• RIP Justice (In Memory of Bradley Manning)

    July 30, 2013

    Posted in: Iraq

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    • Eric Hodgdon said...


      Well said !

      07/30/13 6:40 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Notice how the photo makes clear his rank of Private chevron, right next to his escort’s grip. You’re meant to notice it. What mainly infuriated the Empire was not what Manning did, but that it was done by a member of the slave class.

      07/31/13 12:36 AM | Comment Link

    • Eric Hodgdon said...


      I swear it was all black earlier today!
      It’s still we said!

      07/31/13 3:22 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      I changed the image; several people were unsure what it meant.

      07/31/13 12:25 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Bradley Manning’s sacrifice will NOT be in vain. The entire planet now knows what the USG IS. This so called “trial” will go down in history as the greatest travesty of justice the world has ever seen, and the USG will NEVER, EVER be able to cover up what they have done, as hard as they tried during this abomination.

      Nor will Edward Snowdens sacrifice be in vain. This morning, Glenn Greenwald showed the entire planet what our contemptible government has really been doing.


      I submit, heads are exponentially exploding in WDC this morning..especially in the Congressional hearing on the NSA. I’d bet Feinstein is blowing a gasket, Clapper/Alexander notwithstanding. I’d pay a years wages to witness it.

      bartender..a round for the house..on me. Hip hip hooray!!! Here’s to those lying sacks of NSA shit meltdown!

      07/31/13 4:13 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      But, but he shared our dirty secrets with the enemy, the American people.

      07/31/13 5:48 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      When CC is elected presi-dense, his first order will be to criminalize all those “dangerous” Libertarians and authorize the Authoritarian Military-Security Complex to collect them all.

      07/31/13 6:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      WHEN the Stupidest Country on the Planet elects supreme fathead Chris Christie as its presi-dense don’t be surprised CC’s first order will deal with all those “dangerous” Libertarians:

      CC has spoken alarmingly of the “strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now … I think is a very dangerous thought.” “These esoteric, intellectual debates” won’t mean anything when “the next attack” kills “thousands of Americans.” “I remember what we felt like on Sept. 12, 2001,” Christie declared.

      Can you imagine a neo-con wet dream bigger than Anthony’s weiner? One more terrorist attack in New York City and CC is in. You can bet the NSA-CIA-FBI “keyscore” cops will do their typical fabulous job and ignore the terrorist threat while spying on all these “dangerous” Libertarians like Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., one of the PATRIOT Act’s principal authors, who reaffirmed that it was never intended to make every American’s call records “relevant” to terrorism investigations. Like Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., “If you know who someone called, when they called, where they called from, and how long they talked, you lay bare the personal lives of law-abiding Americans to the scrutiny of government bureaucrats.”

      COLLECT IT ALL: CC knows there’s nothing in the administration’s interpretation of the PATRIOT Act that limits bulk collection to call records. It could be used to vacuum up medical records, financial records, or credit card purchases, or for databases of “gun owners or readers of books and magazines deemed subversive”– it makes “the government’s authority to collect information on law-abiding American citizens essentially limitless like CC’s belt.

      “COLLECT IT ALL” is the mentality driving liars like NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander. Keith suggested that private companies should give the government access to their networks so it could screen out the harmful software. According to one participant, “folks in the room looked at each other like, ‘Wow'” and refused.

      If you don’t tell your congressman NOW we don’t need a corrupt government invading our privacy, then don’t be surprised it’s over when the FAT MAN sings “COLLECT THEM ALL.” Dangerous thinking? You decide but you didn’t hear it from me.

      07/31/13 7:31 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      07/31/13 11:25 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      CC in Marlowe’s Dr Faustus:

      “I am Gluttony. My parents are all dead, and the devil
      a penny they have left me, but a small pension, and that buys me
      thirty meals a-day and ten bevers,—a small trifle to suffice
      nature. I come 84 of a royal pedigree: my father was a Gammon
      of Bacon, my mother was a Hogshead of Claret-wine; my godfathers
      were these, Peter Pickled-herring and Martin Martlemas-beef; but
      my godmother, O, she was an ancient gentlewoman; her name was
      Margery March-beer. Now, Faustus, thou hast heard all my progeny;
      wilt thou bid me to supper?”

      07/31/13 11:34 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Obama apparently had no objection to NSA contractors drooling over your privates, but he sang a different song when it hit too close to home:

      “Sen. Barack Obama called for an investigation Friday into how the security of the passport files of the three remaining presidential candidates was breached.

      The State Department admitted Friday that the passport files of Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain had been accessed without authorization.

      “One of the things that the American people count on in their interactions with any level of government is that if they have to disclose personal information, that it stay personal and stay private,” Obama said in Portland, Oregon.

      “And when you have not just one but a series of attempts to tap into people’s personal records, that’s a problem not just for me but for how our government is functioning,” he said. Video Watch Obama call for an investigation »

      Obama said he expected “a full and thorough investigation” by the administration in conjunction with congressional oversight committees.

      State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Obama’s files had been viewed three times by contractors working for the agency starting in January.

      Two contractors were fired and a third disciplined after they accessed Obama’s file, McCormack said.”

      We should all have that recourse, Barry.

      08/1/13 1:49 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      08/1/13 2:03 AM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      At the “risk” of violating the canons of political correctness, I’ll add that the above photo of Manning and his escorts reminds me of the “Black Boys” in “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”. In that novel (and to a diluted extent in the movie), the “Black Boys” were grunt servants of the insane asylum, hired as house-slaves to be the brutal enforcers of “The Combine”:


      08/1/13 10:56 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      From Dr Juan Cole’s site, ‘Informed Comment’:

      “Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World”


      08/1/13 12:56 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      “Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World”:

      He did an extraordinary and essentially good deed, but he did not change the world.

      08/1/13 1:17 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      “Changing the world” is indeed a high bar, and often requires a lot of historical perspective to fully judge. That said, change typically occurs in small steps, (ripples in the pond and all that) and I think the Manning case will have a place. I’d like to hope that without Manning there would be no Snowden, and without Snowden there would be no… you get it.

      A good summary of some of the important things we learned from Manning’s disclosures.

      08/1/13 1:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Yes, change occurs in increments and one case has to preceed another. There will be other cases that will add to this debate. As a result of what’s occurred so far, people are thinking and they are communicating and acting.

      The list of what was supposedly made public by Manning should give food for thought – partly because that information was already out on the internet via articles, human rights groups and NGOs, BEFORE Manning came on the scene.

      Manning and Snowden have helped put on the table another important matter — is it ever acceptable or permissible to classify illegal actions for the sake of keeping that hidden from public view while claiming to act for the good of the same public?

      The crazy reality some of our elected officials dont understand is – the more you try to cover up, the more the story gets into the public realm. Especially if there are victims and they have families.

      Somehow safeguarding national security has become confused for protecting legacies and stemming lawsuits. It’s important to keep calling Feinstein, Sensenbrenner and company and remind them their jobs are not for life and they need to do their jobs right

      08/1/13 2:54 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Hm. Peter, you wrote:

      “change typically occurs in small steps, (ripples in the pond and all that)”…

      …and at the “risk” (a very small risk since I know you won’t beat my ass for this 😉 of being accused of “religious lunacy” (meaning, dissenting from America’s de facto religion ;-), I’d like to offer you the Catholic disagreement with that belief, the belief that “change typically occurs in small steps”:

      I just want to mention, that what MY belief system teaches (a belief shared by one sixth of Mankind today, in other words it’s not a cult, and it’s not new either, it goes back almost two thousand years), is this:

      WE (the Catholic Church) believe that the ONLY “change” that has EVER mattered, is the change accomplished by the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. We believe that all other incidents of GOOD kinds of “change”, are merely additions to that one, the Eternal Change made by God on the cross in Jerusalem in year 33 AD.

      Which does not detract at all from how Bradley Manning has done his part to contribute to that change. However – and I say this in further SUPPORT of Bradley Manning – his good deed was no more than an affirmation of the “Change” which has already been accomplished by God, when Jesus said in His last breath, “It is finished.”

      And so, in THAT light – from a Catholic perspective – Bradley Manning is already victorious, because Truth is eternally victorious.

      Call me a lunatic for saying so, but if this is lunacy, then I say America needs more of it.

      08/1/13 3:12 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      PS, @ Kyzl who wrote: “Yes, change occurs in increments”…

      Actually, most of the time, changes happen suddenly, especially when Humans choose to change their minds. Examples? Let’s start with the Hitler-Stalin pact in 1939…

      …or for a more commonplace example, a college girl who gets drunk at a frat party, f-cks a frat boy and then regrets it the day after and accuses him of “rape”…

      …or back to collective politics again, how America suddenly changed from fighting against Al Qaeda to financing Al Qaeda in Syria, cf:


      08/1/13 3:35 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      And one more thing about the American superstitious belief in “incremental change”:

      Although I hate what Lenin did, I respect him for his very realistic understanding of how political change happens, NOT “incrementally” but rather, always in sudden bursts of courageous, violent passion. And so this inspires me even though I disagree with Communism, still I have more respect for Communism than I have for American fantasies of “incremental change”:


      08/1/13 3:46 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      Oh and one more thing, about my above comments, some of you might wonder, “How can Melove reconcile his Catholicism with his respect for Communism?”

      Answer: Because Communism was a half-truthful imitation of Christianity! 😉 🙂

      08/1/13 3:51 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...


      In summary of all of my above comments, I shall add this declaration of my beliefs:

      If I were not a Catholic, I would choose to be a Communist.

      08/1/13 4:02 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      On a side State Department note…

      Dear Ms. Elizabeth Dibble,



      08/1/13 4:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      It Snowed in the ending of “The Terminal” 2:


      08/1/13 5:35 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      RIP Johnny McCain, who should be marching to the Old Folks home:

      “John McCain issued a stinging rebuke, saying Russia’s actions (granting Snowden asylum) were “a disgrace and a deliberate effort to embarrass the United States”.

      “It is a slap in the face of all Americans. Now is the time to fundamentally rethink our relationship with Putin’s Russia. We need to deal with the Russia that is, not the Russia we might wish for,” he said.”

      That Johnny McCain speaks for anyone other than the seriously demented is a slap in the face of all Americans.

      08/1/13 7:28 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      Talking about RIP Johnny McCain, more than ten years past, more than 4.5K US military killed 38k disabled or infected by war in Iraq, with 100,000 Iraqi killed (One Million Dead) 5million orphans, 38k widows more and more in today Iraq now RIP Johnny McCain reach to say:
      Iraq War Casualties ‘All for Nothing”

      Before McCain statement was Paul Bremer on Iraq, ten years on: ‘We made major strategic mistakes.

      08/1/13 8:48 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      “Iraq: one away from the government’s corrupted plans and free from the American occupation’s stifling grasp.
      Ten long and painful years have passed. The orphan Mustafa from Baghdad says “I feel like a bird in a cage here. I wish there was someone to listen to us.”

      Returning to Iraq after war and exile

      08/1/13 9:00 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      While the government uses the “ends justify the means” mantra – whether illegal domestic spying stopped 50 or any terrorist “event” – the same can be said for Manning and Snowden as well as others to follow – and there will be others. The sad fact is the government is controlled by a bunch of serial liars, and only a fool – which describes the majority of Americans – would listen to anything they say.

      08/2/13 1:01 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      Wow US embassy in Baghdad will be closed? Really?

      Looks anew Tyranny will started again in Baghdad…….US embassy will be the New Republic of Fear

      هلع في تصريحات النواب العراقيين من قرار واشنطن باغلاق سفارتها في بغداد

      08/4/13 6:45 PM | Comment Link

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