Bradley Manning and the UCMJ Dungeon.
So, what’s the status of Bradley Manning, legally and morally? What are our “leaders” doing to this boy and how does the American subject population feel about it? Is Bradley America’s equivalent of Omelas’ sacrificial child? Or a hero for the ages; a Smedley Butler or Daniel Ellsberg for the opening decade of the 21st century?
We’ve all heard it before, “Support the Troops, because they defend our freedoms.” But do they? When I was in the U.S. Army I don’t remember any stalwart or teary moments at freedom’s defense. Typical day: coffee and calisthenics in the morning; bureaucracy and cigarettes in the afternoon; and boredom and beer in the evening. There were no discussions of what “freedom” means or what it looks and feels like. It was a job, with a dangerous task and a boss that could legally make your life a living hell… oh and you can’t quit. Bradley Manning is experiencing the legal side of this living hell. A circle of hell populated by indifferent robots of the military, semi-corporate bureaucrat structure. Lost behind walls of paperwork in a UCMJ dungeon. Why!?!
“If there’s a soldier anywhere in the world who’s fought and suffered for my freedom, it’s Pfc. Bradley Manning,” says C4SS researcher Kevin Carson. “Every war since [the revolution] … has been for nothing but to uphold a system of power, and to make the rich folks even richer.” Kevin concludes:
“So if you’re one of the authoritarian state-worshipers, one of the groveling sycophants of power, who are cheering on Manning’s punishment and calling for even harsher treatment, all I can say is that you’d probably have been there at the crucifixion urging Pontius Pilate to lay the lashes on a little harder. You’d have told the Nazis where Anne Frank was hiding. You’re unworthy of the freedoms which so many heroes and martyrs throughout history — heroes like Bradley Manning — have fought to give you.”
Don’t let Bradley Manning get lost in the UCMJ dudgeon; Free Bradley Manning!