Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Worse Than My Lai? Really?
Bradley Manning got 35 years today for giving a shitload of secrets to an Australian creep named Julian Assange. Some of those "secrets" included murder and war crimes that every person involved in them will get away Scot free. Other secrets probably involved things that should have been kept secret. You see, the problem with Manning is he gave away the entire store without filtering out the stuff that he should have filtered. Assange, currently hiding out in Ecuadoran Embassy in London in a tiny room with no sun has apparently gone so nutso he now loves fellow creepy crawlies like Ron Paul and Matt Drudge. Ewwww. The humanity!
But Manning will go away for 35 years, or at least 11 1/2, because, well, he aint that bright. Like Ed Snowden, Manning is a pawn of douche bags like Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange. These are professional gadflies and attention seekers who use others for their own self aggrandizement. Greenwald has even gone so far as to use his spouse, or partner or whatever to transport secret documents to Germany and had a hissy fit when Miranda was detained by British authorities for a whole 9 hours. Geez, that whole thing is starting to take on a whole Michael Douglas/Matt Damon feel that quite frankly kind of gives me the willies. Sleep tight baby boy! Ewwwwww again. Now I agree that detaining somebody to get back at a pain in your ass may be a bit much, but if Greenwald lacks the courage to do this himself, then Miranda needs to realize he's being used and get used to it. Or dump Greenwald.
Back to Manning. 35 years? Really? Let's look at what other got for "similar" crimes against the United States Government.
Back in 1968, some guy named Lieutenant William Calley led a platoon to a Vietnamese village, couldn't find Charlie, so he ordered the massacre of the entire village as a consolation prize. Calley was convicted of murder, sentenced to life in prison, and served a whopping 3 1/2 years of house arrest. Nixon even sort of pardoned him. 3 1/2 years? For murdering women and children. Good gig if ya can get it.
Back in 2010, a soldier named Jeremy Morlock killed three Afghan civilians, then like the drugged up idiot he is, posed for pictures yanking dead kids heads up by their hair, like they were a fucking deer. Fuck him. But back on topic, Morlock got 24 years. 24 years of which he will serve 7. Another pretty good gig if you're a psychopath.
But Manning the stooge will serve at least 11 1/2 years because well face it, he aint that bright. He copied a bunch of stuff, some of it Calley and Morlock like, and HE goes to prison for more time than Calley and Morlock. In fact the real ringleaders of the atrocities, three assholes named Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld, get no time except for the time they spend raking in the millions. Fuck them too.
Perhaps Manning should have copied all that stuff, then shot a bunch of browns and yellows. he'd have cut his sentence in two.