Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bradley Manning: Profile in Courage Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

"Missing Peace"
Anthony Freda Art
Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

He's one of America's best. He risked great personal harm. He did so to expose vital truths.

He's a true American hero. He deserves praise, not prosecution. In February 2012, Movement of the Icelandic Parliament (MIP) members nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

They felt compelled to recognize his important contribution to world peace. They called nominating him a "great honor." They're indebted for what he did.

He deserves Washington's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

It's awarded "for especially meritorious contributions to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

War criminals often get it. Peacemakers are spurned.

British MP George Galloway said Manning should "be getting a Nobel Prize instead of being tortured, and what is the British government doing about this torture of the Welshman, Bradley Manning?”

“What they’re doing is intriguing and plotting with the Swedish government and the US government to send Julian Assange to join him on the torture tables and in solitary confinement for the next 50 years."

"And we call ourselves the land of the free."

Paul Craig Roberts called Manning "a window into the American soul." It reveals "total evil. The US government constitutes Satan's Chosen People. Nothing else can be said for those who rule and oppress us."

Manning's a latter-day Daniel Ellsberg. "I was Bradley Manning of my day," he said. "I too faced life in prison for exposing classified government lies and crimes."

Ultimately all charges were dropped. It was "because of criminal government misconduct" in his case. Manning deserves no less.

Whistleblowers, social justice advocates, and war resisters reflect America's best. Washington treats them like criminals.

Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark says "Our jails are filled with saints." Some of America's best and brightest are persecuted and abused.

Law Professor Francis Boyle says US government lawlessness demands civil resistance. It's lawful, necessary, and right. "US government officials are the outlaws," he says. Doing the right thing requires challenging them.

Law Professor Marjorie Cohn calls Manning's heroism "uncommon courage." He did what he had to do because it's right. He spoke for the second time publicly. More on that below. His own words confirm "a very brave young man."

Center for Constitutional Rights President Emeritus Michael Ratner calls Manning's court martial a "show trial of state secrecy."

The public's right to know is denied. Evidence is kept secret. Transparency is spurned. So is accountability. Court documents, orders, and off-the record arguments will decide Manning's fate.

Ratner attends his hearings. He calls them the "theater of the absurd." They involve lengthy off-the-record conferences. They're secretive and suppressed. An in-court summary conceals what's most important to explain.

A pre-trial publicity order details what lawyers may or may not say. "Even the degree to which proceedings (are) kept secret is secret."

Doing so reflects Plato's Cave. People lived chained to a wall. It was blank. They remained there all their lives. Shadows replaced reality. The public's right to know reflects allegorical injustice.

Denying transparency violates constitutional and statute law. The Supreme Court ruled criminal trials must be public. Democracies die behind closed doors.

Proceedings are rigged to convict. Manning doesn't have a chance. Expect prosecutors to throw the book at him. Expect hanging judge complicity to go along.

For heroism above and beyond the call of duty, he faces 22 counts under America's Espionage Act. He's also accountable under Articles 92 and 124 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).

They include aiding the enemy. It's a potential capital offense. Prosecutors said they won't seek the death penalty. Manning faces potential life imprisonment.

He was held incommunicado for 10 months. He was subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment. He was isolated 23 hours a day.

He was allowed outside, alone, shackled, and permitted to walk in circles. He was returned to his cell the moment he stopped.

He was stripped of all rights. He was denied most other activities. He was prohibited from exercising in his cell. He was video and visually monitored 24 hours a day. He was forced to sleep naked.

He was denied a pillow and sheets. He was awakened at night for being out of full view. He was forced to respond to guard inquiries every five minutes all day.

He was tortured and abused for doing the right thing. He took everything America threw at him and stood tall. It doesn't get any better than that.

He'll be remembered as one of America's best. At great personal risk, he exposed US war crimes. Everyone has a right to know. They include systematically murdering civilians in cold blood.

It's standard practice. Rules of engagement order combatants to shoot all military aged men on sight. Drone operators do so indiscriminately.

International, constitutional, US statute and military laws are violated. Nuremberg standards aren't imposed.

Accountability is long overdue. Pursuing justice more than ever is vital. Legions of Mannings are needed.

His Support Network provides regular updates. He's denied civil justice. His military tribunal trial begin June 3.

On February 28, he pleaded guilty to 10 lesser charges. He can withdraw any of them before trial. He denied 12 greater ones.

He called war logs given WikiLeaks "some of the most important documents of our time." He chose ones he believed "wouldn't cause harm to the United States."

He hoped what he did would launch a national debate. It's sorely needed and much more. He "became depressed with the situation" in Iraq.

America's "obsessed with capturing and killing people," he said.

"Collateral murder" is policy. US helicopter pilots gunned down innocent civilians. They murdered anyone trying to help them. Shooting wounded victims was like "a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass," he said.

He wanted everyone to know. It's their right. Back home on leave, he contacted the Washington Post and New York Times. He hoped they'd report what he knew. They published Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers. That was then. This is now.

They spurned him. They're in lockstep with imperial lawlessness. They're complicit in suppressing US war crimes. Doing so shares guilt.

Journalism demands truth and full disclosure. Managed news misinformation substitutes. Fundamental ethical standards are violated.

Exposing high crimes and misdemeanors is verboten. Scoundrel media editors and commentators are guilty on all counts.

They support wealth, privilege, power and dominance. They oppose peace, equity and justice. They shame themselves disgracefully. They operate no other way.

Manning enlisted WikiLeak's help. He had many conversations with someone called "Nathaniel." He believed it was Julian Assange. No one pressured him to do anything.

He did what he believed right. He did it on his own. "I take full responsibility," he said.

Judge Denise Lind presides over his pre-trial hearings. His "naked plea" waved his Sixth Amendment and Rule of Court Martial (RCM) 707 rights, she said. They include speedy trial protections.

His plea involved no government agreement. Prosecutors don't have to prove his admissions. They can use them to pursue greater charges.

Manning read his entire 35-page statement. Judge Lind calls his motives irrelevant. Doing so denies him whistleblower protections. Obama's war on them strips them of all rights.

Manning pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of one classified army intelligence memo, more than 20 classified CIDNE (Combined Information Data Network Exchange) Iraq documents, another 30 CIDNE Afghanistan ones, more than five relating to an Afghanistan Farah province military operation, and the Collateral Murder video.

He also pleaded guilty to willfully communicating to unauthorized personnel.

On February 23, international protests marked his 1,000th day in prison without trial. Constitutional and Court Martial rights demand speedy ones.

Defense counsel David Combs represents Manning. He said his "statutory and constitutional speedy trial rights were trampled on with impunity."

Washington made an "absolute mockery" of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights, RCM 707, and Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 10.

Clear evidence shows his due process rights were violated. Judge Lind can dismiss charges with or without prejudice. Doing so with prevents refiling.

Without prejudice permits doing so later. Usually it's done if more evidence is obtained.

Prosecutors deliberately delayed Manning's trial. It was done to punish him. It's just cause to dismiss.

Manning's been incarcerated since May 2010. Holding him this long without trial is unconscionable. Doing so to inflict cruel and inhumane treatment reveals America's true face.

State terrorism is policy. Crimes of war, against humanity, and genocide reflect it. So does police state repression. Manning's victimized for doing the right thing.

Expect kangaroo trial proceedings to mock justice. Dozens of government witnesses will testify. They'll lie. They'll claim national security was compromised. Saying so turns truth on its head.

Many witnesses will testify wholly or in part in secret. Doing so denies the public the right to know. It exposes government contempt for judicial fairness.

Combs is prohibited from calling military or government witnesses able to contradict prosecutor arguments. Trial procedures are rigged to convict.

Manning is guilty by accusation. At issue on what charges and length of sentencing. Minimally expect it to be long term. Obama may demand he's imprisoned for life.

Tyranny reflects today's America. The criminal class in Washington is bipartisan. Dissent is endangered.

Rule of law principles provide no protections. Police states operate that way. America is by far the worst. There's no place to hide.

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Scott said...

Bradley Manning is NOT an American hero. I may not agree with many of our policies, but when a person's actions put other people's lives in danger, I cannot condone their activity. We American's have enemies that want to bring our country to our knees, and his theft and transmittal of sensitive information to the public, quite possibly casued the death of American's anywhere in the world. Tell a CIA case agent's son who lost his father/mother becasue of a security leak, that he should be proud that his father died due to Manning's theft of information. Secrets are necessary; they always have, are and will be necessary as long as there are borders between nations.

Anonymous said...

The enemies that want to bring our country to its knees, Scott, run our government. Sorry to break it to you. The CIA arms Al Qaeda. Building 7 (not hit by plane) was brought down by pre-planted explosives, as were the twin towers. The war on terror is a hoax, used by its architects to control and manipulate us into willingly giving up all the freedoms we were told "the terrorists envy." The secrets being kept by our government about torture and wanton killing should be exposed and punished for the war crimes they are. Not everything we do is right, nor is it justified simply because we do it.

Anonymous said...

the above comment by scot shows how much wretched the americans are-really pure evil. even good ones are jailed and evil are sheltered in name of security of terroris state of american.

Anonymous said... are high as giraffe pussy if you trust your guvment to do the right thing...cia? Really? You're a funny guy

Anonymous said...

Manning deserved the Nobel Piss Prize up and above Odumba
receiving it as the do nothing president. Manning opened my
eyes to all the lies of the century. Terrorist has a new meaning.

Anonymous said...

When you're the only human in a roomful of animals, unfortunately, you often get bitten. Manning is a human. I appreciate his service, his bravery, and his willingness to sacrifice his own freedom to try to expose the truth.

HereAmI said...

The citizens of the Corporate USA are corporate fictions; as such they have no human rights, because they are no longer legally human. Those previous rights under God were signed away when they accepted SS#s at the time of the Depression, and prior to that when they signed the new State Constitutions in 1790, under Article 1 of the Statutes at Large, which asked them to affirm under penalty of perjury that they were "citizens" of those States, ie no longer sovereigns. They became State Property, no more, no less. Those born later became state chattels at birth, when their parents ask, unnecessarily, that their births are registered, ie that they are thenceforward "of the King", which is the Latin word indicated. These certificates are then indexed at the Department of Transportation under the heading of "vessels", ie commercial entities. How can an inanimate object be treated in a cruel and inhumane way? It's impossible.
The Constitution was originally designed to protect the rights of the Founding Fathers, and those of their descendants, not your rights. A signee to that Constitution is defined as a Constitutor, ie one who freely binds himself to pay the debts of another. This obligation needed to be transferred to "the people" as soon as possible. Any alarm bells ringing yet?. The Constitution was subsequently and secretly turned into a Trust, whose donor was the King, and whose trustees are the Federal Government. The King did not lose the War of Independence, he simply backed off a decade after the war was over, and removed his troops; ( who, incidentally, were not Englishmen; these refused to fight against their relatives in the Colony; German and Russian indigents were then employed, and placed in red coats by the Rothschilds at a dollar a day to do the dirty work ); and allowed his agents to administer the Colony for him; they administer the trust on behalf of the Pope and the King; the people of the US are the alleged beneficiaries, but the terms of the Trust are kept secret, and so the terms may be modified as deemed appropriate, to favour the Trustees.
The US was, is, and ever will be a Slave Plantation, owned by the Vatican and administered by the Federal Government on behalf of the Crown. Slaves may not own property, and have no rights except as specified by their Masters. All the IRS tax levied is not placed at the disposal of the Treasury, but goes direct to the FRB, and its eleven major familial shareholders. Ronald Reagan stated this fact in public, and was then shot by John Hinkley.
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Anonymous said...

this young man is i beleive on what he has done a very brave good soul who knows right from wrong and shows empathy towards his fellow human beings not like the lying perverted corupt murdress government shame on them shame on them free this young man free bradly manning put him and other good brave pepole like him in a position of power for the people to stop this evil and bring these evil people to justis

Anonymous said...

Bradley Manning is the greatest HERO of the AMERICAN PEOPLE of the last 100 years. He is the MANDELA of the US but sadly Americans are so stupid, brainwashed and filled with a population that is MEASURABLY borderline retarded that they have no idea of his greatness. They have no idea on how Bradley Manning is sacrificing himself for them. They haven't a clue, not a clue. BRADLEY MANNING will go down in history as one of the greatest Americans to have ever lived.

Anonymous said...

Scott, with enough people like urself with the same thoughts, ur country, & it,s freedoms r guranteed to go the way of " Nazisim " .....

Anonymous said...

Is Bradly Manning a hero ? I think we should nominate for an honor award in front of the globalist attempt to disgrace him. Nobel peace prize to be given to him as soon as possible by the 99% From We the real people that built this country. A reward based on true merit and not the BS awards of the scum that think they rule.

Anonymous said...

"go down in history as one of the greatest Americans" I don't
think so - you know who manipulates history. If I were editing
history books and articles, he would be a hero.

Anonymous said...

scott when your country is comitting war crimes do you have the moral courage to speak up or will you later regret it like the german citizens after ww2?

Anonymous said...

He is going to prison for all of us. He is the epitome of courage and heroics. His is a selfless act of bravery, decency and of an evolved human being. He is a teacher.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Idea ! How can we make that happen?

Anonymous said...

Excellent article. Bradley Manning is taking one for team USA

Gary orGibby said...

The thing that "Scott" (above) will never understand is that it is HE who is the coward. Bradley Manning is the epitome of what it means to be a human being and I'm proud to share this planet with him.

"There comes a point when a man must refuse to answer to his leader if he is also to answer to his own conscience." - Hartley Shawcross (1902-2003), prosecutor at Nuremberg War Crimes tribunal

“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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