Sections

Bradley Manning Blows Chance To Have Gay Wedding

Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:

Gay greetings, LGBT-town! I’m your out-and-proud lesbian pundit. You may recognize me from my latest blog entry, “How Gay Was My Condo.” Today, I bring you a hard-hitting work of in-depth political analysis re: Private First Class Bradley Manning. It seems some malcontents on the board of San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade have suggested Private Manning for grand marshal.

Private Manning is a 25-year-old, low-ranking intelligence officer facing a 22-count federal indictment — including one count of aiding the enemy — alleging he leaked the largest number of classified US military records in history. Indeed, in February, Manning admitted in court to feeding confidential data to the whistleblower website Wikileaks, thus stunning the world with more than 700,000 items revealing heretofore unguessed-at diplomatic corruption, military malfeasance, and war crimes. These revelations, according to Bill Keller of the New York Times, played a role in launching the 2011 Arab Spring. Although prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty, Manning, if convicted, faces a possible 150 years in prison.

If Private Manning were some straight dude, we of LGBT-town would just keep shopping. But Bradley Manning is gay. Therein lies our shame.

Thankfully, SF Pride board president Lisa Williams has already yanked Manning off the roster, “repudiating” his selection as a “mistake” by an unnamed staff member. For making that announcement “prematurely,” wrote Ms. Williams, this person was — in what will prove an historic salute to the S/M community — “disciplined.” (Interestingly, Ms. Williams did not mention the use of a “safe word.”)

Lisa Williams, who organized campaign offices for Barack Obama and works for other Democratic politicians, wrote, “[E]ven the hint of support for actions which placed in harm[’]s way the lives of men and women in uniform … will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride.”

Right on, Ms. Williams! I share your Obama-driven anger! For is it not President Obama who finally abolished the military’s infamous Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy? Is it not Mr. Obama who is the first president to support, while in office, our right to legal marriage?

Bradley Manning has done something horrible to LGBT-town — far worse than revealing war crimes. He raises the question: Do LGBT people, in some way, owe our improving legal status to those very war crimes Manning revealed?

We of LGBT-town are oppressed enough without having to ponder that, thank you!

Besides, the fact that we have ignored the US invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, and rarely if ever bother to protest, as LGBT people, foreign policy abuses, suggests that Bradley Manning wouldn’t even want to be our grand marshal.

The best example of Private Manning’s leaks is the video — at vimeo.com/63389575 — that PC thugs entitled “Collateral Murder.” If you’re bored enough to click on the link, you’ll see a US Apache attack helicopter in 2007, hovering over a public square in eastern Baghdad. Soldiers piloting the copter dryly — yet with a certain patriotic panache — target and shoot down two Reuters employees and about 12 Iraqi civilians. A minivan carrying several children then arrives, attempting to rescue the wounded, and is fired upon. All those on the ground, including the children, are killed. We hear a soldier say, “Well, it’s their fault for bringing their kids to a battle.

It’s known that Private Manning, as a gay man, faced abuse in the military. In fact, homophobia has been advanced as a motive for his leaking information in the first place. But think, LGBT-town! Those shooters had been instructed by enlightened US military personnel not to be homophobic. In fact, all during that helicopter massacre, you do not hear one anti-gay slur!

At his February court appearance, Private Manning explained he had wanted to “spark a debate” on US policies concerning Iraq and Afghanistan, saying, “The most alarming aspect of the video to me… was the seemingly delightful bloodlust of the aerial weapons team. They dehumanized the individuals… by referring to them as ‘dead bastards,’ and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers.”

Is this the type of person we want as our grand marshal? I’m all for outing people, but classified data is just TMI. Yet Bradley Manning brutally ripped the door off the US Army’s closet, thus placing in harm’s way the troops who daily and heroically place innocent civilians in harm’s way. He has betrayed our deep psychological need not to know anything about what our government does in our name.

In June, Manning will begin his trial — much of which will be, thank God, secret — a trial that will revive the homophobic stereotype LGBT-town has worked for years to erase: the commie fag. To counter that stereotype, it’s important for us to surround ourselves — as does SF Pride —–with peppy, stalwart capitalist sponsors like Verizon, AT&T, and Wells Fargo (the latter, a proud investor in the private prison industry; take that, commie fag).

In conclusion: DUH?! It is impossible for Bradley Manning to be the grand marshal of any Gay Pride event: He’s in prison, you idiots. He can’t really be there.

Furthermore the UN special rapporteur on torture alleges that Manning’s been subjected to “cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment,” so he probably doesn’t feel a whole lot of “Pride” these days.

Let that be a lesson to every LGBT-town queer who seeks acceptance in President Obama’s US of A. When it comes to government-sponsored mass killings and human rights abuses, maybe Don’t Ask Don’t Tell isn’t such a bad idea, after all.

Updated 5:17 pm, July 20, 2018
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Don’t miss our updates:


Reader feedback

John Danielson says:
A a hundred,000+ personal petition impelled the White House to weigh in on the existing discuss over the legality of shutting cell phones so they can be applied on various service providers, which erupted after the U.S. Copyright Office announced telephones were will no longer exempted to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Thankfully, the Obama administration came down on the side of consumers’ rights. “If you have paid for your mobile device, and aren’t bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network,” wrote White House Senior Advisor for Internet, Innovation, & Privacy R. David Edelman. “It’s common sense, crucial for protecting consumer choice, and important for ensuring we continue to have the vibrant, competitive wireless market that delivers innovative products and solid service to meet consumers’ needs.” Edelman wrote the Obama administration would support “range of approaches” to remedying the Copyright Office’s decision, including backing legislation that would make it clear that consumers are allowed to switch carriers. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress, the wireless and mobile phone industries, and most importantly you — the everyday consumers who stand to benefit from this greater flexibility,” he continued, “To ensure our laws keep pace with changing technology, protect the economic competitiveness that has led to such innovation in this space, and offer consumers the flexibility and freedoms they deserve.”
Aug. 19, 2013, 8:56 pm
Fleeing The Complex says:
I was more than happy to find this web site. I need to thank you for your moment due to this unbelievable read!! I definitely savored every bit of it and I have you book-marked to see new things in your web site. Warwings.net Flipmaster.co
May 17, 2018, 8:28 pm

Comments closed.

Classifieds

Schneps Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with your community. Subscribe to our free newsletter: