I want to ask two questions of those who support what’s being done to Bradley Manning: are there any limits to what you think government should be able to use its sovereign power to get away with; and if so, how – short of whistleblowers like Manning – do you think those limits can ever be enforced? If those who know what’s going on are too scared to reveal it because they know they’ll be utterly crushed, how can you have any faith in what you’re being told? Does patriotism really require covering up for politicians and their lackeys no matter what they do?
How does it not bother you that this man is in the hands of people who think the closing chapters of 1984, the sections where the State breaks Winston Smith, are akin to an instruction manual?
ELSEWHERE: ABC’s Four Corners did a reasonably detailed program on Bradley Manning last month. It’s worth a watch.