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Log Cabin Republicans Rip Bradley Manning's Lawyers for Using Sexual Orientation

R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, takes Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning's lawyers to task in the Stars & Stripes military newspaper:

CooperIf he’s guilty, Manning not only violated security protocol and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he violated the trust of his colleagues, the Army and his countrymen. Now that he prepares to stand trial, he has shown himself to be willing to sacrifice honorable gay and lesbian servicemembers to avoid responsibility. Lawyers for Manning are claiming that his struggle with his sexual orientation contributed to emotional problems that should have precluded him from working in a classified environment. This shameful defense is an offense to the tens of thousands of gay servicemembers who served honorably under “don’t ask, don’t tell.” We all served under the same law, with the same challenges and struggles. We did not commit treason because of it.

Log Cabin Republicans have long advocated that one’s sexual orientation should not be grounds for discrimination or dismissal in the workplace. As conservatives, we believe in the meritocracy of one’s labor. Good behavior and excellent performance come with reward and encouragement. Bad behavior and poor performance come with punishment and corrective measures. To justify misbehavior in the workplace because of minority status is detrimental to the morale and performance of others. For Manning’s legal counsel at Fort Meade, Md., to suggest that his orientation and/or gender identity be part of a defense or excuse for misbehavior is as unacceptable as the use of a “gay panic” defense by a murderer.

Manning’s defense dishonors gay GIs [stars and stripes]

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  1. @ JON:
    And to the Guardian newspaper's point about Manning and Assange being responsible for ending the war in Iraq and initiating the uprising in Tunisia which sparked similar uprisings around the world...

    The jury is still out on whether all this is good:

    Egypt may fall into the hands of Muslim extremists much worse than Mubarak.

    Lybia same.

    And how did "upsetting the apple cart" by overthrowing Saddam Hussein in Iraq nearly 10 years ago work out? Not so well. We overthrew a Sunni dictatorship, and allowed it to be replaced by a Shiite/Iranian "puppet democracy".

    Saddam Hussein was not a good guy. He was bad news. But if he was still in power, Iran would not be as close to obtaining a nuclear weapon, nor would Iran have an ally on its Western border.

    The US broke Iraq. George W Bush really screwed-up when he started that war. When you break something you have an obligation to try to fix it. We tried to fix our mistakes in Iraq. Time will tell, but my hunch is time will not be kind.

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 22, 2011 11:51:53 PM

  2. Fascinating- as always, to watch outside observers being "educated" via the media and similar sources with limited facts & details - always so quick to launch into forming solid positions & opinions with such certainty. Greenwald's comments were insightful - there are so many elements at play - serious all of them. He has not been found guilty of anything.

    If the law allowed, public floggings would still be extremely popular events .... where the law does allow - always popular and equal to their overall justice system.

    Posted by: RexT | Dec 23, 2011 5:21:54 AM

  3. @ REXT:
    You're absolutely I said previously, he's accused, not guilty. We need to give him the benefit-of-the-doubt until he's proven guilty (or not).

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 23, 2011 5:57:18 AM

  4. I am neither a Republican nor a Conservative, but I agree 100% with this statement by R. Clarke Cooper. If Bradley Manning were truly a hero, he wouldn't be hiding behind such reprehensible defense tactics.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Dec 23, 2011 1:25:44 PM

  5. No, I strongly disagree about his defense tactics being reprehensible. Under ordinary circumstances gay people do not deserve any special treatment - I agree to that. And I don't think that Manning's sexuality contributed to poor judgment in any way. I think the issue is entirely political. But, in this instance, the US government fights dirty. There is no respect for law in America anymore. As several people have already pointed out, the war in Iraq was a mess to begin with. No one questions the legality of that war anymore. I do not think Manning will ever receive a fair trial. So, since I don't believe he will get a fair trial, then I do think he should play the gay card for all its worth.

    Posted by: Jon | Dec 25, 2011 12:37:19 AM

  6. I grew up in Oklahoma and I am a gay man and I am am appalled by this traitor to our country. F**k you, Manning, you're a piece of sh**.

    Posted by: Alan | Dec 25, 2011 12:51:38 AM

  7. Something really stinks about this concept of labeling one's legal client as "sexually disturbed" as a defense. We can count on those who apologize for and collaborate with their own oppressors such as log cabin gays to miss this obvious point, but it is a bit disappointing to see Greenwald miss it.
    This is a high stakes propaganda trial for elements of our government and military who have demonstrated themselves to be without moral principal or scruple. When viewed in this context, I find the fact that a military man who smears his own client in this manner as a "legal defense" to be highly suspicious.
    The last thing the government wants is to allow this to become trial of American war crimes and the integrity and conscience of a young man who put himself in harm's way to expose those crimes.
    His lawyer has handed the government a massive propaganda victory by HIMSELF labeling his client as sexually disturbed and declining to highlight the heroic act of conscience that underlies this case.
    Yes, this is despicable because of the archaic take on gays being "disturbed", because it smears all gays... even the log cabin boys get that part. But much more significantly, there is simply no way that it can be of any advantage to Bradley Manning, and in fact it undermines the only defense that could possibly help him - which is the simple truth. Manning's own words on why he did what he apparently did speak very eloquently to this point.

    Posted by: Stuart Davies | Mar 11, 2012 1:48:15 PM

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