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Lt. Dan Choi Ejected from Bradley Manning Trial, Thrown Off Base: VIDEO


Lt. Dan Choi, who was thrown out of the courtroom at the Bradley Manning trial, talks about his view of the proceedings as a "show trial". Olbermann agrees that it is "ridiculous even by military standards".

FireDogLake has a report on Choi's ejection from the trial and the base, during which the rank was ripped from his uniform:

Choi, a West Point graduate, went to the Manning trial because “soldiers stand up for integrity, and if the code of ethics and army values are important, then we should support Bradley Manning.” He added that Manning’s actions were not only in the interest of his unit, but also in the interest of the country. “He believed that our country as a whole needed to have integrity. The law of land warfare says that if a soldier sees a crime — a rape or a murder — it’s their responsibility to report it. As I understood it, he brought it up to the chain of command. The chain of command knew about it, and they were the ones who were in violation of the law of land warfare. To not report it is to be complicit. He was the only soldier in the chain of command to do the right thing, so that’s why we have to support him.”

Watch Choi's appearance on Olbermann, in which he discusses the trial, and his ejection, AFTER THE JUMP...

And if you're following the trial, there are several updates HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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  1. Ugh.

    It's time for Dan Choi to unscrew the bulb, and begin to dim the light on his 15 minutes of fame whoredom. His past actions have made him irrelevant.

    Posted by: jtramon | Dec 21, 2011 2:10:17 PM

  2. well, in that regard Lt. Choi is completely and utterly correct.

    of course, that will not stop people from disagreeing because they're so busy repeating the "dont' make America look bad!" school of apologetics, or those who choose to dislike any and everything that Choi says or does.

    Manning, if one wants to take military oaths seriously, was actually doing his job....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 21, 2011 2:11:10 PM

  3. Darn! The spotlight was fading and I thought for sure he'd gone away.

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 21, 2011 2:22:13 PM

  4. it's easy to call outspoken visible and known activists "fame-whores" from the confines of the Anonymous Online Closet, isn't it?

    sure. it's easy. but it aint noble or brave.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 21, 2011 2:22:58 PM

  5. I don't see Choi as an activist anymore. He was so when he was working for the repeal of DADT, but it now seems he just wants to show up anywhere he can cause a scene. Stick to and work hard towards a certain goal and move on when you've achieved. Instead, he just seems to be a mess looking for air time. Shame, really.

    Posted by: Tim | Dec 21, 2011 2:26:44 PM

  6. Choi is a publicity hound; he's not doing it because he cares for Manning, he's doing it because he, like some others who need not be mentioned here, have a bug up their ass over Obama.

    Posted by: NelsonG | Dec 21, 2011 2:29:04 PM

  7. Oh the poor traitor is having a tough time in jail. Boo hoo. I do like the Blame America First crowd getting on the little twerps bandwagon. I am sure the 15 people who actually watch Olbermann were very impressed with the blowhard and the fame-whore having a discussion.

    Posted by: Lisa G | Dec 21, 2011 2:29:06 PM

  8. Bradley Manning bragged about leaking the largest amount of classified information in the history of our Republic. If he wanted to become an activist, he should not have voluntarily enlisted in the United States armed forces and subjected himself to a different system of justice.

    Now that the heat is on, he is using his sexuality and some made up, self-diagnosed "gender identity disorder" as a defense. That is akin to men who murder or attack and blame it on "gay panic". Disgusting.

    For this represehensible behavior some wish to hold him up as some sort of gay hero. The man has done more to set back gay rights , especially with regard to DADT, than Republicans like Rick Santorum could ever achieve.

    Rot in prison, Bradley Manning. You are a traitor to your country.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 21, 2011 2:30:26 PM

  9. If you think Manning is a traitor to the country what, pray tell, do you think of the Men In Power in the bank systems, and the politicians that they've paid off, who are responsible for the economic state of the country?

    seriously. you people are calling Manning a traitor for exposing things you don't want to be true.

    next you'll be saying "Michael Moore hates America"...oh, wait....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 21, 2011 2:34:02 PM

  10. Oh Lord, we could use one of those blacksite CIA prisons right about now.

    Posted by: Patrick Wellington III | Dec 21, 2011 2:39:16 PM

  11. Who let the trolls out?

    Meanwhile -- Even if Bradley Manning is guilty, his treatment is unconstitutional and unconscionable.

    P.S. Little Kiwi -- I so love your handle (just like I love all the Buddy series books by Ethan Morden!)

    Posted by: Frank Butterfield | Dec 21, 2011 2:44:39 PM

  12. Piss off, Choi. What Manning did was not only a violation of the "code of ethics and Army values", but he broke his oath of enlistment in committing treason.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Dec 21, 2011 2:45:08 PM

  13. I'm calling him a traitor because he weakened our national defenses and betrayed his fellow members of the armed forces. For all we know, he very well may have put lives in danger.

    I don't understand what this subject has to do with the "economic state of the country". Let's stick to the subject matter at hand.

    Choi has done a lot of good, but he has become too much like Michael Moore, whose effectiveness has been destroyed because of his addiction to attention and self-importance.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 21, 2011 2:47:04 PM

  14. Regardless of what one thinks of Manning, the, the Barackroaches can be counted on to crawl out on their six tiny legs and start screaming anytime Dan appears REGARDLESS of what he's saying. He could discover a cure for AIDS, and they'd say he was only doing it for the publicity—all because he dared call, "Naked" on the Emperor of their teenage girl crushes. "Why can't he just leave alone! Mwaaah Mwaaah Mwaaah!"

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Dec 21, 2011 2:49:14 PM

  15. The most dangerous place to stand is between Dan Choi and a camera. Go away please!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Dec 21, 2011 2:50:09 PM

  16. I really fear for this young man's life. I hope he does not do anything desperate. He does not need a moronic military trial or jail. He needs emotional help and therapy. Yes, what he did was wrong but the military should not have had him in that position in the first place.

    Posted by: Peter | Dec 21, 2011 2:55:21 PM

  17. "For all we know, he very well may have put lives in danger."

    For all we know so far, he hasn't.

    unlike the men who Outed Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. there were massive direct and proven consequences to that. and those men all got off scott free.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 21, 2011 3:01:15 PM

  18. Dan Choi is now the Sarah Palin of the Democratic party. I suppose he'll be pushing a book next. This kind of "commentary" - Manning as hero - gives both liberals and gays a bad name.

    Posted by: will | Dec 21, 2011 3:16:28 PM

  19. I bet there's another side to the story, but to hear Choi tell it, he wasn't doing anything wrong in the courtroom and they didn't have any reason to kick him out. Really stupid of the marshals to do that, since it just gives Choi another reason to go on TV.

    Posted by: Q | Dec 21, 2011 3:22:52 PM

  20. wow - from some of the comments here - u people have drunk the Infotainment news on Bradley Manning hook-line and sinker.....should he get some punishment - yea, he served it..HELD...almost 2yrs without even charges being filed? This is AMERICA, RIGHT? Whatever info was released did NOT cause any national harm - just embarrassment - FROM THE TRUTH....I guess alot of you, like being lemmings....funny, where's the OUTRAGE about the WALL STREET barons who RUINED our economy? ...or the Big LIE of a war we were in, and still in another.....spening 2 BILLION a week OVER THERE, while people here are homeless,hungery,jobless....where's that outrage?

    Posted by: Gay American | Dec 21, 2011 3:30:27 PM

  21. In courtrooms, judges have complete discretion as to who can stay and who must go. They don't have to provide a reason. Manning's trial is in its earliest stages. The overall goal is to discourage anyone from leaking classified information by making an example of Manning. However, leaking is a constant technique to getting one's POV out in DC and the nature of the info is hardly ever a consideration or the potential consequences either.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 21, 2011 3:37:21 PM

  22. Wow, you guys are fairly quick to ditch the presumption of innocence, the right to a fair trial, Due Process and Magna Carta all in one malignant diatribe.
    what do you guys want next ? a lynching ? a burning ?
    Exercise some restraint in your "frothy" comments.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 21, 2011 3:40:30 PM

  23. I can't believe that some gay men here are supporting Manning merely because he's gay. Or maybe they support overthrowing the U.S. government and allowing EVERYBODY to tamper with classified information.

    I don't believe that any government can function like this. You have to have some form of law and order or everything is choas.


    p.s. And before Gay American can throw in another red herring like: "...where's the OUTRAGE about the WALL STREET barons who RUINED our economy?", YES, I'm against corporate influence and crony capitalism in government. I support a fair amount of wealth redistribution.

    Posted by: will | Dec 21, 2011 3:49:14 PM

  24. @gay american - "Whatever info was released did NOT cause any national harm - just embarrassment" You are absolutely wrong, it caused substantial harm. But that is a debate we cannot begin to have without security clearances and access to classified info. And this is a thread about Dan Choi at the Bradley Manning trial, your 'lack of outrage' issues are completely off-topic and why nobody is talking about them here.

    What the hell is Dan Choi doing at the Bradley Manning trial anyway?! All due respect for his work on DADT. But he is appearing to become more and more of a publicity whore now and knows how to show up where there will be cameras and drama, regardless they have nothing to do with gay rights.

    Posted by: Ian | Dec 21, 2011 3:51:04 PM

  25. Bradley Manning is not a hero, he's a wayward kid who really messed up. And frankly, as much as I appreciate Dan Choi's help in the DADT repeal- he's kind of becoming the new Cindy Sheehan. Bradley Manning broke the law, he did put people at risk, or at least entered a situation where people could be put at risk(I doubt he read through every file he leaked to make sure it couldn't inadvertently hurt someone), and to this day I don't know of what 'smoking gun' his supporters claim he released. As far as I have been able to tell military secrets, according to his supporters, are information everyone has a right to know.


    Posted by: Cecil | Dec 21, 2011 3:59:28 PM

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