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    Alyssa Rosenberg, a blogger for the Center for American Progress, declared her “main opinion of Bradley Manning” to be that “it sounds like he has pretty serious emotional problems and turned out not to be a particularly effective whistleblower.” Conveniently, Manning is to blame for the fact the WikiLeaks revelations did not alter the behavior of the American empire, not the institutions of state power so often fawned over by Rosenberg and her colleagues as fundamentally good and just.

    Joy Reid, a Democratic pundit who often appears on MSNBC, likewise dwells on Manning’s alleged emotional problems and gayness. Because he allegedly divulged to a hacker-turned-informant that he was struggling with his gender identity, Reid – ignoring all the inconvenient comments about being outraged by torture and civilian deaths – argued that Manning was no hero at all, but rather “a guy seeking anarchy as a salve for his own personal, psychological torment” caused by his sexuality. In this case one might well ask: What if Rick Santorum said it?

    When the Nixon administration sought to discredit Ellsberg back in 1971, it played by the same book as Reid and other Obama loyalists unwilling to believe their president is persecuting a hero, breaking into his psychiatrist’s office in a vain attempt to uncover evidence of mental illness. Today, the liberal media does the government’s work for it.

    •  You have contributed so much (10+ / 0-)

      by way of voicing your support for Bradley Manning here. Thank you, because it's not been easy for those of us who've spoken up for him only to be derided and shouted down by some who seem to value authority over idealism, and the letter rather than the spirit of the law.

      George Bush and his administration are free to enjoy their wealth and freedom, even though we KNOW many of them to be war criminals, yet whistleblowers like Manning are incarcerated, subject to solitary confinement and mental torture, their lives ruined and forever destroyed because of their idealism, their belief that the market place of ideas and free and open discussion of what is done in our names are the bedrocks of a democratic society.

      I think Orwell would be sadly discomfited to know it took less than 2 decades for his prophetic book to be closer to truth than we'd like to believe.

      Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:21:37 AM PST

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