Manning Within His Rights If He Gave Secrets To WikiLeaks
By Sherwood Ross (about the author)
December 17, 2010
Under ordinary circumstances, the release of information labeled "secret" violates
And as these invasions are criminal, why shouldn't pertinent information about them not be brought to light? Whenever has it been wrong to expose a criminal enterprise? Public-spirited citizens go to the police and FBI every day to report crimes. "Under international law," says Boyle, professor of that subject, "citizens have a basic human right to resist the commission of international crimes by their own government, especially aggression..." And this is what PFC Manning did. He resisted aggression by informing Americans of how their government breaks laws. The Associated Press reports Manning told an associate, "I want people to see the truth...because without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public."
Webster's (Random House) defines a patriot as one who "loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests." The word "defends" here is critical. The wars the
Today, the American warfare state is a tyranny that operates 800 military bases abroad (in addition to 1,000 on its own soil) and spends more for war than the next 15 nations combined. It kidnaps people off the streets around the world and dispatches them to remote prisons where they are held incognito and tortured. It is the world's No. 1 Jailer, with tens of thousands imprisoned in the
Chalmers Johnson wrote in "The Sorrows of Empire,"( Metropolitan/Owl Books), "the growth of militarism, official secrecy, and a belief that the