Screw the ACLU – Manning Got Off Easy
35 Years? Seriously? Here’s a guy who compromised more data than Robert Hanssen did back in the 80′s in one stroke and they’re giving him only 35 years, where he is even eligible for parole in just 8 years. I guess aiding and abetting the enemy isn’t the same thing.
I don’t know, perhaps my time in the military was different because I learned that compromising intelligence gets people killed. Perhaps all of those briefings about keeping classified data made me think that there are folks out there in the world who wanted to harm the US through the use of our secrets. Maybe there is something to that old cliché that says, “Loose lips sink ships”.
“When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system,” - Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.
Screw you, Ben. How many people are going to suffer now as a result of what Manning did? Do you have any idea that when members of the military begin to waiver in their duty to protect intelligence, they can cause serious damage to our soldiers in garrison or the field? Probably not. He didn’t “share information with the press and public”, he compromised national security. That’s the part you don’t get, you idiot.
Personally, I believe Manning deserves more time in prison. Nothing he did was honorable. In my book, he provided aid and comfort to the enemy by disclosing information with which he was entrusted. He signed an agreement that he wouldn’t divulge – and that agreement didn’t give him the OK to do it when his conscience demanded it. He violated his oath and now, he will pay for it.
But not enough in my book.
(by the way, I’m going to be mad about this. And I don’t want to hear anything from those people that thought Zimmerman got off easy for the Trayvon Martin thing)