Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shooting the messenger

Bradley Manning is not a criminal.

He should be praised for shining a light on the underhanded dealings of our government. Instead, he's facing a court martial.

The material he provided to Wikileaks didn't endanger the lives of any Americans. But it sure as hell did embarrass the government. Through his actions he exposed the ways in which the United States government lied both to the American people and its allies.

The cables and correspondence documented the ways in which our government committed war crimes and violated international law. Our government armed repressive governments world wide and turned a blind eye when the weapons were turned on their own people. Our government bombed civilian targets. Our government tortured detainees who have never been charged with a crime.

We condemn those around the world who act in the very manner our government acted.

Sure, it's a dangerous world out there - it's always been a dangerous world - but that doesn't excuse our leaders from breaking the law. Ronald Reagan, George Bush (the elder), Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama are all complicit in atrocities committed against the poor and powerless. Yet none of them will ever be called before the people to answer for their crimes.

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