by David Wolinsky
The WikiLeaks scandal got even uglier this week when Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) told the press that a maximum of 52 years in prison isn’t sufficient punishment for alleged leaker Pfc. Bradley Manning: He should be charged with treason and face the death penalty if convicted.
In an interview with Michigan radio station WHMI, Rogers elaborated…
“We know for a fact that people will likely be killed because of this information being disclosed… [Manning] put soldiers at risk who are out there fighting for their country.”
Now, this line of thinking isn’t anything new. In the last decade, lots of elected officials have made great strides in redefining patriotism during wartime as keeping us completely in the dark while blindly waving our made-in-China miniature American flags. So this deluge of some 92,000 classified reports on the war in Afghanistan — which revealed how the military had been giving misleading statements all along — and seeing something resembling the truth is a bit unfamiliar, even scary.
Even scarier: When asked if he would have also supported the execution of Daniel Ellsberg for leaking the Pentagon Papers, he spouted off a couple of qualifiers before finally answering, "Absolutely." Well, wait. Rogers was just being honest… eventually. According to Rogers’ logic, we’d have hunt down and take out Ellsberg. But, then we’d also have to unleash that same bloodlust against Scooter Libby, Robert Novak, and Karl Rove for leaking information about Valerie Plame’s covert identity.
So, maybe we can kill all our problems away.
Tags: Afghanistan, Bradley Manning, House of Representatives, Michigan, WikiLeaks