Call and protest! Uphold your promise Obama!
Last week almost a dozen supporters were arrested after peacefully demanding Obama stand up for Bradley Manning. Let’s show them our support. 1) Call the national Obama campaign office at 312-698-3670. Demand the president uphold his promise to protect whistle-blowers and demand that he bring an end to the government’s persecution of Bradley Manning. 2) Take action September 6th at your local Obama campaign office. Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime! (International supporters are welcome to contact and organize around their U.S. embassy)
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. August 23, 2012.
Obama campaigned on a promise to protect those who expose fraud and abuse. After praising whistle-blowers as vital to American democracy, he promised that he would strengthen whistle-blower protections, that federal agencies would expedite the process for reviewing whistle-blower claims, and that those who uncover abuses would have full access to courts and due process. But after two years without court martial, nearly a year of which was spent in abusive and punitive solitary confinement that the UN has called “cruel, inhuman, and degrading,” Bradley Manning has not received due process. Instead, Bradley’s lawyer David Coombs argues that the government and military have unlawfully colluded to punish Bradley Manning before trial.
Based on this abuse, David Coombs has called on Judge Lind to drop all the charges against Bradley Manning. However it will be difficult for her to do the right thing given the powerful influence the Obama administration has exuded on the trial. In April 2011, President Obama stated that Bradley Manning “broke the law” well before Manning stepped foot in court, unlawfully prejudicing the case and precluding a truly fair trial. Obama must apologize for and retract these remarks.
Finally the court is shielding Bradley’s hearings from public scrutiny by keeping essential records secret. Prosecutors do not want Bradley’s motive to play a role in the trial, working to hide the fact that Bradley Manning is a whistle-blower. Chat logs attributed to an online discussion with Bradley reveal his honorable intent: for the public to know the truth, and for that truth to inspire worldwide debate and reform. Pressure the president to acknowledge Bradley Manning’s status as a whistle-blower and to uphold the campaign promise to protect him.
Once you’ve called the main Obama campaign switchboard, consider contacting your regional Obama campaign offices as well.