Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army intelligence analyst, faces life in prison for allegedly sharing a video of a U.S. helicopter attack that killed 11 civilians and seriously wounded two children in Baghdad, Iraq with the WikiLeaks website.

He has also been charged with blowing the whistle on the “Iraq War Logs”, the “Afghan Diaries”, the “Guantanamo Files” and embarrassing US State Department cables.

In short, he’s been charged with telling us the truth!

For some details of the inhumane treatment of Manning by the US army uncovered by Amnesty see the link below. Bear in mind that he has been accused but not convicted. Still, after the Orwellian “Patriot” Act the “presumed innocent until proven guilty” principle no longer applies these days.

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on February 8, 2012, in Not A Poem At All and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. I haven’t read the article yet, but war crimes is a touchy topic. While there have clearly been viscous crimes committed in wars by US service personnel, there are also many accusations of crimes in circumstances that I believe there was no wrongdoing in the mind of the accused. There is killing in war and a soldiers state of mind that develops in that time is open for error. I highly doubt that most of the awful things that occur are a result of trigger happy fun of pilots and infantry. But I’m sure there are a few examples that were. Well, if that soldier agreed to give his life to his country and fight in a war, under the agreement that breaking the serious policies they uphold, and then disregards them in any way, he subjected himself to the known results that would occur.
    Just thought I’d comment as I always like reading your blog. I just wish we could avoid money/oil driven wars. Errr…
    Take care Ben!


  2. The line gets very fuzzy depending on who’s looking… people should never be too afraid to tell the truth… There are lots of things needing fixing in our world!


  3. I am with you on this one


  4. Yes. Enough said. You are right.


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