As to the charge of our being guilty if Manning is convicted it's because we have acquiesced to his likely fate and as Paul Craig Roberts presciently describes, the American public has been insouciant, acting without a care or concern, letting our government become handmaidens to its corporate underwriters turning our democracy into a plutocracy of oligarchs. Now with Edward Snowden's revelations exposing the NSA's programs of surveillance of the American people, we are seen as the enemy of the state needing to be kept under surveillance and seen as potential terrorists that must be constantly monitored.
Shining the light as Manning, now Snowden have done not only exposes the governments wrongdoing but reveals it as the most dangerous and rogue government in the world.
Manning being in a military brig for life would be a supreme injustice yet it seems most Americans barely register a peep in his defense.
Except for those patriotic souls protesting and demonstrating outside the gates of Fort Meade where Manning's trial is being held, the rest of us seem to be engrossed with our eyes on our Ipods texting some inane nonsense or self absorbed in some mindless distraction.
Manning, Snowden and before them Daniel Ellsberg represent our nations finest, true American patriots.
Ellsberg of course was completely exonerated with all charges dropped for his leaking the "Pentagon Papers" in the early 1970's.
Now in 2013 Manning is on trial with Judge Lind upholding "aiding the enemy" charges against him while Snowden sits in a Moscow airports transit zone hounded by his government which threatens reprisals against any government giving him permanent asylum.
The time between Ellsberg's exoneration and the fate of today's two young whistleblowers shows how far the country has descended.
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