World Can't Wait's Debra Sweet asked that during the live stream tonight of the Bradley Manning event. The answer?
Before I get there, who is Bradley Manning? C.I. explains:
Bradley Manning. Monday April 5th, WikiLeaks released US military video of a July 12, 2007 assault in Iraq. 12 people were killed in the assault including two Reuters journalists Namie Noor-Eldeen and Saeed Chmagh. Monday June 7th, the US military announced that they had arrested Bradley Manning and he stood accused of being the leaker of the video. This month, the military charged Manning. Leila Fadel (Washington Post) reported in August that Manning had been charged -- "two charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The first encompasses four counts of violating Army regulations by transferring classified information to his personal computer between November and May and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system. The second comprises eight counts of violating federal laws governing the handling of classified information." Manning has been convicted in the public square despite the fact that he's been convicted in no state and has made no public statements -- despite any claims otherwise, he has made no public statements. Manning is now in Virginia, under military lock and key and still not allowed to speak to the press.
And what did the people say?
My stream went to the commercial.
But when the commercial was over, they were discussing Barack Obama's continuation of George W. Bush's crimes and wondering why do we support him and what's a war criminal and what does it mean when civilians get killed in war? (Debra's words.)
See the Pat Tillman movie was another suggestion. And use the time before the movie started to talk about Bradley Manning.
Debra shared that Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg was at an event this week along with some members of World Can't Wait including Debra. She and others would bring up WikiLeaks and Bradley to the journalists and they would say, "Yeah, we'll get to it." But they never did. And she pointed out that they were only interested in reliving what the MSM did with the Pentagon Papers and that, in fact, they are, in part, responsible for the Iraq War and that it wasn't just Judith Miller. Amen.
She spoke of the need not to accept the terms of the New York Times, or the Obama administration or anyone else.
A number of people in the community who are blogging tonight about the event skipped the roundtable for the gina & krista round-robin. I didn't so I'm sure they'll have better posts than I do. But that's my attempt to make sure the event gets some attention. (And C.I.'s planning to highlight it in the snapshot tomorrow.)
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Thursday: