Originally Posted by ImmortalityLTD
The cover-up of the "Collateral Damage" video that Manning leaked is definitely a misdeed on the part of the US Government.
If a group of civilian vigilantes went around blowing away people in the street just because they thought they may be terrorists, they would be tired for murder. Why do these guys get a pass just because they are military? Shouldn't they be held to a HIGHER standard of conduct than the general population, since they are acting on behalf of the United Sates, not just themselves as individuals?
Actually it was not a misdeed. The video only shows part of the story.
A group of terrorists was taken out. It is that simple.
In a war zone, journalist can not act as human shields and expect not to have bad things happen.
The leak was not journalism.
Manning and the guy he gave the information to should face treason/espionage charges.
Wikileaks is protected by the SCOTUS Pentagon papers decision which held that even illegally obtained classified documents can be published without penalty. I actually agree with the decision because it prevents the government from claiming "national security" as a reason to take control of the media. Bubba Clinton sure tried pushing those limits far more than any republican president. After all the media hates all republicans except RINOs.
By the way, anyone see the head line "The Obama Justice Department tells judge that warrantless tracking of Americans is permitted because
Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their cell
phone use."? That's because there wasn't such a head line. But it did happen. In the Soto brother's case. Look it up.
What if it was the Bush Justice department? It would be front page of the NYT.