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  •  and there are those of us (4+ / 0-)

    that aren't quite sure what to think of Manning.  Had he only exposed a handful of clearly heinous acts one would be much more sympathetic to his plight but he unleashed this torrent of information that had potential to cause true harm to people and the conduct of our international relations at a time when our government was trying to slowly change our perception in the world.  I get his outrage and he's probably as infected with PTSD as a soldier out walking in a minefield.  Across his computer came very disturbing things daily.  War is horrific and men turn into animals during its conduct.

    My guess is that this is an extremely complex issue and not a one of us can fully get into the mind of Bradley Manning at the moment he committed the actions he did.  I have my own experience with standing up to the military and experiencing their strange form of justice, spent time in a Naval brig, seeing all kinds of good and bad and I can assure you the military is not some monolith of authoritarian rednecks out for blood lust although those people exist in larger numbers than the general population.

    But at the end of my ordeal I fully acknowledge that I knew the consequences of what I did ahead of time and accepted the results and the effects on my life.  I also hold my head up proud that my "crime" put no other person in danger and that I held fast to my convictions.  

    David your statement is divisive and I'm pretty sure that's your intent given other things I've seen you write.  The question is why?  Why do you post such things?  Why would you want to tear apart this marvelous site where we can share and build?  If that happens what will you be left with?

    "A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism." -- Carl Sagan

    by artmartin on Tue Mar 12, 2013 at 09:08:52 AM PDT

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