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Honor of American Military Plummets to New Low

Author: Robert Weller
Published: January 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm

When the four Marines urinated on the corpses of Taliban insurgents they might as well have been emptying their bladders on the honor of the U.S. military.

As occurred in the Roman Empire, and was predicted here, replacing the draft with mercenaries has been replaced with one case after another of America’s proud tradition being stained.

Now, at virtually the same time etc a military judge decided Pfc. Bradley Manning should be tried for allegedly leaking classified documents.

Eighteen months after he was arrested, flouting his right to a speedy trial, a military judge has recommended he be court-martialed for his alleged role in leaking classified documents.

His denial of habeaus corpus alone is more than enough to dismiss the charges. Word is, no definitive answer is available, that because Manning wanted to meet with his lawyer before going to trial he was deemed to have given up his right to a speedy trial.

At the kangaroo court, definition "a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted".

“The outcome of a trial by kangaroo court is essentially determined in advance, usually for the purpose of ensuring conviction, either by going through the motions of manipulated procedure or by allowing no defense at all.”

The vast majority of his defense witnesses were blocked from appearing: only two were allowed.

What purpose does this serve? Primarily it obfuscates accountability.

The only thing proved in the Article 32 was that Manning gave more than enough warning that he should never have been near classified documents or in a war zone.

Just like the officers who escaped punishment for a crime spree outside Fort Carson in 2009 when at one point officers returning from the wars were charged in at least 11 murders, the guilty are allowed to fade into obscurity.
Many were suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. If ever the Army suffered a split personality this was it. While generals asked reporters to help them deal with it, lower-ranking officers whispered in their ears that the PTSD victims were just cowards trying to get out of fighting.

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