Berkeley chickens table Pfc. Manning “hero” resolution – ‘not enough info’ to make decision

Posted by: ST on December 15, 2010 at 9:41 am

Idiots:

BERKELEY, Calif. — The Berkeley City Council tabled a controversial resolution Tuesday night that would have declared the U.S. soldier accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks a hero deserving of a medal.

The city council debated the resolution for several hours before putting off a vote on the resolution to honor Army Private First Class Bradley Manning – the person allegedly behind the release of secret documents to the website WikiLeaks.

A Japanese network was among those on hand to hear the council debate whether Manning should be called a hero. Amid the thousands of classified documents given to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s organization. Many of the documents contained information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“It was an amazing service he provided to our country so we can make informed decisions about war and how it affects our troops around the world,” argued Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission Chair Wendy Kenin.

Some in the audience held signs and wore buttons supporting the army private. But others said Berkeley was once again going too far outside its jurisdiction by wading into this debate.

“I think it’s a drain on Berkeley’s resources,” said Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission member Thyme S. Siegel. “They have a fiscal crisis to deal with. Hello!”

Move America Forward activist Danny Gonzalez brought a box filled with petitions. He said 4,500 people across the country filled them out as part of an internet campaign calling Private Manning a traitor.

“What he did was put our troops in danger and gave a morale boost to the enemy,” said Gonzalez.

Berkeley’s Mayor Tom Bates said the council members eventually decided there was not enough information for the council to make a decision.

“I think it’s premature,” said Bates. “This is going to be a long debate.”

What “debate”?

More, via AP:

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The Berkeley City Council put off a vote Tuesday night on whether to bestow hero status on a soldier who allegedly released classified information to WikiLeaks.

Some council members in this famously liberal city said they were concerned about the way the resolution was written and wanted more time to investigate. Others said it was premature to hail Pfc. Bradley Manning a hero when he has not admitted to being the source of the leaks.

“My problem with the recommendation as it stands is we’re being asked to proclaim somebody a hero who hasn’t said he wants to be recognized as a hero, who hasn’t said that he did it,” said Councilman Kriss Worthington, who added that he did consider a hero whoever was responsible for the leaks.

“I think this should come back to us if he actually says that he did it.”

These people are freaking hopeless.  And sadly, they are – in my opinion – representative of modern day radical liberalism at large.  What you find happening in the Berkeleys and the San Franciscos of America is pretty much what most “mainstream” Democrat politicos nationwide believe – but are too afraid to express in public in such a blatant manner.  Think about it: Which party has been the voice of the anti-war movement? Which party is the one that treated (and still treats) President Bush and Vice President Cheney as war criminals who need to be hauled off in front of a world court?  Which party is the one that demanded a Wikileaks-type “transparency” during the Bush administration when it came to sensitive counterterrorism policies, tactics, and information that – if published – would aid the enemy and hamper our efforts to catch Islamofascists?

I rest my case.

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4 Responses to “Berkeley chickens table Pfc. Manning “hero” resolution – ‘not enough info’ to make decision”

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  1. Paul says:

    This is typical leftist b…s…They never change !

  2. Phineas says:

    Il Moonbat di tutti moonbatti Tom Bates said:

    Berkeley’s Mayor Tom Bates said the council members eventually decided there was not enough information for the council to make a decision.

    “I think it’s premature,” said Bates. “This is going to be a long debate.”

    Reading between the lines, it sounds like there was dissension inside the council. Perhaps someone there still has a shred of shame in their soul, or maybe just realized how bad this would look, even for Berkeley.

  3. Ryan says:

    I wrote about Manning myself, noting how he is no hero and the reasons why, so I won’t beat that horse on here.

    “It was an amazing service he provided to our country so we can make informed decisions about war and how it affects our troops around the world,” argued Berkeley Peace & Justice Commission Chair Wendy Kenin.”

    Are we supposed to believe that? Every bill in Congress is posted, and one can track the changes made to the different versions, and they can pull up the final one being voted on as well as records of the arguments presented…so we are supposed to believe that the crowd that REFUSED to read the Obamacare bill is now going to read those leaked cables?

    Or, on the other hand, they won’t use lawfully recorded reports that are published daily regarding the direction of laws that govern our country, but they’ll jump on the chance to read leaked stolen documents, many of which really shed no light on anything important?

    Please. It’s further proof of what happens to a town when the inmates are allowed to run the asylum.

  4. Jo says:

    Like the city of Soddom, all good, common-sensical folks with a shred of decency left (if there are such folks living there) should leave before a selective earthquake sucks that place into the pits of hell where it belongs. But that’s just me.