Who is Bradley Manning?
Who is Bradley Manning? Ask the question to most Americans and they will not have a clue.
During the Valerie Plame fiasco, there was no question who Dick Cheney was. Actually, everyone in the country could tell you that he certainly was the force behind the leak... I wonder if we could place the former Vice President in Pvt. Manning's solitary confinement with not even a bed sheet and a pillow, and give Pvt. Manning the treatment that the former Vice President got for his leak. I remember a phrase that I heard once about the military, "different spanks for different ranks." This case so illustrates this American neurosis.
Something that we do know is that this Pvt. has been in the military brig on a base in Virginia for five months. Another thing that we know is that his treatment as a detainee has been held at the highest level of detention which means he is in a cell for 23 of 24 hours a day. Is this torture?
Why are we so willing as a nation to disregard our most prized possession — our values? Where is the America the Beautiful that we use to sing about in grammar school? And how is this level of punishment before trial, mind you, acceptable?
Who must we petition in order to free ourselves from these shackles? We are riveted to the inconsequential sound bites of TV news. We hear a small piece of some small condition in some small part of the world and we say, "oh, thank God we live in America."
Wake up America! This land is no longer my land and we will have very little to pass on to the the next generation if we continue to turn our backs on the truth as it is being exposed. We are living under a military industrial complex and everything we do points to the fact that more and more wealth will continue to be concentrated in the hands of a few and the sounds bites that come out will all advance the cause of the few.Continued on the next page