Aiding the Enemy

Yesterday, Army Private Bradley Manning was found not guilty of aiding the enemy when he made public vast quantities of classified information.  He was, nonetheless, convicted of 19 other charges – including five counts of espionage – which would seem, by definition, to have involved aiding the enemy.

There are some technical reasons for the judge’s ruling.  But the question occurs:  Could the fact that our government doesn’t know who the enemy is have some bearing on this trial’s peculiar outcome?

For example, Team Obama persists in “engaging” the Muslim Brotherhood.  It also seems okay with the Taliban retaking Afghanistan and so, recently released five of its top commanders from Guantanamo Bay.

It seems there’s a lot of aiding the enemy going on – and all those who do it must be held accountable.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.