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international | anti-war / imperialism | press release Thursday February 23, 2012 12:37 by Vetarans for Peace
Veterans For Peace Tells US Army: Stop Prosecution of GI Whistleblower
A national organization representing thousands of military veterans is calling on the US Army to abandon court martial proceedings against Private Bradley Manning, the accused Wikileaks whistleblower. The young soldier, who has been imprisoned for 21 months, will be formally arraigned today (Thursday, Feb. 23) at Fort Meade, Maryland. Army prosecutors say they will file 22 charges against PFC Manning, including “aiding the enemy,” a crime that can be punished by the death penalty or life in prison.
“Where is the justice?” asks Gerry Condon, a Board member of Veterans For Peace. “The Army is shirking its duty to punish soldiers who have committed rape and murder. Yet they are trying to destroy the life of Bradley Manning, who has not harmed a hair on a person's head.”
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THURS FEB 23rd. 5pm-6pm *U.S. Embassy/ London *Solidarity Vigil with Bradley Manning as he is Arraigned for Court Martial in U.S.
THURS FEB 23rd. 5pm-6pm
U.S. Embassy/ London
Solidarity Vigil with Bradley Manning as he is Arraigned for Court Martial at Ft. Meade, Maryland, U.S.A.
* If you can make it to this Thursday's solidarity vigil at the U.S. embassy
email ciaronx AT yahoo.com or text 079 392 90576
If you can't make feel free to text the vigil while it is on 079 392 90576
outside uk +44 79 392 90576
sign off name and town eg. "Ciaron, London" and we'll read out ya solidarity text at the vigil.
*Best guess for Bradey's full court martial date is May 2012
*Statement from the US Lawyers Guild for the charges to be dismissed
**Youtube (3 mins 50 secs) Brad Manning Song
"Almost Gone" by Graham Nash and James Raymond
Dear Ambassador Rooney
As there was no other link for a direct e-mail on general matters, I am doing two jobs with the one e-mail
1) Letting you know that there is no other way to contact you - a fault of the website
2) I am asking you to request the President to intervene in the Bradley Manning trial to have Bradley released immediately.
Whistle-blowers are an absolute necessity for a democratic and just society. They should be protected by law whenever they expose wrongdoing
Whistle-blowers who expose a war crime, as Bradley has done, should be protected and honoured by any President who believes in a just society. The link [below] shows that war crime clearly in Iraq. Bradley was a witness. Innocent people were mowed down from a United States helicopter and Bradley Manning was a witness to that war crime. He did the right thing and became a whistle-blower. President Obama must release him.
It is shameful that Bradley Manning has been tortured in prison and that the President has broken all rules of fairness by declaring Bradley guilty before his case was heard by a court.
It is also shameful and treacherous that the people of the United States have been unable to see the shocking video that can be seen everywhere else in the world.
I am requesting you to ask President Obama to do the right thing now and release this brave man.
With best personal wishes
Human rights activist and pacifist
Guardian Report of Arraignment
25 folks gathered outsde the U.S. embassy in London last evening in solidarity with Bradley Manning.
Those assembled included folks from Anonymous, Catholic Worker, London Guantanomo Campaign, Pay Day, Veterans for Peace, WikiLeaks, Womens Global Strike and a bunch of other backgrounds.
Counterpunch Weekend Edition February 24-26, 2012
"Judge, isn’t a soldier required by law to report a war crime?”
The Arraignment of Bradley Manning
by MISSY BEATTIE
Placing my coat and purse on the bench, I heard something like, “No sleeping, no sunglasses, no tampering with gadgets.” I looked up as the soldier continued, “If someone has the urge to sleep, please stand up.”
Then, I saw him, the young hero with pale skin, short hair, and those eyeglasses. He sat nearby, about eight feet from me.
Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused WikiLeaks whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was arraigned at Fort Meade, today, February 23rd.
I was writing yesterday—a piece I almost finished. About Santorum and a Santorum supporter’s suggestion for female contraception—an aspirin placed between two tightly closed knees impossible to pry open for sex. About extremism. I abandoned it.