Bradley Manning‘s incarceration, torture, and the way the trial is being handled is a slap in the face to every American. His crime was showing the world the horrors of the Iraq War that our government is trying to desperately to keep secret from the entire world, while it’s knowledge is already online, easily accessed and downloaded.
The United States is attempting to move toward a stricter, more totalitarian government that will control people who attempt to report the news and challenge authority. They are hoping that you won’t care that this young soldier is not going to be given even the slightest semblance of fair trial and be held with a great portion of it closed to the public and press.
Voltaire said that to know who controls you, you must know who you are not allowed to criticize. I remember when I was thirteen and the Iraq War had begun, I thought it was a great thing we were doing. After all, Saddam had to be stopped. The people needed to be saved. Now that I’m older, it seems to me that we are not allowed to criticize our military.
At the secret trial, we will have a witness named “John Doe” testify that Bin Laden had the wikileaks releases in his computer which will prove his guilt that he aided the enemy. Then he will be convicted.
Have you ever had a vision in your head of something you can see happening right before your eyes, but there doesn’t seem a way to stop it? I sometimes feel like a knife is plunging into my heart. But this should never halt our efforts because people are doing great things in this world, and maybe that’s why we have survived as a species thus far.
Right now we have an obligation to do something about this. That means keeping yourself informed about what is happening and, yes, talking about it. Some people say that you should never discuss politics. They are wrong. We have to keep talking about things that are important to our society. Bradley Manning understood this, which is why he gave the Afghan and Iraq War Diaries to Wikileaks. He was hoping to spark debate. It is not hard to see why. The video collateral murder as well as those diaries paint a picture of the horrors of war, where sometimes it is us who kill people wrongly. The government does not want you to see this.
So please if you are still reading this and you care, please go to Bradleymanning.org to see how you can help.
I will leave you with a quote from Bradley Manning himself:
“God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”