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This is Bradley Manning, the United States citizen and Army Private First Class who leaked hundreds of thousands of documents to Wikileaks.  While I do not love the latest leak (diplomatic cables), I do respect the mission of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange—that is, government accountability, transparency, and a free and informed world.  Of course, the world we live in is far from the world idealized by these (and millions of other) men (and women).  The world we live in is one where people with power are free to use their power—justly, unjustly, even inhumanely—and, with that same power, are able to escape judgment.  Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are both being held in solitary confinement (23 hours per day every day in a cement cell) without due process.  It should be noted that solitary confinement is one of the most massively psychologically damaging experiences any human can undergo.  It is not uncommon for persons subjected to extended solitary confinement to suffer psychoses for the rest of their lives.  American prison inmates and ex-POWs have attested to this countless times.  Much of the European Union has banned the practice for this reason.  There is a New Yorker article on this.

Julian Assange is to be known to the masses as a hacker and a terrorist. He is the sensational celebrity scapegoat. The publicity of his crimes and punishments are to bury Bradley Manning. Bradley Manning is to be, at best, forgotten and, at least, remembered as some form of disturbed.

Don’t say anything.  Just keep your head down.  Just keep working.

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Written by meusintuitus

December 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Posted in expression, Freedom

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