Sunday, November 28, 2010

Staring Bradley Manning As Ephialtes

"Treason is a crime under federal and some state laws. Treason is made a high crime, punishable by death, under federal law by Article III, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: "Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

Treason requires overt acts such as giving sensitive government security secrets to other countries, even if such countries are not enemies. Treason can include spying on behalf of a foreign power or divulging military secrets. (

 Treason. Period. It doesn't matter what this boy's "moral compass" told him to do. There is blood, and a lot of it, on his hands. In light of the most recent document dump by the snaggle-toothed albino at wikileaks, I would be willing to bet that at the moment I am typing this, there are people, (and their families) who help America in the Middle East,  who are being hunted down and executed by the bad guys.

But none of that matters right? After all, some kid, not even old enough to buy a beer, had the insight, the moral authority, to commit what may well be the biggest act of treason in American history.

(Edit: Comments still aren't working correctly so my rebuttal to the anon who posted follows:

"...paranoid fantasy, lies and fear-mongering of Philo."

Put you're money where your mouth is. Lied about what? The fact that this could even happen should cause fear. But I digress. You can believe what you will. The bottom line is that this asshole stole the information, and then passed it on to unauthorized parties, which then disseminated it to anyone with an Internet connection.

FYI: Editorial error in use of quotes aside,  (now fixed) the second half is the break down of what may constitute an act of treason. (Source link below.)

By his own admission in conversations with Adrian Lamo, he gave sensitive government security secrets to other countries via the whistle blower site wikileaks.

So in the end what we have here is you, just another "Anon" interwebs shit-talker. And one without a clue to boot. Thanks for stopping by."


  1. I love the Ephialtes comparison, very fitting.

    Didn't we used to hang traitors? But, I guess being the kinder and gentler America now we don't do those barbaric things.

    Sure he may get convicted and even sentenced to death, but just ask Hasan Karim Akbar and Nidal Malik Hasan how they are doing. They are both still alive and well...

  2. Since you quote a definition of treason from the U.S. Constitution (and, after the ellipsis, seem to combine it with a commentary on the Constitution, not the Constitution itself), you might want to note that it isn't at all clear that Brian Manning's actions fall under this definition. He has certainly not waged war against the U.S., nor has he shown any allegiance to a foreign country. It seems unlikely that "enemies" is intended to mean anything other than states, so the question of whether aiding an organization that claims it is a news outlet is beside the point. Manning hasn't given secrets to other countries, only to a news outlet and, although your quotation notes that "Treason can include ... divulging military secrets"--something Manning may have done (he hasn't been convicted of doing so)--your quotation does not equate the two, and isn't even from the Constitution, in any case.

    Your insistence that "There is blood, and a lot of it, on his hands" is just wild fantasy. Do you have any evidence of this at all? A number of political careers have been ruined, but this is hardly the same thing.

    Whether or not Brian Manning is responsible for leaking the documents, and whether or not it was right to violate the law by releasing them, nothing seems to be gained by the paranoid fantasy, lies and fear-mongering of Philo.