of dealing with. Thank you Bradley Manning.

    Reading Jeremy Scahill’s “Dirty Wars” Many of us here are very aware of many of the details that are in this amazing book. But Scahill piles on more. So depressing. What I have not read so far is Scahill getting into the reasons why so many want to do damage to the U.S. U.S. foreign policy in the middle east

  3. Dan Crowther
    Dan Crowther
    June 3, 2013, 11:28 am

    It must be the Israel Lobby, no way Americans, on their own, without foreign influence and intimidation would ever let something like this happen. Pfft.

  4. seafoid
    June 3, 2013, 12:04 pm

    The US is at its most vindictive when it comes to dealing with those who challenge its ur memes. Manning is being treated like a Native American. He’s getting the Leonard Peltier treatment.

  5. atime forpeace
    atime forpeace
    June 3, 2013, 2:16 pm

    Apparently this site is horrid with venomous posters according to this tweeter…
    this type of condemnation ought to be considered a badge of courage to those of you who run this site.

    yaacov lozowick ‏@yaacovlozowick 22m
    [email protected] WOULD regard Bradley Manning as a hero. … via
    Charlie Adams ‏@AdamovichC 18m
    @yaacovlozowick @Mondoweiss is a horrid site especially their venomous commentators. Thankfully, its an echo-chamber of fringe lunatics.

  6. Citizen
    June 3, 2013, 2:23 pm

    I see a few reasons why the NYT & main stream media generally, is not coming out in support of Manning:

    1.) There’s no military draft shaking the nation. Only 1% of America is military.
    2.) The mainstream media was complict in the neocons regime’s seducing America into preemptive war with Iraq via trumped up WMD.
    3.) Manning is not Jewish.
    4.) Manning was an enlisted soldier, just a working class kid, when he did what he did, not a member of the intellectual elite or media. This means he had no connections to power of any sort.
    Make of that what you can or wish.

  7. Keith
    June 3, 2013, 6:40 pm

    “President Obama, however, has waged the most aggressive and vindictive assault on whistleblowers of any president in American history…. The Obama administration has prosecuted twice as many cases under the Espionage Act as all other administrations combined.” (Glenn Greenwald)

    • Keith
      June 4, 2013, 1:53 pm

      “Manning is a hero for sharing with the people of the world, and especially the people of the United States, the truth about U.S. foreign policy that is too often abusive, in violation of international law and conducted on behalf of transnational corporate interests.” (Green Shadow Cabinet)

  8. quirx
    June 3, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Well, if one distinguishes between America™ and the 300 million+ individuals that make up the populace, the former does not, the latter do in varying degrees. The US of America, as a corporate entity, as any bureaucracy, exists to 1) gain power, 2) protect and expand its budget each year, and 3) perpetuate its own power. It will do anything and stoop to any depths to do so, destroy any lives, create un-repayable debt and wreak any amount of violence to do so. It will kill all its citizens to perpetuate itself. It will destroy itself to continue on. It has no soul, but it can be soul-destroying (figuratively) to anyone who encounters it, and life-ending for anyone who speaks against it. The individuals, however, have no duty to government, but to the country and to each other. And this is where the American people have failed. There are 2, two of his friends outside the base. I am ashamed; though I didn’t know him, I wish I was there with them. But I am not ashamed of Bradley. In fact, I would hazard that like many others who could not be there, many of us will write him while he is in prison (as he will undoubtedly be). I hope that our numbers overwhelm the staff with his incoming mail, even if he doesn’t get to read them all. And like his selflessly brave act, it will not be enough, but it will be something.

    • Citizen
      June 4, 2013, 3:57 pm

      @ quorx

      I stand in solidarity with your solidarity with Private Bradley. As Chomsky once again pointed out recently, if memory serves, it was on Democracy Now website, government classifications of records is way more to keep citizens from information they need to fulfill their duty as informed citizens of a democracy to uphold “the consent of the governed” that is the engine of real democracy. There’s no evidence Wikileaks put anybody in danger. The Pentagon Papers were released by a high US security officer with a top secret clearance and lots of influential contacts in the US civilian power establishment. Manning is a lowly enlisted bloke, sans contacts. If he were Jewish, he’d get a lot more support, simply because of that connection. Something’s happening here, what it is maybe more than clear.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        June 4, 2013, 5:28 pm

        that’s exactly what the classification system is, citizen. there isn’t a disclosure that I’ve read that is reportedly attributable to manning that wasn’t likely known to any competent intelligence agency. the disclosures were publicly embarrassing, but not ‘secret’ in a meaningful sense.

  9. Les
    June 4, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Judge us by what we do, not what we say.

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