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Why Does SF Gay Pride Board Pres. Lisa Williams Hate Gay Whisetleblower Manning?Tim King Salem-News.com
Bradley Manning is gay, his bravery unprecedented, his participation in the SF gay rights parade, denied.
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Bradley Manning was asked to be one of the Grand Marshals of the annual San Francisco gay pride parade, but the group has little consistency.
Their leader has openly and profoundly denied the opportunity to the national whistleblower who is a Nobel Prize Nominee; a man whose decisions absolutely reduced the number of dead innocents, and gave some voice to those already gone.
It seems that in celebrating gay pride, the group is turning its back on the one gay individual who is one of the world's great heroes in the minds of millions. At the same time, Williams is giving legitimacy to the mad mad world of George W. Bush who launched a terrible war over false flag information, everyone knows the west had no business invading Iraq, What gives?
LBGT Weekly writes that the announcement that Manning would be a grand marshal, caused "outrage".
Lisa L. Williams, SF Pride board president issued the following statement:
She's really something isn't she? I'd like to send Williams to Iraq to live among the populace, she would not like it one bit. But that suffering is obviously meaningless to this politician.
Even the Guardian UK's Glenn Greenwald in London got into this one, saying Williams' actions were both "cowardly" and "imperious". Who in their right mind would disagree?
First, while even a hint of support for Manning will not be tolerated, there is a long roster of large corporations serving as the event's sponsors who are welcomed with open arms. The list is here. It includes AT&T and Verizon, the telecom giants that enabled the illegal warrantless eavesdropping on US citizens by the Bush administration and its NSA, only to get retroactively immunized from Congress and thus shielded from all criminal and civil liability (including a lawsuit brought in San Francisco against those corporations by their customers who were illegally spied on). Last month, AT&T was fined by OSHA for failing to protect one of its employees who was attacked, was found by the FCC last year to have overcharged customers by secretly switching them to plans they didn't want, and is now being sued by the US government for "allegedly bill[ing] the government improperly for services designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing who place calls by typing messages over the web."
Many "breeders" like myself, have wholeheartedly supported the gay community for years and will continue to, even though it has nothing to do with our personal lifestyle. The lives of those children and journalists that were blown to pieces by a U.S. Army Apache helicopter crew had nothing to do with mine either, well maybe the journalists, but either way, I support them because they were human beings and they were gunned down mercilessly. And their story is only a small part of the abuse of humanity that the Iraq war represents. Trust me, I was there as a reporter and saw with my own eyes, terrible abuse of prisoners of war, called 'detainees' by the U.S. government and press to further dehumanize them, purely for the sake of convenience. Fuck the Iraq war.
It looks like the soul of the San Francisco gay rights community has been hijacked and the sentiments expressed by Williams are more than disturbing; they mark a point in time where special interest groups are acting like the people they were formed to counter. I am totally disgusted; Williams and those of her mindset are intolerant and have no place advocating for anyone's rights.
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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