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Bradley Manning Is Guilty of "Aiding the Enemy" -- If the Enemy Is Democracy

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Of all the charges against Bradley Manning, the most pernicious -- and revealing -- is "aiding the enemy."


A blogger at The New Yorker, Amy Davidson, raised a pair of big questions that now loom over the courtroom at Fort Meade and over the entire country:


"Would it aid the enemy, for example, to expose war crimes committed by American forces or lies told by the American government?"


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"In that case, who is aiding the enemy -- the whistleblower or the perpetrators themselves?"


When the deceptive operation of the warfare state can't stand the light of day, truth-tellers are a constant hazard. And culpability must stay turned on its head.


That's why accountability was upside-down when the U.S. Army prosecutor laid out the government's case against Bradley Manning in an opening statement: "This is a case about a soldier who systematically harvested hundreds of thousands of classified documents and dumped them onto the Internet, into the hands of the enemy -- material he knew, based on his training, would put the lives of fellow soldiers at risk."


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Norman Solomon is the author of "War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death." He is a co-founder of RootsAction.org and the executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy. This article was first published by (more...)
 

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