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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. Time for Dan Choi to declare victory and retreat.

    The man is unstable and continuing to publicize his stunts on Towleroad is not helping.

    And the uniform thing? Enough.

    Posted by: JoshG | Dec 21, 2011 4:01:00 PM

  2. Too bad they didn't rip off his right epaulette as well. I'll wait for the verdict, but if convicted of releasing classified information for whatever his reason, Manning should go to jail for a long time. I saw the Olbermann interview and Choi had no idea what he was talking about. He sounded like that cow from NOM, the irony of which is pretty amusing.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Dec 21, 2011 5:08:24 PM

  3. reporting a crime is a crime? and all you commenters support a criminal government?

    Posted by: fu | Dec 21, 2011 5:27:21 PM

  4. BTW, one of the Manning defense's feathers in its cap is a report from the Federal Government finding that nothing Manning allegedly leaked caused any harm or could potentially have caused any harm to U.S. personnel or national security. That is expected to reduced Manning's sentence by a significant amount.

    Also, in the pretrial proceedings now underway, the government alleges - without witnesses one way or other - that certain emails on someone else's computer were sent by Manning while at the same time insisting that emails originating from Manning's computer could not have been sent by someone else - a rather idiotic stretch of logic.

    Manning is likely guilty (though it sure would have been nice to have served less than 2 years in solitary before even arriving at a trial to determine that) - but it seems the government's case is less than airtight and that there are a lot of factors that will be considered mitigating - and therefore reduce any potential sentence.

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 21, 2011 6:00:54 PM

  5. I love Dan Choi. He gets all you BIG government types all up in your keyboards puffing big words about how patriotic you are. I know you love show trials and bleating on about traitors better than even the North Koreans, but Manning and Choi are not the real issue here and you and I both know it.

    Posted by: Joey | Dec 21, 2011 6:04:18 PM

  6. I've said it before and I'll say it again. For all those who continually attack Manning and Cho, those who can do, those who can't criticize. They're doing more for freedom than all you petty, small minded tools could imagine.

    Posted by: Josh | Dec 21, 2011 6:13:02 PM

  7. Manning's case is irrelevant to this story. Choi had zero business being at this trial. He wasn't called as a witness---not that the trial is even at that stage---and his claim that he was trying to support a fellow soldier rings hollow.

    Is he friends with Manning? Does he have any way to communicate with him? Did his appearance provide anything but attention to him, not Manning? The answers are all no. As others have said, Choi has done some good work, but he's gotten unhinged and self-aggrandizing. Now that he's back in the military, shouldn't he focus on his job?

    Moreover, an active duty member of the military shouldn't be providing input or support to a case involving possible treason. That's why Manning is in court: for evidence to be presented and a ruling to be delivered. Choi isn't an expert in this case or part of Manning's defense team. His appearance just makes him look unbalanced and desperate for attention. Again: he has no role to play here.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 21, 2011 7:03:30 PM

  8. Choi attended the hearing with Daniel Ellsberg, for the record. Neither had any business there.

    Posted by: LincolnLounger | Dec 21, 2011 8:53:03 PM

  9. @Josh: Be careful with blanket statements. I served my country honorably for 4 years. How many years did you serve? Choi is a disgraceful publicity hound. I will withhold judgement of manning, but if found guilty I hope they lock him up for a long time.

    Posted by: DearComrade | Dec 21, 2011 10:41:22 PM

  10. This guy is now officially a joke. Didn't he have a nervous breakdown? And wasn't he then trying to re-enlist? And now, apparently unencumbered by a job or concerned about re-enlisting, he has time to disrupt Manning's trial? And BTW, Manning - who trans, not gay - released 250,000 cables, 99% of which had nothing to do with Iraq or any alleged crime. He didn't even read these cables before leaking them. He was completely indifferent to their contents and the consequences of leaking them.

    Posted by: Seth | Dec 22, 2011 12:27:02 AM

  11. I can't believe some of my fellow homosexuals are trying to justify Manning's alleged misdeeds.

    Would you stand by a gay murderer? A gay child molester? Is there ANY behavior you can't rationalize as OK because gay people are oppressed?

    If we continue to play the victim, and excuse criminal or treasonous behavior, we'll never gain equality.

    Only by demanding equal treatment (the good AND the bad), will we achieve equality.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 22, 2011 10:51:21 AM

  12. The level of cynicism by most of these posters is truly depressing. As a 20-year veteran of NYC politics, I can't believe I'm the optimist who has to point this out, but Dan Choi is not making a dime off appearing at this trial. What book deal? Who would buy such a book? Dan Savage, John Aravosis and maybe a couple hundred others?
    Lt. Choi is there because he knows he brings the uniform of a veteran to the proceedings in hopes of getting Manning a fair trial. If Choi being there is an act of civil disobedience, we should all support him, gay or straight. Maybe it's ok with many of you that Manning has been held in solitary confinement off and on for two years and yet has NOT BEEN TRIED FOR ANYTHING. That's not the America I was raised to believe in.

    Posted by: willbnyc | Dec 23, 2011 12:42:31 AM

  13. This is black and white to me - Manning's defense is not disputing he was linked to the release of Classified Military Information. Every person with access to classified signs a non-disclosure agreement. I think Choi is a bit off in jumping to his defense, and I disagree with his tactics, but it's no surprise. I feel awkward just watching him any more - his message is getting lost in his actions.

    Manning's action constitutes the largest leak of information in our history - it had an impact on diplomacy, wasted countless hours of government analyst's time trying to protect sources, and he released unnecessary information that did little to impact the course of either conflict.

    His defense has a weak case, and if convicted I support him going away for life. That's the consequence of betraying your government's trust as an intelligence analyst. His gender identity complaint and issues with DADT mean little to me - a lot of us served and were frustrated, sometimes hopeless and angry; still not reason enough to make such a poor decision.

    Posted by: Zee | Dec 23, 2011 2:40:04 AM

  14. He is the Cindy Sheehan of the LGBT community.

    Posted by: velocifero | Dec 23, 2011 1:20:57 PM

  15. I see I am not the only one that finds Dan Choi tiresome

    Posted by: BCNKC | Dec 24, 2011 12:13:17 AM

  16. Dan, it's time to give it a rest. It's not about you anymore.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 24, 2011 9:42:50 AM

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