Pvt. Bradley Manning
The military court-martial trial of Pvt. Bradley Manning just took a distinct turn for the worst.
That came yesterday as military Judge Col. Denise Lind upheld the charge of "aiding the enemy" indicating she's probably preparing to find him guilty which could bring a life sentence with no chance for parole.
Let's be straight forward about that happening: from here If Bradley Manning is found guilty then we're all guilty.
And the U.S. government is the most complicit and guilty of all keeping him in solitary for over a year and a half without charges, then bringing him up on bogus charges for his leaking the truth to WikiLeaks, particularly the classified war crime video of a U.S. Apache helicopter gunship indiscriminately killing innocents and a Reuters reporter for sport in Iraq in April, 2007; that incident, plus numerous other documents revealing the U.S. as perpetrator in its wrongful and illegal war and occupation in Iraq.
It's hard to imagine Judge Lind not being "briefed" by the Obama administration as to what verdict they expect in convicting Manning for "aiding the enemy" as well as the other charges against him.
Whistleblowers exposing the administrations extra --legal and clandestine practices have been hounded and prosecuted as enemies of the state rather than the true patriots they are in revealing the truth.
But the "truth" is an anathema to our rogue government and the corporate media that have become triumphalist cheer leaders for that government.
Instead of exposing the government's wrongdoing, the clear intention of the founders establishing a free press as part of the 1 st Amendment and expecting that free press to hold that government accountable, which should be automatic in a free and just democracy. However our corporate controlled media is an enabler of that government instead of being the governments natural adversary.
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.