""With any legitimate trial of whistleblower Bradley Manning still being at an unspecified date in the future, it would seem that what is presently on trial here is Western culture itself. When the persecution of an individual who has exposed an evil is pursued so ruthlessly and yet the evil itself is studiedly ignored, all of us know that there is something very wrong with the way that our society is conducting itself. And if we do not protest in the strongest terms about what is being done in our name, then we become complicit.
There is no third option. Bradley Manning and others like him everywhere are vital to our continued moral health and well-being as a people, and unless we offer them our full support in their often dire and isolated circumstances, it is we, as a people, who will end up the losers."
I will admit that I am a bit late to the Free Bradley Manning movement, but I think it's an important one to share. Bradley Manning has been in solitary for over a year without trial, and I cannot imagine the amount of psychological damage something like this has done to him. And for what? Speaking the truth.
Although it is morally gray and he did break laws, I always thought one should at least be listened to for revealing atrocities to those around him. If we, as a society, can't voice our opinions or the facts that we discover because of fear of being persecuted, it certainly makes me wonder what "progress" has really done for us all.