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Thu Nov 8, 2012, 05:34 PM

84. I doubt, however, that he is a condescending hypocrite who selectively ignores his own tagline

Its a very respectable quote that doesn't suggest we maintain an earnest, well-adjusted piety in order for our deeds to be respected. If that is a requirement, then I suggest that someplace affiliated with the Heritage Foundation would be more comfortable for you than DU.

Understanding the motivations of mass murderers would also seem to be a priority, but not against a clearly detectable background of moral apathy. Claims about what Manning's state of mind signifies or the scale of the data he took also strike me as the pot calling the kettle black. There are numerous pro-establishment double-standards at work here.

It would perplex me if anyone would submit their whistleblowing activities to a government that had recently taken to the following activities:
* Quashing civil rights lawsuits against it
* Spying on its citizens without warrants on a massive scale
* Setting out to make anti-war and anti-capitalist groups look like terrorist havens

Manning was correctly suspicious of any purely US institution to justly handle whistleblowing activity involving war crimes. The one time he did trust the American establishment was his demise.

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