Manning vs. the Marines

As far as villains go, Pfc. Bradley Manning is hardly quintessential. At 5 foot 2 inches tall, his slender frame and bespectacled image has invoked snickers, sarcasm and according to reporting over the last two years, a lifetime of bullying. Bradley Manning That bullying reached an apparent apex during his time in the Army. Not … Continue reading “Manning vs. the Marines”

The Humiliation of Bradley Manning

It is a bitter irony that Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, whose conscience compelled him to leak evidence about the U.S. military brass ignoring evidence of torture in Iraq, was himself the victim of cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment while other military officers privately took note but did nothing. That was one of the revelations at … Continue reading “The Humiliation of Bradley Manning”

Leniency for Generals, Jail Time for Whistleblowers

It’s no secret that the powerful in America are frequently immune to prosecution for committing far worse crimes than those by the powerless. Bush administration torturers are on book tours while torture whistleblowers are on trial. Wall Street executives are counting their bonuses while foreclosed homeowners are packing their bags. Life’s not fair. That’s one … Continue reading “Leniency for Generals, Jail Time for Whistleblowers”

Rule of Law Abandoned in Bradley Manning Prosecution

Bradley Manning’s critics need to be more careful if they want to accuse him of breaking the law. The real outrage is the way prosecutors and the military more broadly have handled his case: the Marines and Army have violated their own code of justice in several ways, for several months, precluding a fair trial … Continue reading “Rule of Law Abandoned in Bradley Manning Prosecution”

Bradley Manning’s Support System

This is the first in a series of profiles and interviews is conducting this summer with activists who have made it their life’s work to challenge the mighty bulwarks of the U.S. national security state. The Bradley Manning Support Network’s legal fund to aid Manning in the fight of his life is running in … Continue reading “Bradley Manning’s Support System”

For You, a Thousand Times Over

At the start of The Kite Runner, a novel by Khaled Hosseini later adapted for film, a brave and selflessly loyal Afghan boy runs to help his much wealthier friend, singing out his love for him: “For you, a thousand times over….” They have been flying a fighting kite (these are kites with edges sharp … Continue reading “For You, a Thousand Times Over”

The Passion of Bradley Manning

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning — the man accused of blowing a whistle so loud it’s still reverberating through the world two years after the fact — will return before a judge for his court-martial proceedings this month. Manning, 24, faces 22 charges, including “aiding the enemy” and violating the 1917 Espionage Act, for allegedly transferring … Continue readingThe Passion of Bradley Manning

Dismissal Is the Only Option in Bradley Manning Case

Last week I spent two days in court for a pretrial motions hearing in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the private accused of leaking documents to WikiLeaks that showed widespread unethical and illegal behavior by the Department of Defense and State Department. Manning has suffered the fate the Queen put on Alice when she … Continue reading “Dismissal Is the Only Option in Bradley Manning Case”

Blood on Whose Hands?

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta called it “utterly deplorable.”  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed “total dismay.”  General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was “deeply disturbed” that the actions in question would “erode the reputation of our joint force.”  Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos declared them to be “wholly inconsistent with the high standards of … Continue reading “Blood on Whose Hands?”

Hundreds Rally in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Source

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of people gathered Saturday outside a U.S. military base where evidence against Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified information to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, is being presented before a military judge for the first time since Manning’s arrest. A U.S. Army intelligence analyst, Manning was arrested in May 2010 by … Continue reading “Hundreds Rally in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Source”