Both West and Hedges deliver about 10 minutes of anti-statist critique, bipartisan, attacking Obama as Bush on steroids, and then devolve into a laundry list of leftover issues, not cognizant that libertarians and other Manning supporters might be there (there were several).
From the organizers:
A matinee discussion and trial update for Bradley Manning. Widely renowned scholar Dr. Cornel West and former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges will join members of the Bradley Manning Support Network for a special presentation on the legal, journalistic and ethical implications of this historic trial.
This event is free and open to the public as well as members of the press.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornel West is The Class of 1943 Professor of African American Studies at Princeton and Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He’s an acclaimed author, academic, and polemicist, who speaks largely on matters of race, class, and injustice in America.
Chris Hedges is the author of War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning. Having served as war correspondent for the New York Times for 15 years, his writing now appears on TruthDig. He recently sued the Obama Administration over the constitutionality of new detention powers in the National Defense Authorization Act.