U.S. Soldier Leaks Classified Video

July 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

CNN reported today that a United States soldier is being charged by the military for leaking video footage of a helicopter attack to WikiLeaks. The footage features the deaths of 12 civilians, two of which were Reuters Journalists.The video was said to be taken sometime in July of 2007.

The soldier in question, Pfc. Bradley Manning, is currently being detained in Kuwait and is being charged with eight violations of the U.S. Criminal Code for transferring the video footage illegally.Manning is Army Intelligence analyst and has been detained since sometime last month. WikiLeaks publishes videos and other information from anonymously but Manning has been identified as source of the video, which was leaked in April.

Manning allegedly confessed to a former computer hacker about leaking this and other pieces of classified military information in a series of online chats.

The footage going public forced the military to defend the troops in a report claiming the soldiers had no way of knowing the Reuters employees where in the crowd of “suspected” insurgents being targeted.The military has also said that they are assigning a presiding officer to Manning’s case, which is an Article 32 similar to a grand jury, and a decision on whether to court-martial the soldier will soon follow.

Here is the leaked footage shown on CNN


McChrystal Update

June 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

General Stanley McChrystal met with President Obama in Washington today and resigned from his position. It has been said however, that the president had no intention of keeping the general on. Obama has nominated General David Petraeus to replace McChrystal. Petraeus is currently head of U.S. Central Command.

McChrystal shouldn’t resign

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

[picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=McChrystal&iid=9053222″ src=”http://view3.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/9053222/general-mcchrystal/general-mcchrystal.jpg?size=500&imageId=9053222″ width=”380″ height=”263″ /] In light of recent negative remarks made by General Stanley McChrystal about President Barack Obama,Vice President Joe Biden, and the National Security Advisor in a yet to be published Rolling Stone Magazine article. McChrystal, top American Commander in the Afghan war, and his staff where reportedly making and were quoted on making negative comments and despite an apology made by McChrystal, he has been ordered to come to Washington for a meeting rather conducting it via video conference.

Some, such as Senator Byron Dorgan D-North Dakota say the general should resign. Others speculate that he may fired. But as I write this posting it is rumored that McChrystal has just submitted his resignation. A Time reporter had heard the information from an unnamed source and CNN is still awaiting confirmation.

I do not feel that McChrystal should resign. Yes,  he may have been wrong to insult the President of his own country, and other top civilian officials, however he should not be forced into resignation over his mistakes. He is overseas commanding the troops fighting in a war. He is not just some Joe Schmo home reading about the trials and tribulations  of government at home in Pigs-knuckle, Arkansas. The general has apologized and should be forgiven like members of government when they mess up.

Some are blaming the Rolling Stones reporter Michael Hastings for writing about things he shouldn’t have. Yes, while he should have seen the remarks as jokes, he was not wrong to report on them. Anything said in an interview should be fair game for reporters to put into their story.

While both men may have been wrong, neither should be in trouble for the remarks or their coverage in the article to be published officially on Friday. If  person that insults top government officials is forced to resign, the unemployment lines would be to the moon and back.

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