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Letter to the editor: Manning exposed military murder

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:01 am

For the U.S. to be the moral beacon it imagines itself to be, it must not destroy whistleblowers.

Via WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning exposed a 2010 classified video from a U.S. Apache helicopter shooting dead 11 innocent people walking down the street in New Baghdad because two of them were carrying what looked like weapons. The two were Reuters photographers carrying telephoto cameras.

Cruel, laughing voices of the helicopter soldiers begged for permission to kill, becoming more impatient as a van arrived to pick up a crawling wounded man. Permission received, the van was blasted. Two children were inside. See it on the Internet by searching for “collateral damage video.”

Manning also released a huge amount of military files and diplomatic cables; probably too much information, but, in my opinion, he meant well. There are moral people who cannot bear to ignore injustice. Sometimes they are not smart or experienced or even sane enough to think it all the way through. Manning badly needed a friend in the military to give him logical, compassionate advice, but he had been bullied and ridiculed for being short and homosexual since joining.

Our military and government often act imperiously and secretly and then trample the brave little guy who points out murder.

Manning is on trial now. Please take his ostracism and the crimes he uncovered into consideration. Please research this story, and take action to help make our USA the land of the free and the home of the brave again.

Jeannette Jaquish