Tuesday, 30 July 2013

whistleblowing in the wind

Bradley Manning was judged today to be guilty of 20 of the 22 charges against him and faces sentencing tomorrow.  He will very likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Those guilty of the war crimes he exposed continue to walk free without question.
Imagine a scenario where you witness a variety of serious crimes, lets say you yourself are aware and have evidence of work colleagues repeatedly stealing, covering up fraud, blackmailing, bullying and harassing people.  You decide you cannot knowingly let this happen behind closed doors anymore and expose them with specific undeniable evidence.  You feel a moral obligation to blow the whistle.  Your bosses then decide it is you that should be punished for revealing secrets about your work environment and turn a blind eye to the colleagues you exposed because your bosses were in on it all along!.  You've done the right thing but the system is against you.
Bradley Manning knew his government was corrupt and that he would be punished but he still leaked the documents, he is a hero and should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Among the war crimes he exposed were;

  • U.S. Military officials withheld information about the indiscriminate killing of Reuters journalists and innocent Iraqi civilians.
  • There is an official policy to ignore torture in Iraq.
  • Guantanamo prison has knowingly held mostly innocent people and low-level operatives.
  • The Obama Administration allowed Yemen’s President to cover up a secret U.S. drone bombing campaign.
  • U.S. officials were told to cover up evidence of child abuse by contractors in Afghanistan.
  • Known Egyptian torturers received training from the FBI in Quantico, Virginia.
  • There is an official tally of civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan- for every death that is classified as a combatant, two innocent men, women or children are also killed.
At least his trial will have drawn public attention and hopefully raised further awareness of the western world's military practices.  These war crimes won't stop, it's all part of a much bigger agenda but will potential whistleblowers of the future now still be brave enough to expose the truth?  Your government hope not.

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