Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Free Bradley Manning

He's an American citizen who was detained if not illegally, then certainly in obstruction to his due process rights under the Constitution and the military code of conduct. The evidentiary phase of his court-maratial is wrapping up and apart from the obvious fact that he did, indeed, leak materials to WikiLeaks, he did it in the same spirit that was roundly boosted after the My Lai massacre in the Vietnam War: that is, if you see something, say something.
The materials he leaked were, by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' own admission, not that confidential or that damaging. There's propriety to be observed here.