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Congressman Calls for Death Sentence for WikiLeaks Leaker (Audio)
Three Fingers of Politics ^ | August 3, 2010 | JDubb

Posted on 08/03/2010 1:46:50 PM PDT by Superstu321

Is the “WikiLeaks” leak a crime worthy of the death penalty? It might not sound like it at face value, but Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, makes the case.

In an interview aired on WHMI 93.5 in Livingston, Mich., Rogers makes the case for capital punishment to be applied in the case of Private Bradley Manning, who according to Rogers looks to be guilty of treason in time of war and that is a capital crime worthy of a death sentence.

Rogers explained the root of the problem – there’s exists’ a desire to make everything in government transparent.

“There is a serious and growing problem within the government of this – I call it ‘the culture of disclosure,’ where if you don’t like something or you think you don’t like something,” Rogers said. “In many cases the information that causes the leak is not accurate – is they have such a small portion of the whole picture. It’s hard to make a decision with just one piece of the puzzle, but they do it often and this was the same example.”

But by carrying that “culture of disclosure” to that point, he endangered people and should be charged with treason – if not treason, then murder.

“He releases this information to a third party who they say will make the determination that there is nothing harmful in it,” Rogers continued. “Well, we know for a fact that people will likely be killed because of this information being disclosed. That’s pretty serious. I would absolutely – if they won’t charge him with treason, they ought to charge him with murder.”

But Rogers stuck to his belief that treason was the appropriate charge.

Audio after the jump...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: michigan; mikerogers; military; rogers; war; wikileaks

1 posted on 08/03/2010 1:46:55 PM PDT by Superstu321
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To: Superstu321

Just because it’s got a cutesy name like “wikileaks”, doesn’t mean it’s not treason.


2 posted on 08/03/2010 1:49:39 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: Superstu321

Agreed.Their “leaks” will most certainly cost the lives of some...and very possibly *many*...Coalition troops.Put them up against the wall!!!!!!


3 posted on 08/03/2010 1:50:00 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: Superstu321
I hope that there is no rush to judgment on this Pfc before a complete investigation is made. I have a feeling this thing is way bigger than a Pfc and goes up much higher. Everyone who is involved in the leak of the classified information needs to be adjudicated.
5 posted on 08/03/2010 1:51:54 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: SoldierDad

Kill the Pfc... kill the trail to those at the top.

Think those at the top might favor that route?


6 posted on 08/03/2010 1:53:14 PM PDT by HushTX (quit whining)
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To: Superstu321
Manning, as with those who helped him to include those idiots at WikiLeaks, is a treasonous, nutless idiot who should become nutless in actuality.....before being shot by a firing squad for treason. =.=
7 posted on 08/03/2010 1:53:34 PM PDT by cranked
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To: HushTX
Actually, you opps....torture....out the information pertaining to those at the top knowing or aiding in this act of treason...before putting the idiots (Manning and the WikiLeaks idiots) before a public firing squad. =.=
8 posted on 08/03/2010 1:55:48 PM PDT by cranked
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Just because it’s got a cutesy name like “wikileaks”, doesn’t mean it’s not treason.

Aren't they run out of Sweden or some such? That'd make it espionage, wouldn't it?

9 posted on 08/03/2010 1:55:59 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: HushTX

Yes, I do. I also believe that is what happened to Timothy McVeigh - The little fish were caught and the real actors got away.


10 posted on 08/03/2010 1:58:49 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Superstu321

Jane Fonda and John Kerry got away with treason, why not him?


11 posted on 08/03/2010 1:59:41 PM PDT by U S Army EOD
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To: Superstu321

My God...a republican, other than Palin, with some GUTS???? Incredible!!!


12 posted on 08/03/2010 2:03:09 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Superstu321

Turn him over to Al Queda and let them deal with him.


13 posted on 08/03/2010 2:05:56 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Just because it’s got a cutesy name like “wikileaks”, doesn’t mean it’s not treason.

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Agreed, and I agree with the congressman’s argument.

The difficulty will lie in the definition of “time of war”. We have not formally declared war on anyone in nearly seven decades, although we have been in open military conflict many times. This has been an issue before. I do not know what the case law is now.

At a minimum, espionage charges and go for the maximum sentence. Put the defendant - if convicted - in the general population of the military prison system.


14 posted on 08/03/2010 2:06:05 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. - Samuel Adams)
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To: Superstu321

Absolutely. If anyone has been harmed by his treason, string him up!


15 posted on 08/03/2010 2:06:16 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich.)
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To: South40

Turn him over to Al Queda and let them deal with him.

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They will welcome their assistant.


16 posted on 08/03/2010 2:06:52 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. - Samuel Adams)
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To: Superstu321

This PFCs actions are treason. He was entrusted with handling and ‘safeguarding’ classified documentation and information, information which by its very nature as ‘classified’, could result in harm or serious harm to the United States and its soldiers. You don’t release documents detailing military maneuverings and actions in an ‘active’ war-zone into the public domain. By doing so, he potential aids admitted enemies of the state, which is treason.

Too often in the last couple years have we seen people ‘leaking’ documents in order to make ‘political statements’. It’s time to nip this. If this happened in WWII, this PFC wouldn’t even be in the news, he would have been dragged outside and shot.


17 posted on 08/03/2010 2:07:49 PM PDT by LoneStarGI (Vegetarian: Old Indian word for "BAD HUNTER.")
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To: Gay State Conservative

This leak is devastating, I am not putting aside our military but with the names of informants being made public, don’t think that the Taliban will not seek revenge, not just to those that informed personally but entire villages, family members etc. This will NOT help us in terms of intelligence or in terms of any Afghani’s possibly helping us!

So typical of a leftist though, while they freak out about collateral damage done by the troops they think nothing of the torture and death they will leave behind by “exposing” the so called truth!!!

Drop them off in the middle of Afghanistan, put a GPS on them, IF they make it out alive then kill them!!!


18 posted on 08/03/2010 2:07:57 PM PDT by panthermom
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To: Oldpuppymax

My God...a republican, other than Palin, with some GUTS???? Incredible!!!

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The momentum is shifting. May his tribe increase.


19 posted on 08/03/2010 2:08:04 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die. - Samuel Adams)
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To: Superstu321

The libs leaked stuff left and right all during Bush’s presidency, funny it’s only now that people seem to care.


20 posted on 08/03/2010 2:13:49 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: Superstu321

Death is often the punishment for a treason charge.


21 posted on 08/03/2010 2:15:49 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American

maybe that’s why he is hiding out alone in Chicago at his OWN home for his b-day


22 posted on 08/03/2010 2:16:01 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: TheClintons-STILLAnti-American

maybe that’s why he is hiding out alone in Chicago at his OWN home for his b-day


23 posted on 08/03/2010 2:16:15 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: SoldierDad

How about an investigation, prosecution, and appropriate punishment for the treasonous plot unfolding via the current Regime and the co-conspirators in Congress? There are Enemies Within this government; top to bottom.


24 posted on 08/03/2010 2:16:44 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010.)
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To: Superstu321

Yes, yes, YES!

Start ticket sales now - it’ll be a sellout for the execution.


25 posted on 08/03/2010 2:18:07 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Exactly!!


26 posted on 08/03/2010 2:19:38 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: Psalm 144

Then he will have a target on his forehead as do his counterparts.


27 posted on 08/03/2010 2:21:53 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Superstu321

If there’s any truth to the claim that the White Palace was in any way involved with this treasonous act, it is time to impeach and convict the president. This isn’t about sex with an intern, or telling lies to a grand jury, it’s about people who will die because of this. Everyone who is involved, from the top to the bottom, has/will have blood on his hands. This cannot be allowed to be swept under the rug.


28 posted on 08/03/2010 2:26:25 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (For the first time in half a century, there is no former KKK member in the US Senate.)
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To: Superstu321

A nation that doesn’t deal with its traitors ends up electing them to office.


29 posted on 08/03/2010 2:37:01 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: Fresh Wind

We need to find out if Obozo is a democrat. If he is, then their is no point in charging him. Clinton gave secret missile technology to the chinese and zip nada nothing happened to him and that transfer could cost millions of US lives.


30 posted on 08/03/2010 2:38:20 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I agree and this guy including Wikileaks owner should be tried for treason.


31 posted on 08/03/2010 2:53:55 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Superstu321
It is no mere crime, it is an act of war and the people responsible should be dealt with accordingly.

Problem of course is that for our Generals and Admirals Victory is not an option and they would much rather cry... Brave Soldier Brave Marine as good men and women die needlessly. All while while shedding a Clintonian Tear.

One other aspect that cannot be ignored is the inability of our Military Intelligence and Counter Intelligence Officers as well as Communications Officers to prevent such leaks to begin with. The informations release along with all these videos of Attack Helicopters and Jets on bombing runs that make their way to You Tube etc should have never reached the public in the first place.

W

32 posted on 08/03/2010 4:01:35 PM PDT by WLR (Remember 911 Remember 91 Iran delinda est.)
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To: Superstu321

I agreee with Rep. Mike Rogers.


33 posted on 08/04/2010 12:40:02 AM PDT by Katarina (God bless ElRushbo and Mark Levin!)
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To: LoneStarGI
"You don’t release documents detailing military maneuverings and actions in an ‘active’ war-zone into the public domain. By doing so, he potential aids admitted enemies of the state, which is treason.

IOW, he's an overnight star with the Left/Democrats...which was probably his motivation.

34 posted on 08/04/2010 7:57:56 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: Psalm 144
"We have not formally declared war on anyone in nearly seven decades..."

Unless you count Christians and patriotic Americans.

35 posted on 08/04/2010 8:00:25 AM PDT by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Just because it’s got a cutesy name like “wikileaks”, doesn’t mean it’s not treason.

Perhaps not, but the fact he's not an American, and he's not in the US *does* alter the equation, right?

I was of the impression that treason was turning against your own nation, not publishing sensitive data from another.

36 posted on 08/11/2010 9:10:31 AM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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To: Don W; chuck_the_tv_out

My mistake, I misread the article. Yes, it appears the PFC did commit a treasonous act by giving those documents to a third party.


37 posted on 08/11/2010 9:13:29 AM PDT by Don W (I keep some folks' numbers in my 'phone just so I know NOT to answer when they call...)
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