OpEdNews Op Eds

Bradley Manning Seeks Plea Deal

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 2 of 6 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Must Read 4   Valuable 3   Well Said 2  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H2 11/10/12

Become a Fan
  (191 fans)
- Advertisement -
"The Department of Defense takes the management of classified information very seriously because it affects our national security, the lives of our soldiers, and our operations abroad."

Then Defense Secretary Robert Gates lied. He called the leak "potentially dramatic and grievously harmful....The battlefield consequences of the release of these documents are potentially severe and dangerous for our troops, our allies and Afghan partners"."

Unmentioned were multiple US imperial wars, lawless occupations, exploitation of people and resources, crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide, as well as millions of noncombatant civilians killed, injured, or otherwise harmed.

Whistleblowers like Manning deserve praise, not prosecution. They're heroes. They're America's finest. They risk great personal harm to expose vital truths everyone needs to know.

Exposing crimes or intent to commit them deserves highest praise. America equates it with treason, subversion, or terrorism.

Manning faces 22 counts under America's Espionage Act. He's also accountable under Articles 92 and 124 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). They include aiding the enemy. It's a potential capital offense. 

Prosecutors said they won't seek the death penalty. Manning could face life in prison. Possibly it would be without parole. He and Julian Assange received Nobel Peace Prize nominations. 

- Advertisement -

On February 1, 2012, the Movement of the Icelandic Parliament (MIP) nominated Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. They felt compelled to recognize his important contribution to world peace.

MIP's letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in part said:

"We have the great honor of nominating (Manning) for the 2012 (award)."

He stands accused of leaking documents revealing "a long history of corruption, war crimes and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings."

The evidence "should never have been kept from public scrutiny." They document crimes of war and against humanity." 

- Advertisement -

"Citizens worldwide" are indebted "to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so I urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning" for displaying the highest form of courage at great personal risk.

On October 2, Manning's lawyer, David Coombs, moved to have all charges dropped without prejudice. He cited constitutional and Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) violations.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6

 

I was born in 1934, am a retired, progressive small businessman concerned about all the major national and world issues, committed to speak out and write about them.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon


Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

The McCain-Lieberman Police State Act

Daniel Estulin's "True Story of the Bilderberg Group" and What They May Be Planning Now

Continuity of Government: Coup d'Etat Authority in America

America Facing Depression and Bankruptcy

Lies, Damn Lies and the Murdoch Empire

Mandatory Swine Flu Vaccine Alert

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
5 people are discussing this page, with 7 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

His only chance now is a Presidential pardon. They... by Tommy Wright on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:57:25 AM
We can always give him the one awarded to our illu... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:19:12 PM
Ain't it the truth... I wouldn't expect Obama to p... by Tommy Wright on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:21:38 PM
Justice must be seen to be fair and impartial. So... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 10:47:44 AM
This past week, American hypocrisy was on grand di... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:17:44 PM
When do these traitorous 'leaders' of ours get the... by Don Caldarazzo on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:52:19 PM
I like the nobel peace prize nomination. At least ... by Kim Cassidy on Monday, Nov 12, 2012 at 1:50:42 AM