I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall discussing the sentencing of Bradley Manning (prior to the announcement that henceforth she would like to be called Chelsea).

In her decision to mete out such a severe sentence, Judge Colonel Denise Lind said that “Manning’s conduct was of a heedless nature that made it actually and imminently dangerous to others.” (my emphasis)

Yet there was no evidence presented in open court that Manning’s actions led to death or injury.  As Kevin Gosztola reported, if any such evidence was presented, it was done in secret.

It should be of concern to everyone that an entity such as the US military is able to punish so egregiously those who expose its criminality by virtue of evidence presented in secret.  It is certainly not in the interest of democracy.