Shooting the Messenger

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shooting_the_messenger_20131208 There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, … Continue reading

Oiling the War Machinery, From Oslo to Heathrow to Washington

Norman Solomon Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/08/19-0 In Oslo, the world’s most important peace prize has been hijacked for war. In London, government authority has just fired a new shot at freedom of the press. And in Washington, the Obama administration continues … Continue reading

America’s Upside-Down Morality

Robert Parry Consortiumnews http://consortiumnews.com/2013/08/15/americas-upside-down-morality/ Pvt. Bradley Manning has prostrated himself before his court-martial judge, apologizing for leaking documents on U.S. government wrongdoing and referencing his psychological problems as reasons for mercy. The sad spectacle underscores how upside-down American morality now … Continue reading

The Courage of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others to Seize Their Moment of Truth

John Pilger Truthout http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/18046-the-courage-of-bradley-manning-will-inspire-others-to-seize-their-moment-of-truth The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on February 28, 2013, when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It … Continue reading

Criminalizing Journalism: Manning, Media and You

Josh Stearns freepresshttp://www.freepress.net/blog/2013/08/01/criminalizing-journalism-manning-media-and-you?akid=4374.9948461.Imiafn&rd=1&t=6 On Tuesday, Bradley Manning was acquitted of “aiding the enemy” for leaking 700,000 classified government documents, including a video of an American airstrike in Baghdad that killed 12 civilians, among them two Reuters journalists. While aiding the enemy was … Continue reading

Welcome to Post-Constitution America

Peter Van Buren TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175732/tomgram%3A_peter_van_buren%2C_the_manning_trial_began_on_9_11/ On July 30, 1778, the Continental Congress created the first whistleblower protection law, stating “that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States to give the earliest information to Congress or … Continue reading

Manning Deserves Nobel Peace Prize

Norman Solomon USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/07/30/bradley-manning-institute-for-public-accuracy-editorials-debates/2601569/ Tuesday’s verdict from a military judge does not diminish the huge moral stature of whistle-blower Bradley Manning. Next month, I will be proud to deliver a petition to the Nobel Committee in Oslo with a simple message … Continue reading