Madman Manning’s SATT trial kicked off this morning with a bang. Of his anticipated 30,000 attendants, an entire 75 showed up as reported on Salon.com by Alex Pareene who is live on the scene.
The event so far has been fairly calm and peaceful with the exception of a minor (verbal) squabble with pro-Obama neighbors. Apparently the neighbors would be a lot happier if Manning moved his church somewhere else, and have felt that way for sometime. (Yea, I can’t say as I’d want to live next door to that either!)
The charges have been read, (for both Obama and Columbia), and here’s the list:
Treason, Mail fraud, Conspiracy to commit mail fraud, Fraud by wire, radio or television, Conspiracy to commit wire fraud, Obstruction of justice, Violation of NY education law, (buying a diploma), Conspiracy to violate 18 U.S.C, (deals with federal crimes and criminal procedure), Unlawful use of government seals, Conspiracy to commit espionage, Disclosure of classified material, Conspiracy to disclose classified information, Conspiracy to obstruct justice, and…Espionage.
The judge is described as “a white guy with a robe and everything”, (though there is no mention of any hood to go with that robe.) His name is Bob Unger, a republican running for congressional nomination in NY’s 5th District.
(5th District… better keep an eye on this guy!)
The balance of the afternoon seems to be a rather long-winded jury selection.
Live updates of this SATT can be followed "HERE" on salon.com (get a cold beer!) with photo and video updates. Please check it out, come back and share your thoughts, cracks and giggles!