Bradley Manning: American Traitor
A U.S. Army tribunal has ruled that Private Bradley Manning should be Court-Martialled for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan occupations including a film of U.S. Army helicopter personnel engaging in action he entitled Collateral Murder.
Manning made a conscious choice to release the information he had at his disposal. Obviously distraught over the abrupt end of a relationship, instead of seeking help Manning decided instead to play the role of crusader rationalizing his actions as a way for him to get back at the Army for the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. He released documents that may have contributed to the deaths of U.S. Armed Forces members as well as Iraqi and Afghanistan civilians who assisted the military with it’s occupation of both countries.
When a person enlists for the U.S. Armed Forces they sign a statement on their papers stating:
I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
If Manning was having problems or did not like his employment he should have left. What he did was absolutely wrong and probably cost a lot of innocent people their lives. In some ways I hope Manning does not get executed but the penalty for treason (which is what Manning’s offense was) is death. Since the United States is in a wartime situation against Islamist groups and regimes that support them Manning aided the enemy the U.S. Government is acting to protect us from. At the same time his superiors should have acted to move Manning away from the information he had since they knew he was depressed.
If Manning is executed, I will not shed a tear since he knew what he was getting into. He made a conscious choice to do what he did and he must answer for his actions.