Is the right way to understand the gruesome treatment of Bradley Manning just that the people who control what happens to him don't want to see any more leaks, and they're doing this to deter others?
In any case, if you haven't seen the gruesome video of American attack helicopters machine-gunning a group of Iraqi civilians (two of whom are journalists whose cameras are mistakenly assumed to be guns), you should. I believe it's one of the things he leaked. It's especially horrifying when other civilians appear in a van and decide that they're going to take the injured people to the hospital... and the soldiers in the helicopters start machine-gunning them too.
I don't think so. If they tried and convicted him and then threw away the key, that would have a powerful deterrent effect on others. Being afraid to try him and pulling these stupid tricks just makes them look ineffectual.
That's horrifying. The sad thing is, that's probably not an isolated incident. It's seemed pretty routine to the guys in the helicopter. See a crowd of people who look vaguely threatening, blow them all away.
He embarrassed the DoD. Some kid with a jump drive showed their security was lousy. He must suffer!
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