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thismachinekillsfascists
Named after Arlo Guthrie's famous guitar
03:56 PM on 12/03/2012
He's a political prisoner, nothing more nothing less. Shameful.
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WhatName
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
08:59 PM on 12/03/2012
Manning was a demoted and disgruntled solider with serious mental health issues and identity problems who stolen sensitive and secret information and gave it to a foreigner. Thereby violating every single contract and oath he's EVER taken. Nothing more and nothing less.
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FearlessFreep
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01:42 AM on 12/04/2012
He didn't violate his oath to defend the US constitution. (The soldiers who kept quiet did.)
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demockracy
The Library:Like taking your brain to the gym
03:15 PM on 12/03/2012
This amounts to a brief intro to Glenn Greenwald's book: "With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful " Greenwald's columns online document the criminality of the Bush and Obama administrations, and what happens when the criminals start running the courts.

By criminality, I mean murder. Yes, it doesn't matter whether Don Corleone or Barack Obama orders the hit, it's a hit when there's no trial. And I mean theft. Forty percent of U.S. net worth just disappeared because of financial fraud. Prosecutions for financial fraud are at 20 - 30 year lows.

Q: Why didn't Obama cross the road? A: What are you, a purist? (thx to Nakedcapitalism.com)
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FearlessFreep
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05:40 PM on 12/03/2012
Good joke!
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WhatName
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
09:03 PM on 12/03/2012
Why did Manning cross the road? Because there was a sale on pantyhose on the other side. Not that there's anything wrong with it!
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Jay Daterman
Dump The Teapot
02:23 PM on 12/03/2012
I am fed up with the reiteration of the "this person damaged national security" line every time someone exposes despicable acts we have engaged in. All that really happens is someone has embarassed the government.

This is the same drivel the Nixon administration prattled when Daniel Ellsburg leaked the Pentagon Papers. That national security whine when all the Papers showed was how the public had been bamboozled by the government about Vietnam.

The Obama administration should know better than to pull the same stunt. The writer's term "vacatin from reality" sums up our national state of mind quite well.
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conchop
logic ethics quality
02:03 PM on 12/03/2012
Good story - makes you think - Especially if you're a vet wondering why.

Question; what did we learn from Viet Nam until now?
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FearlessFreep
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03:29 PM on 12/03/2012
What the Pentagon learned: Do a better job of hiding the truth.
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FearlessFreep
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05:41 PM on 12/03/2012
The Pentagon learned to do a better job of hiding the truth.
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visitr on a small planet
card carrying iconoclast
01:32 PM on 12/03/2012
the bradley manning travesty of justice literally screams to the world at large how cor rupt the u.s. gov ern ment has become. think of it as criminals persecuting true heroes to silence the truth.
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01:22 PM on 12/03/2012
Empires come and go and this is just another example of the american empire on the way out and down.

Americans will even borrow hundreds of billions per year from communist china so they can have a mega size military to protect themselves from of all things communism and socialism.

America like england and rome will go down in history as an empire that failed to look into the mirror.

Combine unchecked survival of the fittest capitalism with religious dogma add some super power military might and you have yourself an empire in a self detstructive mode of being in the world.
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Jay Daterman
Dump The Teapot
02:24 PM on 12/03/2012
Very sad but oh so true! F and F
12:32 PM on 12/03/2012
I have no sympathy for Manning. He is just the unlucky person that the government decided to make an example out of. He should have thought about the consequences before leaking a bunch of classified information.
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FearlessFreep
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05:42 PM on 12/03/2012
You should think about the consequences if the truth stays hidden.
06:40 AM on 12/04/2012
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12:31 PM on 12/03/2012
The most unfortunate fact about denial: that it is those who aren't suffering the consequences of egregious actions who are the ones capable of remaining in denial, while those "at the receiving end" of such actions don't, of course, have this option
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12:09 PM on 12/03/2012
Just one more example of America becoming the nation of tortures. At one time, we paid for torture by others, like the Latin dictators who made people disappear. Now, we're doing it everywhere we have control. It once was confined to isolated incidents of over-exuberance. Now, it's national policy. And this particular case has Obama's personal approval. The same guy who is terrorizing whole groups with drones is expanding government secret torture. Not just Bradly Manning, but all over Afghanistan. And anyone who blow a whistle at his parade. This ain't an aberration.
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robadeau
Your labels have expired
05:41 PM on 12/03/2012
It always happens when the fundamentalists (whether religion or money) run things. And when they join up... big trouble. See... over 400 years of the Inquisitions... for a start.
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FearlessFreep
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01:44 AM on 12/04/2012
Thank you, Ronald Reagan.
11:53 AM on 12/03/2012
I hate the Huffington Post because of its so-called "liberal" bias, but I keep coming because once in a while they publish articles like this one. It seems Seamus McKiernan is one of the few Americans that is starting to notice that reality is not optional.
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SocratesFan
Elitist who loves books and learning
03:03 PM on 12/03/2012
And I'm sure liberals hate the Drudge Report because of its "conservative" bias.

Seriously, EVERYONE is "biased." I'm biased, you're biased, the Huffington Post is biased, Ronald Reagan was biased, the friggin' Dalai Lama is biased. So what? Truth-seeking means you account for bias in every source, then imaginatively re-construct the truth based on what you found to be true and false in every source.
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Enderby Land
Objects in mirror are cleaner than they appear
05:43 PM on 12/03/2012
From the rightwing dictionary:

Bias (n): a pretext for dismissing that which one does not wish to hear or believe.
06:31 PM on 12/03/2012
Sure, but a serious journalist presents the facts as they are, and only then gives an opinion based on that facts. Twisting the facts to fit your opinion is what I'm against of. And, by the way, I'm not a conservative, and I feel the same about Fox.
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11:31 AM on 12/03/2012
It seems the only information he let out was the information higher authority wants to keep quite because it embarasses them. We have so much information kept confidential just to protect our so-called leaders from public scrutiny. Bradley Manning is the real patriot in this matter and Obama has shamed himself and shown that his "hope and change' was just another marketing slogan.
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Chopin
Multiply the truth. Speak truth through power.
03:27 PM on 12/03/2012
Couldn't have put the truth simpler.

Bradley Manning is enduring the wrath and viciousness of an institution gone haywire that is supposed to serve the nation and protect the people. Instead, as the wikileaks truth reveals in indisputable daylight the military is acting outside the law, and it's serving imperial warlord acting as frontman for the interests of corporate cabals, as Major General Smedley Butler so accurately judged the situation so many years ago.
11:22 AM on 12/03/2012
Shame on you, if you think this traitor is anything other than that. Go stand a post or go on patrol and then tell me how you feel about a guy giving away classified material that could possible empower the enemy and susequently put you and your friends in danger, or worse yet your siblings or children if they are in the military. This is the military's form of the justice system at work you may not like it but guess wha,t its not NCIS and this is not a tv show. Many other countries around the world see our justice system as weak and too forgiving. this guy is a traitor and should be treated like one. Just wait until he gets into serving his time which will be shorten to 12 years or so instead of the 70+ he faces and see how long he lasts.
02:43 PM on 12/03/2012
Nothing he allegedly released could have empowered "the enemy" or put anyone in danger. It was just embarrassing to the people sending the cables to have others find out what our diplomats really think. Don't own up, don't apologize, don't reform your ways, just punish the source of the leak.
02:56 PM on 12/03/2012
In the military, the biggest crime you can committ is to betray your own, that puts lives in danger in many ways.
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02:55 PM on 12/03/2012
The government case against Bradley Manning claims that Manning "aided the enemy" and endangered U.S. soldiers, but a 2010 Pentagon review found no such evidence.

You may have missed this in the article, i'm just trying to be helpful and educate you.
03:18 PM on 12/03/2012
Ah so it makes sense to write an entire article casting doubt on the gov'ts ability to be honest then cite a report from said Gov't proving your point?
 
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11:03 AM on 12/03/2012
what is to be done?
what can we do?
how?
when?
11:01 AM on 12/03/2012
What Manning did was a really bad act but subjecting him to torture (23 hrs a day in a box) defies American values. Manning could never have done what he did if he worked at the CIA. The Defense Department should use this as a learning opportunity and close the holes in the system that made Manning's ill conceived move possible. Also. people like Jillian Assange need to be the target of a law that makes what he did a crime in this country, punishable by a large fine, prison time and the confiscation of all assets relating to this activity.
02:46 PM on 12/03/2012
People like *Julian Assange hold the government to their own promise of transparency. They and organizations like them are our only source anymore, for the truth that our mainstream media won't publish. Wikileaks screens the material they release for anything that could cause true security issues. Assange should have gotten a Nobel prize.
11:30 PM on 12/03/2012
You do understand tho don't you, that your attitude on this matter could leave an FBI profiler to believe that you may be susceptible to the persuasion of  a foreign government? This point is merely academic here as you are most likely not being monitored for your foreign sympathies
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FearlessFreep
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03:38 PM on 12/03/2012
IMHO, the Pentagon should use this as a learning opportunity...

...and end this whole business of committing war crimes and covering them up through the abuse of classification!
10:41 AM on 12/03/2012
It seems that when one "leaks" documents that are not in the best interests of politicians or military officials that expose wrong doings a person is a ""