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Updated on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 PM

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Re: “An Oakland Man's Fight to Save Bradley Manning

An arbitrary age for "maturity" has been addressed time immemorial as a bad method for societies to employ for voting or legal commitments or moral choices. It seems that you, Lawngun, have wholly imbibed the Murdoch media's (orchestrated by our government) condemnation of Manning's having placed "fellow countrymen and women in harms way." This position has been wholly debunked. No one was harmed by Mr. Manning's revelations. Truth liberates.

I believe my reading of Mr. Manning's intention being the opposite of placing innocent people in harm's way is far more balanced. If we ascribe the word "treason" to Mr. Manning's efforts to tell the world the truth, what do we name Mr. Bush's (and his minions') efforts to tell the world the _lies_ that brought us to the current pass in the Middle East?

In my view it is unjust to torture Mr. Manning at Quantico. It is also unjust to allow Mr. Bush, Ms. Condoleeza Rice, Mr. Dick Cheney, Mr. Donald Rumsfeld, Mr. Powell, Mr. Karl Rove, Mr. Paul Wolfowitz, Mr. I Lewis Libby, Ari Fleischer, John Ashcroft, Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman, Mr. Zalmay Khalilzad, Douglas Feith, James Woolsey, and Bill Pryor to get off scott free when their treachery betrayed the trust America placed in them as our leaders.

I see no bravery in the eyes of this latter group. Mr. Manning, on the other hand, has displayed true courage. No doubt he had to overcome great fear to do what he did. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear. " And what has come of Mr. Manning's act is good.

Posted by dwyerj1 on 04/07/2011 at 4:43 AM

Re: “An Oakland Man's Fight to Save Bradley Manning

A young man joins the marines out of high school with hardly enough maturity to know that the recruiter just might not be telling the whole truth. When he raises his right hand and swears, he hardly knows enough to be skeptical about the politics, philosophy, and principles of the marines. Joining the marines or any other of the services is done under heavy duress. One of my high school seniors was offered in front of 30 peer students an instant salary agreement of $60,000 per year--because of a Middle East language she knew.

Bradley Manning grew into a courageous principled man by the time he was 22 years old, and he still hadn't had the advantages of a real education.

Those of you who call him names, like "traitor" and "twerp", are far and away lesser human beings than he is. Even though the marines are trying all-out to break him, turn him into what Thoreau calls a "wooden" man, he has already achieved a grand height in his life work.

At the moment of his decision to expose these documents he was functioning as an Arch-angel sent by the God of Truth. Ordinary Americans are not fit to loosen his shoe laces. Let us do what we can to protect him from demons great and small.

Posted by dwyerj1 on 04/06/2011 at 6:03 PM

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