Hidden Cause, Visible Effects

There have been more heinous abuses by the national security state the past four years. Assassination as a foreign policy, assassination of American citizens without due (or any) process, drone warfare in numerous countries without the courtesy of even informing Congress (although legally required), weekly “kill list” meetings, and assorted war crimes would probably top the list. But for the kind of malicious arrogance (the type normally engaged in by tyrants only), you should look at the treatment of Bradley Manning. Here’s a recount of the first part of today’s testimony.

Now keep in mind that what Manning is being accused of disclosing is the video of a war crime and various documents which no less an authority than our Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that the consequences of disclosure would be “fairly modest.”

Nevertheless, this Administration, presided over by the civilian leadership headed by a former Constitutional…

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