Wednesday, August 4, 2010

GOP Congressman Wants Death Penalty For Wikileaks Whistleblower

I thought this was interesting - GOP U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, has stated that the death penalty should be on the table for Private Bradley Manning, who has been charged in the matter involving the disclosure of numerous classified military documents to the website Wikileaks.

"I argue the death penalty clearly should be considered here," explained Rogers. "He clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S. soldiers or those cooperating. If that is not a capital offense, I don't know what is."

This reminds me of the time that Fox News correspondant Geraldo Rivera reported the position and movement of troops, going as far as revealing the time of an attack before it even happened, putting American troops in danger.  Where was Rogers then?

I am also reminded of the Plame Affair, and the involvement of administration officials like Scooter Libby and Karl Rove.

I don't agree with Roger's assertion that the death penalty should be considered and I get the feeling that the only reason he is making such a push is for purely political reasons.  I do believe there is an appropriate punishment for Manning, but the death penalty is not one of them.

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