August 4, 2010
"Rep. Mike Rogers: Execute WikiLeaks leaker"This title of this post is the headline of this new piece from Politico. Here is how the piece begins:
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) believes the death penalty should be applied in the case of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning if the accused provider of nearly 80,000 secret intelligence documents to WikiLeaks is found guilty by military tribunal. Rogers made the comments Monday during an interview with the Michigan radio station WHMI, which later posted an audio file of the interview.
"The death penalty clearly should be considered here," Rogers said. "[Manning] clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S. soldiers or those cooperating. If that is not a capital offense, I don't know what is."
The 22-year-old Manning has been named a "person of interest" in the WikiLeaks investigation and was transferred last week from Kuwait to the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Va., while the Army decides whether to press charges. The Army has yet to make any further announcements regarding the investigation or Manning's future.
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If he leaked Taliban usable information, these charges appear appropriate, proportional to the potential for harm. It should be proven that death qualifying harm took place. Although he would not have directly killed people who cooperated, he should be charged with felony murder however remote the murder, if an Afghani is killed based on his information. He should undergo enhanced interrogation to learn the names of any left wing people who may have encouraged or cooperated with his operation. If the sole harm is that some politicians were embarrassed, then the death penalty is not correct.
Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Aug 4, 2010 11:25:08 PM