Manning wrote in a statement read on the Today show”Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).”
wait… so if I said in public what Manning’s lawyers are claiming… then what? but this is just like… Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. The lawyers are winking to their liberal colleagues. They all know this is bullshit and if any American said this he would lose his job… especially in a Blue State. This is why I hate the left
he’s a folk hero to many. and frankly…they have good reason. don’t ask don’t tell was wrong. it was lies. I was against it and I’m against Gays in military combat. sooner or later the progressive need someone to look them square in the eye and say no. I’m not a Gay basher. I don’t think it is an illness. I think it is part of human nature… something that happens either because of experience or sometimes something some people are born with. They offer many positive contributions to society… and that is obvious by the way this guy wasn’t fired to begin with. Gay people are hard workers, but the military isn’t just about working hard and being witty. People have the right to say… hey… I like my Gay stylist, but I don’t want classified military information in their hands. BTW… I wouldn’t last long in the military either… and if I tried I would hope people would love me enough to tell me that I’m not right for the job. There are people who just are not right for following orders. I would never have myself in this position either.
THE GUARDIAN: ‘Aiding the enemy’ among 22 new charges brought against US soldier held in solitary confinement
Bradley Manning, the US soldier who has spent 10 months in solitary confinement on suspicion of having transmitted a huge trove of state secrets to WikiLeaks, now faces a possible death penalty.
The intelligence specialist, who is being held in the maximum security jail on Quantico marine base in Virginia, has been handed 22 additional military charges as part of his court martial process.
They come on top of initial charges of having illegally obtained 150,000 secret US government cables and handing more than 50 of them to an unauthorised person that carried a possible sentence of up to 52 years in prison.
Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, said that the most serious of the new charges was the Article 104 offence of “aiding the enemy”. The charge carries a potential death sentence. >>> Ed Pilkington in New York | Thursday, March 03, 2011
Deadly Fictions – The classified diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks are the Pentagon Papers of the pro-Israel right – by Lee SmithDecember 1, 2010
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has positioned himself as a left-wing whistleblower whose life mission is to call the United States to task for the evil it has wreaked throughout the world. But after poring through the diplomatic cables revealed via the site yesterday, one might easily wonder if Assange isn’t instead a clandestine agent of Dick Cheney and Bibi Netanyahu; whether his muckraking website isn’t part of a Likudnik plot to provoke an attack on Iran; and if PFC Bradley Manning, who allegedly uploaded 250,000 classified documents to Wikileaks, is actually a Lee Harvey Oswald-like neocon patsy.
With all due apologies to Oliver Stone (and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey), what the Wikileaks documents reveal is not a conspiracy of any kind but a scary and growing gap between the private assessments of American diplomats and allies in the Middle East and public statements made by U.S. government officials. The publication of these leaked cables is eerily reminiscent of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed a decade-long attempt by U.S. officials to distort and conceal unpalatable truths about the Vietnam War, and manipulate public opinion. The difference is that while the Pentagon Papers substantially vindicated the American left, the Wikileaks cable dump vindicates the right.
Here are eight of the most obvious examples from the initial trove of documents that has appeared online: the rest of the exposure via tabletmag.com
some commentators like at the news hour by Soros funded PBS had it’s regular Israel bashing analysis… (and this had me cackling) had ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI allude that Israel or a hostile party to Turkey was behind the Wikileak. One can easily see that the Wikileak will evolve in the Arab world into another variation of 911Troof. Too many of Israel’s enemies were really hurt by these cables… and it is very hard to spin that this didn’t help Israel’s survival away from a Holocaust.
The news that terrorists were using the ambulances in Israel was revealing… but no more as revealing as the responses by the Israel bashing media