I am Bradley Manning…Today the Fate of this Whistleblower Gets Decided

Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning

Today a military judge will decide the fate of whistle-blower Bradley Manning. He’s been locked up and tortured for the past 3 years..The ruling is predicted to have far-reaching impact on all sectors of society from journalists on down to folks who publish and post up information on-line.. All that needs to happen is some government official declaring what ever information you have as a threat to national security.

Now on the surface that may seem like common sense and in the age of us, the US being engaged in a long-lasting War on Terror, keeping things secret may be a price we all have to pay. The problem is that so much of our military and other institutions fighting these wars are privately owned companies who have a financial stake in the actions they take and not necessarily our collective freedom. This unprecedented partnership has led to severe abuses of power.

This shooting of Reuters news reporter Namir Noor-Elden and her driver Saeed Chmagh being shot at by the Apache a helicopter and a family with their kids is the type of info Manning brought to light..This is the type of atrocities being done in our name.. Not to mention we were in Iraq where this took place because of deliberate lies and misleading information, designed to make companies like Halliburton lots of money..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25EWUUBjPMo

The information that Bradley gave to the public has been a catalyst for pro-democracy movements in the Arab world, exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, shown us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and changed journalism forever.

There is no evidence that anyone died as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison or possibly death. The greatest charge against him is that of “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense. As the public who benefited from this information, does that make us the enemy? What price will future whistleblowers pay?

http://vimeo.com/68700092

Comments

  1. cool stuff #11

  2. It’s a real stretch to claim that the Arab Spring happened because of this one guy. Also pretty racist and Amercocentric – why do White Americans always have to claim to be the center of the universe, responsible for every good thing that happens in the world.

    The Arab Spring happened because of decades of political turmoil in the region – it wasn’t because of one Army Private deciding to forget his classified information training and give secret documents to foreign nationals.

    • Chucky P says:

      Well I think the point of this is that if they hung Manning out to dry, you can expect those of us colored folk in the same situation to get lynched even worse. That’s the scary part.

  3. Reblogged this on Oso Sabio speaks… and commented:
    “There is no evidence that anyone has died as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison or possibly death… What price will future whistleblowers pay?”

  4. I’ll rather the government keep secrets than tell us everything that is going on. just imagine if we knew about every threat, us Americans would be literally be living in fear.

    • that’s what the government wants. to keep americans in fear. that’s exactly how they stay in power. the opposite of what you said is true. if americans knew all of the government secrets, they wouldn’t want government.

  5. Nice post

  6. WOW!

  7. the truth hurts

  8. good info #18

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