Gleen Greenwald on Bradley Manning, SF Gay Pride, and Political Values
Glenn Greenwald's essay is particularly interesting in the light of the Salman Rushdie Op-Ed that we posted yesterday, in which he pointed out how we prioritize physical courage over moral courage.
Here are the first two paragraphs of Greenwald's essay.
News reports that , widely known to be gay, had been selected to be one of the Grand Marshals of the annual San Francisco gay pride parade, named by the LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. When the , the president of the Board of SF Pride, Lisa L Williams, quickly capitulated, issuing that has to be read to be believed.
Williams proclaimed that "Manning will not be a grand marshal in this year's San Francisco Pride celebration" and termed his selection "a mistake". She blamed it all on a "staff person" who prematurely made the announcement based on a preliminary vote, and she assures us all that the culprit "has been disciplined": . She then accuses Manning of "actions which placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform": a substance-free falsehood originally which has since been and , even by (indeed, it's the US government itself, not Manning, that is guilty of "actions which placed in harms way the lives of our men and women in uniform"). And then, in my favorite part of her statement, Williams decreed to all organization members that "even the hint of support" for Manning's action - even the hint - "will not be tolerated by the leadership of San Francisco Pride". .