Demonstrators rallied at Quantico in support of Pfc. Bradley Manning on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, singing civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome.” One protester tried to hand over a care package to Manning, who is in solitary at Quantico’s brig. It contained a donated CD, CD player, boxer shorts, a book (title unnamed), chocolate, and a Snuggie–but she was told to mail it.
As you may have heard, Manning has been held at the Quantico since May and is awaiting a court martial on charges that he transferred classified data onto his personal computer. He has also been charged with passing national defense information to an unauthorized source, i.e. Wikileaks. If convicted, Manning faces up to 52 years in prison.
Clearly, Manning is being embraced by the anti-war crowd. Meanwhile, opinionators are opining on whether King would be for or against the current wars–sparked by the comments of Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel, speaking at a Pentagon ceremony to honor King. From the DoD release:
“In the final year of his life, King became an outspoken opponent of the Vietnam War, Johnson told a packed auditorium. However, he added, today’s wars are not out of line with the iconic Nobel Peace Prize winner’s teachings.
“I believe that if Dr. King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation’s military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack,” he said.
Would King have supported these wars? Does it matter? Discuss.[via News & Messenger]