I saw one poster on one of my social worker’s walls, while I was a Behavioral Science Specialist (and no I wasn’t a man who starred at goats) in the Army, that said, “Berkeley is not just for radicals anymore”. Well, maybe not. Maybe it is also for government subversives and others who don’t mind allowing our top secret materials to be plastered all over the internet. Military justice is clear, disseminating top secret material to the public is not heroic but rather a serious crime.
Berkeley City Council members offer opposing views on whether the California city should recognize Pfc. Bradley Manning as a hero.
San Francisco (CNN) — To some, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is nothing more than a traitor who’s put lives at risk around the world. To others, he’s a hero who revealed atrocities the U.S. military wanted to hide.
Tuesday night, the City Council in the anti-war enclave of Berkeley, California, is expected lend its voice to the debate.
The council is scheduled to consider a resolution that would call Manning a hero for allegedly leaking documents detailing U.S. activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The vote comes between proposals on how best to express concerns about efforts to identify and deport illegal immigrants and a motion to urge a radio network to put a morning talk show back on the air.
Manning is jailed by the Army on accusations that he leaked a video of a U.S. rocket strike in Iraq that killed several civilians. He is also implicated in the release of documents detailing U.S. military action in Afghanistan. The website WikiLeaks posted the video and documents.
The resolution, offered by the city’s Peace and Justice Commission, says that if Manning did reveal the documents, then “he is a hero and we thank him for his courage.”
Remember, This is the same city that abused our Marines:
“If he did what he’s accused of doing, he’s a patriot and should get a medal,” said Bob Meola, the Berkeley peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution. “I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers.”