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Bradley Manning Acquitted of "Aiding the Enemy"

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: military, Bradley Manning case, government, law, politics, news, ethics, goodnews )

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Bradley Manning has been found not guilty of aiding the enemy. He has been found guilty of five espionage charges. He has been found guilty of five theft charges.

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Tamara Hayes (185)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:24 am
He should be acquitted of all charges. The US just doesn't like it that someone showed us for what we really are in regards to how our government handles foreign policy. The truth hurts. Thanks Cal.

Sue Matheson (79)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 5:38 am

Elsa Boet (0)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 10:45 am
what a disaster, i will pray for this men! he is a hero

Marija M (32)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:47 pm
tks /he is a hero!/

Jamie Clemons (282)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:33 pm
To some he may be a traitor, but to me he is a hero. I hope the next president pardons him and also snowden because Obusha sure is not going to.

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:57 pm
Thanks for this information, Cal.

Gloria H (88)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 3:23 pm
Of course he wasn't aiding the enemy! I would imagine that could result in firing squad a few years back. As to the other charges...stiff ones...just to scare the beezeegers out of any one else from doing the same.
Kinda weird how a rapist who terrorizes, beats, cuts up and emotionally scars a woman can get off in a few years, yet someone who whistleblows get maxim sentence.
Oh boy, I really feel "protected" now!

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:55 pm
Looks like it's official, we no longer have freedom of speech. No longer have the right to know what our elected officials are up to - or our military. Wonder if I should start keeping track of everytime I use the bathroom - or would that aid the enemy in some way???? Note dwith a great deal of anger and frustration, and with a bit of fear.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:51 pm
This is what he leaked. These are crimes against humanity. So why is he the one on trial?

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:06 am
Just read this and thought I would share it. Excellent read.

What Bradley Manning's Sentence Will Tell Us

By Michael Moore, Open Mike Blog

31 July 13

oday Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. The good news is he was found not guilty on the charge of "aiding the enemy." That's 'cause who he was aiding was us, the American people. And we're not the enemy. Right?

Manning now faces a potential maximum sentence of 136 years in jail. When his sentence is announced tomorrow, we'll all get a good idea of how seriously the U.S. military takes different crimes. When you hear about how long Manning - now 25 years old - will be in prison, compare it to sentences received by other soldiers:

Col. Thomas M. Pappas, the senior military intelligence officer at Abu Ghraib and the senior officer present the night of the murder of Iraqi prisoner Manadel al-Jamadi, received no jail time. But he was reprimanded and fined $8,000. (Pappas was heard to say about al-Jamadi, "I'm not going down for this alone.")

Sgt. Sabrina Harman, the woman famously seen giving a thumbs-up next to al-Jamadi's body and in another photo smiling next to naked, hooded Iraqis stacked on each other in Abu Ghraib, was sentenced to six months for maltreating detainees.

Spec. Armin Cruz was sentenced to eight months for abusing Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and covering up the abuse.

Spc. Steven Ribordy was sentenced to eight months for being accessory to the murder of four Iraqi prisoners who were "bound, blindfolded, shot and dumped in a canal" in Baghdad in 2007.

Spc. Belmor Ramos was sentenced to seven months for conspiracy to commit murder in the same case.

Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for committing the four Baghdad murders. The military then granted him clemency and reduced his sentence to 20 years, with parole possible after seven.

Marine Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich received no jail time for negligent dereliction in the massacre of 24 unarmed men, women and children in 2005 in the Iraqi town of Haditha. Seven other members of his battalion were charged but none were punished in any way.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jerry Shumate and Lance Cpl. Tyler Jackson were both sentenced to 21 months for the aggravated assault of Hashim Ibrahim Awad, 52, a father of 11 and grandfather of four, in Al Hamdania in 2006. Awad died after being shot during the assault. Their sentences were later reduced.

Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington was sentenced to eight years for the same incident, but served only a few months before being granted clemency and released from prison.

Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III was sentenced to 15 years for murder in the Awad case but his conviction was soon overturned and he was released.

No soldiers received any punishment for the killing of five Iraqi children, four women and two men in one Ishaqi home in 2006. Among the U.S. diplomatic cables leaked by Bradley Manning was email from a UN official stating that U.S. soldiers had "executed all of them." When Wikileaks published the cable, the uproar in Iraq was so big that the Nouri al-Maliki government couldn't grant any remaining U.S. troops immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts, thus forcing the Obama administration to abandon its plans to keep several thousand U.S. soldiers in Iraq permanently. All U.S. troops were removed at the end of 2011.

My guess is Bradley Manning will spend more time in jail than all of the other soldiers in all of these cases put together. And thus, instead of redeeming ourselves and asking forgiveness for the crimes that Spc. Manning exposed, we will reaffirm to the world who we really are.

Lona G (80)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 3:34 am
Thanks Cal and Cathy. Manning may not be a traitor but according to them he's still a spy so they're going to throw the book at him so hard, he might as well have been a traitor. The whole 'not guilty of aiding the enemy' was just to give this trial the appearance of fairness. They shouldn't have bothered, nobody is going to buy it.

. (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:13 am
That's not good. He should have been charged.

Scott Johnson (0)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 8:47 am
Whistle blowers should have protections under the law. Too bad the current President and Congress don't agree. We need a Congress that will pass legislation to will force out government to become transparent. How can a government formed by WE THE PEOPLE not allow the people to know what they are doing? How did the model for our government become the same model that we fought in the cold war? How are we different from Communist Russia with our secret prisons and the suspension of the Bill of Rights? In the election in 2014 we need to get rid of the bums in Congress.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 4:22 pm
Thanks, Cal. While I'm happy that he was acquitted on this most serious charge, it's quite distressing that he could see more jail time. I received a request to e.mail the judge, asking him to let Manning off with "time served," and did so. Pvt. Manning, as well as Assange & Snowden are heroes. Quite a "180" has happened in world politics when Snowden is now given political asylum by Russia....used to be the other way around. But, is most of the American public noticing this? Or, do they just buy into the mainstream media hype & hysteria that these men are "evildoeers?" I will continue my support of Manning and the others, and hope more Americans realize the truth.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:13 pm
Lois I agree with all you said,, adding only that in my opinion that is exactly what putin wants the world to see. In short, I trust NO governments
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