On Dec. 15, the US Congress voted to pass the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. The 86 to 13 vote will allow the indefinite detention and torture of American citizens at home and abroad without a trial. The NDAA gives more power to the military and government and President Obama at one point said would veto the bill but he has changed his mind. Jason Leopold, deputy managing editor for TruthOut.Org, joins us to discuss this Act.
Bradley Manning: A symbol for lack of government transparency
PFC Bradley Manning is allegedly responsible for leaking footage of US pilots killing innocent civilians in Baghdad and exposing thousands of military documents. Eighteen months later, Manning makes his first court appearance for handing over this information to Wikileaks. Manning, to many, has become a symbol of the lack of US government transparency. Should the US be allowed to hide these types of war crimes? Kevin Zeese, member of the Bradley Manning Support Network, tries to answer some of these questions.
Traitor or a hero? Court hearing for WikiLeaks Whistleblower
A year-and-a-half after his arrest, PFC Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of disclosing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. military documents and cables to WikiLeaks, makes his first court appearance. In the past 18 months that Bradley Manning has been behind bars, he has become something of a symbol. To his supporters he represents the extreme secrecy and lack of transparency within the US government. The documents that he helped to make public reveal that the US harbors some dark secrets.