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Should Soldier Be Executed For Leaking Documents?

Canto 2010/08/03 21:37:17
Related Topics: War, Trial, United States
Yes, what he did was clearly treason
No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
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Mike Rogers, a congressman who sits on the House Intellegence Committe, told a Michigan radio station that he believes Pfc Bradley Manning should be executed if found guilty of leaking war documents. Manning is currently being held in solitary confinement in Virginia, and is awaiting trial in connection with the recent wikileaks debacle that resulted in more than 1,000 documents reaching the public. Rogers believes that the leaking of documents amounts to treason.

"He clearly aided the enemy to what may result in the death of U.S.
soldiers or those cooperating..." said Rogers when questioned by the radio station. "If that is not a capital offense, I don't know what is."

However, the Pentagon recently claimed that many of the documents were not classified. Below is the U.S. code on treason.

"Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them
or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the
United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death,
or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this
title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any
office under the United States."

Do you think that Pfc Bradley Manning should face execution for treason if he is found guilty?

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  • keymanjim 2010/08/03 22:15:28
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    keymanjim
    +6
    Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.
    If he really believed that what he was doing was right then he should be proud to die for it.

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  • Superpepsiman20 2010/08/13 00:44:04
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Superpepsiman20
    Depends on what happened as a result of the information being leaked.
  • BobbyMcKeown 2010/08/08 16:17:10
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    BobbyMcKeown
    He should be tried by the UCMJ for "aiding and abetting" or whatever CID finds to charge him with. Let the chips fall where they may. At minimum, he should be be making little rocks out big rocks at Leavenworth.
  • HI 2010/08/08 04:49:16 (edited)
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    HI
    election are comming. u r going to see many more dramas like this which will lead to national securety and then it will lead to muslims. shame.................what some people will do just to make their dellusionary point and do not care what kind of impact it will leave on this world, as long they get what they want. PURE EVIL(DEVIL).
  • bgf97 2010/08/08 00:57:03
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    bgf97
    though i do think he should at least be tried since the documents weren't classified.
  • Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Angel Among Us ♥†♥ American Patriot
    If he's found guilty he should be executed.
  • Michael 2010/08/06 00:19:23
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Michael
    He is not the only one, need I say...to give "aid and comfort" to our enemies. A very narrow definition of treason, but includes many many people I can name off the top of my head!
  • barrgg 2010/08/05 20:27:18
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    barrgg
    Get a rope!
  • BAMACRUSADER 2010/08/05 18:55:12
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    BAMACRUSADER
    Absolutely. Although I doubt he will. This is why none of my boys will ever pick up a gun under the flag of this nation and join the armed forces. It no longer represents what it used to.
  • jovi 2010/08/05 16:37:06
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    jovi
    +1
    If he committed treason he deserves to be executed.
  • hyrulien 2010/08/05 14:53:21
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    hyrulien
    He should not be put to death. Fined and take away his secret clearance and strip him of his rank also his ability to perform under any government services.

    As the pentagon said. The videos were not classified.
  • PHS 2010/08/05 10:38:46
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    PHS
    Understanding and awareness of OPSEC and COMSEC are drilled into your head early on in the military. He would have been very much aware of the consequences of his actions. People can lose their lives because of this. He knew what he was wrong doing so be it.
  • laura9819 2010/08/05 05:31:06
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    laura9819
    Executed? I don't think so. Jailed yes.
  • Billy 2010/08/05 04:42:27
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    Billy
    No. Execution should not be allowed for any offense. This one included.
  • Babel Fish 2010/08/05 04:30:54
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Babel Fish
    He should be tried for treason, but not put to death that not how America treats its spy,s and traitors. I tend to think he is a damn idiot more than a traitor.
  • Texas Johnny 2010/08/05 02:42:30
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Texas Johnny
    Why did this LDMF join the army? If he joined so he could do this, then that shows malice of forethought and premeditation. If that is proven, then he should hang.
  • Honwe74 2010/08/05 02:41:17
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    Honwe74
    absolutely not
  • m 2010/08/05 02:21:41
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    m
    He knew what the hell he was doing.
  • "Abe" 2010/08/05 02:13:27
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    "Abe"
    He deserves a court martial and conviction - FIRST~~!! (I'm a 30 year military and Federal Civil Service, Vietnam vet and bad as I despise what he "allegedly" did - he's entitled to his day in court. I'm also a conservative - not any kind of "nut job" - (RWNJ or LWNJ).

    Justice be done~~!! Just my opinion.

    allegedly entitled court conservative nut job rwnj lwnj justice opinion
  • PHS "Abe" 2010/08/05 10:44:53
    PHS
    +1
    I agree that he should be tried first. People are forgetting we are at war. If he is convicted he should face the death penalty.
  • "Abe" PHS 2010/08/05 20:31:25
    "Abe"
    Absolutely~~!!
  • 5/21/2011A.D. 2010/08/05 01:54:18
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    5/21/2011A.D.
    absolutely
  • bacon bits 2010/08/05 01:44:05
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    bacon bits
    It doesn't matter if "some" of the documents weren't classified...he didn't know that! He leaked what he thought were secret documents, so he committed treason!
  • PHS bacon bits 2010/08/05 10:45:58
    PHS
    +1
    Some were though and that is what is important.
  • bacon bits PHS 2010/08/05 12:17:26
    bacon bits
    I still think it's treason...what would make someone do that? Was it for money or does he hate America?
  • Spider20 2010/08/05 01:17:19
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    Spider20
    From what I have heard, it sounds like thie investigation is ongoing in regard to this matter.....if so, I prefer to wait for all to be told about this.....and I don't want to see somebody get used as a scapegoat for any higher ups......
  • Big C 2010/08/05 00:59:12 (edited)
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Big C
    "An Eye for an eye" and "if you live by the sword, you die by the sword" come to mind.

    If his actions caused deaths and suffering and they can be proven to be treason, there's not much hope for him.

    He should not however be used as a political scapegoat should this go higher
  • Bob Pooba 2010/08/05 00:36:21
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Bob Pooba
    Yes, him and all of Wikileaks shoulr be put to death... What the holly mother loving hell was he thinking anyway? Uniform or not he was no soldier.
  • brittmarr 2010/08/04 23:50:43
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    brittmarr
    so what.
  • Rockin' Bones 2010/08/04 23:00:37
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Rockin' Bones
  • 1regmom 2010/08/04 22:51:35
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    1regmom
    If he did it, he needs to be dealt with. While we're at it, let's execute several of our current Congressmen and senators. Their crappy job is treason.
  • elijah 2010/08/04 22:13:05
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    elijah
    FRIED TO A CRISP
  • keliffa 2010/08/04 21:57:36
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    keliffa
  • Attila Proper 2010/08/04 21:50:30
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    Attila Proper
    +1
    The facts are murky as to who leaked them, who allowed them being leaked and so on. Since the Pentagon Papers, the back story of the leak is more interesting than the leak itself. Plus, that thing we're been doing isn't even a war under any legal definition. More like wastefare than warfare.
  • Southrimflyer 2010/08/04 21:50:15
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Southrimflyer
  • carlton999 2010/08/04 21:50:08
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    carlton999
    if anyone was killed because of his actions I say string him up.
  • girlylittle26 2010/08/04 21:22:35
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    girlylittle26
    +1
    that's just stupied he killed no one!
  • jackolantyrn356 2010/08/04 21:14:24
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    jackolantyrn356
    That being said the Perdn who dropped all those documents. shopuld be in jail at least the next 60 ot5 ,ore og hois lifr/
  • Bear 2010/08/04 20:55:09
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    Bear
    +1
    he didn't levy war, or adhere to enemies....he might have aided them in some way so a trial might be justified......if there is a trial it should run at the same time as the trial of those who lied to the American people about the risk of WMD in Iraq ..
  • Billyk75 2010/08/04 20:14:14
    Yes, what he did was clearly treason
    Billyk75
    Yes. Treason is a capital offense.
  • Oltom 2010/08/04 19:30:14
    No, he should not be tried or exectued for treason
    Oltom
    I voted no,because I am generally against the death penalty except under extraordinary circumstance!
    I said that in order to say this,if American or soldiers of the other countries involved or if Afghan citizens are killed because of his action assuming that he is even guilty, then yes execute him!

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