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This mess with Bradley Manning raises an issue of whether our Federal government has retained sovereign powers, as against ceding those powers to its own national security managers. Manning is charged under Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice —Aiding the enemy.

Civilian equivalence exists. Civilians have been arrested for this crime by military authorities and tried.

But why not the obvious?

-- The whole chain of command and Intel advisors and contractors who spawned Abu Ghraib
-- The Pentagon consultants who put together the lies that go America into the Iraq War in the first place
-- The crew who invented the "yellowcake" nukes-from-a-French-mine fantasy.
-- All who fit the facs to the ad biz story for invading Iraq
-- Even the FAA committee that decided not to implement ICAO's counterterrorism protection for airliners after the attempted Air France suicide-hijacking in 1994

Compared to any of that, Manning was caught jaywalking. What else?

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  •  Under our system, if a crime is suspected, (2+ / 0-)
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    Radical def, bobdevo

    an individual has to be charged with something.  After that, in order for there to be a trial, which is the only way to test the law, two sides will argue the case and the one that makes the best argument wins. Judges rarely make an independent determination.  Even the instructions to the jurors are presented by the lawyers for both sides and then, when the jury and judge render a decision, the "winning" lawyers may even be asked to write up the decision.
    Then there's an appeal to a higher court and, again, there have to be two sides to the contest.  If one side caves, then the case is done.  That's why the Obama DoJ keeps appealing cases to move them up the line.  The executive has no authority to invalidate laws, even the most stupid ones Congress has passed. Not engaging in discriminatory behavior as DOMA demands is another matter.

    There's a faction in Congress that's convinced the Congress is tasked with directing the citizenry to do or not do certain things.  This faction does not accept that Congress is supposed to manage our resources and assets for the general welfare and be subservient to the people. There are some of these people in both parties.  They pass restrictive laws because they want to teach the people who's the boss. As Judd Gregg said, they reject populism.

    What's populism?  Government BY the people.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Mon Mar 05, 2012 at 12:25:19 PM PST

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