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Bradley Manning: A Window Into The American Soul

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Cross-posted from Paul Craig Roberts


Liberty consists of government being ruled by law and citizens having control over law. This was the way our founding fathers set up the US Constitution. It is the Constitution that defines the United States. Every member of the government and the armed forces swears allegiance to the Constitution -- not to the government or to the president or to a political party or to an ideology -- to defend the Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic.

Today the emphasis needs to be on the Constitution's domestic enemies in "our own" government. America's foreign enemies are miniscule. But the domestic enemies are legion. America's enemies consist, with whistleblower exceptions, of the entire US government, both executive branch, legislative branch (with possibly a dozen exceptions), and judicial branch (with few exceptions).

The three branches of our government have united to destroy US civil liberties in the name of a hoax, "the war on terror." Even if the US were over-run with terrorists, how could they harm us more than our government has harmed us by destroying the US Constitution?

If you don't believe that the US Constitution has been destroyed by Republicans and Democrats alike, read my book co-authored with Lawrence M. Stratton, The Tyranny Of Good Intentions, and the five articles whose URLs are provided below.

Bradley Manning, a member of the US military, complied with his oath of office, with the US Military Code, with the Nuremberg standards set by the US government, with the strictures expressed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the George W, Bush administration, and with his own conscience. Manning, allegedly (we will never know), released to WikiLeaks the video of the US military murdering two journalists and a dozen innocent people walking down a street.

After the murder of these people by the US military playing video games with live people, a father with two young children stopped his van to help the survivors crawling in the street. The US military, due to either blood-lust, incompetence, or total evil, killed the father and sent high caliber bullets into the bodies of the two small children.

The murderers then blame the father for bringing children into the combat zone created by the incompetence or evil of the US troops, who obviously get their jollies from murdering people. TV cameras are claimed to be weapons and justifications for murdering 15 people.

Subsequently, a few people, whom the video shows to be unarmed, walk into a building.

The US troops claim the unarmed people have weapons and RPGs and send three hellfire missiles into the building.  The US troops then report that all the "targets" are dead.

Any real patriotic American who saw this video would be compelled to release it. If Manning released it to Wikeleaks, then Manning is the most morally responsible American alive. What has Manning's moral conscience cost him?

It has cost Manning 900 days held incommunicado illegally by the US government. President John F. Kennedy's presidency lasted 1,000 days. Manning was held and tortured for almost the entire length of Camelot.

And the US government has gotten away with it.

Americans don't care. It is not them. They are too stupid to understand that once law is gone, they can be next.

In their desire to punish Manning, US military and civilian authorities failed to realize that the lesson for soldiers is that crimes against humanity will not be punished, but those who reveal the crimes will be punished.

On November 29, Bradley Manning testified in federal court about his illegal confinement and torture by the US government. Manning's testimony was not covered by the US media. The New York Times, in Chris Floyd's words, "contented itself with a brief bit of wire copy from AP, tucked away on page 3."

In contrast, the British Guardian covered Manning's testimony in detail in two stories 68 paragraphs long. The British people are informed of the US government's crimes against humanity in violation of international law and US law, but not the American people.

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Dr. Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy in the Reagan Administration. He was associate editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal, columnist for Business Week and the Scripps Howard News Service. He is a contributing editor to Gerald Celente's Trends Journal. He has had numerous university appointments. His book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is available here. His latest book,  How America Was Lost, has just been released and can be ordered here.

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Thank you for saying this. One glaring omission (I... by mrk * on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 12:38:39 PM
Agreed.... indeed this entire shameful episode rev... by Michael Rose on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 5:42:59 PM
Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano by US ... by Lance Ciepiela on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 1:55:00 PM
I got this email today from the support group expl... by Stephen Zimmett on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 1:56:02 PM
Thank you for that bit of info.The people of this ... by Don Caldarazzo on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 2:25:16 PM
and the rule of law to be turned upside down. That... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 5:51:53 PM
Not reporting felonies is a crime, so Bradley Mann... by Steven G. Erickson on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 5:54:51 PM
that the then 20 year old Manning had enough knowl... by Matthew Jacobs on Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 4:09:32 PM
Was "Collateral Murder" typical of the way America... by Simon Leigh on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 8:36:28 PM
"The US government constitutes Satan's Chosen Peop... by K V Ramani on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 9:40:41 PM
with much of what you have stated.  Unfortuna... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012 at 10:00:55 PM
So we finally agree on something, Doc. I am flatte... by K V Ramani on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:37:15 AM
and the inane / insane American commercialism is o... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 3:03:17 AM
let's agree on these lesser confidence-building me... by K V Ramani on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 9:00:45 AM
Nobody can 'hurt America'. It is continent and it ... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 9:48:38 AM
you said "Not Tarnish" Private Mannings Actions. N... by Matthew Jacobs on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 12:17:00 PM
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What is the rational behind their actions? &n... by Jim Miles on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 3:48:52 PM
Doc, a most articulate voice of conservatism, in b... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 4:12:53 PM
would you have us emulate?... by Matthew Jacobs on Saturday, Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00:06 PM
... a long uneducated people.  Imagine taking... by Ad Du on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 7:41:25 AM
but education is not a pre-requisite for making fu... by K V Ramani on Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 at 9:21:07 AM
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Any real patriotic American who saw this video wou... by Matthew Jacobs on Friday, Dec 7, 2012 at 3:34:20 PM