http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1587717 This is the background to the Bradley Manning case. The US First Amendment is as follows: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances" If the US follow this, then their congress can make to laws to prevent free speech or to mute the press. And no laws against such things mean they are not illegal to do so. But the Bradley Manning case had the following: 1. No free speech. The defence was banned from using certain defences and manning himself even being on trial violated the free speech part of the First Amendment. 2. Having very restricted media coverage of this trial violated the "or of the press" part of the First Amendment. I understand that US military personnel have different laws. But they are US citizens too. Having one law for some citizens and another law for other citizens just smells so fishy. And this potentially has very wide reaching implications to the whole country. And sets a very dangerous precedent. Here is also US Constitution Article 3 Section 3: "Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court." Bradley did not aid the enemy. He only blew the whistle on US war crimes. So that's a 2nd part of the US constitution that was violated by the USA. Here is Julian Assange's statement of this whole mess. http://wikileaks.org/Statement-by-Julian-Assange-on.html And I will quote the last little bit here: "The US first amendment states that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press". What part of ’no’ does Barack Obama fail to comprehend?" What are your opinions on this? Did the USA break it's own constitution in finding Bradley Manning Guilty?