Like nobody saw this coming

Posted: July 30, 2010 by datechguy in Afghanistan war, internet/free speech, opinion/news
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Do the words: Blood on their hands ring a bell?

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, said they were studying and investigating the report, adding “If they are US spies, then we know how to punish them.”

This brought to mind something, twenty five years ago just out of college I started at Raytheon. In the list of document that had to be filled out when at my hire was one that caught my eye.

It was a list of offensives that made you subject to death or such lesser penalty as the law would allow.

When you’re 21 it’s really heady stuff to read that there are things you can do on the job that can get you executed. Of course I wasn’t planning to give classified info to the soviets in the middle of the cold war, but it was a sobering thing to read.

As I remember when the media convicted Richard Jewel I’m going to withhold judgment for now on the soldier who is being named in the media, but if an employee at a defense plant is aware that treason carries a possible death penalty how much more should a soldier, particularly during wartime?

If it is proved this or any soldier was complicit in the leaks, such an act that’s as clear a case of treason as there is.

And now it appears that those helping us will now pay for their support of America with their lives.

If this doesn’t warrant a firing squad I don’t know what does.

Memeorandum thread here.

  1. “How much more should a soldier” what?

  2. Proud2Serve says:

    I could not agree with you more on your conclusion. Unfortunatley, it is not realistic. The American people have generally lost their ability to recognize evil. As a people, we have become so open-minded that our brains are falling out.

    Ever since a well known American actress manned North Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns and ratted out American POWs to their North Vietnamese captors, we as a culture have been unwilling to call the traitors out and punish them accordingly. Even Sergeant Hasan Akbar — who in 2003 used hand grenades and his own rifle to wound and murder members of his own chain of command during wartime — sits in jail as a continuing burden on the American taxpayer. Confessing / convicted in 2005 and sentenced to death, he will likely never have to worry about the sentence being carried out. If even direct violence against one’s own unit (while at war) cannot warrant execution, no treachery now or in the future ever will.

    As we fall down the rabbit hole, here is my pessimistic prediction. The traitor(s) who provided the deadly Wikipedia documents MIGHT serve some time in jail. If in jail he/she/they will have their own robust “free the free speech advocate” movement, with many hollywood stars assisting the publicity. When free, he/she/they will be lauded as free speech heroes and receive high-paying positions in major universities.