NIMJ’s blog links to this DOD press release announcing that 22 more specs have been preferred against PFC Bradley Manning.  According to this report, the 22 specs are brought under three additional charges — one of which is the capital offense of aiding the enemy.  According to the DOD press release, “the prosecution team has notified the defense that the prosecution will not recommend the death penalty to the convening authority, Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.”  The Wired report incorrectly states that “under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the presiding judge ultimately decides what charges to refer to court-martial and whether to impose the death penalty.”  The DOD press release correctly notes that whether to refer a charge capitally is actually up to the convening authority.

5 Responses to “Additional charges and specs reportedly preferred against PFC Manning, including potentially capital charge”

  1. SgtDad says:

    How is “aiding the enemy” different from “adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort[?]”

  2. publius says:…

    The internet is wonderful. It used to be we had to wait until all the evidence was presented at trial to hear a closing argument. No more.

  3. Michael Keyes says:

    Geez, don’t mention the Salon article.

    Pretty soon all of those commenters will be on this site and it will be LTC Lakin all over again, only from the loony left.

    I must add that no one on that site, including Mr. Greenwald, has had the education concerning the place of military law that I received during that exciting time. Not that it would do any good.

  4. Norbrook says:

    Greenwald is a lawyer, but not with any background in military law. He’s pretty much decided what he wants to believe, and so he’s going to go all-out in arguing based on that. When he gets called out on things, he tends to react with insults. :D

  5. Stewie says:

    Publius, I’ll play Devil’s Advocate, but I’m pretty sure no one on here thinks he is innocent, and I’ve seen plenty of indication that folks on here “know” that he did everything and that he should be punished for it, and there hasn’t been any evidence presented at trial yet.

    So it’s hard for me to be any more judgmental of Greenwald for making his own closing argument, flawed as it may or may not be.

    As for “lefties,” odds are no, you won’t see hardly any birfers on here from the left.