Medea Benjamin of CodePink: Rally for Bradley Manning

Under which president would the slogan “You’re better off to commit a war crime than to blow the whistle on a war crime” apply?

George W. Bush?  Nope. Barack Obama.

As Obama chooses to bury his head in the sand in regards to the abusive treatment of PFC Bradley Manning, groups are making sure he is not forgotten by holding protests around the world this weekend.

Medea Benjamin of CodePink, one of the leaders organizing the protests, joins us on this episode of Radio Free Dylan to talk about the latest on Manning, the complicity of the White House in regards to his treatment, and the events coming up this Sunday on March 20th in Quantico, VA and around the world.

Additionally, Medea wrote an op-ed on this topic on Huffington Post, Under Obama, Better to Commit a War Crime Than Expose One.”  Here’s an excerpt we find quite relevant this week:

Indeed, despite the grand promises and soaring rhetoric, Obama’s treatment of Manning is starkly reminiscent of none other than Richard Nixon. Like Obama — who has prosecuted more whistleblowers than any president in history — Nixon had no sympathy for “snitches,” and no interest in the American public learning the truth about their government. And he likewise argued that Daniel Ellsberg, the leaker of the Pentagon Papers, had given “aid and comfort to the enemy” for revealing the facts about the war in Vietnam.

But there’s a difference: Richard Nixon never had the heroic whistleblower of his day thrown in solitary confinement and tortured. If only the same could be said for Barack Obama.

“Whether he’s a hero or whether he’s a villan, the ability for the state, for the federal government to randomly create a new third class of prisoner that they can torture and retain at will without trial has to be troubling,” says Dylan.

We can’t let our country go down this road any longer.  Here are the details on the events this weekend:

Join The Bradley Manning Support Network, CodePink, Veterans for Peace, and Daniel Ellsberg at the “Rally For Bradley!” in Quantico, VA on Sunday March 20th at 2PM.