As many know who have been following the epic saga of Bradley Manning, he's plead guilty to the core of the case. That is, the unauthorized release
and distribution of Classified Material. That's no shocker and was self evident. Anyone could see that without reading a bit of what he released.
In fact, he plead to a great number of charges with a collective 20 years of time in Military Prison for what he's done. Why then, a full blown trial
still to go? Well, they are pursuing the issue of Aid/Comfort to the Enemy in Time of War. Basically Treason...for the Life/Death that carries with
it. I have a couple problems with this. First, I think Manning is getting everything he deserves. Namely, he DID betray decades of State Department
Cables, Iraq Theater-Wide action reports as well as Afghanistan's Theater-Wide action reports. Hundreds of thousands of cables and reports,
My problem is...when is it enough? Well.... It WOULD be enough, if not for the "Aiding the Enemy" element, which I find absurd on the face of it. He
was following the path of previous leakers...not being a Benedict Arnold.
There is a larger problem though...and that brings me to the story here.
(CN) - The "classified enemy" designation attached to one of the three entities that WikiLeaker Bradley Manning is accused of aiding has
perplexed and divided professors of military law.
Manning, a 25-year-old former intelligence specialist, has been incarcerated for more than three years in connection with the largest
intelligence disclosure in U.S. history. He recently admitted that he leaked hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables, incident reports from the
Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Guantanamo detainee profiles, and, most famously, footage of a Baghdad airstrike.
That, just to recap the basics. Here is the issue.
Three professors of military law - Yale Law School's Eugene Fidell, Duke University School of Law's Scott Silliman and Texas Tech University
School of Law's Richard Rosen - told Courthouse News they had never heard of a case involving a "classified enemy."
After being informed that the phrase stumped the professors, a military spokeswoman insisted that the confusion stemmed from a misunderstanding,
because "who the enemy 'is' is not classified."
"What 'is' classified is that our government has confirmed that this enemy is in receipt of certain compromised classified information, and
that the means and methods of collection that the government has employed to make that determination are classified," the spokeswoman said in an
(Source: Courthouse News
Okay, the Classified enemy isn't Classified...just the material the Classified enemy got and how we learned they got it is Classified. Ahh.. Yes...
That clears up everything. Nice and neat. (Not!)
I wonder...Who is this Classified FROM, precisely? The enemy HAS the intelligence...or they wouldn't be charging Manning with supplying it. They know
they have it and they surely know that WE know they have it. I know it gets confusing, but that is the logic here and it's crazy.
So... How about, if we seek to kill this kid by execution or just natural causes and old age in a cage, we at least do it without tons of secrecy?
To be blunt, I do not trust this Government, it's people OR it's Military leadership when they say something needs to be secret for a given reason.
They've abused the privilege TOO many times for nonsense and butt covering for it to be credible at this point. This whole trial is about how *THIS*
specific information couldn't be kept secret and became front page, world wide. Now we look to ruin the kid, forever, on secret evidence??
Is it just me...or does anyone else not necessarily sympathize with Manning ...but still, says enough is enough?? How much is enough to punish? How
far is far enough? The blood debt Obama and Clinton hold toward this kid for what he did to their Diplomatic and Military policies has to end. 20+
years in Military Prison seems fine for leaking data.
There are Child Molesters and Murderers who get less than 20 years...and yet, that still isn't enough. This trial still "needs" to happen..despite
20 as a gift on guilty pleas.