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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 10:01 AM

Amy Goodman: Bradley Manning and the Fog of War


from truthdig:



Bradley Manning and the Fog of War

Posted on Dec 20, 2011
By Amy Goodman


Accused whistle-blower Pvt. Bradley Manning turned 24 Saturday. He spent his birthday in a pretrial military hearing that could ultimately lead to a sentence of life … or death. Manning stands accused of causing the largest leak of government secrets in United States history.

More on Manning shortly. First, a reminder of what he is accused of leaking. In April 2010, the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released a video called “Collateral Murder.” It was a classified U.S. military video from July 2007, from an Apache attack helicopter over Baghdad. The video shows a group of men walking, then the systematic killing of them in a barrage of high-powered automatic fire from the helicopter. Soldiers’ radio transmissions narrate the carnage, varying from cold and methodical to cruel and enthusiastic. Two of those killed were employees of the international news agency Reuters: Namir Noor-Eldeen, a photojournalist, and Saeed Chmagh, his driver.

Renowned whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg, who released the Pentagon Papers that helped end the war in Vietnam and who himself is a Marine veteran who trained soldiers on the laws of war, told me: “Helicopter gunners hunting down and shooting an unarmed man in civilian clothes, clearly wounded … that shooting was murder. It was a war crime. Not all killing in war is murder, but a lot of it is. And this was.”

The WikiLeaks release of the Afghan War Logs followed months later, with tens of thousands of military field reports. Then came the Iraq War Diaries, with close to 400,000 military records of the U.S. war in Iraq. Next was Cablegate, WikiLeaks’ rolling release (with prominent print-media partners, including The New York Times and The Guardian in Britain) of classified U.S. State Department cables, more than a quarter-million of them, dating from as far back as 1966 up to early 2010. The contents of these cables proved highly embarrassing to the U.S. government and sent shock waves around the world. ...............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/bradley_manning_and_the_fog_of_war_20111220/



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Response to marmar (Original post)

Wed Dec 21, 2011, 10:10 AM

1. Why can't we just put this down to a "youthful indescretion"?

 

It works for Republicans who are well into their 40's - W*, Newt, Vitter, etc....

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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 10:18 AM

2. Du rec. Nt

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Wed Dec 21, 2011, 11:07 AM

3. K&R

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