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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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Protest Bradley's 1000th day in prison!
On February 23, join the international Bradley Manning Support Network protest against Bradley Manning's 1,000th day imprisoned without trial. Protests are being organized for February 23rd. Bradley 3 YEARS in jail! Manning has the right to a speedy trial!

Please help us show President Obama and military prosecution authority Maj. Gen. Karl Horst that we will not stand idly by while a young American truth-teller is silenced. Ask them to acknowledge the overprosecution and Constitutional violations in this case, and to drop the charges against Bradley Manning before it is too late!

February 23rd marks Bradley's 1000th day in prison without trial. Demonstrate!

Protests are being organized for February 23rd. Bradley Manning has the right to a speedy trial!

Bradley Manning's pretrial imprisonment is among the longest in US military history. The outcome of his case is also among the most influential for the future of American democracy, government transparency, and our wavering moral compass concerning foreign policy.

A Bradley Manning supporter is someone who believes that We the People are responsible for maintaining international justice and holding our government accountable.

On February 23, join the international Bradley Manning Support Network protest against Bradley Manning's 1,000th day imprisoned without trial.


Sign Daniel Ellsberg's petition to free Bradley Manning!
Sign the petition to free Bradley Manning, sponsored by Pentagon Papers whistle-blower Daniel Ellsberg who will be speaking tonight along with Patricia Ellsberg and Kevin Gosztola in Berkeley, CA.
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Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistle-blower, has written a petition to free Bradley Manning

People around the world learned about whistle-blower Bradley Manning during his solitary confinement at the Quantico marine brig in Virginia, conditions which were condemned by the UN Rapporteur on Torture as “cruel, inhuman and degrading.” These pre-trial prison conditions violated the US military's Uniform Code of Military Justice. Yet, only worldwide outrage--including over 500,000 supporters signing a petition--ended this illegal treatment.

Two years later, Bradley is approaching his 1000th day in prison without trial. His judge has acknowledged the military's responsibility for perpetrating unlawful pretrial punishment, yet Bradley still faces 150 years plus life in prison for seeking to inspire "discussion, debates and reforms" concerning our governments' foreign policy. As Bradley said, "I want people to know the truth... because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public."

Please help us show President Obama and military prosecution authority Maj. Gen. Karl Horst that we will not stand idly by while a young American truth-teller is silenced. Ask them to acknowledge the overprosecution and Constitutional violations in this
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
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Below is an email from Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, who recently appeared on MSNBC to talk about the abusive prosecution that drove her partner, Aaron Swartz, to a desperate act.--------------------------------­----------------------------------------­--------



Urge Congress to reform the dangerously broad Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to help prevent the abuse of power that led to Aaron's death.
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(Do not forward: This link will open a page with your information filled in.)
Dear ACLU Supporter,
On January 11, 2013, facing decades in prison on trumped up charges, my partner, Aaron Swartz, made the tragic choice to take his own life. He was only 26.

Aaron's supposed crime? He was accused of checking out too many articles (4.8 million), too fast, from an online academic library called JTSOR, to which he had authorized access. He never used or distributed the articles and later returned them. For that, he faced 35 years behind bars and endured two years of relentless persecution.

The outdated Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) made this tragedy possible by giving absurdly broad powers to corporations and prosecutors to criminalize an array of online activity. That includes breaching a website's terms of service--that long fine print you "agree to" but never read.

All of us who knew and loved Aaron never want to see anyone suffer this kind of abuse of power again. So, we're urgently calling on Congress to reform the CFAA. Please join us.

Tell Congress: "Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to remove the dangerously broad criminalization of online activity and protect us all from the abuse of corporate and prosecutorial power." (Do not forward: This link will open a page with your information already filled in.)

Aaron was an innovator, entrepeneur, and social justice advocate who co-authored RSS 1.0 (the web's format for sharing and distributing content) at the age of 14, co-founded the social news website Reddit, and led the fight to stop SOPA and PIPA--the internet censorship bills.

His fight to stop SOPA and PIPA started with a petition just like this one, so we know this can work. In fact, there's already been a strong, bipartisan reaction to Aaron's death and legislation is in the works to reform the CFAA right now. But it won't happen without a big public push.

We can't get Aaron back, but can you help us honor his memory by signing this petition and sharing it with everyone you know?

Yes, I can.

Thank you for listening.

--Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman

Published on 28 Jan 2013

Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman, Founder and Executive Director of SumOfUs.org, was Aaron Swartz's girlfriend at the time of his death. Swartz, the 26-year-old Reddit co-founder and civil rights activist who killed himself in early January, 2013, faced a lengthy prison term for the non-crime of downloading academic articles.

Other memorable speakers:
Brewster Kahle: http://youtu.be/35zjl...­
Carl Malamud: http://youtu.be/4NSPq...­

Full memorial livestream available here: http://youtu.be/x3Fz1...­
Download the full livestream at the Internet Archive: http://archive.org/de...­
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
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Freedom Of Press Foundation; Updates from OUR Front...
By John Cusack
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
Post #: 4,878
Aaron Swartz and Bradley Manning Won't Be the Last Victims of the War Against Free Information
Swartz and Manning's crimes were that they individually sought to liberate the information our government didn't want us to see. This government is just creating martyrs. And history shows us that martyrs have a way of catalysing change.
http://motherboard.vi...­

Outside the walls of his prison in 2010, another information activist was hard at work as details of Manning's jailhouse accommodations filtered into the American consciousness. Aaron Swartz, co-founder of RSS, Reddit, Demand Progress, and Creative Commons – a crusader for social and political justice for the Internet Age – exercised his right as a US citizen by filing a Freedom of Information request (FOIA). According to some sources, he was after, among other information, records of Manning's prison treatment. As is typical of FOIA requests, Swartz found himself in an absurdist, Gilliamesque world where answers were few, excuses many and time rearranged itself according to the flows of bureaucratic existence.

Three weeks ago Texas Senator John Cornyn sent a letter to President Obama's attorney general Eric Holder. In that letter Cornyn wondered if Swartz had faced aggressive prosecution because of his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to Manning's treatment in prison. Cornyn was not alone in his curiosity. Author and co-founder of Boing Boing Cory Doctorow theorised that Swartz and others in the MIT crowd of hackers were being hounded by the government for their connections or sympathies to Manning. Information isn't free, you see: It must be paid for by McCarthyist tenacity.


All that we know is that Swartz, one of the most persistent thorns in the side of government, is now gone. Like Manning, he is now neutralised and silent. The only consolation is that the government's Whack-a-Mole policy with free-information activists, many of whom commit crimes as acts of civil disobedience, cannot possibly win in the end. Information wants to be free.


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Wilber W.
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Supporters of the NDAA lawsuit include Jacob Applebaum, computer security researcher









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Wilber W.
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The NSA now Spys on ALL Americans: Surveillance Teach-In



Published on 11 Sep 2012

In this Surveillance Teach-In, award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras is joined by computer security expert and privacy advocate Jacob Appelbaum and National Security Agency whistle-blower Bill Binney to present an artistic and practical commentary




Bradley Manning Legal Defence Fund
Please give generously..
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The final coment of the panelists in the above video; "I make it clear to my lawyers, I will NEVER commit suicide....."
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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Pfc. Bradley E. Manning's Statement for the Providence Inquiry
Bradley Manning's Feb 28th. statement at Military Tribunal Ft, Meade
By Alexa O'Brien on February 28, 2013 11:59 AM |
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This statement below was read by Private First Class Bradley E. Bradley at a providence inquiry for his formal plea of guilty to one specification as charged and nine specifications for lesser included offenses. He pled not guilty to 12 other specifications. This rush transcript was taken by journalist Alexa O'Brien at the Article 39(a) session of United States v. Pfc. Bradley Manning on February 28, 2013 at Fort Meade, MD, USA.

Judge Lind: Pfc. Manning you may read your statement.

Pfc. Bradley Manning: Yes, your Honor. I wrote this statement in the confinement facility. The following facts are provided in support of the providence inquiry for my court martial, United States v. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning.

Personal Facts.

I am a twenty-five year old Private First Class in the United States Army currently assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, HHC, US Army Garrison (USAG), Joint Base Myer, Henderson Hall, Fort Meyer, Virginia.

Con...
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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Does the truth matter, or not?
in actuality, the stage is now set for the one of the most important and contested military court
martials in history.

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I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general.
Bradley Manning

Hi Folks,

Yesterday's compelling and articulate testimony by Bradley marked an
important turning point for our efforts. Over the last 32 months, when he
spoke of Bradley as a whistle-blower, it seemed like many simply didn't
believe us... "How do know why he did it?" We no longer have to dance around
the "accused whistle-blower," and can move on to "heroic whistle-blower"
without reservation.


Many recent news accounts inaccurately describe Brad's statement and
pleading to lesser offenses as "a deal", or that his admission of
responsibility was done "in exchange for" a maximum 20 year sentence. For
example, I just heard that on NPR. Please, whenever you see this factual
error, please use it as an opportunity to write a letter to the editor about
Bradley, both correcting the error and expressing your support for Brad.

We fully expect the prosecution to continue to seek life in prison, and Brad
is under no illusion otherwise. However, without taking responsibility for
the releases, he could not explain why he felt it important to try and
change the world for the better.

The persistent reporting error is not an insignificant thing. It incorrectly
suggests that basically "Bradley rolled over," when in actuality, the stage
is now set for the one of the most important and contested military court
martials in history. Does the truth matter, or not?

Jeff Paterson
BradleyManning.org
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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Bradley Manning Tells Court Public Have the Right to Know About US War Crimes
American Attorney for Julian Assange, Michael Ratner, reports he was in the courtroom and witnessed Manning speak with confidence and intelligence as he detailed the outrages that drove him to upload the documents to Wikileaks
http://therealnews.co...­



Bio
Michael Ratner is President Emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York and Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He is currently a legal adviser to Wikileaks and Julian Assange. He and CCR brought the first case challenging the Guantanamo detentions and continue in their efforts to close Guantanamo. He taught at Yale Law School, and Columbia Law School, and was President of the National Lawyers Guild. His current books include "Hell No: Your Right to Dissent in the Twenty-First Century America," and “ Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away With Murder.” NOTE: Mr. Ratner speaks on his own behalf and not for any organization with which he is affiliated.


Transcript
PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And welcome to this week's edition of The Ratner Report with Michael Ratner, who now joins us from New York City.



Michael is president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. He's chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. He's also the U.S. attorney for Julian Assange. And he's also a board member of The Real News Network.


Thanks very much for joining us.


MICHAEL RATNER, PRESIDENT EMERITUS, CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Good to be with you, Paul.

JAY: So you spent a hell of a emotional day at a remarkable trial of Bradley Manning today. What happened?

RATNER: I went down to Fort Meade, and it was an all-day affair. Bradley Manning was in the courtroom. Most of the press goes to a theater room, but a few of us—I'm not press—go into the room with Bradley Manning. And it was a special day because it was a day in which Bradley Manning's lawyer and Bradley had decided to plead guilty to certain of the charges, but really lesser included charges, not the top charges of espionage and aiding the enemy and all of that.

But I was devastated by the day emotionally. I was devastated by it. But at the same time, you really saw who Bradley Manning was, what a hero he was, and how when he saw wrong, he basically acted.

Technically what happened today is he pleaded guilty to nine charges. And when you plead guilty in a court, the court wants to make sure you understand what you're doing, the nature of the plea, and asks you to describe what your actions are. And so Bradley Manning pleaded guilty to many of the distribution or the transferring of documents to WikiLeaks, who is my client, all of the documents from the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan war logs, "Collateral Murder" video, Department of State cables, the Reykjavik 13 cable, etc.

But what was amazing about this guilty plea to nine charges is the judge allowed him to read a statement that's probably a 30-page statement—it took two or three hours—that really gave you a sense of who Bradley Manning was. And it was an incredibly moving statement. He started out by when he joined the military, and then he described what his first job was in Iraq. And his first job was really compiling and working with something called SigAct, which are significant activities. And those are the daily log reports of what happens in the field. And as he read those reports, he got more and more disturbed by what he saw going on in Iraq, the amount of killings, the number of—the fact that they were killing people on a kill list, he said, rather than helping people. And he thought there should be a serious discussion of counterinsurgency, what it meant, what it meant to really help people instead of hurt them.

At about the same time as he was looking at these and working—this was part of his work, the Iraq War Logs. And of course the Afghan war logs, similar material, were in the same sort of location, so he got to see those as well.

The same time that he's doing this, he's also becoming aware of the organization WikiLeaks, and he's primarily becoming aware of it through the fact that they released—I forgot how many tens of thousands of SMSs, those special—you know, the text messages from people who were in the World Trade Center when it was hit. And that was, I guess, an exposure by WikiLeaks. And then he did some research on WikiLeaks while he was at his computer, and he found out that in 2008 there was a report done by the U.S. government about how to counter WikiLeaks way back in 200
So you have these two things going along—him getting disturbed by the Iraq War Logs, the Afghan war logs, and then him being in contact, at least, with WikiLeaks.

The first thing that happens is the Iraq War Logs and the Afghan war logs, and what happens is that he gets disturbed by it. He doesn't do anything with it, but he goes to the United States at some point with those logs downloaded onto his computer, I guess, or onto a chip, really, like, a little SD card. And he's in Maryland, and there's a snowstorm. He can't decide what to do with it. He talks to someone who was at least his boyfriend for a while and said, what if you had things that the American people ought to see. The boyfriend is noncommittal. He keeps thinking about it. It keeps bothering him.

And ultimately, when he goes back to Maryland from Boston, he goes into a Barnes & Noble becauses there's a snowstorm and he needs to use their broadband, and he uploads the documents to WikiLeaks. He uploads them through their site where it's an anonymous upload to WikiLeaks. And then he said afterwards, I felt really relieved; I felt that this was something the American people had to see; they had to debate this war; and I hoped, I hoped that the Afghan war logs and the Iraq War Logs would change the situation. So that's the first set of documents.
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