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The prosecution of Bradley Manning starkly contrasts to the US govt’s repeated failure to deliver justice for serious human rights violations committed during counter-terror operations of the past decade.Manning, who released classified information exposing potential breaches of international humanitarian law by US forces, was sentenced in military court on Aug 21st to 35 yrs in prison.Manning’s severe sentence contrasts with the leniency given those responsible for torture and other types of grave human rights violations he revealed.To reduce this blight on the US human rights record, President Obama should grant Manning clemency for time served, protect whistleblowers, and provide accountability for crimes like those Manning exposed.

The prosecution of Bradley Manning starkly contrasts to the US govt’s repeated failure to deliver justice for serious human rights violations committed during counter-terror operations of the past decade.

Manning, who released classified information exposing potential breaches of international humanitarian law by US forces, was sentenced in military court on Aug 21st to 35 yrs in prison.

Manning’s severe sentence contrasts with the leniency given those responsible for torture and other types of grave human rights violations he revealed.

To reduce this blight on the US human rights record, President Obama should grant Manning clemency for time served, protect whistleblowers, and provide accountability for crimes like those Manning exposed.

Restore the United States’ human rights record and grant clemency to Pvt. Bradley Manning! | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

The prosecution of Bradley Manning starkly contrasts to the US govt’s repeated failure to deliver justice for serious human rights violations committed during counter-terror operations of the past decade.

Manning, who released classified information exposing potential breaches of international humanitarian law by US forces, was sentenced in military court on Aug 21st to 35 yrs in prison.

Manning’s severe sentence contrasts with the leniency given those responsible for torture and other types of grave human rights violations he revealed.

To reduce this blight on the US human rights record, President Obama should grant Manning clemency for time served, protect whistleblowers, and provide accountability for crimes like those Manning exposed.

Bradley Manning in a World of Cheneys, Hadithas, and NSA Domestic Surveillance

The sentence given Manning was much harsher than that he would have received in democratic countries. And the government took us another step down the road to authoritarian government by convicting him on espionage charges, confusing leaking with spying for the enemy. If the government could have, it would have convicted him of aiding al-Qaeda (yes), but the judge laughed that one out of court.

Meanwhile, Dick Cheney and his staff, who tried as hard as they could to out Valerie Plame as a CIA field officer working against Iran’s nuclear program, in which they indirectly succeeded, went mostly unpunished. Plame’s dummy company and everyone ever associated with it were burned.

And of course almost none of the US war crimes in Iraq or Afghanistan have ever been punished. Unlike Mylai, Americans mostly never heard of Haditha.

And while Manning is jailed for letting us read the ambassadors’ email, the NSA is allowed to spy on us and to read ours and to lie to the FISA judges about it with impunity.

Groklaw, the 11-year-old website devoted to covering legal disputes related to open source software, has announced it will shut down rather than risk the government reading its e-mail.

Groklaw founder Pamela Jones (commonly known as “PJ”) wrote today that she is not confident the government won’t someday be able to crack her encrypted e-mails. “There is no way to do Groklaw without e-mail,” she wrote. “So this is the last Groklaw article.
What does his being transgender have to do with anything? This is a low and disgusting effort to break him, a tactic of the weak and unprincipled. I see right through these military weasels, and I hope others do as well.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams (6/3/13), reporting the first day of Manning’s trial, called him “the man who may have put U.S. military secrets in the hands of Osama bin Laden”–referring to the U.S. government’s legal theory that by making secrets public, Manning allowed Al-Qaeda to have access to them, and was therefore “aiding the enemy” (FAIR Blog, 6/4/13).

But giving classified information to the public is something that news outlets–including NBC News–routinely do, and each time they do it they too could be accused of “aiding the enemy.” For example, NBC's Michael Isikoff reported on February 4 that a “confidential memo” produced by the Justice Department held that “the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be ‘senior operational leaders’ of Al-Qaeda or ‘an associated force’–even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.”

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Nominate Bradley Manning as MLB / People’s Tribute to Heros before May 17 Info for nominating Bradley: First Name: Bradley  Last Name: Manning Email Address: courage@riseup.net  Favorite Team: Nationals  Date of Birth: 12/17/1987 Gender: Male Branch of Military Service: Army  Duration of Military Service: 1-5 yearsPersonal and Professional Accomplishments (500 characters or less): PFC Bradley Manning, is the only U.S. soldier to be nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize & is one of the most influential whistle blowers of our time. In short, he’s been charged with exposing war crimes & telling us the truth about US foreign policy. He’s been held with no trial for nearly 3 years & endured torture & solitary confinement for the first 10 months of his incarceration. Given the crimes exposed, he should be given a medal of honor for his selfless acts.  Military Service and Acts of Heroism (500 characters or less): He courageously shared a video of a US helicopter attack that killed 11 civilians and wounded 2 children in Iraq. He also gave the world an unprecedented view of the realities of U.S. foreign policy by sharing the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, Guantanamo case files, and embarrassing US State Dept cables. The documents have added significantly to public knowledge of war crimes, civilian casualties, and government corruption, and significantly contributed to ending the war in Iraq. Community Service (500 characters or less): Bradley has served communities all across the nation and the world by exposing truths that directly affect the people of those communities. At Home, providing transparency, Manning showed what the government is doing with our tax dollars in our name. Globally, contributing to recent pro-democracy and justice movements. Bradley has also been active and participated in the hacker and LGBT communities. Bradley is clearly motivated by a commitment to justice standing up for human rights everywhere.

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Nominate Bradley Manning as MLB / People’s Tribute to Heros before May 17

Info for nominating Bradley:
First Name: Bradley
Last Name: Manning
Email Address: courage@riseup.net
Favorite Team: Nationals
Date of Birth: 12/17/1987
Gender: Male
Branch of Military Service: Army
Duration of Military Service: 1-5 years

Personal and Professional Accomplishments (500 characters or less):
PFC Bradley Manning, is the only U.S. soldier to be nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize & is one of the most influential whistle blowers of our time. In short, he’s been charged with exposing war crimes & telling us the truth about US foreign policy. He’s been held with no trial for nearly 3 years & endured torture & solitary confinement for the first 10 months of his incarceration. Given the crimes exposed, he should be given a medal of honor for his selfless acts.

Military Service and Acts of Heroism (500 characters or less):
He courageously shared a video of a US helicopter attack that killed 11 civilians and wounded 2 children in Iraq. He also gave the world an unprecedented view of the realities of U.S. foreign policy by sharing the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs, Guantanamo case files, and embarrassing US State Dept cables. The documents have added significantly to public knowledge of war crimes, civilian casualties, and government corruption, and significantly contributed to ending the war in Iraq.

Community Service (500 characters or less):
Bradley has served communities all across the nation and the world by exposing truths that directly affect the people of those communities. At Home, providing transparency, Manning showed what the government is doing with our tax dollars in our name. Globally, contributing to recent pro-democracy and justice movements. Bradley has also been active and participated in the hacker and LGBT communities. Bradley is clearly motivated by a commitment to justice standing up for human rights everywhere.

It was part of a fascinating few days in the history of the Manning story — resonating with implications for free speech, national security and the American military at war — but you wouldn’t have known much about it if your only source of information was The New York Times. The Times didn’t cover Mr. Coombs’s remarks and, far more important, did not send a staff reporter to the first eight days of a pretrial hearing in the case, including riveting testimony by Private Manning.
The N.Y. Times navel gazing about the Bradley Manning story in An Empty Seat in the Courtroom
Bradley complained about the restrictive conditions, and psychiatrists said that they were detrimental to Bradley’s health, because they amount to solitary confinement. Bradley wasn’t able to speak to any other detainees, as his adjacent cells were empty, he only got 20 minutes outside of his 6′x8′ cell each day, and when he left the cell the entire brig was in “lockdown” and he had to wear metal shackles on his hands and feet and be escorted everywhere he went. Guards and officials have testified that Bradley is far and away the only detainee they’ve ever seen or kept on POI for this long – previously, the longest they’ve seen a detainee on POI was merely a few days, or two weeks at most, while Bradley was kept in isolation for nine months. Military psychiatrists say these conditions can be detrimental to a detainee’s mental health, especially as they last this long.

Questioned for several hours yesterday by defense lawyer David Coombs, MSGT Blenis said that Bradley’s previous history was cause for concern: in Kuwait, disoriented and isolated in what he called an “animal cage,” Bradley had considered committing suicide. Upon arriving at Quantico, Bradley wrote on an intake form that regarding suicide he was “always planning, never acting.” However, Bradley testified this week that he didn’t feel suicidal at Quantico, and that the intake remark wasn’t serious: he had guards standing over him who ordered him to “write something” and he knew that he’d be placed on Suicide Risk watch no matter what he wrote. Furthermore, brig psychiatrists Cpt. William Hoctor and Cpt. Kevin Malone testified this week that they didn’t consider those incidents to be long-term problems – they said that suicidal thoughts are frequently temporary, and by mid-August, Bradley posed no risk to himself and didn’t require these harsh conditions.
Chris Brown, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics (LSE), said Britain had been “mind-bogglingly stupid to raise the issue in the first place”, regardless of how it was worded.

“Anyone with Diplomacy 101, as the Americans call it, would know that it (the threat) would backfire,” he told AFP.

“If you asked a room of my first-year students about what Britain has done, I believe that even they would not have made such a fundamental error.”

Police are guarding the exits of the embassy in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge district, but have so far made no move to enter it.

Brown said there was “no chance” that Britain would apply the law and enter the embassy to extract Assange, who Sweden wants to question over accusations of rape and molestation.

“All it did is deflect away from the main point, which is that Assange is wanted for questioning on a criminal charge,” he said. “The British government has bumbled into a pointless argument.”