Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Bradley Manning Case

Great minds often think alike. In this case Radley Balko pretty much echoes my thoughts on Bradley Manning's imprisonment and prosecution for leaking confidential government documents.

In short, I don't think Manning is some great patriotic hero. He does deserve punishment for, if nothing else, divulging classified documents he was sworn to protect as part of his duties.

However, the way he is being incarcerated is criminal in and of itself. That he's been held under such conditions with no trial in sight makes this even worse. Shame on everybody involved that is in a position to correct this situation.


At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a patriot in my book.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger Belle said...

I think he did the right thing. His imprisonment is another sign the U.S. has become rotten. Not its citizens, its government.

At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a hero, Fred. No offense, but you're not.

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They've got to give him the death penalty. He's below most peoples' radar, but a decade from now his treatment and incarceration would be a symbol of all that is wrong with America, a Mandela in the making. And if he actually gets out of jail right away, he'll have a lucrative never-ending speaking tour as an American hero.

At 7:00 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

...a Mandela in the making.

Hardly. While his motive for leaking that info hasn't been disclosed yet, it seems certain to me he didn't do it out of any sense of altruism if only because it was a wholesale dump of information.

It seems to me his motivation was more along the lines of what we might see from a vandal breaking windows than someone who released information he felt important others were made aware of.

At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred's opinion is the opinion of a man blogging in his underwear, from his wife's garage, after a bad game of Aces High.

At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He deserves prison.


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