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August 6, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden

Who is the enemy?

A supporter, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, carries a sign in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, during a night time demonstrate in front of the White House Tuesday, July 30.

A supporter, wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, carries a sign in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, during a night time demonstrate in front of the White House Tuesday, July 30. [AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais.]

Both Pfc. Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have been accused of “aiding and abetting the enemy.”

I’ve noticed that the powers that be are a little vague on who, exactly, this enemy is. Who is the enemy in the case of National Security Agency (NSA) wiretapping? Is it al-Qaida? No, they already know they’re being spied upon, and switched to satellite phones and human couriers long ago.

Who is the enemy in Manning’s case? Is it the Afghan people, the ones we are supposedly there to rescue? No, the war is happening in their back yard. They already know about the war crimes committed against their people. Is it al-Qaida? No, they’ve got the same front-row seats, and they can easily see that all is proceeding according to plan.

So who is the enemy? Who are these nameless people who must be kept in the dark about government waste, war crimes, and wholesale spying on the American people?

Perhaps Walt Kelly gave us a hint when he said, “we have met the enemy and he is us.”

Howard Hance, Snohomish

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