Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chelsea Manning: How Army Manipulates Embeded Reporters

NY Times SundayReview | OPINION

The Fog Machine of War:

The U.S Military's Campaign Against Media Freedom

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sentence of 35 years in prison for these unauthorized disclosures. I understand that my actions violated the law.
However, the concerns that motivated me have not been resolved. As Iraq erupts in civil war and America again contemplates intervention, that unfinished business should give new urgency to the question of how the United States military controlled the media coverage of its long involvement there and in Afghanistan. I believe that the current limits on press freedom and excessive government secrecy make it impossible for Americans to grasp fully what is happening in the wars we finance. . . . 
Opinion polls indicate that Americans’ confidence in their elected representatives is at a record low. Improving media access to this crucial aspect of our national life — where America has committed the men and women of its armed services — would be a powerful step toward re-establishing trust between voters and officials.


Meanwhile, an intelligent hero like Chelsea Manning languishes in a U.S. prison, while the real criminals and warmongers remain free. . . such is the sick, upside world in which we live! 

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