No easy answers
The government’s allegation that a former Navy SEAL published classified information about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden raises tough questions for Americans who believe in free speech, free press and a strong defense.
The federal government has a long record of concealing information under the guise of national security and claiming cataclysmic repercussions when such information is leaked. Nearly always, the information is not a necessary defense secret but a mistake or report that embarrasses some officials or casts them in a negative light. The people need whistleblowers.
Is the Obama administration considering action against author Matt Bissonnette, who wrote No Easy Day under the pen name of Mark Owen, because of the coming election? Or did Bissonnette time the book as an attempt to influence the election?
Classified or not, perhaps more to the point is the concern expressed by Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, head of the Naval Special Warfare Command: We must immediately reconsider how we properly influence our people in and out of uniform NOT to seek inappropriate monetary, political, or celebrity profit from their service with the SEALS.
12-year-old’s waiver will get judicial review
A Kosciusko County judge’s decision to sentence a 12-year-old boy to adult prison for murder never seemed to serve justice, particularly considering the boy was rushed into a hearing that waived him into adult court. On Oct. 30, the Indiana Court of Appeals will rightly hear the boy’s appeal.
Paul Gingerich helped a friend, Colt Lundy, kill Lundy’s stepfather in Cromwell. Within days, he was waived into adult court by a judge who heard no testimony about Gingerich’s mental health and apparently based his decision on the testimony of a single probation officer.
Gingerich’s lawyer pleaded that he be sentenced to a proper juvenile facility, but a different judge refused, sending him into the state’s prison system. The Department of Correction rightly placed Gingerich in its juvenile facility in Pendleton.
He is believed to be the youngest person sentenced as an adult in Indiana. The appeals court will decide whether waiving Gingerich to adult court was proper, and the judges could well order a new hearing in juvenile court for a proper and thorough review of Gingerich and the issues involved in sending a 12-year-old to adult prison.