Friends of Wikileaks' traitor Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

Friends of Wikileaks' traitor Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

Summary: Here's a little tip. If you don't want to feel intimidated and harassed by the government, don't pal around with traitors.

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It seems to me that if you're going to be the friend of a traitor, you might expect to be of interest to the government.

Sigh. Every time I write about Wikileaks or Bradley Manning, the wackjobs come out of the woodwork, so let's get the disclaimers over with first.

If you haven't been keeping up on our coverage of Manning and Wikileaks, here's some back-story for you:

Once more, for the record, I do not support the Iraq war. I thought it wrong-headed at the beginning and I consider it strategically non-valuable for the United States now.

So there you have it. You know where I stand. Now, let's get back to our story.

According to yet another diatribe by Salon's Glenn Greenwald, the claim has been made that the government is "harassing" friends and supporters of Bradley Manning (the army guy who leaked classified documents to Wikileaks).

Greenwald is obviously not objective. He makes the following astonishing statement: "I think Manning, if he did what he's accused of, is the most heroic political figure of the last decade at least."

Uh, no.

It is not heroic to take an oath to protect and defend the United States, to accept a job where you're entrusted with classified information, and then leak that classified information, putting American soldiers and assets at risk of loss of life.

That's not being a hero. That's being a traitor.

As Greenwald reports it, Manning's supporters and friends are being detained when they enter the country and whatever digital devices they are carrying have been confiscated.

Well, good. That means America's national security professionals are doing their job.

If people who are known associates and supporters of a traitor (whose primary crime has been leaking classified information) are coming back into the United States, they should be inspected. Are they carrying stolen classified information? Are they preparing to commit further crimes and put further American soldiers at risk?

These are important questions that investigators need to answer. The government is doing exactly the right thing.

Don't like it?

Here's a little tip. If you don't want to feel intimidated and harassed by the government, don't pal around with traitors.

Topics: Government US, Government

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David Gewirtz, Distinguished Lecturer at CBS Interactive, is an author, U.S. policy advisor, and computer scientist. He is featured in the History Channel special The President's Book of Secrets and is a member of the National Press Club.

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  • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

    David-
    I frequently disagree with you, but I gotta hand this one to you. You hit the nail on the head.

    Treason in treason.
    chipbeef
    • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

      @chipbeef My allegiance is to the American people and the world first. The US gov has invaded more places than any other gov and has probably done policies that have killed as many people as Hitler did. Bradley Manning is a hero
      bigsteve666
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @bigsteve666

        And you Sir are stupid and ignorant and also a traitor.
        rickyrobles3
      • Godwin's Law already?

        @bigsteve666 and just like that, you lose.
        caspianhiro
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @bigsteve666

        Your true allegiance is showing through - you have none. The American people you have mentioned are the "ones" that think like you - not the majority of Americans that believe you are wrong. But since you are a true elitist you "know better."

        You should go and take a few world history courses at your local college and not get your facts from Rolling Stone. The US has historically been restrained in its use of military might. Comparing our government to Hitler is just name calling when the facts don't support your argument. Name calling is just propoganda.

        Manning gave his word...breaking it just illustrates his lack of honor.
        James-SantaBarbara
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        soldiers take an oath to also uphold & defend the constitution. this was an unconstitutional war, without a declaration from congress. hard to tell who & what is right & wrong. someone has to stop the political industrial war machine. who better than a soldier?
        dhindublin
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @bigsteve666 spoken like a true fascist faggot
        dixonrf
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @bigsteve666

        YOu and Manning are proto-typical millenials: It is all about them and their precious unhurt FEELINGS, and they can't be trusted with anything.
        Too Old For IT
    • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

      @chipbeef

      Well one things right. The wackjobs are now writing blogs.

      Obviously you just can't handle the truth ;-)

      If Fox hadn't hired so many republicans and presidential candidates,. you could probably put in your resume.

      We getting back to tech anytime soon?
      tonymcs@...
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @tonymcs@... well said!
        robbeal@...
    • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

      @chipbeef

      Indeed- I live a few blocks from where a bunch of traitors are buried and some were gunned down by the proper right duly empowered authorities. You may have heard of the cemetery- the Granary Burial Ground in Boston.

      DC needs all the help it can get from right thinking citizens like you. One thing though Chipbeef- you should sign your real name to your Patriotic posts. I'm sure your neighbors would like to know that they can count on you to rat them out to the gubmint when the time comes.
      Chris Dowd
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @Chris Dowd
        Well just because you're a stupid idiot doesn't mean he has to be.
        ahh so
    • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

      @chipbeef Word
      j-mccurdy@...
  • Bradley manning

    The government betrayed us and all Bradley Manning did was to let us in on the truth that's been hidden from us. Who started a war based on a lie? It dam sure was not Bradley Manning.
    dakaygees
    • HAHAHAHA

      If youre talking about the war in Iraq Saddam started it. There is no lie there. The govt didnt betray us in any way. Bradley Manning should spend the rest of his life in Levenworth.
      Johnny Vegas
      • Actually the Iraq was was - is - illegal

        @Johnny Vegas ... at Nuremburg the legal principle that the levying of aggressive war is a crime was established, and Nazis were hanged for commission of this crime. American judges at Nuremburg also gave great speeches at the time about how this was not victors justice, but bedrock legal principle to which all nations including our own would be held.<br><br>Any war not permitted by virtue of self defense or sanctioned by the UN Security Council is illegal
        HollywoodDog
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @Johnny Vegas Are you high? Did you just get done listening to President Bush's new book on audio (I'm gonna go ahead and assume you can't read).

        We (the USA) started it all. We made up reasons for it as we went. When each reason proved false, we made up another. And another and another and another.

        The most likely reason? The Bush family is in bed with the Saudi Royals, and Saddam Hussein was Saudi Arabia's biggest threat in the region.

        Remember, TWO Bush presidents attacked Saddam Hussein. The first one didn't have the time/stomach/support to take it all the way. The second one did.
        God of Biscuits
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @Johnny Vegas

        MANNING SHOULD BE EXECUTED
        rickyrobles3
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @Johnny Vegas

        Actually no, he should not spend any time in Levenworth outside of the investigation and trial.

        We still live in a time of declared war and during times such as these traitors should be shot. Manning willing betrayed the country he swore an oath to protect. He needs to no longer be apart of this world, based on the UCMJ.

        For all of the squeamish, spineless lumps that don't believe anyone should be put to death; death is a very good deterrent provided that it is actually carried out.
        LStewart
      • RE: Friends of traitor Bradley Manning whine about government investigation. Well, duh.

        @Johnny Vegas "no lie"? Where shall we begin? WMD? Mass graves? Ties to terrorist organisations? The eventual destination of all that black gold? These lies have been widely known about in Britain for years now, and even publicised by the BBC.
        There is nothing patriotic about blind, unthinking servitude - it does your countrymen no favours in the long run. When one of your number shows you the truth about the way your 'representatives' (fat with the lard of halliburton) are operating you denounce him as a villain. This is why your country is sliding. Through your intellectual neglect and callous disregard for truth and freedom you have let the tyrants amongst you rise to the top as in ancient Rome and Nazi Germany.
        History repeats itself; your country is destined to fall.
        libertarian forever