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  •  That's not what I'm doing.... (20+ / 0-)

    and I can't see anything in my original comment to lead anyone to that conclusion. In fact, I noted twice (including in the title) that the war crime tape is in a different class than the rest of the documents.

    (If my use of single-quotes made you think I was saying that the war crime tape was somehow not legitimate, that wasn't my intent. I was introducing an odd concept, and I often put that in single-quotes to emphasize that the meaning might not be totally apparent.)

    Just doing a whistle-blower thing on the war crime tape would be (and is) a completely different act than publishing 750,000 classified documents.

    Consider this: there is no way Bradley Manning could possibly have even read - much less redacted names of innocent people whose lives may have been put in danger - even a tiny fraction of the documents he published.

    To me, that's not morally defensible.

    Publishing the war crime tape at least has a moral argument in its favor, and for that document, I believe his motive should come into play in his defense.

    I see nothing like that for the rest of the documents, so they don't benefit from the 'I was only uncovering a war crime' defense.


    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:13:21 AM PST

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