Bradley Manning Formally Charged; Defers Plea

from the which-enemy? dept

This is no surprise, given the charges outlined earlier, but Bradley Manning was formally charged with 22 counts for allegedly leaking State Department cables and other documents to Wikileaks. While many expected him to enter a plea, instead he chose to defer the plea for the time being. Perhaps he's working on some sort of plea bargain. The key charge, of course, is "aiding the enemy" though I'm curious which "enemy" we're talking about and exactly what "aid" they got from this. To date, it seems like the leaks may have embarrassed the US, but it's not clear they did any more significant harm than that. If that's all it takes to "aid the enemy," then something's wrong with the system...

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Feb 2012 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    --Now, the crew in that helicopter on the other hand.... As far as I know they have still not been punished for what should obviously be classed as a war crime.

    "-lets see... a dozen Iraqi males in a combat zone armed with at least one AK 47 and an RPG. Others carrying camera bags mistaken for weapons. And you're surprised they took fire? No shit you were never in the military. A better question is who were the guys with the weapons and why were the journalists reckless enough to be part of an armed group in broad daylight?"

    So you don't see a problem with soldiers being trigger happy, begging for permission to open fire because someone on the ground "appears to have a weapon?" You don't see a problem with opening fire on two kids on their way to school? Oh, sorry, they did sit in that scary looking minivan, and their dad was trying to help wounded people lying in the street. I guess it's ok then....

    Soldiers kill opposing combatants. That is their job. You pussies have been cowering behind other nations for the last 200 years so you're excused for your lack of familiarity with the duties of a soldier. They had weapons, they are clearly visible and no one denies that... except perhaps you. There were no kids visible on the video, which you know. The bit about "on their way to school" is laughable. The guys in the van appeared to be evacuating wounded combatants and recovering guns. The minivan wasn't a yellow painted school bus.

    Is it really too much to ask that soldiers verify that they are shooting at the right people, before they open fire? Really?

    Right. Maybe they should have landed the helicopter and introduced themselves to the motherfucker with the AK.

    "--Or how about the soldiers responsible for killing a whole family and covering it up by calling in an air strike on the house?

    -Not familiar with, citation appreciated."

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/02/wikileaks-iraq-massacre-inq

    "--Or how it's not torture if the President's advisor says it's not.

    -I have to agree with you there."

    Well, then... I believe George Carlin said: "Misinformed is the new patriotic."

    I wish I could watch you be waterboarded so I could ask you if you still agree it's not torture.

    Waterboarding, classified as "not torture:"
    Watch Christopher Hitchens Get Waterboarded



    English is not your first language obviously. I was agreeing with you that water boarding is torture. We should not have done it. We should have turned them over to the Saudi's or Jordanians for questioning.

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