“…On 10 April 2012 the journalist Charles Davis did a guest posting on Glenn Greenwald’s website, Salon.
The title of the piece is “The Liberal Betrayal of Bradley Manning.”
Davis’s argument is that President Obama acts much like George Bush Jr. when it comes to “security” issues.
He has, for instance, “institutionalized the practice of indefinite imprisonment” – and in several other ways undermined the nation’s civil liberties.
The difference is that, unlike Bush, Obama has not experienced vocal opposition from most liberals to this process of despoilment.
Chase Madar, a New York civil rights attorney puts it this way – “Obama and the Democrats being in power in Washington defangs a lot of liberal criticism.”
Davis’s case in point is that of Bradley Manning, the Iraq war veteran accused of leaking a large number of Pentagon and State Department files to Wikileaks.
Some of these leaked files clearly document actions that can be deemed war crimes.
Manning made the mistake of confiding in a stateside blogger.
He asked this person: “If you…saw incredible things, awful things…things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC…what would you do?”
Manning’s answer was to make those facts public –
- which in my opinion was the action of a hero.
His erstwhile confidant’s answer was to turn the hero in to authorities.
Manning is now in a military prison awaiting a trial that, almost certainly, will keep him “in a dark room” for the rest of his life.
Our “liberal” President seems to find this prospect fitting for someone “who broke the law” (a public judgment that Obama made before Manning was given over for trial).
Most of the liberal establishment has joined in by demeaning Manning as a “troubled young man”..”
(ed:..similar comparisons can be made here to the last labour government..
..a supposed ‘progressive’ regime..
..that for nine long years turned their backs on those the party was first founded to protect…the poorest..
..the silence from the bulk of the party..during these years..
..condemns all of them to proven charges of their nine-year moving-feast of ‘situational-ethics’..
..which has left them kinda bankrupt in that ethics areas..)
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