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President Obama: No Whistleblowing on My Watch
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Obama: No Whistleblowing on My Watch
The US Military Should Be Ashamed of Its Treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning
by Ann Wright
January 6, 2011

.... the Obama administration's warning to Bradley Manning and to other whistle blowers is this: blow the whistle on government criminal actions and we will put you in solitary confinement before you are charged, much less go to trial. You will be treated as an "enemy combatant," in America's ongoing wars on about everything, including the truth.

Bradley Manning, a U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) intelligence analyst who turned 23 years old in late December, allegedly leaked a video of a US helicopter attack that killed at least eleven Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters reporters, to the website Wikileaks. Two Iraqi children were also severely wounded in the attack.

PFC Manning's alleged actions are just as important as those of the whistleblowers who informed us of the Bush administration's use of phone companies to illegally spy on Americans. The video taken from the U.S. military helicopter that fired the killing rounds of ammunition, graphically showed US military pilots firing on and killing innocent civilians in Iraq. In addition to this "Collateral Murder" video, PFC Manning is suspected by the government of leaking the "Afghan War Diaries" - tens of thousands of battlefield reports that explicitly describe civilian deaths and cover-ups, corrupt officials, collusion with warlords, and a failing US/NATO war effort.

Manning had the legal responsibility to disclose evidence, even classified evidence, of criminal actions conducted by government officials

If indeed, Manning did give the video to Wikileaks, his actions show clearly that he reasonably believed that war crimes were being covered up, and that he took action based on that belief. Exposing criminal actions done under the cover of government orders is a responsibility and duty of military personnel as codified in the Uniform Code of Military Justice as well as the Geneva conventions and the Nuremberg Principles.

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  -President Obama: No Whistleblowing on My Watch Better Believe It  Jan-06-11 12:03 PM   #0 
  - Once again: What would we ALL be saying if it was Bush doing this?  FiveGoodMen   Jan-06-11 12:20 PM   #1 
  - That he has a lot to hide and will be held accountable for it when it gets  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-06-11 12:41 PM   #9 
  - The same damn thing I am saying when Obama does it. This is  jwirr   Jan-06-11 01:00 PM   #18 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-06-11 01:28 PM   #35 
  - We should realize that the govt. is fascist  molly77   Jan-06-11 05:03 PM   #49 
  - Molly has it, corporate Fascist serving the corporate interest  sarcasmo   Jan-06-11 08:16 PM   #91 
  - it goes back further than 2000...  awoke_in_2003   Jan-06-11 08:48 PM   #101 
  - That is one of the differences  dotymed   Jan-07-11 06:06 AM   #130 
  - Why would we be saying anything different? Wrong is wrong, no matter whether the guy doing it  1monster   Jan-06-11 06:59 PM   #73 
  - "based only on party affiliation"...  awoke_in_2003   Jan-06-11 08:50 PM   #104 
     - New Democrat? I was a Bobby Kennedy supporter when I was twelve. BUT, I am not a Democrats-are-  1monster   Jan-06-11 10:56 PM   #115 
        - I hoped my smiley face...  awoke_in_2003   Jan-06-11 11:25 PM   #116 
        - Okay. I understand, but suggest you use the :sarcasm: gif so I get it next time...  1monster   Jan-07-11 01:27 PM   #166 
        - Very well said...the only thing I'd add to that  Raksha   Jan-07-11 01:42 AM   #123 
        - Agreed.  1monster   Jan-07-11 01:28 PM   #167 
        - self delete-  awoke_in_2003   Jan-07-11 10:36 AM   #154 
  - you know the answer to that...  awoke_in_2003   Jan-06-11 08:46 PM   #100 
  - The core problem is, Bush and Obama are behaving the same.  AtheistCrusader   Jan-07-11 11:52 AM   #161 
  - "It's 13 dimensional chess hope and change to bring transparency" or something like that.  Edweird   Jan-06-11 12:21 PM   #2 
  - LOL  FourScore   Jan-06-11 09:26 PM   #111 
  - Nice...  muffin1   Jan-06-11 12:24 PM   #3 
  - He should totally use this defense at his court-martial.....  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 12:30 PM   #4 
  - Details, details...  SidDithers   Jan-06-11 12:35 PM   #5 
  - I know--how dare I actually point out that Manning had recourse--  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 12:56 PM   #13 
     - Except he didn't really.  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 01:02 PM   #24 
     - Yes--he did have legal recourse. He chose to eschew it.  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 01:16 PM   #31 
        - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-06-11 01:23 PM   #34 
        - What are those procedures?  cleanhippie   Jan-06-11 05:55 PM   #62 
        - The point is that this alleged whistle blower got the truth out  hulka38   Jan-06-11 09:06 PM   #109 
        - No, he didn't. He reported the war crimes he witnessed to his superiors.  sabrina 1   Jan-07-11 11:08 AM   #157 
     - You need to practice what you teach. If Manning is the one who handed over the  1monster   Jan-06-11 07:02 PM   #74 
     - Details, details...  Raster   Jan-06-11 11:28 PM   #117 
     - except...  druidity33   Jan-06-11 08:22 PM   #92 
     - The book deal occured in December.  go west young man   Jan-06-11 08:49 PM   #103 
     - Manning can see into the future?  atreides1   Jan-07-11 08:56 AM   #153 
     - Well, if you had brought up facts it would be fine. Manning  sabrina 1   Jan-07-11 11:04 AM   #156 
  - What does Assange's book deal have to do with anything?  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 12:40 PM   #8 
  - As a private, (because of demotion, post-assaulting another soldier) he had recourse  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 12:54 PM   #12 
  - You didn't answer my first question, just added more of the same that prompted my question in the  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 12:58 PM   #16 
  - I did answer your question. Pvt Manning had legal recourse that he chose  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 01:11 PM   #29 
  - He did choose extra-legal means, which is generally what a "whistleblower" does.  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 01:15 PM   #30 
  - Right. Just like Daniel Elsberg did. Does the military justice system permit a GI  Better Believe It   Jan-06-11 05:49 PM   #57 
  - Ho can you be so absolutely certain about everything?  Bragi   Jan-06-11 07:52 PM   #82 
  - Would you be defending the government's actions  Jakes Progress   Jan-06-11 08:04 PM   #86 
  - You certainly have chosen the right handle for yourself.  go west young man   Jan-06-11 08:53 PM   #105 
  - I'm thinking that too.  midnight   Jan-06-11 05:44 PM   #56 
  - "I hope Wikileaks gets around to donating to his defense fund" Really? Have you donated or ....  Better Believe It   Jan-06-11 05:51 PM   #59 
  - While he most likely deserves...  Cid_B   Jan-06-11 06:40 PM   #68 
     - Why is anyone here opposed to exposing lies?  Bragi   Jan-07-11 07:40 AM   #138 
     - It's the classic "My Country: Extreme Right and Wrong"  KansDem   Jan-07-11 12:32 PM   #163 
     - He witnessed war crimes and reported them to his superiors.  sabrina 1   Jan-07-11 11:58 AM   #162 
  - He did report the crimes to his chain of command.  sabrina 1   Jan-07-11 11:12 AM   #159 
  - "he had recourse through his chain of command"  newspeak   Jan-07-11 11:25 AM   #160 
     - See my posts above, he did report the crimes, he was, as you  sabrina 1   Jan-07-11 12:52 PM   #164 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-06-11 01:05 PM   #26 
  - If Manning released the troops helicopter video do you think he should be shot for treason?  Better Believe It   Jan-06-11 12:57 PM   #14 
  - I think he should face court-martial for his actions, with charges and  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 01:09 PM   #28 
  - And if the JAG decides that Manning should be executed for "treason" you'd have no problem with that  Better Believe It   Jan-06-11 05:53 PM   #61 
  - And what penalties does our Government get then for their illegal actions?  glinda   Jan-06-11 08:41 PM   #97 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-06-11 09:20 PM   #110 
  - And why wouldn't your FIRST consideration be to deal with the war crimes exposed in that video?  defendandprotect   Jan-07-11 06:37 AM   #134 
  - He isn't being charged with treason.  Statistical   Jan-07-11 08:19 AM   #147 
  - Um, he didn't hand the material over to a guy with a book deal. n/t  EFerrari   Jan-06-11 12:58 PM   #15 
  - And even if he did, it's completely irrelevant.  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 12:59 PM   #17 
     - Yep. It's not an argument, it's just a smear. n/t  EFerrari   Jan-06-11 01:00 PM   #19 
        - Pretty much. And I have yet to get an answer as to why people think it constitutes an argument. n/t  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 01:03 PM   #25 
  - Manning was and is an immature KID.  Mimosa   Jan-06-11 01:01 PM   #21 
  - I think that's a very interesting point....  msanthrope   Jan-06-11 01:20 PM   #32 
  - Why do you hate him? Do you wish the helicopter video had never come to light? (nt)  whatchamacallit   Jan-06-11 04:44 PM   #47 
  - Would someone more "mature" NOT have taken action to correct illegal behavior?  cleanhippie   Jan-06-11 05:57 PM   #63 
  - No they would not have.  panzerfaust   Jan-06-11 06:58 PM   #72 
     - No, that is not even close.  cleanhippie   Jan-06-11 09:56 PM   #114 
     - A younger person tends to be idealistic and less likely to 'look out for himself'  Mimosa   Jan-07-11 12:20 AM   #120 
  - I understand that hundreds of people had access to the same information.  glinda   Jan-06-11 08:42 PM   #98 
  - Perhaps he's not as trusting of the Establishment ...  GeorgeGist   Jan-06-11 03:51 PM   #36 
  - WTF does that have to do with anything?  whatchamacallit   Jan-06-11 04:40 PM   #45 
  - First of all the book deal was made after the handing of the docs.  walldude   Jan-06-11 05:28 PM   #53 
  - What, you don't have a direct line into the World Court?  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 05:59 PM   #64 
  - Walldude, you sound like somebody who's been following the game since Vietnam.  Mimosa   Jan-07-11 12:24 AM   #121 
  - He should use 100,000 dead Iraqi's for a war-for-profit as his defense, as well as  grahamhgreen   Jan-06-11 07:46 PM   #80 
  - Assange did not have a book deal when Manning provided  JDPriestly   Jan-06-11 07:56 PM   #83 
  - he hasn't been indicted  Vattel   Jan-06-11 07:57 PM   #84 
  - There is a difference between being  obxhead   Jan-06-11 11:54 PM   #119 
  - He can also explain how/why he ended up releasing hundreds of thousands of unrelated docs. n/t  Statistical   Jan-07-11 08:16 AM   #145 
  - Is the video of the helicopter attack the only thing Manning is alleged to have leaked?...  SidDithers   Jan-06-11 12:37 PM   #6 
  - Allegedly  jberryhill   Jan-06-11 12:43 PM   #10 
  - Which have also yielded illegal activity even in the small number  EFerrari   Jan-06-11 01:02 PM   #23 
  - But that's the shotgun approach...  SidDithers   Jan-06-11 04:03 PM   #37 
     - He needed help sifting...  druidity33   Jan-06-11 08:34 PM   #96 
  - You really want his ass  whatchamacallit   Jan-06-11 04:45 PM   #48 
     - Truthfully, I couldn't care less about Manning...  SidDithers   Jan-07-11 12:38 AM   #122 
  - Obama just made himself "the Man."  The Backlash Cometh   Jan-06-11 12:39 PM   #7 
  - What it reveals about his thinking is not in agreement with my values.  glinda   Jan-06-11 08:45 PM   #99 
  - Well, "Transparency" made a real nice campaign "change" and "hope".  Tierra_y_Libertad   Jan-06-11 12:47 PM   #11 
  - And my personal favorite "restoring the rule of law"  dflprincess   Jan-06-11 08:32 PM   #93 
     - Unfortunately, my cynicism about Obama has been validated  deutsey   Jan-07-11 07:24 AM   #136 
  - "America's ongoing war on everything" . . . . .  Stinky The Clown   Jan-06-11 01:00 PM   #20 
  - It's War Theater. The purpose isn't actually to wage war,  EFerrari   Jan-06-11 01:07 PM   #27 
     - Fool, Traitor, Heretic!  The Green Manalishi   Jan-07-11 08:53 AM   #151 
  - This is unconscionable. Rec'd with sadness. n/t  Catherina   Jan-06-11 01:01 PM   #22 
  - I remember seeing that video a long time ago. Years ago. On the tv news  lunatica   Jan-06-11 01:22 PM   #33 
  - Bradley is as much a hero as Cheney is.  Ikonoklast   Jan-06-11 04:16 PM   #38 
  - Really? What was the purely political motive behind the wikileaks release? n/t  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 04:17 PM   #39 
  - Ask Manning.  Ikonoklast   Jan-06-11 04:29 PM   #43 
     - So why did you state that they were similar as if you know for a fact that was the case? n/t  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 04:36 PM   #44 
     - How 'bout a good old murder coverup?  whatchamacallit   Jan-06-11 05:15 PM   #50 
  - Outing a CIA agent who stands in the way of your war based on lies..  girl gone mad   Jan-06-11 04:24 PM   #40 
  - Do all 250,000 cables contain evidence of mass crime and corruption?...nt  SidDithers   Jan-06-11 04:26 PM   #41 
  - You don't know?  walldude   Jan-06-11 05:32 PM   #54 
  - I liked you because I felt you appreciated dark humor and satire when you saw it.  Forkboy   Jan-06-11 07:08 PM   #76 
  - Did every single page of the Pentagon Papers contain the same?  girl gone mad   Jan-06-11 08:06 PM   #88 
  - But the laws broken are the same. Your opinion of the motives matters not.  Ikonoklast   Jan-06-11 04:28 PM   #42 
  - So is someone who steals bread to feed his family the same as a guy who shoplifts it even though he  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 04:42 PM   #46 
  - Bradley is as big a criminal as Cheney.  AlbertCat   Jan-06-11 05:53 PM   #60 
     - dumb da dumb dumb  anamandujano   Jan-06-11 06:51 PM   #70 
  - True.....  midnight   Jan-06-11 06:35 PM   #67 
  - They're the same people.... Well, except for motive, intent, results, and the fact that one was a  20score   Jan-06-11 08:33 PM   #94 
  - Many words in your message do not mean what you think they do, "hero" and "same" among them.  liberation   Jan-07-11 03:35 AM   #125 
  - IF Pfc Manning reported this to a military official, then he should be ok. If he gave it to  ncteechur   Jan-06-11 05:22 PM   #51 
  - IF Pfc Manning reported this to a military official, then he acted legally.  superduperfarleft   Jan-06-11 05:24 PM   #52 
  - "pfc. manning is not a private citizen and must follow military protocol." Not in this case!  Better Believe It   Jan-06-11 09:01 PM   #108 
  - No Whistleblowing on My Watch  AlbertCat   Jan-06-11 05:40 PM   #55 
  - I can't imagine being proud of that statement he made. It tells a lot.  glinda   Jan-06-11 08:48 PM   #102 
  - His fans should hope his lawyers come up with something better than this  treestar   Jan-06-11 05:49 PM   #58 
  - Do you have any opinions not twisted around support for the president?  whatchamacallit   Jan-06-11 06:02 PM   #66 
  - Wait a second! There is Whistleblower Protection for all federally financed projects!  JanMichael   Jan-06-11 06:02 PM   #65 
  - Better Believe it, you shuld be commended for continuuing to speak  truth2power   Jan-06-11 06:49 PM   #69 
  - +++ I'll second that  Agony   Jan-06-11 07:07 PM   #75 
  - You said it.  Bluebear   Jan-08-11 07:51 AM   #170 
  - K&R - Memo to all haters:  theaocp   Jan-06-11 06:55 PM   #71 
  - not all of the information has been released  newspeak   Jan-06-11 07:20 PM   #77 
  - He's not a whistleblower, it was a crime  Still a Democrat   Jan-06-11 07:29 PM   #78 
  - ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS, together, serve to show a pattern and practice of criminal behavior.  grahamhgreen   Jan-06-11 07:47 PM   #81 
  - And you know each document was necessary? How? n/t  Still a Democrat   Jan-07-11 07:41 AM   #139 
     - Just like any criminal investigation, some evidence will be thrown out.  grahamhgreen   Jan-07-11 09:50 PM   #168 
  - Are you summarizing or mocking the losing position here? /nt  Bragi   Jan-06-11 07:58 PM   #85 
     - Nope. Just joining in the mindlessness.  Jakes Progress   Jan-06-11 08:06 PM   #87 
     - Disagree with anything in my post? n/t  Still a Democrat   Jan-07-11 07:40 AM   #137 
        - Yes, I disagree with you.  Bragi   Jan-07-11 08:01 AM   #143 
           - Okay  Still a Democrat   Jan-07-11 08:45 AM   #149 
              - Fair enough. I don't agree.  Bragi   Jan-07-11 08:51 AM   #150 
  - I'd go along with Manning as Whistleblower IF he had read all 250,000+ documents he turned over to  cherokeeprogressive   Jan-06-11 07:41 PM   #79 
  - It would have taken him years..  girl gone mad   Jan-06-11 08:10 PM   #90 
  - Yep, and...  Bragi   Jan-07-11 07:52 AM   #141 
  - Don't know how whistle blowing works, do you?  Jakes Progress   Jan-07-11 05:51 AM   #128 
  - Manning is a true hero, unlike the cowards who excuse the crimes.  Zhade   Jan-06-11 08:07 PM   #89 
  - I am done with him now.  kgnu_fan   Jan-06-11 08:34 PM   #95 
  - The UCMJ, the Constitution, the laws of the states and the nation,  bertman   Jan-06-11 08:54 PM   #106 
  - K&R  DeSwiss   Jan-06-11 08:57 PM   #107 
  - And this delayed undeclared war for wealthy resources has to cease.  RedCloud   Jan-06-11 09:28 PM   #112 
  - Legal Question: Has he been indicted?  Smarmie Doofus   Jan-06-11 09:33 PM   #113 
  - The military doesn't have a legal process called an indictment  Crabby Appleton   Jan-06-11 11:48 PM   #118 
  - If I was in Manning's spot, I would've disclosed the government breaking International Law.  Lucian   Jan-07-11 02:27 AM   #124 
  - So Bush like........absolutely sickening  BlueJac   Jan-07-11 04:21 AM   #126 
  - The power of the corporate/military  Enthusiast   Jan-07-11 04:39 AM   #127 
  - manning is not a whistler blower. he was not going after anything specific. he was fishing  seabeyond   Jan-07-11 05:56 AM   #129 
  - And if he'd been highly selective in what he released?  Bragi   Jan-07-11 07:45 AM   #140 
     - if manning saw a crime (not gossip) and tried to get crime addressed and was ignored  seabeyond   Jan-07-11 08:13 AM   #144 
        - No, it's isn't "plain and simple"  Bragi   Jan-07-11 08:18 AM   #146 
           - oh wait, i get it. your plain and simple is plain and simple where as  seabeyond   Jan-07-11 08:19 AM   #148 
  - Where is the quote that was implied in the title?  VeryConfused   Jan-07-11 06:32 AM   #131 
  - War crimes were being committed and covered up ... let's deal wih that reality!!  defendandprotect   Jan-07-11 06:34 AM   #132 
  - That would be too messy and friendships would be damaged.  russspeakeasy   Jan-07-11 11:10 AM   #158 
  - K & R n/t  Le Taz Hot   Jan-07-11 06:35 AM   #133 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-07-11 06:42 AM   #135 
  - The article is incorrect. Manning has been charged:  Freddie Stubbs   Jan-07-11 08:00 AM   #142 
  - Whistle blowing needs to be protected. nt  ZombieHorde   Jan-07-11 08:56 AM   #152 
  - Yet when he was running for office he declared whistleblowers would be protected...  ProfessionalLeftist   Jan-07-11 10:45 AM   #155 
  - No one should be surprised by this president's response.  BlueIris   Jan-07-11 12:56 PM   #165 
  - Obushma does it again. I sure Obama could get the guy out of solitary if he wanted too.  pam4water   Jan-08-11 02:14 AM   #169 

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