Sources: AP via WRAL, NPR, Manning Apology via The Guadian
quote: many self-proclaimed "whistleblowers"
quote: But all in all it seems that Mr. Manning got of relatively light
quote: You're talking about a video that was proven to be altered. Alterations that Bradly Manning actually approved, even though he knew it to be a lie. The entire thing is a fabrication, no innocent people were killed. And "journalists" don't carry around RPG's and AK47's.
quote: the sentence may well be the very embodiment of justice -- compromise
quote: "We the jury find the defendant not guilty of murder...on the other hand, we do have a grieving widow to consider who wanted the death penalty...therefore we recommend to the court that the defendant be half-killed."
quote: He signed the same papers, and took the same oaths as everyone else, he should be held to the same standard as everyone else.
quote: Screwups get taken into account by military leadership in the theatre of operations. No doubt the Secretary of Defense himself received reports on such things.
quote: That Clapper fundamentally misled Congress is beyond dispute. The DNI himself has now been forced by our stories to admit that his statement was, in his words, "clearly erroneous" and to apologize. But he did this only once our front-page revelations forced him to do so: in other words, what he's sorry about is that he got caught lying to the Senate .And as Salon's David Sirota adeptly documented, Clapper is still spouting falsehoods as he apologizes and attempts to explain why he did it. How is this not a huge scandal? Intentionally deceiving Congress is a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison for each offense . Reagan administration officials were convicted of misleading Congress as part of the Iran-contra scandal and other controversies, and sports stars have been prosecuted by the Obama DOJ based on allegations they have done so. Beyond its criminality, lying to Congress destroys the pretense of oversight. Clapper isn't the only top national security official who has been proven by our NSA stories to be fundamentally misleading the public and the Congress about surveillance programs. As Greg Miller this week documented:"[D]etails that have emerged from the exposure of hundreds of pages of previously classified NSA documents indicate that public assertions about these programs by senior US officials have also often been misleading, erroneous or simply false."Indeed, the Guardian previously published top secret documents disproving the claims of NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander that the agency is incapable of stating how many Americans are having their calls and emails invaded without warrants, as well as the oft-repeated claim from President Barack Obama that the NSA is not listening in on Americans' calls without warrants. Both of those assertions, as our prior reporting and Miller's article this week demonstrates, are indisputably false.Beyond that, the NSA got caught spreading falsehoods even in its own public talking points about its surveillance programs, and were forced by our disclosures to quietly delete those inaccuracies.
quote: There are consequences for every action you take. Why does our society now complain when we attempt to enforce those pre-prescribed consequences?