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Bradley Manning’s sentencing

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August 21st, 2013

Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for doing something courageous — letting the world know about acts of brutality committed in the names of Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. I grieve for him, the loneliness of the years in front of him lived apart from the rest of the world. I also deeply respect him for acting on his conscience. He did what we were not in a position to do, and as he said in his statement today, sometimes we pay a price for keeping this a free world. Let us keep him in our thoughts and minds and remember him as he enters his long sentence. He is young and can hopefully be out in 10-12 years. Let us turn our attention more actively to the atrocities he put in front of our noses. What will we do to respond?

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