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09:07 PM on 07/10/2013
Snowden has made it quite clear that the best disinfectant of government overreach is transparency. The trial should have been made public and questions need to be answered:

1) Is it smart to outsource government functions, especially intelligence gathering and analysis?
2) Let's clarify the legal parameters of data collection by the NSA and other Intel agencies
3) Let's understand the role and power of the FISA Court. Should FISA judges be appointed by the SCOTUS Chief Judge only?
4) What checks and balances are in place?
5) Which, how and under what circumstances persona privacy can be invaded without notice?

The American people are cognizant of national security issues, but they have a right to a lot of answers and
04:26 AM on 07/14/2013
Recent issues, like the ones Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have brought to light, make it more and more clear how dangerously close to tyranny we are: a brain-washed military, ignorant citizens and a criminal, secretive government. Not far from Nazi Germany. I should be fearful to write this, but I'm a brave soul.
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Bethany Quartz
Liberty and Justice for All Humanity
12:07 PM on 07/14/2013
I don't want him caught and tried because our government shouldn't be charging him in the first place. They should simply come forward and tell us what is going on and also stop violating our Constitutional rights and international law.
08:25 PM on 07/10/2013
I have to feel sorry for Army Rangers when a dweeb like this guy wears a black beret like Chevy Chase in "European Vacation."
10:43 PM on 07/10/2013
It's just standard issue for service members. It has no special significance. It's not the same as the very distinctive green beret that Special Forces wear.
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12:09 AM on 07/11/2013
Baret is the standard head cover now.
09:23 AM on 07/11/2013
Yeah, I know, but let's just say some seem to wear it better than others.
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Steamboater
Forget hope. Agitate.
06:48 PM on 07/10/2013
The public had a right to know what was going on at that trial and it should have been televised. Manning has been treated horribly all this time and this under the leadership of the great constitutional scholar.
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09:45 PM on 07/10/2013
Flushed!
10:47 PM on 07/10/2013
He's been treated no differently than anyone else in pre-trial confinement whose actions have created the need for special safety precautions to be taken. Breanna needs to suck it up and take it like a man.
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Steamboater
Forget hope. Agitate.
01:35 AM on 07/11/2013
Absolute BS.You're nothing but an apologist for really torture. Of course, when a democratic president approves of it it's not a crime just as when Bush approved it republicans said it wasn't a crime.

"During his imprisonment, Manning has been subject to what the United Nations special rapportuer on torture, Juan Mendez, labeled “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment,” including prolonged periods of solitary confinement and forced nudity.

Former State Department spokesperson P.J. Crowley resigned over Manning’s treatment, while a prison psychologist testified at his hearing that the conditions he was held in were worse than those found on death row, or in Guantanamo Bay. And yet Obama has publicly defended Manning’s treatment.”

http://www.policymic.com/articles/26539/bradley-manning-prison-1-000th-day-behind-bars-approac
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muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
06:13 PM on 07/10/2013
..................KANGAROO COURT NOW IN PROCESS

Watch this short video and JUDGE FOR YOURSELF..................

Collateral Murder
Overview

Update: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a 'hero'. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The Apache crew and those behind the cover up depicted in the video have yet to be charged. To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad -- including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

http://www.collateralmurder.com/
10:49 PM on 07/10/2013
Get over yourself. You have no idea what you're talking about. Your assertions are as ridiculous as Manning's are.
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12:10 AM on 07/11/2013
agreed
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jqmoon
Peace and Harmony
04:35 PM on 07/10/2013
Why isn't Wiki Leaks guilty of something like knowingly receiving stolen government property? It seems like they use these young men to further their cause and get off scott free.
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Wheelo
A man a plan a canal Panama
05:32 PM on 07/10/2013
DING!

Give the intelligent lad there a cigar.
07:50 PM on 07/10/2013
They're not Americans. You can't charge them. And if you could, couldn't that open up charges to every journalist who received leaked information?
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jqmoon
Peace and Harmony
08:00 PM on 07/10/2013
Assange is not American, but Glenn Greenwald is. I'm just curious since there is a charge of Espionage against Snowden if it is not aiding and abetting a criminal. It's not like he is protecting a source, we already know who the source is
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MrStat1
Conservative, NRA and Proud of It
03:33 PM on 07/10/2013
Upon conviction, put one in the back of his traitorous head!
04:05 PM on 07/10/2013
"A military investigation concluded the troops reasonably mistook the photography equipment for weapons."

....and THAT is what this is all about... If this is treason then My Lai was perfectly reasonable in your eyes ?
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muck-raker
give me liberty or give me death
06:22 PM on 07/10/2013
If not for Seymour Hersh this story would never have surfaced...there is more to this story that is very seldom heard.
When one of our helicopters landed and saw that 130 civilians were being massacred they took note.
In addition the Women of Mai Lai were raped all nite and SHOT IN THE MORNING
can not have talking witnesesses ya know

Capt. Calley was released after several years of house arrest.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/introduction/mylai/

Mr. Hersh is a hero and should be given a peace medal for his effort in bringing the truth to the American public..it is said this was a step to ending this terrible killing of some say 2 to 4 million.
A General was asked about the huge numbers of civilians...the ANSWER...

although we COUNT screwdrivers....we do not count suspected enemy.
10:19 PM on 07/10/2013
If they en-bed with the enemy and get killed. Oh well.
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Steamboater
Forget hope. Agitate.
06:50 PM on 07/10/2013
As Molly Ivins would have said MrStat1, that would have sounded better in the original German.
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PATina
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
03:29 PM on 07/10/2013
I'm sorry... exposing our hypocrisy is NOT treason or AIDING the enemy.
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05:24 PM on 07/10/2013
You are correct. Our enemies are aided from within, from the CIA paying a dictator in Afghanistan using paper sacks with no accountability to NSA watching of Americans. Hypocrisy is actually complementary. Thanks.