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After the Manning verdict, four big issues remain untouched
This is from Canada's national paper, The Globe and Mail in an article by Daryl Copeland. There are many more links in the article showing how this newspaper covered the Bradley Manning case. The G & M newspaper, print version this morning had a centerfold on the trial with excellent coverage. It's worth looking for in international new stands.

From the section Exposing the Costs of the Global War on Terror

It can be argued that the most serious threats and challenges facing the planet have little to do with religious extremism or political violence, and flow instead from a constellation of issues which are rooted in science and driven by technology. Climate change, diminishing biodiversity, pandemic disease, and resource scarcity afflict us all, while the likelihood of being involved in a terrorist incident is roughly the same as being hit by lightening or drowning in the bathtub. Put another way, there are no military solutions to the most vexing problems of globalization, yet the lion’s share of international policy resources continue to be allocated to defence, rather than to diplomacy or development.

What are the issues left untouched?

1. Government Secrecy and the public's right to know.

2. Exposing the costs of the Global War on Terror.

3. Obama's record on whistle blowing.

4. Accountability vs responsibility

Originally posted to Canadian Kossacks on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 08:40 AM PDT.

Also republished by DFH writers group and Team DFH.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Yes, wrong priorities (5+ / 0-)

    Also, we liberals need to be working harder to reign in the bloated criminal justice industry. Will it take a reversal of Roe v Wade to get the troops on board?

    Censorship is rogue government.

    by scott5js on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 08:53:24 AM PDT

  •  Obama's record on whistleblowing: (9+ / 0-)
    Since taking office less than six years ago, Mr. Obama has pursued more espionage charges against government employees than all other past presidents combined. It was therefore unsurprising that when Mr. Manning pleaded guilty earlier this year to several lesser offences that would have brought him about 20 years of imprisonment, the government refused to bargain and opted instead to prosecute the most serious charges.

    By throwing the book at, and making an example of Mr. Manning, Ed Snowden and all other alleged whistleblowers, the U.S. administration clearly hopes to send an intimidating chill throughout the civil service, and in so doing reduce the incidence of leaking.

    Is this strategy, in combination with the imposition of curbs on civil liberties and constitutional rights, transforming the erstwhile land of the free into a something disturbingly Orwellian – a national security state? Not an insignificant query.

    from the article

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 09:40:29 AM PDT

  •  Parallel Conundrum PART II (4+ / 0-)

        I'm not educated but the second thought that came to my mind, ESPIONAGE? The BANKS are guilty of ESPIONAGE !  ESPIONAGE ? I always think in how the rest of the world views USA…
        It seems that rather than move forward with the rest of the worlds progressive movement towards a sustainable planet and GOOD business, the 1% has decided to SECRETLY thieve, THE WHOLE PLA NET! It's sooo ludicrously unsustainable. We'll show the world whose in CHARGE!
        Fool me once…

    March AGAINST monsatanOagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 09:53:16 AM PDT

  •  Obama appears to have no sense of priorities. (6+ / 0-)

    The pass he has given War criminals and banksters vs. its full-court press on dissenters, whistleblowers and investigative journalists suggests confusion.

    Except that it is an excellent way to run a cover-up for the offenses of the 1%.

    So it turns out they do have a sense of priorities. The priorities of the 1%.

    After Bradley Manning, I don't give two shits about this President, his corrupt fascist administration or this fraudulent "Democratic" Party. I'll support a real Democrat, but they can shove the Republicrats right up their stinking ass.

    by Words In Action on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 10:25:35 AM PDT

  •  diplomacy (3+ / 0-)
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    3rock, Agathena, mrkvica

    as practiced by the US state dept is a farce. The Guardian has an excellent piece the summarizes what was in the wikileak files that Bradly Manning let lose in the world.  The diplomatic files seem to reveal exactly what the US geopolitical agenda is about. I read the Afghanistan War log files when the Guardian published them but not the diplomatic files.

    Bradley Manning trial: what we know from the leaked WikiLeaks documents

    http://www.theguardian.com/...

    Someone said in the comments in Micheal Moore's that they we're not relations of war crimes. Maybe not but they do reveal the global agenda that the US is implementing. That dick swinging agenda is neocon/neoliberal and like the Bush Doctrine belligerent,aggressive and preemptive. Like Atrios said when the State Dept went bonkers over Snowden and started strong arming nation states and we all got a look at American diplomacy....

    'While I was sleeping,
    apparently we are at war with Russia, China, Venezuela, and Ecuador'.
    So are we at 'war' with the whole world which is a battlefield in cyberspace and in other sovereign nation stares that are breeding grounds for terrorists? Our State Department and Defense seem entwined. Defense acting as the enforcer for what the state dept calls our 'national interests'. Is any of this in our national interest or keeping us safe. I doubt it but it does make a for the 'war'  profiteers and the multinational TBTF and the defence contrators like Booz Allen.      

     

  •  Did you see Michael Moore's diary earlier (1+ / 0-)
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    Agathena

    that listed all of the penalties meted out in U.S. Military
    war crimes cases....and compared these to what Bradley Manning is likely to get?

    •  Yes, i did read MM's diary and some of the (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      LakeSuperior, zmom

      commentary. i made this comment there
      http://www.dailykos.com/...

      And here's a clip from MM's diary to illustrate your point
      Spec. Armin Cruz was sentenced to eight months for abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and covering up the abuse.

      Spc. Steven Ribordy was sentenced to eight months for being accessory to the murder of four Iraqi prisoners who were "bound, blindfolded, shot and dumped in a canal" in Baghdad in 2007.

      Spc. Belmor Ramos was sentenced to seven months for conspiracy to commit murder in the same case.

      Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for committing the four Baghdad murders. The military then granted him clemency and reduced his sentence to 20 years, with parole possible after seven.

      Marine Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich received no jail time for negligent dereliction in the massacre of 24 unarmed men, women and children in 2005 in the Iraqi town of Haditha. Seven other members of his battalion were charged but none were punished in any way.

      It's blatantly and seemingly hopelessly WRONG.

      To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 03:19:01 PM PDT

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