I believe that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information … this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as [missed word] as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.
I also believed the detailed analysis of the data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to reevaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the effected environment everyday.
The people in the van were not a threat but merely “good samaritans”. The most alarming aspect of the video to me, however, was the seemly delightful bloodlust they appeared to have. The dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as quote “dead bastards” unquote and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers. At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage. For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass.
I think that President Obama just like President Bush has made a conscious decision to allow the torturers, to allow the people who conceived of the tortures and implemented the policy, to allow the people who destroyed the evidence of the torture and the attorneys who used specious legal analysis to approve of the torture to walk free. And I think that once this decision has been made – that’s the end of it and nobody will be prosecuted, except me.
John Kiriakou, former CIA agent & whistleblower who is awaiting a summons to begin his two & a half year prison sentence for revealing the name of an undercover agent. Kiriakou was one of the first to confirm Washington’s waterboarding tactic & other torture methods.
President Obama has expanded the war on whistleblowers, charging seven people under the Espionage Act of 1917 (all have been dismissed). All previous US presidents have only charged three people.
Episode #694: Allison interviews former CIA officer John Kiriakou (@JohnKiriakou), who faces 30 months in prison for blowing the whistle on torture, talks about why MSNBC was wrong when it said no activists applied for protest permits for inauguration day, Jamie gives an update on the Lloyd Irvin school rape, former Senator Ben Nelson becomes a lobbyist, and CR explains why you shouldn’t be afraid to disagree with them (but please don’t be rude).
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As we continue to post updates from Pfc. Manning’s trial, we have been getting many messages on how to refer to Manning. So we wanted to open this discussion up to our readers.
In June 2010, conversations between Manning and former hacker Adrian Lamo were released to the public and offered insight into the whistleblower’s involvement with Wikileaks.
She also confided in Lamo that she was having gender identity issues and feared being publicized as a man.
A few days after Manning had confided in Lamo, she was arrested in Kuwait after Lamo informed the FBI and the Army about the leaked cables.
We want to honor Manning’s identity; however, we also understand she has not come out publicly about her gender & that it isn’t necessarily our place to do so for her. This may be for many reasons, including not being ready and that it may even possibly escalate the torturous conditions of Manning’s imprisonment.
So we want to open this discussion to everyone. How do you feel we should refer to Pfc. Manning? Reply to this post or message us here.
Edit: For posts on Pfc. Manning, we’ll use B. Manning/they.