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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

Wilber W.
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London, GB
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Ellsberg, Assange, and others attend Bradley Manning press call
May 25, 2011. Bradley Manning Support Network THIS WEEK

Noted attorneys, military experts, and transparency advocates who support Private First Class Bradley Manning held a press teleconference this morning (Wed., May 25, 2011, 11:00am ET) to discuss updates in Manning’s situation. PFC Bradley Manning is accused of being the source of revelations leaked to WikiLeaks, including diplomatic cables that many experts believe helped to catalyze democratic revolts across the Middle East. His supporters assert that the information PFC Manning is accused of revealing should have been in the public domain.

The complete audio from the call can be downloaded with the link below:

Audio of May 25, 2011 press call (MP3)
The Speakers:

Daniel Ellsberg, retired defense analyst known for releasing the Pentagon Papers

Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks

Jesselyn Raddack, attorney and staff member of the Government Accountability Project

Ann Wright, Retired Lt. Colonel of the United States Army

Christina McKenna, activist arrested at Quantico in an action to support Bradley Manning

Kevin Zeese (moderator), attorney with the Bradley Manning Support Network
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
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UK gov 'draws US attention' to Bradley Manning concerns
Imprisoned Wikileaks soldier insists he's not a Brit; but needs assistance
By Lewis Page • Get more from this author

The UK government has formally raised concerns with the USA regarding the treatment of the imprisoned US soldier Bradley Manning, who is charged with various offences under military regulations and the US criminal code.

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,545
Human Rights Lawyer Gareth Peirce on Bradley Manning
US Constitutional law is in the balance....
Posted on April 28, 2011 by wiseupwales

This 12 minute video was recorded by Human Rights Lawyer Gareth Peirce for the Bradley Manning public meeting at Giuseppe Conlon Hall in London on Sunday 17 April 2011 which she was unfortunately unable to attend in person.

Gareth comments on Bradley Manning’s torturous detention conditions at Quantico, which are common in US ‘Supermax’ prisons, and the physical and psychological damage caused to inmates held in long term solitary confinement.

She makes it clear that this is an issue for the US, referring to the treatment of Gerry Conlon, Giuseppe’s son, who was held largely in solitary confinement for 12 years in England for continuing to protest his (subsequently proven) innocence of involvement in the Guildford pub bombings.

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,546
What You Can Do

After almost a year of being cut off from the outside world, Bradley can now receive correspondence. Write a letter to him at the following address:

Bradley Manning 89289
830 Sabalu Road
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-2315
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,557
American Library Association (ALA) on Wikileaks and calling for support on Private First Class (PFC) Bradley Manning
Resolutions on WikiLeaks issues for Annual membership meeting
Librarians are PISSED! Library of Congress Branch resolutions

Attached are three resolutions proposed by Al Kagan and Tom Twiss that will be presented to the ALA membership meeting in NOLA. These versions of the resolutions were posted earlier today on the ALA Council list.



WHEREAS, WikiLeaks is a non-profit organization that publishes submissions of secret documents from anonymous sources and news leaks;

WHEREAS, WikiLeaks has recently made available thousands of important documents concerning United States foreign and military policy;

WHEREAS, WikiLeaks is performing a vital watchdog role by expanding citizens' knowledge on matters of vital public concern, following in the steps of the newspapers that published the Pentagon Papers, courageously supplied by Daniel Ellsberg;

WHEREAS, Support for WikiLeaks should be a concern for all those who believe in the right to know and intellectual freedom, and most especially librarians;

WHEREAS, WikiLeaks and its founder and volunteers are under tremendous pressure to stop publishing leaked documents by many governments, elected officials, and prominent personalities;

WHEREAS, WikiLeaks spokesperson, Julian Assange, has not received equitable due process under the laws of the United Kingdom; having been briefly detained, and his movements are currently restricted due to supposedly unrelated matters; and

WHEREAS, The American Library Association has signed a joint letter with many other organizations asking the United States government to reverse its order to US government agencies blocking access to WikiLeaks, in support of publishers’ and citizens’ first amendment rights, and against the possible application of the Espionage Act against WikiLeaks; therefore be it

RESOLVED that the American Library Association

1. Supports the rights of WikiLeaks to publish leaked government documents;

2. Commends the efforts of WikiLeaks to expunge from documents names and other material deemed potentially harmful to innocent people;

3. Commends WikiLeaks for performing a public service by making available important documents related to foreign and military policy;

4. Urges libraries to link their websites to the WikiLeaks website; and

5. Condemns the harassment of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and other volunteers.

Supporting document:

Policy Manual 53.1 Library Bill of Rights:

1. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

2. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

3. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment.

4. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.


WHEREAS, in May 2010 Pfc. Bradley Manning of the U.S. Army was arrested for allegedly leaking classified materials to the anti-secrecy website, WikiLeaks; and

WHEREAS, for these alleged actions Bradley Manning now faces numerous charges, including “aiding the enemy by indirect means,” punishable by the death penalty or life in prison; and

WHEREAS, the materials Bradley Manning is charged with releasing contained important revelations concerning the misconduct of American military forces and diplomatic corps, including the killing of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, the cover-up of those killings and of the number of civilian deaths, the decision not to investigate the widespread use of torture by Iraqi authorities, and the instruction of US diplomats to spy on UN officials; and

WHEREAS, the provision of these documents to WikiLeaks was comparable to Daniel Ellsberg’s courageous action in supplying the Pentagon Papers to the press; and

WHEREAS, the American Library Association has strongly supported the principle of government accountability and the protection of whistleblowers, and

WHEREAS, Bradley Manning was detained for nine months on the Quantico Marine Corps Base in Virginia under conditions described as “unnecessarily severe” and “inhumane” by Amnesty International, and denounced as “a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantee against punishment without trial” by more than 250 legal scholars in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the statement by President Obama on April 21, 2011 that Manning “broke the law” may have prejudiced Bradley Manning’s right to a fair trial; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the American Library Association calls upon the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John M. McHugh, and the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Martin E. Dempsey, to release Pfc. Bradley Manning from pre-trial confinement and drop the charges against him.


“Resolution on Securing Government Accountability through Whistleblower Protection,” 2004 ALA Annual Conference CD# 20.7.

“Resolution Commending the FBI Whistleblower Who Exposed Abuses on the Use of Exigent National Security Letters,” 2007-2008 CD#20.5.

“US accused of inhumane treatment over Wikileaks soldier case,” Amnesty International January 24, 2011, http://www.amnesty.or...­

Bruce Ackerman and Yochai Benkler, “Private Manning’s Humiliation,” The New York Review of Books, April 28, 2011,­
Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,563
Assange Subterranean Homesick Blues
Filmed in Dylan's original 1965 alleyway!­

Ciaron O'Reilly and Ben Griffith of the Anti war movement create an hommage to "Subterranean Homesick Blues" on the occation of the formerly anti war Bob Dylans first appearance in London in decades. Relevant then, relevant now!

Join us at the High Court on 12/13th July 2011 from 9am! x



Ben Griffin on our "special relatonship"
American and British workers need to establish a NEW kind of "special relatonship"

Ben Griffin - Former SAS Interview on Rendition given before the UK government obtained and injunction preventing Ben from speaking.

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,564
Julian Assange: Why the world needs WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange, talks to TED's Chris Anderson about how the site operates, what it has accomplished and what drives him.

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,575

The Civil War Era Case of Mary Surratt
New film James McAvoy: "The Conspirator"­

"The Conspirator"

Out in cinemas NOW!

Relevant to to our times: I urge you all to see this film in a cinema nearest to you!

Release Date: 1 July 2011
Running time: 123 mins

Director: Robert Redford

Starring: James McAvoy, Evan Rachel Wood, Robin Wright, Justin Long, Toby Kebbell, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson

Hollywood legend Robert Redford directs this engrossing and provocative historical drama. The gripping true story of the only woman accused of conspiring to assassinate President Lincoln.

John Wilkes Booth (Toby Kebbell) won a place in the history books as the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. But Booth isn't the focus of this historical drama. Instead it explores a subsequent court case that set a legal precedent with striking ramifications for today. The conspirators meet at a boarding house owned by Mary Surratt (Robin Wright). Surratt is then arrested and tried as a co-conspirator in a military tribunal, in denial of her constitutional rights. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton (Kevin Kline) is eager to secure a quick conviction to placate public opinion. Defence attorney Reverdy Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) passes this hot potato of a case to inexperienced lawyer Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy), who begins to believe that his client might be innocent. But will that be enough to save her from the hangman's rope?

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,580

Support Julian Assange at the High Court, 12 & 13 July
American Meetup backs Julian Assange's Campaign for a fair trial without rendition­

Creator of Wikileaks faces extradition this week
For Americans the right to know is fundamental.....

Calling all campaigners for free speech, truth and justice.
Julian Assange needs your support from 9am on 12 & 13 July at the High Court in London, where his appeal against extradition to Sweden will be heard.

This has huge ramifications for Americans, as lovers of free speech and the whole campaign to get him extradited has been orchestrated from start to finish by the US government. Most extraordinary renditions have their flight origins in Sweden~ Bet your bottom dollar this process ends with Assange on a flight to the US.

Join us in a solidarity vigil with Julian Assange and in opposition to the wars and "extra legal" activities by our and any state government~ A return to legality begins with an informed public!

Join us at the High Court London from 9am Tuesday July 12th and Wednesday July 13th

Royal Courts Of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL
You know~ near where we sometimes do the Halloween party. x

From 9am-5pm, 12th & 13th July


'Assange Subterranean Homesick Blues'
Another war, Same lies. In another time and place
London Anti war visits formerly anti war Bob Dylan's London appearance this summer in London
YOUTUBE (6 mins) 'Assange Subterranean Homesick Blues'­­­

Wilber W.
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 3,581
US Independence Day Prisoner Solidarity Protest
Posted on July 6, 2011 by wiseupforbm
Extract from this indymedia article:

The London Guantánamo Campaign marked American Independence Day on 4 July with a political prisoner solidarity protest in the evening outside the US Embassy in Mayfair. Around 25 people attended…

Earlier in the day, a new statue of Cold War president Ronald Reagan was unveiled outside the Embassy. An inscription on the statue reads, in his words: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”. Along with “…liberty and justice for all” at the end of the American pledge of allegiance, these words are all little more than a mantra, contrasting starkly with actual US practice.

For prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, this has translated into almost 10 years of imprisonment without trial or charge. The story is similar for other prisoners held arbitrarily in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

The situation in American prisons is not much better with prisoners in California starting an undetermined hunger strike on 1 July to demand better prison conditions http://prisonerhunger...­ in particular an end to the practice of prolonged solitary confinement, whereby prisoners, particularly at harsh “supermax” prisons may not see another human being for years. These are the same facilities that were proposed to hold Guantánamo prisoners if transferred to the US mainland and would also house terror suspects extradited under the one-sided extradition treaty Britain signed with the US resulting in the 2003 Extradition Act, whereby individuals can be extradited to the US with the need for prima facie evidence to be produced against them. European law finds the conditions of prisoners held at such prisons to be inconsistent with human rights practice and in some cases tantamount to torture…

Protesters spoke about the harsh conditions alleged Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning has been held in over the past year and the responsibility the British government has towards him as a joint US-UK national. Manning, who faces a series of charges and potentially the death penalty, has yet to face trial of any kind. An article published in the New York magazine this week focuses on his story.

Ray Silk, from the Save Shaker Aamer Campaign (SSAC) (, the last British resident recognised by the government held at Guantánamo, talked about the failure of the British and American governments to return him to his British family in the UK, even though things had improved under the Coalition government. He read out a letter sent by Joy Hurcombe from the SSAC to the press (unpublished) on 4 July concerning the new statue of Ronald Reagan:

“The statue of former US President Ronald Reagan unveiled today, July 4th, American Independence Day, in front of the US Embassy, is inscribed with his words," Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." How ironic that on this day, British Resident Shaker Aamer will mark ten years of incarceration in Guantanamo without charge or trial. The US cannot claim to protect human rights while it keeps prisoners in indefinite detention for years without hope of release. Reagan frequently warned that freedom should not be compromised by state control. He is known for his firm conviction that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. The US and UK Governments should take note of his words and act on them. Otherwise the ceremony today is just another sentimental celebration that conceals the truth.”
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