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

    May 17, 2017

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    Posted in: Democracy, Iraq

    Chelsea is free!

    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.

    Skip ahead to about 2:30

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    • Rich Bauer said...


      Maybe it will motivate an IRS Employee to do something that Donald Trump won’t do.

      01/17/17 5:30 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Views on tax returns shift decidedly away from Trump’s position. Seventy-four present overall say he should release his tax returns; that includes 49 percent of his own supporters, as well as nearly all of Clinton’s (94 percent) and 83 percent of those who had another preference, or none.

      The number who favor release of the documents is higher than it was in two related questions in ABC/Post polls during the election campaign. In May, 64 percent said he should release the returns, and in September, 63 percent said he was not justified in withholding them.

      In one key support group for Trump, noncollege-educated white men, 58 percent say he should release the tax returns; that rises to 81 percent of college-educated white women and 88 percent of nonwhites. By another measure, 69 percent in the red states — those Trump won — say he should release these records, as do 81 percent in Clinton’s blue states.

      Maybe he is afraid to show all those business deductions for his Russian prostitues.

      01/17/17 5:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      Been there… Done that…..

      I wish you had…. However…. The price is…. Expensive….

      To say the least.

      With your… Ability… To phrase things …. An ability I will never have ( done very well with the ‘in your face, sorry if you did not want the Truth approach)… Many truths about the entire ..episode….. Would have been different…

      Have you thought about approaching the soon to be administration….

      Or…… Maybe …. Mainstream???…

      You would do VERY well. There…. Either…. Both????

      You, Sir…. Will always have my respect.

      Or…. Maybe…. (letting my smartass off the leash.)……

      To quote a fictional character..

      ” it is very difficult to stand up to your enemies…. Far harder to stand up to your friends.

      50 points to Griffindor….

      For Neville LongBottoms courage ”


      01/17/17 6:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      Speaking of needing to be on the leash….


      Time to go find your Leash….

      Don’t revert…. Please ??


      01/17/17 7:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      Just to piss off the rabid craziness…


      3 and a half days to TrumpNation !!!!!!!!!!!

      Time to start tuning the truck…. And.getting your spring fertilizer.



      01/17/17 7:52 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      Already did, in opposing the perpetual “Paving Paradise”.

      01/17/17 8:10 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Mitch, we need each other. You complete me.

      01/17/17 8:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...




      I’m already married.


      01/18/17 4:54 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...


      There is so much wrong with this.


      Letter from 9/11 mastermind to Obama reportedly reaches White House

      Published January 18, 2017

      Inside the horrifying head of the 9/11 mastermind
      A 2014 letter from the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks to President Barack Obama reportedly reached the White House.

      A White House source confirmed the delivery of Khalid Sheik Mohammed’s letter to the Miami Herald on Monday, but failed to say whether Obama had read it.

      Mohammed’s lawyer David Nevin told the Herald that the 51-year-old wrote to Obama about “Muslim oppression at the hand of the West in general and the United States in particular.”

      Nevin also said the letter also delves into Iraq during the time of U.S. sanctions and touches on Palestine and Gaza “over the years.”

      The Miami Herald reported that the Guantanamo Bay detention center refused to deliver the letter, until Army Col. James L. Pohl made a point of getting the package to Obama before President-elect Donald Trump takes office.

      Pohl reportedly ruled there was no “legal basis for continued sealing of the letter’s contents.” The prison was allowed to scrub the letter of so-called “sensitive information” before it can be posted on the Pentagon war court website.

      Mohammed is currently waiting a death penalty trial at Guantanamo

      01/18/17 4:56 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Peter, you are one of the most courageous people and your book, We Meant Well, is an act of moral and political consciousness, a wake up call for our society. We’d be in the dark, and so would be the illegal and vile actions those who abuse their positions in our government carry out, if it weren’t for the actions of whistle blowers like you.

      We wouldn’t have had any coverage about loss and corruption of USG taxpayer money in Iraq and Afghanistan. We Meant Well changed this. Your book and actions were vital in this. THank you for what you have done and helping explain why corruption matters and can’t be tolerated.

      “To not know is bad, to not to want to know is worse.” Nigerian proverb

      01/18/17 8:50 AM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Obama commutes sentence of Chelsea Manning. How many people died because of manning’ leak? — Judy Miller

      Piss on Judy Miller.

      01/18/17 12:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Donald, seriously, piss on Judy Miller.

      01/18/17 12:57 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      President Obama gave a full pardon Tuesday to retired Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, who was convicted of lying to the FBI during an investigation into a leak about American efforts to sabotage the Iranian nuclear program. The pardon followed an intense lobbying campaign on behalf of Cartwright that included expressions of support, relayed by Cartwright’s lawyer, from former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the effort.

      So defense lawyers take note, a good word from a couple of mass murderers can get your client off too.

      01/18/17 1:09 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Balance in the universe: Manning gets out of prison and Trumpie takes his place.

      05/17/17 8:22 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      PVB. I wouldn’t call it courage. He was damaged beyond repair due to a horrific early life. He is not a useful example of how regular humans face or fail to face crucibles.

      05/17/17 9:08 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Does that explain Trump?

      05/17/17 9:54 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      How did the reading go?


      Manning…… At least he did something. Recent experiences make me appreciate even more…. That just getting ‘officials’ to ANYTHING … Is near Impossible!!!!!


      05/17/17 10:05 AM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      This is just for you…. Too funny. As Putin said. “Political schizophrenia “.



      05/17/17 10:21 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Mitch, oh, those snowflakes in Canada.

      Spaking of snowflakes, before a blizzard of subpoenas land on Trumpie’s desk, Jared should shovel Pence, Sessions and his dumbass lawyer out the door for their incompetence or their deliberate coup to takeover the White House. I wouldnt put it past Sick Pence and his Deep State for arranging this fiasco.

      05/17/17 11:48 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      Money talks…

      Wall Strret is selling off, giving up on Trump like an old wife.

      05/17/17 11:53 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      A Divine Come(d)y

      PS : the bookies stopped taking bets on Trumpie leaving before his term. They are taking a bath on Trumpie’s golden shower.

      05/17/17 11:59 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...



      Don’t be so hard on yourself. We are all just Witness to something that has been building for a very long time.

      05/17/17 12:09 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- if you check out Wikipedia Manning was doomed from birth! I saw lots of guys like him in basic training. They got recycled and we didn’t see them again. Don’t make a hero out of Manning. I doubt he sees himself a hero.

      05/17/17 12:49 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...



      In a world that has gone mad, I dont blame anyone for letting the world know what mad things we do. Just today I saw a poll that Trump supporters think The RUSSIANS are more trustworthy than Comey. Ronnie must be turning in his grave,.

      We are ALL being recycled into the trashbin of history.

      05/17/17 1:42 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      Actually I think Manning sees himself as Exactly that… A Hero…. The unsung, mis-understood… Punished for being confused …. I tried everything I could to correct the things I saw…. .. Aka. Martyr type … Hero….

      Shame he never sent an email to a Senator or congressman…. Something sweet….something pointing out the Liability… That certain Elected Officials … Were being exposed too….

      In the reality of it….all Manning really did was WARN those who are really Responsible to protect themselves.

      If you want to burn it all to the ground… There is a way to do it….

      Rich…. If you want to know how… To really raise hell… Let me know…


      05/17/17 4:35 PM | Comment Link

    • Mitch said...



      Ok… Here’s the Math.

      Trump is never going to leave. Period.
      His ego will not allow that.

      All the cry babies about Trump did this… Trump did that….are Never going to make a difference. Period.

      If the Cry Baby brigade had been bitching and screaming like this for the last 16 years… Maybe…. But… Because they allowed all the things of the the last 16 to occur….especially the last EIGHT …. Now….

      They just look like cry babies who just had an hour trimmed off their bedtimes for the temper tantrums they threw this morning.


      05/17/17 4:42 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...



      Trumpie will resign when he knows it is not going to get better…after the 2018 elections.

      05/17/17 5:20 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      I did : “Paving Paradise” by Craig Pittman

      05/17/17 10:10 PM | Comment Link

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