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Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and Afghanistan - US Citizen in Guantanamo

Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
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Jennifer Robinson, as an American Citizen with family on American soil for over
400 years & a descendent of The Great Explorer, Henry Hudson, thank you for all the hard work you are doing for Julian Assange & WikiLeaks! Both of you are protecting our rights to having Freedom of Speech & Freedom of the Press, as granted to us by our American Constitution. All Americans, that believe in our Constitution, are in favor of what you & Julian Assange & WikiLeaks are doing






Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,626




From the organizersers:

"The London Guantánamo Campaign held a demonstration, "Truth, Justice and the American Way?", outside the US Embassy in London at 6-8pm on Tuesday 6thNovember to coincide with the US presidential elections. Speakers from various organisations and performers will raise human rights concerns of common interest to the US and the UK."


Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,627
Bradley Manning Trial Update


Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
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Obama Drone Strikes Are 'Mass Murder' - Jeremy Scahill
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,632


http://www.occuworld....­

One day, one day in hundreds of years Bradley Manning will be an American icon.
PHILIBOYLONDON 5 months ago 4

If he was a Nazi in the 40's, the US would have given him a medal for what he did...
spinner7373 5 months ago

Secret evidence.... Nice
silverpairaducks 5 months ago 12


Since the government is not releasing evidence, then they have no evidence to convict him, right?
4390100 5 months ago


NO MORE FAIR TRIALS IN THE US ANY MORE. NOW YOU HAVE TO SHOOT TO KILL TO GET AWAY IN THIS NEW USSA.
BIGBABYZIP 5 months ago


John McCain-
The Double standard --------------News from Orlando Sentinel 6-6-12 ; “The fact that this administration would aggressively pursue leaks by a 22-year-old Army private in the Wikileaks matter and former CIA employees in other leaks cases, but apparently sanction leaks made by senior administration officials for political purposes is simply unacceptable,” McCain said. Go figure.
comeonmakemyday 5 months ago
Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
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Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,661
Nobel Laureates salute Bradley Manning
Ask EU to join other Nobel Peace Prize Laureates demanding freedom for Bradley Manning
http://www.thenation....­
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By Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel. November 14, 2012. As published by The Nation, and re-printed by The Guardian (UK)
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As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization of societies and for international cooperation to end war, we are deeply dismayed by the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning.

We have dedicated our lives to working for peace because we have seen the many faces of armed conflict and violence, and we understand that no matter the cause of war, civilians always bear the brunt of the cost. With today’s advanced military technology and the continued ability of business and political elites to filter what information is made public, there exists a great barrier to many citizens being fully aware of the realities and consequences of conflicts in which their country is engaged.

Responsible governance requires fully informed citizens who can question their leadership. For those citizens worldwide who do not have direct, intimate knowledge of war, yet are still affected by rising international tensions and failing economies, the WikiLeaks releases attributed to Manning have provided unparalleled access to important facts.

Revealing covert crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, this window into the realities of modern international relations has changed the world for the better. While some of these documents may demonstrate how much work lies ahead in terms of securing international peace and justice, they also highlight the potential of the Internet as a forum for citizens to participate more directly in civic discussion and creative government accountability projects.





Questioning authority, as a soldier, is not easy. But it can at times be honorable. The words attributed to Manning reveal that he went through a profound moral struggle between the time he enlisted and when he became a whistleblower. Through his experience in Iraq, he became disturbed by top-level policy that undervalued human life and caused the suffering of innocent civilians and soldiers. Like other courageous whistleblowers, he was driven foremost by a desire to reveal the truth.

Private Manning said in chat logs that he hoped the releases would bring “discussion, debates and reforms” and condemned the ways the “first world exploits the third.” Much of the world regards him as a hero for these efforts toward peace and transparency, and he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as a result. However, much as when high-ranking officials in the United States and Britain misled the public in 2003 by saying there was an imminent need to invade Iraq to stop it from using weapons of mass destruction, the world’s most powerful elites have again insulted international opinion and the intelligence of many citizens by withholding facts regarding Manning and WikiLeaks.

The military prosecution has not presented evidence that Private Manning injured anyone by releasing secret documents, and it has asserted in court that the charge of “aiding the enemy through indirect means” does not require it to do so. Nor has the prosecution denied that his motivations were conscientious; it has simply argued they are irrelevant. In ignoring this context and recommending a much more severe punishment for Bradley Manning than is given to US soldiers guilty of murdering civilians, military leadership is sending a chilling warning to other soldiers who might feel compelled by conscience to reveal misdeeds. It is our belief that leaders who use fear to govern, rather than sharing wisdom born from facts, cannot be just.

We Nobel Peace Prize laureates condemn the persecution Bradley Manning has suffered, including imprisonment in conditions declared “cruel, inhuman and degrading” by the United Nations, and call upon Americans to stand up in support of this whistleblower who defended their democratic rights. In the conflict in Iraq alone, more than 110,000 people have died since 2003, millions have been displaced and nearly 4,500 American soldiers have been killed. If someone needs to be held accountable for endangering Americans and civilians, let’s first take the time to examine the evidence regarding high-level crimes already committed, and what lessons can be learned. If Bradley Manning released the documents, as the prosecution contends, we should express to him our gratitude for his efforts toward accountability in government, informed democracy and peace.

Dear All,

Here's something else to do with that Nobel Peace Prize Laureates letter -

SIGN A PETITION someone has started asking this year's winner EU's reps to highlight Brad's case at the award ceremony on 10th DEC.

http://www.thepetitio...­

'Ask EU to join other Nobel Peace Prize Laureates demanding freedom for Bradley Manning:
In their acceptance speech in Oslo on 10. December 2012 the EU representatives (Presidents M. Schultz, H. v. Rompuy, J. M. Barroso) should join their predecessors Tutu, Maguire and Pérez Esquivel in asking predecessor Obama to free nominee Bradley Manning!'


Wilber W.
WilberWebb
Group Organizer
London, GB
Post #: 4,671


"We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by and large, unwilling to pay any significant price. And because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total--but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial. So a whole will and a whole heart and a whole national life bent toward war prevail over the mere desire for peace…" - Daniel Berrigan
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