A US court has charged Bradley Manning, the former US Army intelligence analyst who leaked classified information to WikiLeaks, with 22 counts.
Press TV talks with John Parker, West Coast Coordinator for the International Action Center in Los Angeles, who discusses Manning's actions, the information he leaked as well as US war crimes across the world.
The video also offers the opinions of two additional guests. Mark Dankof, former US Senate candidate from San Antonio and Michael Maloof, a former Pentagon official in Washington.
The following is an approximate transcription of the interview.
: Let's listen to what Julian Assange from WikiLeaks said, I'm going to quote him, "We have come to the conclusion that fomenting a worldwide movement of mass leaking is the most cost-effective political intervention."
That’s how he termed it!
I mean, hadn’t it been past due that an intervention, of what the US preach versus the realties, that it was time due for that to happen?
And of course the example that has been famous now, is the Apache helicopter video in Iraq where civilians, including two Reuter's cameramen were killed.
: Yes it's, you know it's, almost a race against time to try and stop these wars, these US inspired proxy wars, that are having such a toll on innocent people
And so with that, considered Bradley Manning, whatever alleged crimes Bradley Manning did, if these are true, then he should be considered a hero, and it should actually be the United States government that should be standing trial.
I mean the Nuremberg trials, when the Nuremberg trials occurred against the Nazi's, they established international rules.
Those rules said that even a soldier is liable if he's doing a war crime, even if he's just following orders from a superior.
So what does that say about the top grass in the United States, what does that say about the politicians that push these wars and even the president, who pushes these wars with drones, whether with drones or troops or special forces on the ground.
These are illegal unilateral wars against innocent people, and they are war crimes.
So Bradley Manning was just doing what he was obligated to do according to Nuremberg, allegedly.
: John Parker what is your thoughts on the US turning into a police state, especially given the fact the there is this huge Occupy protest movement that is going on in the country?
: That’s correct!
You know this is really nothing new, nothing new at all since the dawn of imperialism in the late 1800, the 1890s, when they started with the killing of over 3 million Filipinos, during that illegal war against the Filipino population.
The Napalm used in Vietnam, the destruction of the infrastructure in Iraq, targeting civilians with the use of depleted uranium, white phosphorous in Fallujah.
These DIME weapons that they just developed I guess after 2006, the dense inert metal explosives, which are like tiny particles, that’s particulars that penetrates your organs.
These are horrible weapons that they're using, they're given to Israel to use in Gaza.
And it's going on as we speak today, the killing of tens of thousands in Libya by the latest US war.
So these are crimes that are constantly being committed and also the, lot alike the other speaker was saying, lots of folks don’t see this.
But it's not because it's just happening now, even without the Wikipedia leaks and things, this has been ongoing. And it really shows the complicity of the corporate media in the United States, where they hide these things.
Internationally they're speaking about the hundreds of thousands of documents from Wikipedia, they're speaking about the war crimes of the past. But the US media doesn’t mention it; they hide it, just like they hide the Occupy movement today, to try to keep it from being visible, especially during the election year.
But this shows that we here in the United States have to do as much as we can to show support for Bradley Manning, we congratulate the international community for showing that support.
And also do what we can do, to stop this and expose more and more of these things, which is nothing new. But as the United States economy, and the global economy gets worse, we're going to see more and more of this, and we're going to have to step up and expose more and more, and support those folks who are being heroic.