Kevin McCullough
"Perhaps Berkeley California needs a good old barn burning, complete with torches and pitchforks!"

These were my sentiments at the hearing of what the lunatics who run Liberalville USA have actually taken a vote on and passed in their most recent city council meetings.

In short, they want to subvert justice and accelerate the killing of American military and the sources who are helping them in Afghanistan and Iraq.

They also wish to honor a person who has committed more than 250,000 acts of treason (or at best espionage) against his nation, his strict military code and command, and the general welfare of even his own family.

Such was the case with PFC Bradley Manning, who now sits awaiting the day to go on trial for the crimes against his own. In what has become the-all-too-famous narrative, armed only with a Lady Gaga CD and a little bit of time, PFC Manning downloaded a few bucketfuls of documents that told many secrets of our operations against the terrorists. Once sold they were put on display by Julian Assange of Wikileaks and now those who seek to murder Americans in cold blood have reams of information they did not previously have.

There has never been a clearer act of treason in American history. And Manning deserves to be brought before Congress, tried for the charge, and executed upon a guilty verdict.

But he's not the one that worries me now.

Sure he's in military custody, he's gonna face a tough go of it by every measure regardless of what happens, but there are two possible consolation prizes with him. Either he's in prison for the rest of his life, or his neck gets stretched in Times Square before the watching public and we tell tales to the future generations that "actively assisting the enemy" is treason in the United States.

But like I said, he's not the one I'm any too worried about presently.

The nutcase council members in Berkeley California on the other hand, leave me greatly disturbed. For they have proffered a hope that PFC Manning might be freed, and pending that, they hope to honor him with an award, a parade, maybe ice-cream and a cake, maybe ponies and rainbows... Who knows?

Manning is viewed by the city council as someone who has expressed behavior that is heroic. Some of them went so far as to imply that he was a great American:

“If he did what he’s accused of doing, he’s a patriot and should get a medal,” said Bob Meola, the Berkeley peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution. “I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers.”