An Ode on Whistleblowers and Revolutionaries
Give Thanks

Rohricht, Alyssa
http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/05/30/an-ode-on-whistleblowers-and-revolutionaries/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  30/05/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16285

May 27th marked exactly four years of prison time for whistleblower Chelsea Manning.
Four years for releasing documents disclosing torture and abuse by US and allied forces: rape, whippings, electric drills used on body parts, waterboarding, beatings, murder. Four years for disclosing previously unreported civilian deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan – deaths that number in the tens of thousands. Four years for pulling back the fog of war and exposing US wars abroad for what they are - not the clean, surgical, tactical operations that we hear about on the news but dirty, bloody, and filled with the bodies of innumerable civilian victims: the bodies of men, women, and children who did nothing more than appear in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the ‘wrong’ skin color and the ‘wrong’ god.