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Bradley Manning is the soldier accused of the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. He was arrested in May 2010 and held under particularly insufferable conditions from July 2010 to April 2011. In a Counterpunch article published on Tuesday, attorney Michael Ratner – President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Julian Assange’s U.S. attorney – described these conditions as:

… the nine-month period spent 23 hours a day in a six-by-eight-foot cell where he was forbidden to lie down or even lean against a wall when he was not sleeping – and when he was allowed to sleep at night, officers woke him every five minutes – and where he was subjected to daily strip searches and forced nudity. The UN Special Rapporteur for Torture has already found this amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and possibly torture.

Earlier this month, Manning offered to plead guilty to…

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  1. His treatment following arrest was deplorable, illegal, and inhumane. I agree with that. But his actions prior to arrest occupy a grey area. And way skewed towards the “Definitely something that should NOT have been done, for many reasons” side of things.

    Look, I am on the side of transparency, moral decisions, and civilian oversight of the military. But as intelligent Adults, we need to understand that secrecy and back room dealings are a necessary part of the modern world. Complete disclosure of all actions, communications, and plans on the part of the government is not only unreasonable…it is a childish and paranoid desire advocated by shortsighted people that choose to see the world as black and white.

    More things should be made public, I agree. Shedding light on shady dealings is an excellent way to expose those elected officials who do not obey their mandate to act on the behalf of the people. But to say that the only way to address the problem is to expose ALL things done on our behalf is just ridiculous.

    The problem, of course, is how to (and who does) decide what to be released. Unfortunately I dont have, nor presume to be able to devise, a solution which will be well informed, bulletproof, and executable.

    To sum it up. Bradley Manning took a good idea and executed it in the WORST way possible and he should pay.

    Yeah, he has emotional problems, and being a homosexual unfortunately forced him to hide ‘himself’. He obviously should NOT have been in the position he was and probably not in the military at all. He is not innocent, he is not a patriot, and he (and his case) will not be a vehicle for positive change.

    Supporting him so vociferously and unconditionally is a MISTAKE. This isnt how we will affect change.

    • We reblogged your article because we support a diversity of views. Thanks for both the excellent article and though-provoking points in your comment.

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