• Would You Have Chelsea Manning’s Courage When Called?

    February 19, 2014

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq

    The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII; I am a proud voting member) have voted overwhelmingly to present the 2014 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to Chelsea Manning. The award ceremony will be held February 19, 2014 at Oxford University’s Oxford Union Society. Chelsea will send a statement, and SAAII members will be hosted for dinner at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London.

    With more than a little irony, while I was in Iraq working for the State Department, Chelsea Manning’s office was across the hall from mine. While I was winning the war by writing emails to the embassy, Manning was across the hall capturing the texts of hundreds of thousands of State Department cables, famously released by Wikileaks, showing that was could never be won.

    My war in Iraq ended in near-complete failure. What Manning did will have an impact far beyond that terrible struggle. In this video, I ask the question of why I didn’t do what Manning did, and challenge the audience: when faced with history, would you have the courage to do what Manning did?

    I didn’t.

    BONUS: Seated to my right on the panel is Daniel Ellsberg. On my immediate left is Michael Ratner, one of Manning’s attorneys. The woman on the end is Jesselyn Radack, who currently serves on Edward Snowden’s defense team, and is a whistleblower herself.

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    • pitchfork said...


      “The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII; I am a proud voting member) have voted overwhelmingly to present the 2014 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to Chelsea Manning.”

      Fantastic. Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

      Vs the deviant prosecution and cowardly Judge, whom I nominate for this year’s MOST DESPICABLE PIECE OF SHIT award.

      “… when faced with history, would you have the courage to do what Manning did?”

      Given the circumstances of my life, flat out..no. In the same shoes as Manning, I doubt it.

      I wish I was. It takes a special person to risk even what Peter did, let alone what Chelsea did. Not to mention the gender struggle she was going through. I wish there was something I could do besides wish.

      Given the US military war crimes Manning exposed, of whom not one single deviant soldier has been held accountable, and the ongoing war crimes of Obomination et al..this country is a living, shameless, fucking lie. And that’s what makes me so sad. To know, children will be taught a rewritten history, makes me so goddamned mad I could scream. However, I KNOW THE TRUTH, and they can’t EVER take that away. And so does Manning. May she at least take solace in the fact that MILLIONS of people out here also know what she stood for.

      Unfortunately, the psychopathic Obama DOJ is still persecuting people of conscience..just like the inquisition..


      The prosecutor wanted a LIFE sentence. I hope he dies in the worst pain possible.

      02/19/14 8:29 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      “The prosecutor wanted a LIFE sentence. I hope he dies in the worst pain possible.”

      ps.. one day, he will face a judgement of his soul for eternity. Then, and ONLY then, will these sub-human DOJ cockroaches understand the word.. compassion.

      02/19/14 9:34 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      2nd ps..

      Notwithstanding understanding there are evil, deviant, psychopathic sub human members of society at large who commit crimes of the most vile, wretched imaginings, I’ve often wondered, what kind of warped, damaged child, would also grow up to choose a path to punish his fellow human beings with impunity, for indiscretions of conscience such as Aaron Swartz et al, who, in reality, bore no malice, nor evil, but simply confronted the absurdity of the world.

      What I’ve come to the conclusion is..between the psychopaths of general society, and those members of our government who wield the power of supranational sovereign vindictiveness..there isn’t one shred of difference.

      02/19/14 10:11 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Our President remarked after the Snowden Affair, there are ‘internal channels’ one can go through.

      The sad reality is our President has great difficulty navigating even a basic law through our democractic system — shouldnt he have a good sense how broken the system has gotten??

      What does he mean ‘internal channels’? Are these the same ‘internal channels’ NPR and the Times, when they dared, used to highlight were broken during the Bush administration, with long backlogs and few judges hired to handle cases ie the Civil Service and Merit Protection Courts? The same problems that — to date — have yet to be fixed?

      At State, there was no Ombudsman for years. How many employees got the door for requesting an Ombudsman? How many asked and failed to get due process?

      Many of the scandals this administration has faced, stem from failure to fix or reform problems that carried over from the prior administrations.

      The internal mechanisms for redress, civil complaint process, is used like a retaliatory tool in itself, and that is NOT the purpose of the courts but has become that for government employees. Often, filing a complaint will kill a career no matter the circumstances. If there is a situation with big political interests involved, it’s very hard to talk to a higher up — which is what should be done first. You should be talking to your boss. Sadly, after this conversation you can aspire to become a ‘hall walker’. Yes, you can expect to be blacklisted in your career.

      This is demoralizing for people who love their country and want to do the right thing in government.

      The system needs reform. The easiest thing, of course, is for the elected politicians to not do anything, with the select use of jail sentences as we are seeing. But the voices are going to get louder the more the system is subverted. You can’t expect to tout promoting democracy and ‘freedoms’ for Iraq and Afghanistan — and for that to not reverberate at home as well

      02/19/14 10:13 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      ok, one more and I’ll shut up…at least for an hour. 🙂

      From the comment sections on every news site that had the article on the conviction of those protesters at the nuclear storage site, it is blindingly obvious to me now.. I live amongst a society much like the occupants of the Department of Jondice. No wonder our country is slipping into the cesspool of insanity.

      Which is the POINT. INSANITY. Consider the following..

      Those three protesters who just got convicted for breaching the most massive security envelope on the face of the planet.. Y1-2, for whatever it’s worth to mankind at large, exposed one of the most universally repugnant facts.

      The United States government contains the largest armory of nuclear Armageddon weapons on earth…X1000.

      Within Y1-2, the USG has amassed the largest stockpile of processed nuclear material, to build..wait for it…TEN THOUSAND NUCLEAR WMD!

      Now, tell me who is insane. Then tell me who is the criminal against humanity.

      02/19/14 10:36 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      “Kyzl Orda said…”

      I lied. +1 Kyzl. The only question I have is how would this be accomplished?

      “The system needs reform.”

      The STATE DEPARTMENT?…reformed???????????????
      By who? C’maan Kyzl.

      02/19/14 10:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Gee, the Gov and the Mafia ain’t so different. Chelsea violated Omertà.

      02/20/14 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      02/20/14 11:55 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Pitchfork, reform? Yes sounds crazy doesnt it. But what you propose – do nothing? Let’s continue along as is, shall we?

      The ‘Wall of Silence’, intimidation tactics, and the ‘modern’ British version, aka “the Hutton style,” are failed tactics –


      02/20/14 12:14 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      “Pitchfork, reform? Yes sounds crazy doesnt it. But what you propose – do nothing? Let’s continue along as is, shall we?”

      Kyzl, you took me wrong. Reform is a good idea, but in this case..exactly how can it be done? I mean, that’s like saying let’s reform the Executive branch.

      02/20/14 2:41 PM | Comment Link

    • jim hruska said...


      A while ago the LT COL commanding the gunship unit that was featured in Mannings leak was so bold as to write a article in the Army Times praising his unit for their courage and coolness in a trying situation.
      Not a peep in reply to his lies.
      He’s a hero and Manning is in jail.
      I wonder if Scooter Libby ever crosses our minds?
      jim hruska at rangeragainstwar

      02/20/14 5:26 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...


      pitchfork said… 1


      02/20/14 7:38 PM | Comment Link

    • pitchfork said...


      Folks, as an aside to the courage of Manning to expose USG war crimes, yesterday, I was reminded of of the true nature of our government at it’s most perverse, sadistic and barbaric self.

      No human being on this planet could possibly read this and not understand our government is truly, truly evil and why, we as American citizens need to re-examine its legitimacy.



      Meanwhile, the USG is still torturing human beings at Guantanamo and elsewhere. The only question left is…why the citizens of our country aren’t revolting in contemptuous outrage.

      The answer is..because Justin Bierber and Miley Cyrus are more important.

      excuse me while I vomit.

      02/21/14 10:26 AM | Comment Link

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