Bradley Manning is going to jail for 20 years not because he did this, but because he exposed this. If you haven't seen the video, please spare the time for Bradley. He's sentenced to 20 years in a cage because of it. Can you spare 17 minutes to find out why?
If you have seen it, please take the time to watch it again in full. I watched it when it came out. Highly disturbing: The idea that somehow I'm doing this, at least enabling it with my taxes is disturbing. Worse yet is that I'm doing nothing towards stopping it. What can one do, aside from throw one's body on the gears of the machine?
He's no chicken. I hope one day I can have that kind of courage.
History chose Bradley Manning. Once upon a time, he was just like us. An anonymous nobody. There's no telling when history might choose you, too.
This was originally posted on the Daily Paul on on April 7, 2010, by legalizeliberty.
The video was shocking and disgusting when it premiered. And ultimately, disappointing, because nothing happened. No one was brought to justice. But now, nearly 3 years later, the "justice" is being served on the wrong person, on the wrong side.
This one is for Bradley Manning, who took these words seriously.
I'm starting with the Man In The Mirror,
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have
Been any clearer:
If you want to make the
World a better place
Take a look at yourself and
Then make the change
Bradley showed an incredible spiritual faith in what he did. It was simply the right thing to do. He knew it. Rules and laws be damned. And not only did he know it, he did it.
In his first speech as Defense Secretary, Hagel called for renewing old alliances and building new ones
by John Glaser, February 27, 2013
In his first speech as Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel told an audience of US troops and defense officials at the Pentagon that the US should engage with the world instead of try to dictate to it.
“We can’t dictate to the world, but we must engage with the world,” he said. “That engagement in the world should be done wisely. And the resources that we employ on behalf of our country and our allies should always be applied wisely.”
"Certainly we would never stand for that. We did."
"A new Rasmussen Reports poll finds that traditional network news continues to fall as the nation's source for news. The internet now is a bigger source of news for Americans than network TV, by a point, 25 percent to 24 percent."
One percentage point, but what a sweet point that is.
My door buzzer rang and I got up to see who it was, when I heard someone else in the building buzz in some police and fire and rescue people.
They started rapping on my neighbors door and saying "fire and rescue, please open up." Not shouting, but saying it as they knocked, not pounded, on the door. After about a minute the fire and rescue guy turned around and braced himself, then kicked in the door.
Immediately my neighbor appeared saying 'what's going on! I was in the bathroom!'. (The bathrooms in these apartments are in the back and they have loud fans so it is entirely plausible that she wouldn't have heard them knocking, not pounding, on the door.)
The five right-wing justices hand Obama a victory by accepting his DOJ's secrecy-based demand for dismissal
The Obama justice department succeeded in convincing the five right-wing Supreme Court justices to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2008 law, the FISA Amendments Act, which vastly expanded the government's authority to eavesdrop on Americans without warrants. In the case of Clapper v. Amnesty International, Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion, released today, which adopted the argument of the Obama DOJ, while the Court's four less conservative justices (Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan) all dissented. This means that the lawsuit is dismissed without any ruling on whether the US government's new eavesdropping powers violate core constitutional rights. The background of this case is vital to understanding why this is so significant.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says Governor Rick Snyder will announce a state takeover on Friday
Bing says the governor told him his decision during a phone conversation this morning. Bing was talking with reporters following a speech before the Detroit Regional Chamber at the MotorCity Casino.
The city will have 10 days to appeal the decision to the governor.
So the other day a few friends and I attended the national day of resistance. It was in Memphis, TN at Range USA. There were tons of Neocon Tea Party types there.... One of the speakers got up and started spewing hatred towards Muslims and my friend and I got pretty upset. We have Muslim friends who are pro-liberty.... you understand. So this clip is a video I took of my friend responding to the hate.
by Mike Masnick | TechDirt
from the but-but-terrorism dept
We've been discussing the now annual rush to re-approve the FISA Amendments Act, despite the fact that the original bill was on shaky constitutional ground, and it's been made much (much, much) worse due to a secret interpretation of what the law means (a secret interpretation that many in Congress apparently have no interest in finding out about). Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, has penned an interesting column laying out many of the reasons why the whole thing is completely unconstitutional.
First, he notes that the establishment of FISA itself is likely a violation of the 4th Amendment:
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning pleaded not guilty to aiding the enemy during a hearing Thursday morning in the WikiLeaks case.
FORT MEADE, Md. — The U.S. Army private accused of providing diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the WikiLeaks website pleaded guilty to misusing classified material on Thursday, but denied the most serious charge in the case, aiding the enemy.
"BOISE — Lawmakers fearful the U.S. Supreme Court might one day reverse itself on the issue of individual gun rights aim to change the Idaho Constitution’s definition of a militia to include all the state’s adults."
They guy introducing the bill says it is just to get a discussion going, so I doubt it will pass but at least someone is nibbling at the edges of a big, fat truth sandwich: State Sovereignty and an individual right to self-defense.
...ala Ron Paul - Too bad she turn-coated him in 2012
Is Bachmann the new Ron Paul in the House Finance Committee?
Before anyone jumps down my throat for asking such a question, you better check out her exchange with Bernanke.