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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

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Julian Assange: The Simpsons
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Apparently, the initiative would have arisen from Assange himself , who was interested in being one of the guests that the series often include in their episodes. The eject producer, Al Jean, would have heard the rumor, he finally reached the ears of the creator of The Simpsons, Matt Groening , who gave the approval. In the end, they asked the casting director Bonnie Pietila, to meet him.

Episode 500, finds Homer and Marge discovering that their neighbors in Springfield will hold a secret meeting to expel them from the city and as a result, "the Simpsons are going to live out and find Assange, who is a kind of new Flanders "Jean said, referring to the famous neighbor of the family. "
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Julian Assange Supreme Court final appeal TODAY Feb 1&2
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Where Supreme Court, Parliament Square

When: 8:30 am! TODAY Feb 1ST and 2ond
All Day! Come when you can!

Julian has shown solidarity with us, let's do so for him!...
Julian Assange Speech Occupy London Stock Exchange October 15 2011
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Doh! WikiLeaks' Assange lands Simpsons cameo
To be Broadcast Feb 19th
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Manning trial a prelude to Assange’s extradition to US?
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TODAY'S SITTINGS 01 Feb 2012
Court 1 - 10:30
Assange (Appellant) v The Swedish Judicial Authority (Respondent)
01 Feb 2012
Court 1
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Assange (Appellant) v The Swedish Judicial Authority (Respondent)
Case ID: UKSC 2011/0264


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Assange sued by lawyers over unpaid fees
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1 hour ago – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange takes his case against extradition to Sweden to the UK Supreme Court.


Assange extradition case to be heard by Supreme Court

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Manning trial a prelude to Assange’s extradition to US?
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Military officials have introduced evidence into the pre-trial hearing against alleged WikiLeaks contributor Bradley Manning with the whistleblower site’s mastermind Julian Assange.
While a tie between the two would allow the prosecution to pursue Private First Class Manning’s alleged suspected involvement in sending Assange top-secret military files, it could finally give the US a reason to extradite the WikiLeaks’s runner to the States.

American authorities have long attempted to tackle Assange for his role in WikiLeaks, a website that the US government insists has aided the enemy by publishing files that would otherwise be left for only a few Army intelligence personnel to see. According to America, any involvement Manning had with WikiLeaks could have caused great harm to the nation and a military tribunal is currently questioning witnesses to see if the case should continue before a jury. By formally introducing Assange into the equation, however, the government could be finally getting its chance to go after the WikiLeaks leader.

Currently under house arrest in England, Australia-born Assange is facing extradition to Sweden where he is wanted on charges stemming from allegations of a sexual assault against two former WikiLeaks volunteers. Currently the UK’s legal system is keeping Assange safe from extradition to America, but should Assange end up on trial, Sweden might be quick to send the whistleblower to America so he could stand trial in the Manning case — and perhaps much more.

"People think that because Sweden is a Western country that they have a legal system the same as ours, that's completely untrue," Assange’s mother told AAP last month. "From the time he hits Sweden, he is going to be lost to any kind of observation from anybody to understand if his human rights are being breached."

"He's been crucified for doing what he was brought up to do," added Christine Assange.
American officials critical of WikiLeaks have hunted for Assange since before he aided in the release of thousands of classified diplomatic cables earlier this year that they say compromised American security and intelligence — former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee even went as far as to wage the death penalty against Assange. As evidence in the Manning case ties the soldier with Assange, those charges could come sooner than Assange would like to see.

A former Obama administration official speaking under condition of anonymity tells Reuters that the US has long sought Assange, but could not go after him without going after the slew of newspapers that he leaked documents to as well. "The government is very serious about wanting to prosecute him. But they have never been able to find a way to do it. How do you prosecute Julian Assange and not the New York Times?” asks the official.

During Manning’s trial on Monday, the prosecution against the alleged whistleblower introduced computer logs which they say show that the soldier had contact information with Assange and had instructions on how to upload files to WikiLeaks. On Tuesday, Adrian Lamo, the hacker that turned Manning in to the government, also drew connections between the two.

In speaking of his own relationship with Manning, Lamo told the courtroom, "I believe that he was reaching out for affirmation and for a like-minded individual that would act as a similar figure in their life as Julian Assange.” When Staff Sergeant Peter Bigelow was asked about Assange, however, he admitted to the court that he had no idea who the man was. Given that searches of Assange’s named were carried out on a computer owned by Sgt. Bigelow, the denial does little to help the case of the Manning — nor does it show how up-to-snuff US military intelligence has been.

Manning is facing life in prison for nearly two dozen charges related to his alleged works with WikiLeaks. On Tuesday, Daniel Ellsberg, the former DoD insider that leaked the Pentagon Papers towards the end of the Vietnam War, called Manning a personal “hero” of his to RT.
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Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership"
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In this transcribed interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Noam Chomsky discusses the light shed on World Affairs by the leak of US diplomatic cables via wikileaks in November 2010, along with his role in the leak of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
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Report form the Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange at the Supreme Court, London
by Ciaron O'Reilly


*Photos from Supreme Court Solidairty Vigil for Julian Assange
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**Short Vid from Solidairty Outside the Supreme Court
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By the time I lived in community with Phil Berrigan, he was a wise old man. He had served many years in U.S. prisons for his nonviolent resistance to the Vietnam War and nuclear weapons - initiating the draft board raids and plowshares movements. After I moved on, he would serve many more years. He was in the very best sense disillusioned with popular American pretensions. He suffered from few illusions.

Phil had a great sayng when it came to the abandonment by liberals and church folks when one moved from rhetoric and pontification into serious nonviolent resistance to the warmaking imperial state. Phil's wry observation was "Warm friends, cooling!" And so it has gone with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, most evidently with former enthusiastic collaboraters the "New York Times" and the "Guardian" newspapers who have been busy putting as much water as possible between themselves and Assange after publishing the WikiLeaks circulated Iraq and Afghan war logs.

Here in England, the Guardian - the Pravda of the liberal left - runs a consistent campaign of character assasination of Manning and Assange. "Julian Assange BAD, Bradley Manning MAD" is the line they consistently push. The line filters down to everyone from the authoritarian left factions running the mainstream anti-war groups to the libertarian left who've decided to sit this one out. The biggest show trials of of the anti-Iraq War movement are underway in the U.S. and U.K., yet few of the millions who marched against these wars in 2003 gather at court in solidarity with these resisters.

The WikiLeaks Grand Jury continues to sit for now over 500 days in Virgiina/ USA. The British, Swedish and Australian authorities do all they can to service the U.S. war effort and it's repression of those who seriously oppose the wars.

This past week, as Bradley Manning remains in chains, in contrast a U.S. marine segeant gets a no jail time plea bargain for the murder of 15 unarmed men, 3 women and 6 children in the Iraqi village of Haditha.

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This past week, as Assange experienced his 420th. day of house arrest without charge, a secret US military report was leaked to the BBC and "The Times", that "portrays the Taliban as being under the thumb of Pakistan's powerful security agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)"..
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Could this be the same Pakistan military so heavily funded and tooled up by the U.S. and U.K.? To whom is this contradiction a secret? Surely not the Pakistan military and the Taliban! Maybe a secret to the British and American parents who are sending their children to kill and die in what the U.S. and U.K. militay elites recognise as a lost war in Afghanistan.

This past week we attended yet another of Julian's court appearances in London. This time the setting was at the Supreme Court, where seven judges were to consider whether a Swedish prosecutor rates as a "judicial authority" in the ordering of an European Arrest Warrant.

At Giuseppe Conlon House we rose around 6 a.m. to make our way into central London.

Our house is named after an innnocent man who died in prison as a victim of a now recognised Miscarriage of Justice. At our Catholic Worker (CW) house we offer hospitality to destitute refugees, many who have fled wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and corrupt governments that WikiLeaks has been busy shining a light on. The police had initiated contact with us as the Supreme Court falls in the remit of the authoritarian SOCPA legislation that does its best to restrict demonstrations in the vicingity of British Parliament. The Supreme Court stands facing the Houses of Parliament. Our global crew on the tube included African, Austalian, a British veteran of both Iraq and Afghan wars, North and South American.

We alighted at Green Park and wheeled my suitcase full of banners, visuals, placards and candles through the park past Buckhingham Palace until we arrived at the Supreme Court. We were joined by Susan from the Oxford Catholic Worker and a 5 strong crew from the Catholic Worker farmhouse. Amongst our CW crew we have lot of experience around courts - as anti-war defendants and generating solidarity for other defendants. We constructed a shrine to the war dead and strung up banners on the police barriers provided. "The first casualty of war is truth!", "Free Assange and Manning!", "Remember the Afghan War Dead: Support War Resisters!"

Roland and Sue arrived by cycle from South London with hot tea & coffee and dumpster dived treats. Other activsts began to arrive - one woman had flown in from Switzerland, a guy from Glasgow, a mother and daughter from Germany. Kiwi John cycled in with his guitar strapped to his back. He started playing and didn't stop for two days. A crew from Occupy LondonSX at St. Paul's added to our growing number. Anonymous folks in their V masks kept appearing.

Gareth Perice who once represented Giuseppe & Gerry Conlon, more recently folks in Guantanamo, ploughshares activists and now Julian Assange walked into court. When you're anywhere near a court, it's reassuring to see Gareth arriving.

Julian and WikiLeaks folks arrived about 9.30 a.m. The manic media scrum from the High Court days in November was not repeated in the morning due to the snappers being penned in behind police barriers. No need for us to run interference and time for Julian to greet and thank the support. John struck up Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and we all joined in as Julian entered court. Getting him out on the conclusion of the second day would be a little more hectic.

We stood for two long days in vigi outside the Supreme Court as the temperature rarely went above 2 degrees with the wind chill taking it down another level or so. To "vigil" is "to stay awake" when governments want us sedated and silent as they carry out their death dealing on the extremities of empire and bury dissidents in their domestic dungeons. Folks took turns in going into the court building to view preceedings on an internal feed. So there on the sidewalk, surrounded by the powerful institutions of state and media that have for these long years facilitated the killing and dying in Iraq and Afghanistan, we built community and solidarity for those few days as one of our own ran their gauntlet for exposing their lies.

What the future holds for Julian, Bradley and others in the crosshairs of empire is in our hands. It depends on what community, solidarity and nonviolent reisistance we can muster in these times.

*VID INTERVIEW Legal advisor to Julian Assange and Wikileaks Jennifer Robinson
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**John Pilger article on Julian Assange and Bradley Manning
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Philip Berrigan
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Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus at Boston University, paid this tribute to Berrigan, at his death in 2002 of cancer at the age of 79 in Baltimore, Maryland:

Mr. Berrigan was one of the great Americans of our time. He believed war didn't solve anything. He went to prison again and again and again for his beliefs. I admired him for the sacrifices he made. He was an inspiration to a large number of people.





Philip Francis Berrigan (October 5, 1923 – December 6, 2002) was an internationally renowned American peace activist, Christian anarchist and former Roman Catholic priest. Along with his brother Daniel Berrigan, he was for a time on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list for acts of vandalism including destruction of government property.

Philip Francis Berrigan was born in Two Harbors, Minnesota, a Midwestern working class town, the younger brother of the Jesuit fellow-activist and poet, Daniel Berrigan. Their father, Tom Berrigan, was a second-generation Irish-Catholic and proud union member.

Berrigan was drafted into combat duty in World War II. He served in the artillery during the Battle of the Bulge (1945) and later became a Second Lieutenant in the infantry. He was deeply affected by his exposure to the violence of war and the racism of boot camp in the Deep South. Philip soon entered the seminary of the Josephite Fathers, a religious society of priests dedicated to serving those of African descent, who, in the United States, were still dealing with the repercussions of slavery and daily segregation. From this background, he became active in the Civil Rights movement. Berrigan marched for desegregation and participated in sit-ins and bus boycotts. He was ordained a priest in 1955, but left the priesthood 18 years later. He would marry later in life to Elizabeth McAlister of Jonah House in Baltimore, which they founded as a community to support resistance to war. Their three children, Frida, Jerry, and Kate, all grew up to be anti-war activists.




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BRADLEY MANNING NOMINATION FOR 2012 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Three members of the Icelandic Parliament have nominated Army PFC Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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Wikileaks inspired The Arab Spring, which inspired the occupy movement: Bradley Started it all!





From Birgitta Jonsdottir' post on nominating Bradley;

February 1st 2012 the entire parliamentary group of The Movement of the Icelandic Parliament nominated Private Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Following is the reasoning we sent to the committee explaining why we felt compelled to nominate Private Bradley Manning for this important recognition of an individual effort to have an impact for peace in our world.

Our letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee:

We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq.

Bradley Manning has been incarcerated for well over a year by the U.S. government without a trial. He spent over ten months of that time period in solitary confinement, conditions which experts worldwide have criticized as torturous. Juan Mendez, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, has repeatedly requested and been denied a private meeting with Manning to assess his conditions.



The documents made public by WikiLeaks should never have been kept from public scrutiny. The revelations – including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned down Reuters journalists in Iraq – have helped to fuel a worldwide discussion about America’s overseas engagements, civilian casualties of war, imperialistic manipulations, and rules of engagement. Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so I urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Sincerely,
Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Margrét Tryggvadóttir
Þór Saari
Members of the Icelandic Parliament for The Movement
Posted by Birgitta Jónsdóttir at 3:31 PM

Responce from Time: The same magazine that made Joe Stalin and Hitler "Man of the year"
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‘Manning will go down as a hero in American history’
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Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of providing WikiLeaks with thousands of sensitive US documents, was doing the right thing and is being unjustly treated by the Pentagon, believes Brian Becker, director of the anti-war coalition, ANSWER.

Becker says if it is true that Manning was the one who released the documents, he will be considered a hero in US history. “He took a stand as obviously willing to pay a very difficult price, possibly life in prison, possibly the death sentence, for exposing a criminal war.”

“In fact, Bradley Manning had an obligation to reveal that this country was carrying out criminal activities,” the director of the anti-war coalition told RT.

Becker claims that Private Manning is receiving an unfair trial and doubts the whole idea of justice in this case.

“Military justice is to justice, as military music is to music. And we know that Bradley Manning has been held wrongly. He’s been held in solitary confinement, he’s been prejudged by the military and by the media. He has been stripped naked and forced into solitary confinement, that’s a kind of torture.”
“And yet Bradley Manning, who exposed the Pentagon’s actions, exposed the Bush administration’s actions, is being treated as if he is the one who should be punished. That’s turning justice upside down. It’s ‘Alice-in-Wonderland’ kind of reality, and it’s a great miscarriage of justice,” Becker stated.
Becker insists that by carrying out this trial the Pentagon is sending a threatening message to all whistleblowers. “They are the 700-pound gorilla, they want to send a message to all other whistleblowers ‘If you dare speak up, or speak out, or reveal our crimes –we will punish you.’”

‘The American people need to know what’s going on’Ray McGovern, former CIA officer, told RT that the charges against Manning are “laughable.”

“There has been no indication of serious damage to US personnel or those who cooperate with the United States,” he explained. “What the damage is, is the revelation of things that the American people should know about.”

McGovern says Manning wanted this to lead to a discussion and some reconsideration of the kind of policies that he had witnessed.

Speaking to RT, Seton Motley, president of lessgovernment.org, criticized Manning saying: “Just because you don't like the country's foreign policy, doesn't mean that you can out it to the planet.”
However, McGovern insists that “there are gradations of values here. And that’s what Bradley Manning saw. He saw the torture, he saw the other abuses, he saw the feckless war and said: ‘The American people need to know what’s going on so they can make more enlightened decisions’.”

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Obama declares Manning guilty without trial
Ha! It would be great if they take away Obama's Nobel Peace Prize just as they are awarding this year's to Bradley Manning
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Is Obama's Peace Prize About To Be Confiscated? Nobel Peace Prize Jury Under Investigation
Ha! It would be great if they take away Obama's Nobel Peace Prize just as they are awarding this year's to Bradley Manning
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 02/05/2012 12:22 -0500
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The announcement of Obama's recognition by the Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2009 seemed, to many, more like an 'Onion-worthy' headline than reality but now, as The Associated Press reports, it seems the officials face a formal inquiry over the selection criteria that could rescind the last three years' awards. The accusations at the root of the inquiry stem from persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that cites the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations, and if the Stockholm County Administrative Board, the overseer of such foundations, finds that the founder Alfred Noble's will is not being honored then (while unlikely) Obama (2009), Liu Xiaobo (2010), and last year's Liberians could face their awards suspended as 'champions of peace'. Fredrik Heffermehl, the inquiry's instigator, rhetorically asks when addressing the 2009 committee choice of Obama for "extraordinary efforts" to boost international diplomacy: "Do you see Obama as a promoter of abolishing the military as a tool of international affairs?" as he notes the 1895 will of Nobel to "work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

AP: Nobel Peace Prize Under Investigation

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize officials were facing a formal inquiry over accusations they have drifted away from the prize's original selection criteria by choosing such winners as President Barack Obama, as the nomination deadline for the 2012 awards closed Wednesday. The investigation comes after persistent complaints by a Norwegian peace researcher that the original purpose of the prize was to diminish the role of military power in international relations.

If the Stockholm County Administrative Board, which supervises foundations in Sweden's capital, finds that prize founder Alfred Nobel's will is not being honored, it has the authority to suspend award decisions going back three years — though that would be unlikely and unprecedented, said Mikael Wiman, a legal expert working for the county.

Obama won in 2009, Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo won in 2010, and last year the award was split between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.

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Fredrik Heffermehl, a prominent researcher and critic of the selection process, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that "Nobel called it a prize for the champions of peace.""And it's indisputable that he had in mind the peace movement, i.e. the active development of international law and institutions, a new global order where nations safely can drop national armaments," he said

Especially after World War II, the prize committee, which is appointed by the Norwegian Parliament, has widened the scope of the prize to include environmental, humanitarian and other efforts, he said. For example, in 2007 the prize went to climate activist Al Gore and the U.N.'s panel on climate change, and in 2009 the committee cited Obama for "extraordinary efforts" to boost international diplomacy.

"Do you see Obama as a promoter of abolishing the military as a tool of international affairs?" Heffermehl asked rhetorically.

Nobel, a Swedish industrialist and inventor, gave only vague guidelines for the peace prize in his 1895 will, saying it should honor "work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses."

Nobel said the peace prize should be awarded by a Norwegian committee, and the other Nobel Prizes by committees in Sweden. The two Scandinavian nations were in a union at the time. Geir Lundestad, the nonvoting secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, dismissed Heffermehl's claims.

"Fighting climate change is definitely closely related to fraternity between nations. It even concerns the survival of some states," he told AP. Still, the County Administrative Board decided to sent a letter to the Stockholm-based Nobel Foundation, which manages the prize assets, requesting a formal response to the allegations.

"We have no basis to suggest that they haven't managed it properly. But we want to investigate it," Wiman said. "The prize committee must always adjust its rules to today's society," he said. "But peace work has to be at the core — it can't deviate too much from that," Wiman said.

Failing a confiscation of that particular prize, the headhunter in chief can go for the repeat by fooling all of the Nobel committee member all of the time, in proving that the only solution to an excess debt problem is infinite debt.
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Families of Victims of 2007 US Helicopter Killing React to Leaked Video
COLLATERAL MURDER Video released by wikileaks, allegedly by Accused whistleblower Bradley Manning
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Journalists from the investigative team in Iceland that released the now-infamous US military video on WikiLeaks traveled to Baghdad recently to meet with the family members of some of the twelve people killed in the 2007 attack. Ahlam Abdelhussain, the widow of Saleh Mutashar who was killed when the gunship opened fire on a van, asks, "Why was he shot with his children in the car? They did nothing wrong. He was helping a journalist. What was his crime? What was the crime of our children who are left with no father and no support?

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Bradley Manning to be arraigned at Fort Meade Feb. 23rd
Court Martial expected in early May.

February 13, 2012. Bradley Manning Support Network.
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The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.

Bradley’s show trial will begin in earnest with this arraignment. This proceeding will set the dates for a series of hearings on pre-trial motions likely to occur in March and April. Finally, the arraignment will set the date for the full court-martial—which we currently expect to begin in early May.

If the Obama administration is the least bit concerned with providing even the appearance of a fair trial, they will allow Bradley’s legal defense team to explore the critical issues at the heart of this case, including: President Obama’s recorded unlawful command influence over the proceedings, the illegal and torturous conditions that Bradley was subjected to for nine months at the Quantico Marine Brig, the over-classification of all of the documents in question, and the lack of any harm to national security from the release of the documents.

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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.


- Solidarity Vigil Feb 23rd. 5pm-6pm
Bradley's arraignment will be starting at Ft. Meade Maryland U.S.A. at the same time.


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Bradley Manning to be arraigned at Fort Meade Feb. 23rd
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Court Martial expected in early May.

February 13, 2012. Bradley Manning Support Network.

The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.

Bradley’s show trial will begin in earnest with this arraignment. This proceeding will set the dates for a series of hearings on pre-trial motions likely to occur in March and April. Finally, the arraignment will set the date for the full court-martial—which we currently expect to begin in early May.

If the Obama administration is the least bit concerned with providing even the appearance of a fair trial, they will allow Bradley’s legal defense team to explore the critical issues at the heart of this case, including: President Obama’s recorded unlawful command influence over the proceedings, the illegal and torturous conditions that Bradley was subjected to for nine months at the Quantico Marine Brig, the over-classification of all of the documents in question, and the lack of any harm to national security from the release of the documents.

So far military officials have blocked nearly every request by Bradley’s defense team, led by Iraq War veteran David Coombs, for access to evidence and witnesses that could explore these core issues. During the Article 32 pre-trial hearing held in December, the defense was denied access to over three dozen critical witnesses (while the prosecution was allowed access to every one of two dozen witnesses requested). This allowed military officials to limit the hearing to little more than a discussion of mitigating factors related to Bradley’s emotional health.

If Bradley had been a member of the US Marine squad that admitted to systematically murdering two dozen innocent Iraqi men, women, and children in Haditha, Iraq, he’d be walking free today. Instead, he faces the real prospect of life in prison for telling the truth.

Next week’s arraignment comes just after Bradley was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Icelandic Parliament. A blog post by MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir explained their rationale for the nomination:

“According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq.”

Join us at a mass rally for Bradley at Fort Meade to coincide with the beginning of his court martial! The date(s) of the rally will be announced after the trial date is set—we’re currently anticipating early May. If you can’t make the trip to the Washington DC area, organize or take part in one of over a hundred solidarity events worldwide.

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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,128
Tell Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta:
Drop "Aiding the Enemy" Charges Against Bradley Manning
http://action.firedog...­

After 18 months in custody, Pfc. Bradley Manning is finally recieving a pre-trial hearing. The military will use this hearing to decide wether it will go forward in prosecuting Manning for allegedly leaking classified documents to Wikileaks.

Manning has been accused of "aiding the enemy," — a charge with absolutey no basis. If convicted he could face a life imprisonment.

Join us in demanding the government drop these ludicrous charges:
http://action.firedog...­

Letter to Secretary Panetta:

The US Army's decision to charge Pfc. Bradley Manning with charges of "aiding the enemy" is appalling. These charges are unsupported and wholly inappropriate.

Pfc. Manning has been held by the U.S. Government for 18 months and is just now receiving a day in court.

Why does the government want to imprison Manning for life as someone who "aided the enemy," when the documents he is accused of leaking helped bring about democratic change in some of the most authoritarian and oppressive countries in the world?

Secretary Panetta, please drop the charges of "aiding the enemy" against Pfc. Bradley Manning.

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