Manning's superiors should face judgment

info@islandpacket.comAugust 27, 2013 

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been convicted, and I have no sympathy for him.

Every day, we see more and more incomprehensible governmental absurdities, such as Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who admittedly killed 13 fellow soldiers and yet continued to be paid a total of more than $300,000 in salary while in custody because he hadn't been convicted yet.

As for Manning, how one of the lowest ranking members of the Army had access to apparently hundreds of thousands of vital documents is another absurdity. Whoever authorized a private to have such access is just as guilty as the private. Did his commanding officer give Manning access to those allegedly vital documents? I believe that officer and even higher officers are guilty, too. Maybe even a colonel or general should be held accountable.

As a former military officer, I have the highest regard for all military personnel, and I thank them for their service, but I believe others should be held accountable. Only then, will justice prevail.

Our congressional members should press for prosecution of those superior officers who had the ultimate responsibility. Our Sen. Lindsey Graham is on the Senate Armed Services Committee. I am writing him a similar letter, asking for some action on this matter. Also, he has served in the Air Force's Judge Advocate General Corps and should be fully aware of military authority and the responsibilities of Manning's superiors.

Thomas P. Taylor Jr.

Hilton Head Island

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