Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Bradley Manning needs your help...

Who is Bradley Manning?

OK, so being a clever little monkey, you've figured out that you can go to the Wikipedia article by clicking on the link above.

Please excuse my sarcasm, but my faith in humans has evaporated. Something to do with too many dying...

Now that we've got the link thing sorted, you might like to [click this one].

Yes, I know the forum was last night. I was there. Listening to two professors (with the help of a not unbiased audience) beating up on a lowly (and lonely) PhD. All in the name of ideological spin. This farce further shattered my faith in humans.

The take-out from this event? For me it was this: Bradley Manning is to be commended for putting his head on the chopping block in order to expose serious crap going down.

But he also shot himself in the foot by also leaking mountains and mountains of classified material which he did not first vet in order to ascertain the justification for leaking same. The forces of darkness are after his blood, and by his indiscriminant leaking of such massive amounts of data, he has handed them his head on a platter. He as made the job of his defence team almost impossible.

The lesson here for any future whistleblower thinking of leaking classified material is this: Go over every inch of the material you intend to leak and make sure that you have rock-solid moral justifications for every bit you intend to leak. Do not leak stuff you have not thoroughly inspected and thought about. Do not leak stuff if you cannot defend the leaking of that stuff with strong moral arguments.

Bradley Manning needs your help... He deserves a fair trial and humane treatment.

4 Comments:

Blogger lemmiwinks said...

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August 03, 2011 11:22 AM  
Blogger andrewm said...

@lemmiwinks: Bradley Manning was detained in what amounted to solitary confinement at Quantico, Virginia from July 2010 to April 2011. After protests from Amnesty and American legalists he was transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he remains today. AFAIK he has never been in Guantanamo. This from the Wikipedia link Gerry posted.

@Gerry: BM is totally stupid, as you suggest. In fact, he's an idiot. Idiots should not be permitted to breed, and therefore we should be encouraging the Prosecution to reverse their position and seek the death penalty. Since, as you say, his case is indefensible, due process will take its course and he will be taken outside, lined up against the wall, and shot. Problem solved.

Hows that for contrarian?

August 03, 2011 5:16 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Andrew, I think you're way too harsh on BM.

August 03, 2011 6:14 PM  
Blogger lemmiwinks said...

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August 04, 2011 11:00 AM  

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