The Manning Verdict Is a Complicated One And Now The Sentencing …

August 3rd, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Is Pfc. Bradley Manning a whistle – blowing hero/martyr or a traitor? Even if you think Manning is a “Benedict Arnold”, I think the not guilty verdict of “aiding the enemy” is a sound verdict and the correct one. Contrarily,bradley I also believe the presiding Judge, Col. Denise R. Lind, was right about the GUILTY verdicts regarding the other plethora of espionage charges – again, regardless if you think he is a hero or traitor.  Most people polled agree with the verdicts but what’s going to be prodigiously difficult, is the sentencing.

Private Bradley Manning released 100s of thousands of top – secret military and policy documents not to the New York Times, The Washington Post, nor to some of the other reputable news organizations, but rather he released this monumentally sensitive and classified  information to the highly questionable,  WikiLeaks for all the world to see, including such enemies as Al Qaeda. So, I think we all can agree upon the fact that Manning was stupid, naïve, and reckless and  obviously not just some innocent victim of our criminal justice system which the defense would lead you to believe that he, Private Bradley Manning was – just a guy who was outraged by the war atrocities committed in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact there are many people out there who believe in the theory that he was an angry, bitter,  and resentful closeted (or was he openly gay ???) homosexual who wanted to get back at for one, his right – wing conservative father who incessantly berated him.

It’s all very confusing in terms of what Manning’s motivation was, but one thing that bothers and scares me is how it was possible for a low – level guy just like Snowden had 1. Access to all this classified and profoundly deleterious information that could have (according to the prosecution) potentially crippled the security of this nation and 2. Why was this so – called “top – secret” information so easily obtained??? This is a quote from Bradley Manning, which I find to be absolutely mind – boggling: “  I got this information and it was so easy, there were weak servers, weak logging, weak physical security, weak counterintelligence, and inattentive signal analysis.”


So, WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Believe it or not, Judge Col. Denise R. Lind can sentence Pfc. Bradley Manning to 136 years – wow !!! Just think about it, if I had information about a “My Lai Massacre” and the government deemed that information “top – secret and classified” I could get a life sentence for revealing the unspeakable evil that the government of the United States is capable of.

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4 Responses to “The Manning Verdict Is a Complicated One And Now The Sentencing …”

  1. Michael Tabor Says:

    Just as an aside …. I didn’t know this about Colin Powell and My Lai

  2. Anonymous Says:

    The actions of our government, up to this day and no doubt into the future, have done far more harm to the cause of peace and security than Manning, Snowden, Ellison, Asange, ever could.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    Wow !!! Can you imagine Bradley Manning be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ?

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Manning gets 35 years … Whadayathink about that ???

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