|"Creative Fire", by Tim Holmes|
In this case one party is defending such acts as the helicopter murder of an Iraq journalist's team. On the other is a man who says of his action in exposing the incident, “I want people to see the truth … regardless of who they are … because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”
What the US fails to see is that regardless of how elegant its justifications or how strong its enforcement, by defending these heinous secrecies against transparency in a democracy, it places itself on the wrong side of history (in this as in many, many other cases.) History moves in one direction only: toward greater freedoms and universal human rights. Any attempt to slow that progress will be regarded, recognized, and (eventually), overturned. As journalists have to keep their heads further down to avoid this kind of retribution, people the world over will choose for themselves between secret violence and open knowledge. Hopefully it will happen sooner than later, but Manning– whether or not he himself lives to see it– will win the big trial in the end!