Pfc. Manning Court
Martial Underway, Under-covered, Not Well Understood
By William Boardman (6513)
Media bias sample. by [williambowles]
As Most Readers Well Know, the U.S. Has Set About to Lynch Bradley Manning
The Bradley Manning court martial that began June 3 looks like another defining moment for America -- another indication of whether we are becoming the nation of supine toadies our government wants, or whether we still have enough devotion to the common good to behave in ways as decent and risky as Bradley Manning.
The U.S. government is going to extraordinary lengths to persuade us that Private Bradley Manning, 25, is a dangerous enemy of the state.
Even though Manning pled guilty to 10 of 22 charges last March, the U.S. Government is going ahead with all its charges, without providing a credible rationale. One charge, under the 1913 Espionage Act, could carry the death penalty.
There is reasonable likelihood that the military judge presiding over Manning's military trial will agree with her government employer, find Manning guilty as charged, and sentence him to life in prison, or possibly death (even though the prosecution isn't seeking the death penalty, the judge might have the power to impose it).
At that point, if that's where it goes, there will no longer be any legal doubt that Manning is an enemy of the state.
And there will no longer be any moral doubt that the state, the U.S. government, is an enemy of the people.
Manning Exposed War Crimes That the Army Wanted Covered Up
This is not yet a widely shared perception, apparently, although there are many strong voices articulating it in a variety of forms, mostly in alternative media.
But what about the American people? What does public opinion polling show to be the public's opinion of Bradley Manning? An Associated Press piece filed from London June 4 begins, "It's rare for an American to generate more sympathy abroad than at home, but Bradley Manning and his trial [sic] are unique in a host of ways."