Bradley Manning is a hero.

Writing in the Christian Science Monitor, Sheldon Richman says that Bradley Manning is a hero. I agree.

How can the American system be regarded as participatory if the most potentially explosive government conduct is hidden? Are “we the people” really in charge or not?

Or is “government of the people, by the people, for the people” so much pabulum to keep us contentedly ignorant?

The same Obama administration that condemns the leaks has said: “Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.” But if the government decides what constitutes transparency, how can it achieve either objective?

Read the rest of Richman’s op-ed piece here: WikiLeaks: Bradley Manning isn’t a criminal. He’s a hero.

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2 Responses to Bradley Manning is a hero.

  1. moraloutrage says:

    A brig official confirmed Bradley Manning’s conditions at Quantico as cruel and inhumane treatment and establishes that the accused leaker is subjected to detention conditions likely to create long-term psychological injuries.

    From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day — for seven straight months and counting — he sits completely alone in his cell. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he’s being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed. For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs.

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