Call out General Dempsey’s “Unlawful Command Influence”
Highest ranking military official parrots President Obama
Another top ranking official in PFC Bradley Manning’s chain of command has declared him guilty well before his court martial has even begun, in another judicial step backward for a courageous whistle-blower who shouldn’t be on trial in the first place.
General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke to the press last week in Hawaii. Asked for his thoughts on Bradley Manning, Dempsey said, “We’re a nation of laws. He did violate the law.”
General Dempsey’s comments echo those of President Obama nearly word for word. Asked nearly a year ago to discuss PFC Manning’s imprisonment, President Obama said, “We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate… He broke the law.”
The similarity in phrasing is so uncanny as to appear deliberate. Both statements directly breach the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) rules prohibiting unlawful command influence. Since all of PFC Manning’s potential jurors ultimately serve under these officials, they face increased pressure to select their bosses’ preferred verdict.
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