WEEKEND EDITION APRIL 5-7, 2013
An Interview With Jeff Cohen
Award the Nobel Peace Prize to Bradley Manning
"... Bradley Manning has been an unbelievable whistleblower for the cause of peace.
"He was an army private, he saw all these documents that showed war crimes that the U.S. had an official order not to intervene when allies in Iraq were torturing people. The civilian toll is documented, you know, the government has always told us they are not keeping track of civilians. But Bradley Manning released documents show they are. I mean, on issue we saw, the video tape of Apache helicopter personnel almost seeming to enjoy the fact that people were being killed on the ground in Iraq. And it turned out to be civilians and at least one or two Reuter’s journalists. So there’s all this evidence of war crimes, of official misbehavior by both the U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. State Department.
"And in the cause of peace, as originally intended by Alfred Nobel…I mean there’s a lot of worthy candidates this year, but it hard to see anyone being more worthy than the guy who might be spending the rest of his life in prison, for educating, not only the U.S. public, but the world, about some of the atrocities that are happening in the so-called U.S. War on Terror." - Counterpunch
"Arraigned in February 2012, Manning faces a total of thirty-four charges, including aiding and abetting the enemy, which could have carried the death penalty, although the government is only seeking a life sentence. Manning is accused of downloading nearly one million classified documents and video clips and sharing them with the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. With few other options and hoping to avoid the more serious charges, Bradley Manning offered a plea in the Wikileaks case." - IVN US