Manning Prosecutors: The Enemy is Us

Having held Private First Class Bradley Manning prisoner for nine months, under conditions tantamount to torture and beyond doubt intended to break his will, the US Army recombobulated its allegations against him on Wednesday, adding 22 counts to an already lengthy charge sheet. As a practical matter, these changes probably don’t make a lot of difference to … Continue reading “Manning Prosecutors: The Enemy is Us”

The Valley of the Shadow of WikiLeaks

Leave it to the U.S. Department of “Defense” to continue fighting a war it’s already irretrievably lost. On Friday, the Pentagon “asked” online whistleblowing facilitator WikiLeaks to “do the right thing” by erasing all classified U.S. government documents from its servers and handing over any copies. I put the “asked” in scare quotes because although … Continue reading “The Valley of the Shadow of WikiLeaks”

The War Party’s Achilles’ Heel?

Those who pressed Congress to take responsibility for its actions in 2002 – in other words, to either unambiguously declare war upon Iraq or unambiguously decline to do so – were, of course, handled badly. Congress didn’t declare war, roundly defeated a resolution declaring war, and in fact specifically declared in its “resolution authorizing the … Continue reading “The War Party’s Achilles’ Heel?”