Faith in Mindless Technology:
It lied about Viet Nam from the Lyndon Johnson twisitng of the Gulf of Tonkin resoloution to the Henry Kissinger "declare victory and withdraw." It lied to us about Watergate; about Iran Contra; about weapons of mass destruction; and now about secret surveillance systems.
It is disgraceful to impugn Bradley Manning's character for trying to provide us with documents which reveal the truth with such barbs as: personal notoriety; confusion over sexual identity; immaturity.
All these pejoratives have been thrown about to demoralize and humiliate him --- in addition to solitary confinement and the underwear ordeal.
Unlike Macbeth, there was no "I am unmanned" uttered by Bradley Manning.
It hasn't worked.
Who of us would accept the consequences without a whimper which Manning is about to have imposed upon him by a military judge (a possible 116 years in prison)?
If there is anyone who has proved himself a man here it is this slight young uniformed idealist who has tried to alert us that our faith in the mindless technology which allows Asiana airplane pilots to come into a runway too slowly, or a train engineer in Spain to approach a curve too fast, is the same technology which mindlessly scans (and records !) every mouse click and very cellphone digit of every American every minute of every day.
Our unquestioned faith in god-the-machine has made us all Macbeths.
We are unmanned.