Good news for Americans concerned with the cost of running a justice system in their country. The President is now available to give judgments and decide guilt without needing to hear evidence or give the accused a fair trial:
OBAMA: So people can have philosophical views [about Bradley Manning] but I can’t conduct diplomacy on an open source [basis]… That’s not how the world works.
And if you’re in the military… And I have to abide by certain rules of classified information. If I were to release material I weren’t allowed to, I’d be breaking the law.
We’re a nation of laws! We don’t let individuals make their own decisions about how the laws operate. He broke the law.
Case closed! Time to lock him up indefinitely… oh, wait, they’re already doing that.
Let’s hope that Julia Gillard starts telling our judges who’s guilty and who’s innocent as well. We can get rid of that criminal justice system our civilisation has spent centuries developing, stupid archaic notions like “innocent until proven guilty” and “independence of the judiciary” and “testing evidence”. We can just leave all these questions up to the whim of executive fiat, just like in the best tinpot brutal dictatorships.
What could possibly go wrong?