Update 5/11/12: Plant seeds of truth, Bradley’s noble motives, Obama’s broken promise, and the media’s failure
Plant seeds of truth for Bradley Manning. During Bradley’s April 24-26 motion hearing at Ft. Meade, CODEPINK launched a project in Kansas called Plant Seeds of Truth. CODEPINK will continue the solidarity project to publicize Manning’s case throughout the next several months, culminating in the court martial, scheduled to commence September 21.
Bradley Manning in his own words – a hero who wanted peace, truth, and justice. For an excellent reminder how just how noble Bradley Manning’s motives were, the Wales group Wise Up for Bradley Manning has compiled several of his quotes from the alleged chat logs with Adrian Lamo, including perhaps Bradley’s most famous and important quote, in which he hopes these releases will lead to “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms.”
Reading these motive-based quotes in a row creates a strong narrative that compellingly dispels any notion that Bradley “aided the enemy.” Instead, it is crystal clear that he, if truly the source for WikiLeaks’ releases, intended to bring light to secret criminal acts in the interest of a better democracy. (Read more…)
Joe Wolverton denounces Obama’s broken promise of protecting whistle-blowers. In an article for the New American, entitled “Obama’s New “Zero-Tolerance” of Whistleblowers Betrays Promised Protection,” Wolverton remembers Obama’s campaign-era promise to protect whistle-blowers:
We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government.
Unfortunately, as we know well, these mere words have done nothing to protect PFC Bradley Manning, currently awaiting a life-sentencing trial for telling the American public the truth. (Read more…)
Chase Madar decries treatment of Bradley Manning. Expounding on ideas in his book, The Passion of Bradley Manning, Madar says, “We are a nation that is very hard on whistleblowers but wonderfully forgiving of our war criminals.”
He also indicts media figures for failing to protect a source who is said to have provided massive amounts of new information, including an incisive new look at our wars in the Middle East:
The major media, even as they make hay out of the WikiLeaks disclosures, have made it clear they have no interest in defending the alleged source, and have been happy to smear Manning as a nutcase, not a whistleblower.
This comes despite how widely unpopular America’s wars are – even though most of the country wants out of Afghanistan, American media cannot protect a whistle-blower who allegedly documented just how terrible that war is. (Read more…)