“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.”-Winston Churchill
What will history say about Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, Edward Snowden or Julian Assange?
There are many revelations that came out the Wikileaks cables, for instance, how much George Bush hated Michael Moore, and our country tried to interfere with New Zealand showing his film Fahrenheit 9/11. True story.
Just goes to show how far a super power can go, actually it can go farther;
'the US military admitted that its special forces attempted to cover up the killings of three Afghan women in a raid in February by digging the bullets out of their bodies. We wouldn't know any of this of it wasn't for Wikileaks;
"In the recording, the helicopter crews can be heard discussing the scene on the street below. One American claims to have spotted six people with AK-47s and one with a rocket-propelled grenade. It is unclear if some of the men are armed but Noor-Eldeen can be seen with a camera. Chmagh is talking on his mobile phone.
One of the helicopter crew is then heard saying that one of the group is shooting. But the video shows there is no shooting or even pointing of weapons. The men are standing around, apparently unperturbed.
The lead helicopter, using the moniker Crazyhorse, opens fire. "Hahaha. I hit 'em," shouts one of the American crew. Another responds a little later: "Oh yeah, look at those dead bastards.""
I am sure this is only one example of many that occurred in Iraq or Afghanistan.
"One of the men on the ground, believed to be Chmagh, is seen wounded and trying to crawl to safety. One of the helicopter crew is heard wishing for the man to reach for a gun, even though there is none visible nearby, so he has the pretext for opening fire: "All you gotta do is pick up a weapon." A van draws up next to the wounded man and Iraqis climb out. They are unarmed and start to carry the victim to the vehicle in what would appear to be an attempt to get him to hospital. One of the helicopters opens fire with armour-piercing shells. "Look at that. Right through the windshield," says one of the crew. Another responds with a laugh.
Sitting behind the windscreen were two children who were wounded.
After ground forces arrive and the children are discovered, the American air crew blame the Iraqis. "Well it's their fault for bringing kids in to a battle," says one. "That's right," says another.
Initially the US military said that all the dead were insurgents. Then it claimed the helicopters reacted to an active firefight. Assange said that the video demonstrated that neither claim was true."
This incident is actually why Bradley Manning decided to release military secrets. I would have done it for it's interference in New Zealand alone.
While we look at Snowden, we are being distracted from Bradley Manning's torture and yes, he was tortured by our own government, like countless others. When our own government crosses it's fingers behind their back and assures Russia we won't torture or kill Edward Snowden, we already went there when it comes to Bradley Manning. It goes to show how far we have gone down a dark and dangerous road, when we now have to promise we won't do what we have already done and continue to do.
Bradley Manning, solemnly swore that he would support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that he would bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that he would obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over him, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. This is the rub, so to speak. But there is something else to consider.
"The Nuremberg principles were a set of guidelines for determining what constitutes a war crime. The document was created by the International Law Commission of the United Nations to codify the legal principles underlying the Nuremberg Trials of Nazi party members following World War II."
There is the Nuremberg Principle IV states: "a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him".
I am guessing in this case morals don't matter. What matters is the punishment of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, let's not forget Julian Assange.
The real moral of the story is be careful if you are going to blow any whistles in this country, if you do you better get the hell out. While not one banker has been prosecuted for the economic meltdown that has been torturing Americans for years, Obama has Prosecuted More Whistleblowers than All Other Presidents COMBINED | Washington's Blog
Keep up the good work.
For further reading, start here, Collateral Murder, 5 Apr 2010 - WikiLeaks