If he's the guy who leaked the video he's a hero. Bradley Manning is charged with leaking the video (embedded below) showing US personnel murdering people in Iraq - including Reuters journalists. What he needs is AMNESTY - after all - who can argue that he's actually done anything wrong?
The guys in the helicopters do NOT protect me or America in any way. THEY inspire future "terrorists" who watch their kin die at the hands of OUR TROOPS - then come back to exact revenge. This cycle of violence serves only corporations and elites who watch the foot soldiers kill each other off while they rake in record profits and confiscate wealth. Soldiers on both sides end up the unwitting dupes of elites who care not a whit about human life - unless that is - it is their own.
If a family member of those murdered in this video performed an act of violence against America - it would be payback. That means morally justified. And that is exactly what our military encourages all over the world - justifying violence and hatred toward the fascist country called the United States of Amerika. Bradley Manning had the balls to try to stop the madmen running this genocidal bloodbath. Where are the rest of our brave uniformed heroes while their comrade-in-arms is stabbed in the back for doing what every single one of us knows is RIGHT? Where are the rest of you?
The American public cannot be an effective force in ending this war if they remain ignorant of the facts. When it comes to decision making - it is wise to remember the saying "garbage in - garbage out." Videos like the one shown below, and documents demonstrating illegal acts by the madmen expanding these wars based on lies will help bring an end to the senseless killing and wasted lives by dispelling the garbage piped into the brains of the unwitting public. Until these wars are stopped America will continue its spiral into the dark abyss of tyranny. Ending the war is the only way to "be safe." Ending the war is the only way to really "support the troops." Ending the war can only happen with an informed public - whistleblowers are our only hope.
So for the military folks who cannot find the courage to follow Bradley Manning's lead - remember that if we don't stop this war you can live with the fact that all that time you spent earning colorful ribbons and shiny bits of metal to pin on your colorful uniforms - that the shining light that America once represented was drained grey of its lifeblood of liberty ON YOUR WATCH.
Following illegal orders is for NAZIs. Americans stand up and take chances. Americans don't torture and murder. Not real Americans.
So the question you must ask yourself really comes down to: Are you on the side of liberty or on the side of tyranny?
Remember: Freedom is NOT FREE.
Here's the vid if you missed it when it came out:
Ellsburg discusses topic:
UPDATE JUNE 16, 2010 Wikileak Case Echoes Pentagon Papers