I was brought up and knew my way around the 20th century when much to my surprise the 21st century came along and everyone started making up new confusing rules I was supposed to have memorized (long after it was too late to memorize anything).

Monday, June 03, 2013

The Bradley Manning Trial has begun!

This is written as a comment to this following article:

God Bless Bradley Manning
Or if you don't like the word God, may the collective unconscious bless Bradley Manning? 

What if I classified information to conceal crimes I had committed, would that work for me?  If not, it should not work for anyone.  That goes back to Hammurabi's Code of Laws, one of the earliest cornerstones of our Judicial System. The import from that time to ours was that if the law applies to one person, the law applies to everybody.  Laws cannot be enforced in a discriminating manner.

Isn't it the case that when one knows that a crime has been committed, one either reports the crime or is an accomplice to the crime? What if all those in the chain of command to whom the crime might be reported were culpable for permitting the crime and therefore accomplices to the crime who could be expected to further the cover up?

Bradley Manning was obligated to find a way to report the crimes he knew of, and he did so in the only way available to him to do so successfully.

Bradley Manning did what was necessary and required by law.  For this, those who wish to conceal war crimes and other crimes by classifying information and persecuting whistleblowers don't want you to think this through:  like any con man in organized crime, they want to silence the witness and intimidate any future witnesses.

Bradley Manning had a choice:  Expose the crime or be an accomplice to the crime.

He made the choice we teach our children to make.  The right choice.

Now some in our society wants to punish him for this.


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