I Am Bradley Manning

Submitted by: madest 3 years ago

Are you? If you witnessed war crimes, what would you do?
There are 19 comments:
Male 3,949
Bravo Company 2-16 Infantry had been under fire in that area all morning, from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms which is why the apaches were called in. The journalists were amongst some of the opposition fighters, trying to get their side of the story. The apache counted the real weapons and the film equipment and reported that it looked like seven people had AK47`s and asked permission to fire. The radio tells him that he could because there were no known friendlies in the area. When one of the camera men began to film the apache, the pilot said "we got a guy with an RPG, he`s going to fire!" They flew to the other side of the building and mowed them down, then the stuff with the news van happened. After the incident the news cameras were found but also 2 RPGS and 1 AK-47.


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Male 3,949
I sure couldn`t tell the difference when I watched.


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Male 3,949
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He did some real damage!

@furryblob: I saw the video, the helicopter gunner thought the news reporter had a RPG on his shoulder instead of a camera since it looked like it and he was surrounded by armed Al-Qaeda. I couldn`t tell he was a reporter either when I watched after the first spray of cannon fire, the reporter was alive and the the gunner did want to kill him but didn`t because he didn`t yet pose a threat. Once the unmarked news van arrived and started pulling the cameraman in, the gunner described the situation to the control room and they gave him permission to fire. No one knew there were children inside the van, they were hit along with the two newsagents. It was very unfortunate and I didn`t like seeing it, but I didn`t see any break in the rules of engagement, the helicopters were there to kill not observe. It is war, and sometimes its had to tell film equipment from ak-47`s.
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Male 3,949
I hate this guy, he had been fired from his other jobs because "he would simply sit and stare." He only joined the military because he was forced out of his house when he attacked his stepmother with a knife because she told him to get another job.

This guy released everything without regard for whether is was good or bad, with most being neutral. People forget that he forced people like Argaw Ashine into hiding for having sources who knew how the Ethiopian Gov. was corrupt. Two of our contacts in Zimbabwe were leaked and were arrested. It also lead to a persecution of Hindus in Pakistan. And some of China`s top academics and human rights activists along with Tibetan and Uighur activists were arrested as having given information to the US and might even be killed. And now its hard for anyone in China who talks about reforming the country`s authoritarian political system to not be painted as "American agents." He did s
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Male 2,332
"Why does it seem like the commenters here who are most afraid of big government are so quick to condemn a guy who let the public know some of the seedy things that government is doing?"

Bears repeating.
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Male 406
So F.A.G is real?
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Male 15,832
This whole case is a travesty. This despicable little piece of putrid dog $#!+ deserves to be hanged, but the weenie prosecutors aren`t even going to try for the death penalty.

Oh, well, if we can`t hang him, maybe while he`s in prison he`ll get butt-raped to death with a mop handle. We can only hope.
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Male 47
He was an office worker who didn`t personally witness anything other than the general incompetence that drove the Iraq war. The things he leaked were not limited to the war, but were basically everything he could get his hands on. If he wanted to help the world rather than indulge his fantasies, he should have sought out the specific information that could have prevented tragedies and led to prosecutions, rather than just what he thought would be embarrassing.
And he signed a nondisclosure agreement, so legally he is screwed.
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Male 1,421
Fools Prussia: You hit the jackpot there..

For me, Manning is a hero. If your own government is doing something this awful, you have to tell. First, you have to let your OWN citizens to know what`s happening. Second, if your country is doing something wrong you have to tell other countries too. Of course, this does not resonate with "patriots" as they think that no matter what their country does, it`s no one elses business. Sorry, we live in this planet too.
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Male 219
Bradley Manning should be shot!
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Male 219
Bastards!
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Male 37,914

If one document is a war crime, fine take action.

Now, please explain to the court why the other hundred thousand classified documents were NOT treason during wartime?

He`s lucky it`s not the firing squad.
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Male 3,445
Why does it seem like the commenters here who are most afraid of big government are so quick to condemn a guy who let the public know some of the seedy things that government is doing?
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Male 573
Never watched the video did we Andrew?
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Male 37,914

They`re throwing the phrase "war crimes" around rather loosely.
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Male 14,775
He did the right thing. I wouldn`t have.
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Male 3,081
He didn`t use my favourite line in that? Inconceivable.
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Male 2,578
I would not release hundreds of thousands of secret documents before the cessation of the conflict and expect not to be reprimanded. Fact is, the US was more of a war criminal during WW 2 than it ever was today. The modern wars in the Middle East are actually unprecedented in world history for the efforts to avoid civilian causalities. So no, I don`t think a teenage private should be able to steal things and not expect to be punished.
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Male 7,378
Link: I Am Bradley Manning [Rate Link] - Are you? If you witnessed war crimes, what would you do?
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