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PostSubject: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:23 pm

Interesting case, possibly finally coming to trial. Glass houses and all that.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Sun Mar 10, 2013 4:25 pm

The government should be required to show proof of actual harm caused by Manning's actions before being allowed to take him to trial for anything other than trivial charges. The government should also be sued in both criminal and civil courts for the treatment he has been subjected to during a period in which he has not been convicted of anything.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:58 pm

Heh, Manning's case continues to generate interesting, though seldom-reported news.

A petition to give him the Nobel Peace Prize.

The secrecy surrounding his trial has been breached.

And Manning's case is just another aspect of Cheney/Rove's war on truth.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:41 pm

The revelations of NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden further complicate the trial of Bradley Manning.  If Snowden is allowed to get away with it, must Manning be acquitted?  How many more whistleblowers will step forward if Manning and Snowden are marginalized by the government?
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Thu Jun 20, 2013 12:32 pm

Here's my deal:
1) BIGGEST ISSUE Amish busdriver rule: If you don't believe in doing stuff like the NSA does, like tapping peoples phones and generally ignoring the Constitution, then why sign up for the 200k a year job with them? If you sign up and take the check the blood is as much on your hands as any of them.  

2) smaller issue but still: He seems very disingenuous and attention seeking.

3) personal thoughts: Who didn't know they were doing this? What really concerns me is the little details we don't realize are helpful to putting the poor dudes in the field in the line of trouble. Snowshit and his 200k a year aren't in need, but the poor sap who signs up for the military because it's that or the welfare line is. I don't support anything that may put my fellow low income cannon fodders in the way of harm.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:36 pm

There is nothing more dangerous to those troops you're worried about than a bunch of criminals in the government at home.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Fri Jun 21, 2013 9:39 pm

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There is nothing more dangerous to those troops you're worried about than a bunch of criminals in the government at home.
True. But nothing Snowden has done releases us from the grips of criminals. I'd argue the majority of the governments throughout our history and the world at large's has been criminals in power. You get the occasional Kennedy but they're rare, if you ask me.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:18 pm

Oh, Kennedy had his demons too.

Politics is a dirty business, always has been.  Each generation thinks theirs are the worst.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:31 pm

I can agree with that.

Now that it's been a few days since the story broke I still have no real answer for why on earth he signed up with the NSA to start with. I mean what would possess one (besides the obvious 200k a year) to sign up with such an organization if one was of the mind that such things were wrong? I need that answer to even begin to see him as anyone worthy of trust or attention.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:36 pm

Spying on the country's enemies is a necessary and ethically OK procedure. Why shouldn't he participate in that? And just spying on random American civilians, in very large numbers, to little or no good purpose, is unconstitutional and ethically very much not OK. Why shouldn't he refuse to do that, and also warn the rest of us that less principled people than he are going right ahead and doing it. In fact, doesn't he have a moral obligation to blow the whistle on the law-breakers?
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:00 pm

Jenni wrote:
I can agree with that.

Now that it's been a few days since the story broke I still have no real answer for why on earth he signed up with the NSA to start with. I mean what would possess one (besides the obvious 200k a year) to sign up with such an organization if one was of the mind that such things were wrong? I need that answer to even begin to see him as anyone worthy of trust or attention.
Read today's news. Apparently Snowden went into the NSA with political subversion on his mind.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:05 pm

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Spying on the country's enemies is a necessary and ethically OK procedure. Why shouldn't he participate in that? And just spying on random American civilians, in very large numbers, to little or no good purpose, is unconstitutional and ethically very much not OK. Why shouldn't he refuse to do that, and also warn the rest of us that less principled people than he are going right ahead and doing it. In fact, doesn't he have a moral obligation to blow the whistle on the law-breakers?
From what I understand of the situation the NSA is not really "spying" on ordinary Americans, despite Fox News' spin. What they're doing is running emails through software that searches for certain trigger words. They are searching phone records for calls made to known terrorist phones. 

In my mind those are a long way from "spying."
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Jun 24, 2013 6:46 pm

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From what I understand of the situation the NSA is not really "spying" on ordinary Americans, despite Fox News' spin. What they're doing is running emails through software that searches for certain trigger words. They are searching phone records for calls made to known terrorist phones. 

In my mind those are a long way from "spying."
There's certainly a lot of spin going on. According to the apologists, they only monitor emails from or to foreigners. Then when you dig for a few more details, you find that if they aren't sure who you are, they treat you as a foreigner - which pretty much means that they get to monitor almost everybody (just in case). And so on. Every time you hear an excuse for why what they are doing is limited and justifiable, it shortly becomes apparent that there are huge exceptions to "the rules", and they are really doing whatever the hell they feel like.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:46 pm

Show me the first case of an American prosecuted for saying "fuck" pr even "fuck Obama" and I'll get worried.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:11 pm

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Show me the first case of an American prosecuted for saying "fuck" pr even "fuck Obama" and I'll get worried.

Ever hear of Lenny Bruce?
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:14 pm

Yeah. I think he died a long time ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:17 pm

Yes, he did. But before that he was arrested and prosecuted for saying "fuck."
So, are you worried now?
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Tue Jun 25, 2013 1:25 pm

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Yes, he did. But before that he was arrested and prosecuted for saying "fuck."
So, are you worried now?
Actually a town up north just arrested some dude, refused his ticket payment and all after he said fuck your town on the ticket. http://jalopnik.com/man-arrested-over-reply-to-speeding-ticket-fuck-your-513376890
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:59 pm

Clear First Amendment violation, it'll never stick. And Lenny Bruce is one reason we now have those protections.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:03 pm

I didn't participate in this, but only because I didn't find out about it until too late. Maybe we should keep sending and posting the message until they get sick of us.

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My job is so shitty I wish I could overthrow my boss. It’s like this oppressive regime where only true believers in his management techniques will stay around. I work marathon-length hours and he’s made all these changes that have made it the worst architecture firm to work at in Manhattan. Like he moved the office to the Financial District and fired my assistant. She was the only one who knew where the blueprints were! I need access to those blueprints to complete my job! F my life, right? And he keeps trying to start all these new initiatives to boost revenue, but seriously we just need to stick to what we do best. There’s only one true profit center. I seriously feel ready to go on strike at any second.

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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 1:53 pm

It works when you are reading the script, like when you call all your friends and leave the message on their voicemail.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 2:00 pm

richard09 wrote:
It works when you are reading the script, like when you call all your friends and leave the message on their voicemail.
Except the NSA can't listen to RANDOM phone calls.


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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:15 pm

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Except the NSA can't listen to phone calls.
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PostSubject: Re: Bradley Manning: Traitor or Whistleblower?   Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:18 pm

If you want a quick summary of the two sides, this debate from Democracy Now! sums it up pretty well.
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