EDWARD SNOWDEN AND BRADLEY MANNING: HEROES OF LIBERTY
“Treason doth never prosper: and what’s the reason? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”
That very wise observation by Sir John Harrington over four centuries ago is more true today than ever. Worse yet, not only are the traitors not identified properly but patriots and heroes are falsely branded as traitors.
Prime examples of this dreadful trend are Private Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden. Both may have sacrificed their lives in order to awaken the American people to the fact that a rogue U.S. government is committing war crimes and is imposing a total surveillance state on them in the false name of security.
Bradley Manning’s odyssey started when he began to send information which the U.S. fedgov wished to suppress to WikiLeaks, whose courageous founder, Julian Assange, now sits trapped in the refuge of the Ecuadorean embassy in London, much as Cardinal Mindszenty was granted sanctuary in the U.S. embassy in Hungary for fifteen years during the Cold War, back when the United States sometimes tried to uphold principles of liberty.
Manning disclosed information about airstrikes on journalists in Baghdad, atrocities committed by the U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. diplomatic communications from embassies and consulates in 180 countries and an airstrike in Afghanistan in 2009 which killed at least 86 Afghan civilians.
It is important to understand that all of this information was known to the victims and their survivors, other than the diplomatic information about “our” government’s relations with other countries. Only the American people were kept in the dark.
The establishment media has totally ignored the fact that both Manning and Snowden were required under Sections 18 and 28 of the U.S. Code to report wrongdoing by their superiors. Failure to do so would have constituted real crimes which actually harmed innocent people.
For his trouble and naïve trust in an acquaintance. Bradley Manning was held for years and tortured by 24 hour solitary confinement and other gross indignities before he was finally brought to trial this year.
Edward Snowden’s heroism was even more evident. He consciously followed the law to alert the American people to the fact that our totalitarian surveillance state has stripped us of our privacy, contrary to the explicit provisions of the Fourth Amendment of the Bill of Rights. He chose to give up a $200,000 job, an attractive companion, a house in Hawaii, ever having a normal life again, with the distinct possibility of losing his liberty or even his life.
Snowden also provided information which everyone but the American people knew. If the fedgov’s position is correct, then it regards all Americans as its enemy. This is the most important fact which he has revealed about the total surveillance state which “our” government has created and which dwarfs the prophetic horrors of George Orwell’s 1984. Thanks to Edward Snowden and a few brave reporters such as Glenn Greenwald the American people now know who our most dangerous enemy is.
In these grim times, it is encouraging to know that, despite all of the moral rot which has been injected into our society for decades, America is still capable of producing young heroes such as Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden.
It is vitally important not to put these critically important revelations in any false Democrat/Republican or left/right dichotomy. Honest leftists, constitutionalists and libertarians who believe in liberty, including Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore on the left to Alex Jones and Andrew Napolitano on the right and libertarian sectors have defended Snowden’s brave stand while enemies of liberty have called him a traitor, when in fact they are the traitors.
We, the members of Chapter 39 of Veterans For Peace, demand freedom for Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning and all truth tellers, abolition of the National Security Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and all of the other trappings of the incipient police state, as well as trials and just punishment for all of the traitors who are making war on us through their gross, continuous violations of the Constitution. If we do not do so, all Americans will soon become slaves.