30 August 2013

22 August 2013

Some thoughts on the Manning sentence

From Bryan at Why Now, an enlightening comparison:

Digby posted on the 35-year sentence, but went further and compared it to that of mass murderer William Calley, convicted for the Mi Lai massacre:
Sentenced to life imprisonment, Calley spent only three days in the stockade at Fort Benning before President Nixon ordered his release to house arrest. Three years later he was a free man, paroled by the Secretary of the Army.
Bradley Manning spent more time in confinement before his court martial, than William Calley spent after being convicted of mass murder. One of the first things that came out of what Bradley Manning leaked was a video of American forces killing unarmed civilians, including two employees of Reuters. The US government apparently feels it is a misdemeanor to kill civilians, but a major felony to tell people about it.