From Sincerely, Kelly James

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” - Ayn Rand

As the story unfolds, it reads like a work of fictional apocalypse.  Classified government documents are exposed via the Internet by Julian Assange, romantic yet controversial protagonist for whom questions of morality blur the distinction between hero and villian.  Acting as both judge and jury, the world’s powerful elite set out to figuratively and literally crucify Assange.  Using the media, they manipulate public opinion into two camps; those who revere him and those who despise him.  As everyone clamors to choose sides, they ironically fail to realize that the entire debate has been carefully crafted to deflect attention away from the very issues he’s working to expose; most notably the corruption, abuse of power, and crimes against humanity perpetuated by the so called democratic government of the United States of America.

 

Senior government officials are so threatened by the exposure of their top secret documents that some have publicly called for the “illegal” assaination of Julian Assange.  As if incitement of his murder isn’t bad enough, they are racking their little brains trying to come up with a way to charge him under the Espionage Act of 1917, constitutionality of which has been questioned since 1917.  Worse yet, the hysteric labeling of Assange as a “terrorist” brings to mind not only McCarthyism but also possible implications concerning the Patriot Act, when in reality a terrorist by definition must conduct violence to achieve a political, religious, or social goal.  Since Assange has never perpetrated violence by any stretch of the imagination the motivation behind labeling him a terrorist is highly questionable . The CIA has even formed the Wikileaks Task Force, sole purpose of which is to “investigate” Wikileaks.  This task force is appropriately called “WTF” for short.  Speaking of WTF, Assange has been accused of “raping” two women in Sweden.  Dismissing such accusations would be doing a great disservice to all victims of rape as would trumped up charges of rape being used as a smear campaign.  Either way, somebody is insulting rape victims everywhere.  To quote my friend Maggie McNeill, “the whole thing stinks on ice”. (read Maggie’s detailed explanation on this issue here and here)

I am a supporter of Julian Assange because he is working to expose the “glaringly evident which everyone has decided not to see”.  The leaked documents only confirm what I and other so called extremists have suspected for years.  Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please – we do NOT live in a free society.  It is only an illusion.  Our civil rights have been slowly eroding over time and now – good fucking morning America!  Our government started a war under false pretense and used it to take our rights away.  Now they are spying on American citizens, committing war crimes in foreign lands, and torturing people in the name of our country.  Don’t we as a society know that’s just plain wrong?  We are being conditioned to accept the unacceptable and this is only the beginning.  What could be next and where does it end?  The possibilities are endless and thoroughly frightening. 

Our government’s persecution of Assange for blowing the whistle on crimes against humanity goes against all moral standard.  When human rights are being violated it is our responsibility to speak out as failure to do so will certainly bear the eventual result of the violation of our own.  What about that is so difficult to understand?

“The only proper purpose of a government is to protect man’s rights, which means: to protect him from physical violence. A proper government is only a policeman, acting as an agent of man’s self-defense, and, as such, may resort to force only against those who start the use of force. The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breaches or fraud by the others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. But a government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one, the employment of armed compulsion against disarmed victims, is a nightmare infernal machine designed to annihilate morality: such a government reverses its only moral purpose and switches from the role of protector to the role of man’s deadliest enemy, from the role of of policeman to the role of a criminal vested with the right to the wielding of violence against the victims deprived of the right of self-defense. Such a government substitutes for morality the following rule of social conduct: you may do whatever you please to your neighbor, provided your gang is bigger than his.”
— Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged)

And then there’s Bradley Manning.

Private Bradley Manning just turned 23 last week.  Sadly, he did not have the opportunity to do any of the things a 23 year old kid should on his birthday.   He did not go out, get drunk, get laid, hang out with friends, see his family, or even recieve a gift, a hug, or a kiss.  He did not even have the opportunity to go outside, much less the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep.  You see, Bradley Manning lives at a maximum security military prison.  He spends 23 hours a day in solitary confinement in a 6×12 foot cell and hasn’t seen the light of day in months.  Inside his cell, he is not permitted to perform basic physical exercises such as sit ups nor is he allowed to read a newspaper.  Access to proper bedding has been denied.  Even sleep is a luxury for Bradley Manning, as he must respond affirmativly to “welfare checks” performed by guards every five minutes.  What, you ask, is the crime of which he was convicted? 

 

Ah.  That is hard to explain, glaringly evident, and you may very well decide not to see it.

 

Private Bradley Manning has been convicted of no crime.  He hasn’t even officially been charged with a crime.  Then why the fuck has he spent the past seven months imprisoned first in Kuwait then at Quantico Military Prison?
 

 

Allegedly, Private Bradley Manning had the nerve to provide proof of war crimes and human rights violations committed by the United States military to Julian Assange, who then exposed it to the world.  Circumstance of which has proved quite unfortunate for Manning; fortunate for those who may have been victims of future atrocities such as those already committed in the name of the good ol’ US of A that now may not occur due to the heightened scrutiny of the world.  Thanks to Manning we will never know.

 

And so a rosy cheeked 23 year old kid is a political prisoner facing fifty plus years in prison for the alleged crime of espionage.  Due to military rules of procedure, he is not entitled to trial by jury.  Instead, he will eventually face military court martial.  In the interim, the conditions of his imprisonment are certainly brutal and constitute torture by internationally accepted standards.  I suspect his treatment on the inside isn’t improved by general knowledge of his sexual orientation (Manning is gay).

 

Aren’t you proud to be an American?

 

The imprisonment of Bradley Manning serves a dual purpose to our dear Big Brother.  Primarily, it serves their greater goal of annihilating Wikileaks and Julian Assange.  As Glenn Greenwald wrote in his Dec. 18 column on Salon:

 

“… The Independent yesterday shed further light on one of the motives for the repressive conditions imposed on Manning:  namely, that U.S. officials believe it is “crucial” to “persuade” Manning to testify against WikiLeaks if they are to convict Assange, i.e., to “persuade” Manning to say that WikiLeaks did not merely passively receive classified information, but actively provided Manning technical and other assistance in advance to access and disseminate classified information.  The more inhumane the conditions are of Manning’s detention, the greater pressure the Government can apply to induce him — “persuade” him — to testify how they need him to testify in order to prosecute Assange.”

 

In short, this is Big Brother’s method of persuading Bradley Manning to snitch on Julian Assange.

 

Secondly, it sets an example for other potential dissenters.  Follow the rules – or else!  To be honest, it made even me – fearless, tough as nails Kelly James who couldn’t care less about rules and has never turned down a dare – think twice before writing this article.  I’m sure my government file is growing exponentially as I speak.  So why don’t I shut my mouth?  Simple – because running my mouth is my Constitutional right and believe it or not, I am proud to be an American.  Black hearted as I may be; while I don’t care much about “rules” I do care deeply about what is right – and I don’t believe the two necessarily intersect.

 

If the allegations prove true then Private Bradley Manning, the unnoticed hero in an unfinished saga, broke the rules.

 

Thank God somebody did.

 

“There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.”
-Ayn Rand