Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

March 3, 2013

Bradley Manning pleads guilty to 10 of 22 charges

Filed under: General Discussion — Tags: , , , — bobfunke @ 2:26

Caveat: I am no Legal Eagle, but for the life of me, I cannot figure why PFC Manning would plead guilty to any charge against him, especially since he can face 20 years for the charges he’s plead guilty to. The Army intends to press home for all charges under the UCMJ; if found guilty, Manning could face life in federal prison.

From the beginning of this case, when President Obama declared PFC Manning “guilty” without trial, as Commander in Chief, he stepped over the line committing the people of the United States to understand that Manning is a traitor. On the grounds of declaring Manning “guilty”, before all of the charges, much less a trial, the issue should have been dropped immediately and, all charges should have been dropped and Manning could have received a Bad Conduct or “for the good of the service” discharge. Since he has already been denied a “speedy trial”, 1000+ days in solitary confinement, (a clear misuse of the Rules of Courts-Martial and UCMJ), perhaps it would be in the best interest to just let PFC Manning go, free of charges. His life is going to be a living hell either in or out of federal prison in any case.

Accounts show that Manning attempted to go through his chain of command to show the abuses being made by the military. Essentially, out of frustration, PFC Manning went to various outlets to get the story of abuse out, finally getting Wilkileaks to publish the accounts. From there on, all hell broke loose.

War is hell, that is the reality of the monster. One might think we’d be far beyond using war to resolve our differences, but we cannot seem to learn that we are animals when it comes to waging  war. We denigrate our “enemies”, dehumanize them, it makes it easier to kill a human being when one does not think of that person as a human being. When pilots and boots on the ground talk about “torching” another human being, or consider them “bug splat”, it makes it easier to sleep at night. We are wiping out “vermin” as opposed to killing human beings.

What Manning saw and read sickened him, sickened him to the point where he felt that his chain of command should know what was happening, they paid no attention, they are a part of a machine of death, “body counts” still count. We did not learn during Vietnam that fighting this kind of war is futile at best. We did not understand our foe, just as we don’t understand those we fight today.

I do not yet know why Manning plead guilty to 10 of 22 charges, but I do know, that armed with those 10 guilty pleas, the government will go full force to “prove” the other 12.

This is not Justice, it is a vindictive military and government hellbent on destroying lives.

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19 Comments »

  1. This is a topic that is close to my heart… Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?

    Comment by minecraft for free — March 3, 2013 @ 2:26

    • I am only getting bits and pieces from various reliable news sources. Having spent 13 years in the Army, I know how the system works. If Manning plead guilty, he may be looking for a deal. However, the Army will press forward w/the other charges; let’s just say, “it’s the Army way”.

      From my point of view, JAG really screwed this situation up and Manning could have gotten off on several technicalities as well as points of law. Bad thing is, once you plead guilty, it is almost impossible to rescind that/those pleas. My point is to make Army prove it’s case. The UCMJ works differently that criminal/civil court, but they have rules they have to follow, none of which they have done. Manning had a classic case of malfeasance of justice. 1000+ days of solitary confinement is considered under the UCMJ and the rules of Courts Martial as torture and abuse. His case could have/should have been dismissed.

      Comment by bobfunke — March 4, 2013 @ 2:26

    • Depends on what you mean by “contact details”. Naturally, I can be contacted through is blog; other sources/resources will be given their due as per protocol, but generally speaking, I go through many items, make a synopsis and post some up dated material. As for Manning, being held for over 3 years is an atrocity in my opinion. He should be pardoned by the president and this should become a learning experience on how not to hold a tribunal.

      Bob

      Comment by bobfunke — March 27, 2013 @ 2:26

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