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Galindez writes: "Manning has already pleaded guilty to illegal use of information that he had the right to access. The chilling issue here is that with no contact with the enemy, Manning could serve life in prison without the possibility for parole."

Bradley Manning's Attorney David Coombs argues a motion in front of Judge Denise Lind at Fort Meade, MD. July 15th, 2013. (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)
Bradley Manning's Attorney David Coombs argues a motion in front of Judge Denise Lind at Fort Meade, MD. July 15th, 2013. (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)


RSN Special Coverage: Trial of Bradley Manning

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BREAKING: Manning Judge Does Not Dismiss "Aiding the Enemy" Charge

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

18 July 13

 

udge Denise Lind did not dismiss the "Aiding the Enemy" charge against Bradley Manning, stating that the Army did present evidence that Manning should have known, based on his training, that the enemy would be able to access the information he released to Wikileaks. She also stated that evidence was presented that Manning did know that the enemy could use the SIGACTS (mapping of incidents in a region) he leaked in the same manner that the Army uses them.

Judge Lind read into the record the evidence that she determined met the elements for the charge. If the judge gives weight to that evidence when she enters her final verdict at the conclusion of the case, it does not look good for Manning or Press Freedom in America. The result would be chilling for whistleblowers or anyone that publishes information on the internet that could be used by the "enemy."

Manning has already pleaded guilty to illegal use of information that he had the right to access. The chilling issue here is that with no contact with the enemy, Manning could served life in prison without the possibility for parole. Bradley Manning did not give the information to an enemy of the United States, he gave it to the media.

Even if you don't believe Wikileaks is the media, Judge Lind asked the Army on two occasions the following: If the documents were released to The New York Times and not Wikileaks would you still have brought the same charges? The Army's response on both occasions was "Yes Ma'am." So precedent that would be set here with a guilty verdict is that providing information to any media organization can result in a conviction for aiding the enemy.

Where is the line? How often have we all crossed it?



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+39 # CandH 2013-07-18 11:06
"Where is the line? How often have we all crossed it?" All. The. Time. Should he be convicted of "aiding the enemy," that's it. Not just press freedom, but internet and free speech Constitutionali ty gone! Ergo, the Bill of Rights are dead. Here comes the Obama Administration' s TPP to cinch it. It's a "Slavery is Freedom" world.
 
 
+4 # RLF 2013-07-19 06:21
Didn't Stalin have a long run of trials similar to this?..where you knew the outcome before it even started? So much for American superiority!
 
 
+31 # tedrey 2013-07-18 11:56
Interesting. Judge Lynd is the member of an organization which has been alleged to be guilty of numerous illegalities and war crimes. It has set her to judge the man who revealed these alleged crimes. The rules of the organization state that she must obey all LAWFUL orders of her superiors. However, they also state that she must NOT obey any UNLAWFUL orders of her superiors. She should have first decided on the legality or illegality of the alleged actions uncovered by the defendant before deciding whether it was legal to obey possibly illegal orders to prosecute the defendant. The rules also demand that the defendant MUST make known all observed illegalities and war crimes, and if these were actually war crimes, the perpetrating organization has no legal or moral standing to try the defendant.
The contradictions and ambiguities I point out are not of my making, but that of the military. I think both Judge Lynd, and the military, should recuse themselves.
Personally, I find Bradley Manning not guilty, in the absence of any previous decision regarding the legitimacy or otherwise of the facts he has brought to light.
 
 
+33 # luvdoc 2013-07-18 11:58
So revealing 'collateral murder' is 'aiding the enemy?' Welcome to the orwellian world of doublespeak.
I call Manning's revelations patriotsim, and hope he is awarded the Nobel Prize.
How crazy making that Obama was given that honor.

The screwing Manning is getting contrasted with the hopes many of us had when Obama was first elected is an assault upon my senses. luvdoc
 
 
+3 # giraffee2012 2013-07-18 12:03
Before these dirty old white men and women die... there will be enough starving people to form a revolution and as in the Trayvon Martin situation, there will be "un" peaceful riots... and as in other countries... since the NRA allows anyone to have guns -- I hope these "un"peaceful people will have stock piled enough guns, etc to kill these corrupt politicians, lawyers, government whatever - including those in the military industrial complex, bangsters, and all those who are now "above the law"

The apathy of the middle class is overwhelming - especially in the under 45 year olds. But when "it" hits them too - they might .... maybe it will be too late.

As time passes, people move away from those who need help thinking "it's not their problem" (yet is what they should know)
 
 
+5 # vgirl1 2013-07-18 12:22
What is with the accusation of "un" peaceful riots as in the Trayvon Martin situation. Where did the unpeaceful riots one speaks of take place? Why does one raise that. Besides how can a riot be peaceful? I do not get your motive or your point?
 
 
+2 # giraffee2012 2013-07-18 13:52
Quoting vgirl1:
What is with the accusation of "un" peaceful riots as in the Trayvon Martin situation. Where did the unpeaceful riots one speaks of take place? Why does one raise that. Besides how can a riot be peaceful? I do not get your motive or your point?

I said it poorly- but my point is the people won't be peacefully objecting but will be armed and ..... a revolution of some sort (I can't imagine how it will be formed) ....
 
 
+15 # narguimbau 2013-07-18 12:03
He could get life in prison withoutpossibil ity of parole for "aiding the enemy." Can anyone identify "the enemy"? Hint. It's not Al Qaea, with which the US Government is currently allied
 
 
-10 # vgirl1 2013-07-18 12:23
"Allied" - that is just sick and such a lie.
 
 
+8 # Billy Bob 2013-07-18 13:01
It's sick but it's not a lie. Have you been paying attention to Syria at all?
 
 
-1 # Kootenay Coyote 2013-07-18 19:51
& to Libya
 
 
+8 # cvwilson 2013-07-18 13:38
I don't think they are allied, but I do think they are in a symbiotic relationship. Just like the US Government and the Soviet Union were in a symbiotic relationship during the Cold War. One side justifies the other.
 
 
+5 # dickbd 2013-07-18 13:42
I think what he means is that there is a symbiotic relationship with the government and the terrorists. Because of their possible threats, we the people act like sheep while the government gets more and more powerful and restrictive.

I personally advocate precision in terms so that we don't lose sight of the real situation. Certainly, we are not at war, but it is useful for those in power to use that terminology. We invaded two countries, and we have military actions going on in several others, but we're not at war. If we keep that in mind, we might be more resistant to war-like powers being invoked and used.

Also, there is no need for extreme secrecy in peace time. I have been surprised that more people haven't bridled against the extreme government secrecy. And if they do keep secrets, it shouldn't be downright lethal for anyone to reveal them.
 
 
+2 # Johnny 2013-07-18 13:47
Virgil is correct. That is sick and a lie. Al Queda is not "allied." Al Queda is part and parcel of the U.S. Government. Al Queda, created and funded by the U.S. Government, is a paramilitary unit within the U.S. government for effecting "regime change" in countries that do not quickly enough obey orders from Israel.
 
 
0 # vgirl1 2013-07-18 14:29
Even, sicker.
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2013-07-18 14:50
Quoting Johnny:
Virgil is correct. That is sick and a lie. Al Queda is not "allied." Al Queda is part and parcel of the U.S. Government. Al Queda, created and funded by the U.S. Government, is a paramilitary unit within the U.S. government for effecting "regime change" in countries that do not quickly enough obey orders from Israel.

Eh???
Methinks thou hath eaten of the root that takes reason prisoner.
How's life on Betelguese 111?
"Thuffrin' thuccotash"!
 
 
+5 # reiverpacific 2013-07-18 12:18
Read this earlier on the BBC.
Another direct illustration that the "Rule of Law", especially in the military, is written to favor the leaders and their patsy lawyers-in-robes.
This is more and more resembling a trial by Hitler's blood-judge Roland Freisler, who presided over the 'People's court' and whose verdicts were foregone conclusions, followed by a swiftly-dealt execution by guillotine in an adjacent chamber.
But remember "God's bodykins man, much better. Use every man after his deserts, and who shall 'scape whipping" Use them after your own honor and dignity. The less they desrve, the more merit is in your bounty. Take them in. (the actors who were about to perform a play confronting the guilt of the present king who murdered Hamlet's father to usurp the throne and marry his queen) (Hamlet)?
 
 
+17 # universlman 2013-07-18 12:27
Hmmmm We are now at the "Jailing of the dissidents" stage in the sclerosis at the heart of our heaving republic.

They may give Manning life just to make sure he can't run for the Senate when he gets out.
 
 
+7 # Billy Bob 2013-07-18 13:03
powerful analogy.
 
 
+3 # reiverpacific 2013-07-18 18:29
Quoting universlman:
Hmmmm We are now at the "Jailing of the dissidents" stage in the sclerosis at the heart of our heaving republic.

They may give Manning life just to make sure he can't run for the Senate when he gets out.

Nice bit of analogy there mate!
 
 
+18 # Cougar27 2013-07-18 12:57
"it does not look good for Manning or Press Freedom in America"

Galindez, did you just arrive from another planet? This judge has been hell bent on doing what she must do to secure her job -- after all, her Commander-In-Ch ief, B H Obama, declared Bradley Manning guilty over a year ago. All else since then has just been a dog and pony show.

Judge Roy Bean on his worst day was a veritable Hammurabi compared to this "trial."
 
 
+22 # Billy Bob 2013-07-18 13:05
TWO THOUGHTS:

1. Of course the judge is allowing "aiding the enemy" charges. She's playing out her role.

2. THIS is why Snowden is seeking asylum in foreign countries. As one commenter pointed out, Snowden isn't avoiding justice, he's avoiding criminals.
 
 
+13 # Trueblue Democrat 2013-07-18 13:13
Even after witnessing this Star Chamber outrage, there will still be benighted asses calling on Edward Snowden to come home and face the U S justice system.

Obama and Holder would throw more charges at him than Ohio has at that kidnapper/rapis t they have in custody -- that is, if our brave leaders didn't decide to render Snowden to a "friendly power" where he could be tortured and then accidentally killed or left to rot for eternity in Gitmo.
 
 
+4 # Jack Gibson 2013-07-18 13:36
They are intentionally fracking all of us more and more in this country and world. At this rate, pretty soon they'll be interpreting anything and everything that is said in exercising the First Amendment right of freedom of speech in criticism of the government and seeking redress therefrom, as "aiding the enemy". The "enemy" is this amorphous entity that includes ANYBODY, including you and me, who doesn't blindly bow down to this increasingly oppressive and repressive national and international totalitarian dictatorial "security" state. Therefore, it's no exaggeration whatsoever that they're intentionally and systematically taking away ALL of our rights and making all of us unsafe at the hands of that government, including those who blindly bow down.

Like I've said for a long time now, this madness just gets worse and worse, and the government is flushing all True Liberty and Freedom down the toilet. They want all of us subjugated. And they want to take increasingly draconian and brutal actions against us if we don't willingly bow down and accept the eradication of all our True Freedom(s) and Liberty(ies), and our innate and inalienable human and civil rights. All of the stops are being pulled out to complete the transformation of this country and world into a totalitarian militarized police state with absolutely no True Liberty(ies) and Freedom(s) whatsoever; and we're just supposed to accept all of that extremely terrorizing madness without question.

- Continued -
 
 
+2 # Jack Gibson 2013-07-18 14:03
In addition, they hope that those who will fulfill their DUTY(IES) to resist and stand up against it, will do so, so they can increasingly terrorize us, take brutal, draconian action(s) against us, and imprison in concentration camps and/or other prisons all those fulfilling their duty(ies) to dissent against all of this insanity.
 
 
+14 # Johnny 2013-07-18 13:51
Clearly Manning is guilty of "aiding and abetting the enemy" of the U.S. government. The people of the United States are the enemy, and providing them with information threatens the ability of the U.S. government to keep them in slavery to the endless wars for Israel.
 
 
+12 # curmudgeon 2013-07-18 13:56
Sieg Heil
Sieg Heil

The 3rd Reich won - Corporate Socialism = fascism = Naziism

the jackbooted jackals stomping out freedom around the world

Run, Snowden, Run,
 
 
+8 # curmudgeon 2013-07-18 14:09
'Aiding the enemy'......

That argument could be (but won't) used to describe U.S. training and weapons supplied to anti-Assad forces.

1. Since Al-Qaeda operatives have been shown to have received both weapons and and training in Jordan...isn't that the same enemy Manning helped.. If so, they should award him a medal instead.
2. Weapons supplied to rebels have been showing up in the hands of Pro-Assad Militias. Shouldn't the U.S. have known that such an occurrence would happen? And since Assad and his ilk are loudly proclaimed as the enemy, The U.S. 'aided and abetted' them according to Judge's argument

Just sayin'
 
 
+13 # MsAnnaNOLA 2013-07-18 14:35
To aid the enemy you have to be at war. We have not declared war since WWII as only congress can declare war. If we are not at war there is no enemy he could have aided. Furthermore, if we take the alleged war on terrorism to its logical conclusion we will be at war with this enemy until the end of the world. We will never be out of a state of war even for a day. This is absurd.
 
 
+7 # tm7devils 2013-07-18 14:47
Prediction: Col. Lind will receive her upgrade to Brig. Gen. Within 6 months of sentencing Manning to life in prison.
Is our World upside-down or what?
 
 
+13 # geraldom 2013-07-18 14:52
What did you all expect, the tooth fairy to come out. This is a military court martial. This is not a fair trial. It was never ever meant to be a fair trial. It is a Kangaroo court. An order came down to find him guilty no matter what and the government needed to make Bradley Manning an example to the world and to anyone else who is in the U.S. military who's even thinking about doing the very same thing

Bradley Manning had already been found guilty by the powers-to-be long before the trial ever began. If truth be told, he should be released just based on his illegal treatment in the brig and the people that treated him illegally by violating his civil rights and the Constitution. They should be put on trial, not him, along with all of the higher-ups who authorized his treatment, including Barack Obama if he was aware of it and did nothing to stop it.
 
 
+8 # Kathymoi 2013-07-18 15:10
Does this mean that the US government is openly defining the media as its enemy? Does this mean that the US government is openly admitting that providing knowledge to the public about the government's policies and practices is a crime, punishable with life imprisonment or death? That's a lot for the US government to confess.
 
 
0 # amye 2013-07-18 15:32
GREAT! The Media is the enemy? Oh, I guess my logic is wrong? Nope! That's the right logic according to the Judge! I'm no lawyer, but maybe I should have been one! The huge assumption here is that the enemy has access to major western media! Do they really? In all their Middle eastern cultures?? Hmmm, I guess tyranny, dictatorship and propaganda don't exist there? Only in the USA!
 
 
-4 # Timaloha 2013-07-18 18:29
You think they don't have the internet in the Middle East? You think terrorists don't read the same media you do? That's a bit naive. And if the USA were a tyrannical dictatorship you would not be posting your criticisms of it here...or anywhere else.
 
 
+4 # Billy Bob 2013-07-18 23:54
"Naïve" would be assuming foreign terrorists didn't know they were being surveilled several years ago. We already know bin laden avoided cell phones for communication. They ALL know the U.S. government is listening in to all their conversations and reading any emails, tweets or whatever.

THE ONLY surprise was finding out that the U.S. government was treating ALL ORDINARY LAW ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS just as if we were ALL bin laden.

If this isn't a "tyrannical dictatorship", it sure resembles East Germany during the cold war. And, it's certainly does NOT resemble anything we were taught as kids, about "AMERICA"!

george bush Jr. told us "They hate us for our freedoms". Ever since then, our government has been FRANTICALLY DISMANTLING those very freedoms.

To me, that sounds like APPEASEMENT.
 
 
+3 # Aaron Tovish 2013-07-18 16:32
"the enemy could use the SIGACTS (mapping of incidents in a region) he leaked in the same manner that the Army uses them"
Is there anyone out there knowledgeable enough on this subject to comment on this? It sounds specious to me. I suspect that that mapping has to be done in near real time to be useful. Releasing it months or years afterward does not aid anyone. But what do I know!
 
 
+1 # tingletlc 2013-07-18 19:01
I believe you've asked the right question, my Austrian frenemy. As my last seditious act before they come to get me, I'll supply you with this link:

http://www.sigacts.com/endpoints/map/webapp/#

hereby giving you a clear but chancy shot at bringing down the United States of America. Good luck, and please remember me.
 
 
-1 # RobertMStahl 2013-07-18 17:17
Wikileaks is Moby Dick and they are Ahab. In other words, asymmetric crime is always true to the 'compatibility notion,' exclusively and so maintain an ignorant and hardly lifelike state for the rest to see past it for what asymmetry becomes all too naturally, what is generally incestuous power, but likely because we are caught in symmetrical behaviors equally unresolved, never knowing better than either symmetrical or asymmetrical, but also, never being so close to the position of the Pied Piper even though we might do the same for not learning what is better along the way, and better is so much better. There is a epistemology missing of the most fundamental sort. Begin with Gregory Bateson's psychology.
 
 
+1 # tingletlc 2013-07-18 17:55
I believe you've asked the right question, my Austrian frenemy. As my last seditious act before they come to get me, I'll supply you with this link:

http://www.sigacts.com/endpoints/map/webapp/#

hereby giving you a clear but chancy shot at bringing down the United States of America. Good luck, and please remember me.
 
 
+4 # frederico 2013-07-18 18:27
DUH.........!!! !
Now that we totally, totally know that the u.s. government is Resident Evil, when are all you fat asses going to get up from your computer screens and start marching in the streets, etc. to rid the world of the poison infecting and killing the human race and the planet?? The internet has connected us all, and we have major consensus around the world that bad aMeriKa must be either deleted, or have a major upgrade of Truth and Common Sense and the Golden Rule, ASAP!! Other than the mental masturbation of complaining and signing petitions, if we do no serious direct action civil disobedience to change things, you can kiss all our cowardly asses goodbye. it's almost already too late to save ourselves from what we have become. At the very least, we owe it to Bradley, Julian, Edward and all the others who have sacrificed themselves for the Truth and the Common Good, to display some real courage and commitment of our own. I refuse to leave them twisting in the wind, and to lose all that is precious and blessed. Otherwise we are the cancer upon the planet, and we deserve to die a horribly bloody and muddy and miserable death, like the unfortunate factory farm animals we voraciously consume.

I want the good AMERICA, that we all love so dearly, to rise from the ashes of all the lies and deceptions, torture, genocides and injustices of our (his)tory. Am I pissing into the wind? I hope not. See you on the flip side...
 
 
+1 # Scott Galindez 2013-07-18 22:40
Really? I guess you don't know me...
 
 
+3 # futhark 2013-07-18 19:09
Absent a declaration of war, how is "enemy" legally and unambiguously defined?
 
 
+2 # Walter J Smith 2013-07-18 23:43
Excellent question.

Unfortunately, asking good questions can get you labeled a terrorist, and terminally dissappeared.
 
 
+4 # Walter J Smith 2013-07-18 23:42
The real cancer here is the legal authority for the DoD to possess ANY judicial authority whatsoever!

What makes warriors into judges & jurists?

Nothing but an act of a very corrupt & lazy US Congress.

The Constitution expressly states: "The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as teh Congress may from time to time ordain and establish."

So Congress designed, ordained, and established the world's most inferior court ever imagined in history, a military court, (arguably more absurd than 'military intelligence') and that court has routinely and chronically proven itself to be even inferior to a high school "let's pretend" court.

But, alas, it works for Wall Street, so Congress is happy with whatever happens in that absurd martial 'justice' system
 
 
+1 # tomtom 2013-07-19 10:37
It is more significant and vital for the American people to have access and knowledge of their nation's horrendous International crimes than foreigners gaining knowledge of them. This persecution is an insult to us all.
 
 
+2 # tomtom 2013-07-19 11:01
It is a case of aiding the friends; informing Americans of vital information; our "enemies" learning more about us is incidental and collateral and secondary. Our crimes outweigh any use of the term "rule of law". Judge Lind; Why aren't 200,000 dead Iraqi children a consideration?
 

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