“Liberty and justice for all!” is a revered last line of our flag salute.
Bradley Manning is a young man, a patriot, who joined the military and believed all that he had been taught in American textbooks about how we are a country that stands for what is fair and right.
When he saw fellow military in Iraq killing unarmed people gleefully, including journalists and children, he knew this was wrong, and he believed that if Americans knew about it, this behavior would change.
Many saw that video because of Bradley Manning and were appalled. The government and military were appalled for a different reason. Bradley Manning was thrown into solitary confinement. Three years of incarceration now, and finally a trial.
The government is making the broad case that any information leaked or reported that mentions facts that it might deem sensitive can result in a person being charged with “aiding the enemy.” Whistle-blowers like Bradley Manning are trying to appeal to the perceived moral high ground of our country. This new interpretation of the law threatens freedom of the press and puts our democracy in danger, not Bradley Manning and heroes like him.