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