The Manning Trial is nearing its end. I suppose his Guilt was never in doubt. The way this whole trial has been approached should send up red flag warnings to every single person in this Country. Was he a Whistleblower? Or was a traitor.?
Military obfuscation and compliant media make for an Orwellian trial of managed misinformation against the WikiLeaks source
further Manning article snippets
At least the parts I think are interesting/ relevant.
The lack of contemporaneous access to court documents has caused irreparable harm to the American public’s right to scrutinize the conduct of military prosecutors and the rulings of the presiding military judge. This will surely taint the final outcome of Pfc Bradley Manning’s trial.
“Military confinement. That’s like a term of art,” said the spokesperson for the military district of Washington (MDW) – which is responsible for convening a fair and impartial trial for the accused – to an American TV reporter last summer. The reporter was known for investigating infotainment websites during pre-trial sessions. “The practical effect?” commented the spokesman to the reporter. “He’s in jail.”
As we wait for the second circuit to rule on the Department of Justice’s midnight appeal of Judge Katherine Forrest’s permanent injunction on indefinite military detention of American citizens without trial or charges, Jennifer Elsea, a legislative attorney who provides policy and legal analysis to the US Congress, reminds us that aiding the enemy (pdf) is “one of two offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice that apply to ‘any person’, rather than just members of the military, like Manning.”