Bradley Manning is being punished – and tortured – for a crime that amounts to believing one’s highest duty is to the American people and not the American government.
Manning’s just a kid. A kid with a conscience. A kid that believes that an informed public preserves democracy.
Every moment of twisted retaliation that Mannings’s been subjected to proves that what he did was absolutely right … and not a moment too soon.
I stand against torture. I stand against indefinite detention. I stand against renditions. I stand against “disappearing.” I stand against “hit lists.” I stand against GITMO. I stand against unprovoked invasions of sovereign foreign nations. I stand against surgically precise drone strikes so bloodily imprecise that they’re followed by a double tap. I stand against arming and aiding apartheid nations that are engaged in ethnic cleansing. Most of all, I stand against a corrupt media that cheerleads corrupt, continual military aggression and calls it patriotism.
I stand for Bradley Manning.