Manning should be praised

Interview with Noam Chomsky, published on NYTimes eXaminer, by Jérémy Clément, August 23, 2013 ( see also our new blog: politics for the 99%).

Jérémy Clément asks:

  • The New York Times Editorial Board recently stated their belief that the “35-year sentence a military judge imposed on Pfc. Bradley Manning” was too much. (“Bradley Manning’s Excessive Sentence,” Aug. 21) The Board writes that Manning broke the law and comments on what they believe “are appropriate punishments.” What do you think about Manning’s sentence? Is he the only one who broke the law here?   

Noam Chomsky replies:

  • There’s a famous statement that military justice is to justice as military music is to music.
  • Manning should be praised for letting citizens know what their government is doing in secret.  There are plenty of lawbreakers who are immune.  Those who launched the invasion of Iraq, for example.  Or the “decider” who runs Obama’s global terror campaign. No shortage, but they are powerful, therefore immune.
  • States and other power systems naturally try to protect themselves from scrutiny.  Of course, the pretext is “security.” But that is what is always claimed, whatever the actual reasons, and being completely predictable, the claim carries no information, even in the technical sense.  It’s necessary to evaluate the claim.  Study of released secret documents reveals that the security claimed is commonly security of power from scrutiny by the domestic population.  What Manning released should also be evaluated by this criterion.  I have seen no credible evidence that there was a damage to authentic security … //

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uploaded by RT America:

  • The torture of Bradley Manning on trial, 7.28 min, Nov. 28, 2012: The whistleblower website WikiLeaks has gained the respect of truth seekers across the globe for exposing governmental secrets, but of course not without a few repercussions. Two years ago the site released sensitive information known as “Cablegate” which shed light on organizational corruption and some say this wouldn’t have been possible without the alleged involvement of Private First Class Bradley Manning. Now, Manning is facing the harsh consequence of being a whistleblower and is just now getting his pre-trial hearings for his case. RT Web Producer Andrew Blake brings us the latest from the courtroom …;
  • Bradley Manning describes being tortured, 1.35 min, Nov 29, 2012: A military judge has approved the verbiage of Private First Class Bradley Manning’s appeal where he would plead guilty to some charges of sharing sensitive information to the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. The judge has yet to approve the deal, but if agreed upon it could land Manning 16 years behind bars. On Thursday, Manning recalled his treatment while being detained in both Kuwait and Quantico, Virginia. Liz Wahl has more …;
  • Bradley Manning – Truth on Trial, 2.32 min, Oct. 1, 2012: … dozens of supporters gathered for an event to raise awareness about the crisis for WhistleBlowers in America and to raise money for Bradley Manning’s Defense Fund;
  • Government lies to judge in Bradley Manning case, 8.52 min, June 7, 2012: After being incarcerated for nearly two years, Army Private Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearings went underway on Wednesday. Manning is seen as a hero by some, but a traitor by others because of the 22 charges he is facing. Aiding the enemy is the most severe charge and if found guilty could have Manning thrown in jail for life. According to reports, the US government is withholding thousands of documents involving the Manning case which is believed to hurt the US government’s argument. Zack Pesavento, press liaison for the Bradley Manning Support Network, brings us the latest from the courtroom;

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other Links:

Codename ‘Apalachee’: How America Spies on Europe and the UN, part 1, on Spiegel Online International, August 26, 2013:
President Obama promised that NSA surveillance activities were aimed exclusively at preventing terrorist attacks. But secret documents from the intelligence agency show that the Americans spy on Europe, the UN and other countries …;
Part 2: Best Friends at the NSA;

U.S. economic hegemony: Consolidation and deepening of the Pacific Alliance trade bloc, on Intrepid Report, by Dana Gabriel, August 26, 2013;

Is it suitable for retired women to dance on squares in public? This question is not asked in a Muslim country – no, it is … as a poll in the english edition of a Chinese newspaper, the Xinhuanet;

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