Manning was arrested on May 26, 2010 and has been under U.S.
military detainment ever since.
Recently, Manning’s defense attorney, David Coombs, filed a
motion stating that Manning’s charges should be dismissed
because his right to a speedy trial has been completely
“As of the date of this motion, Pfc. Manning has been in
pretrial confinement for 845 days,” Coombs said. “With trial
scheduled to commence on Feb. 4, 2013, Pfc. Manning will
have spent a grand total of 983 days in pretrial confinement
before even a single piece of evidence is offered against
Whether he is labeled a whistleblower or a cyber-terrorist,
the handling of such a nonviolent criminal case by the
military’s judicial system is absolutely horrendous. The
underlying motive for journalists and the press is to inform
an otherwise uninformed democratic society so people within
can choose their political candidates accordingly.
Never in the history of the U.S. has any administration
utilized the Espionage Act so frequently as President Barack
Obama’s administration, and the exponential expansion of
information into the hands of people through technology
undoubtedly plays a role in the increase of these cases.
It’s ironic that Manning’s imposition of restraint could be
more than 630 days before the trial for exposing the
espionage acts of our government and then get charged as a
We are entering a new age where government officials cannot
protect their classified information from the people, and we
starting to see an increased vigilance among the Internet
community as a form of civil disobedience.
Users’ understanding of the Internet is increasing at a
remarkable rate. The advances have been rapid, and it’s
getting harder for anybody, including our government, to
Manning’s case proves that Internet-related activities are
going to fall under ever-increasing scrutiny until it is no
longer a forum for the people.
Granted, Manning most likely had animosity toward the
military and his peers because of the treatment toward his
alleged “gender confusion,” as the military calls
it. Wherever his motives to leak the information came from,
Manning kept the military’s over-reaching arm in check.
The crimes blatantly committed on the videos are far worse
than anything Manning has done, but none of these personnel
were convicted or tried for any of these crimes.
This case will undoubtedly set a precedent to decide how
much the government can get away with in regards to military
operations and prisoner detainment.
While the media tried to generate ad revenue off other
stories like the Trayvon Martin case, the Manning case fell
to the wayside. It’s easy to get the public riled up over
issues like race, but getting the public riled up against
the military-industrial complex is against the corporate
conglomerates’ and governmental institution’s interests.