lunes, junio 03, 2013

Robert Parry: Manning’s ‘Secrets’ vs. Over-classification

Manning’s ‘Secrets’ v. Over-classification

By Robert Parry

June 2, 2013

The U.S. government wants to lock away Pvt. Bradley Manning for life because he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents that he believes revealed war crimes and other wrongdoing. But overlooked is how much damage over-classification does to the Republic, says Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

I thought of Pvt. Bradley Manning when I recently received a response to one of my Freedom of Information Act requests to Ronald Reagan’s presidential library. I was seeking documents about President Reagan’s secret strategy of aiding Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in its war with Iran.

Reagan’s tilt to Iraq in the early 1980s – while his administration also was winking at Israeli weapons sales to Iran – was part of a clandestine U.S. approach to the region which generated huge profits for arms dealers while feeding sectarian violence and political animosities that echo to the present day. It seemed to me that it was way past time to know the full truth.


Protesters marching on June 1 in support of Pvt. Bradley Manning. One of the marchers was ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, whose face appears over the yellow ‘E’.

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