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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.

"Thanks to Bradley Manning, vast troves of information have become public knowledge, making possible more informed debate about war and peace. For instance, he leaked the now-infamous "collateral murder" video,* with a soundtrack of chilling banter as U.S. servicemen in a pair of gunships fired on civilians in Baghdad. Other evidence that Manning brought to light includes a U.S. diplomatic cable ** about a covered-up massacre of at least 10 civilians, including young children, in the Iraqi town of Ishaqi. That revelation stiffened the resolve of Iraq's government to seek jurisdiction over American troops for criminal actions. Washington found the demand unacceptable, thus hastening full U.S. military withdrawal from the country."
https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/31-1

  * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik
** http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/08/31/122766/cable-massacre-of-iraqi-family.html