Update 5/7/12: Bradley Manning helped the antiwar movement, his trial symbolizes U.S. injustice, and why we should rally behind him
‘Bradley Manning: Political prisoner and hero.’ Activist Rachel Evans gave a speech in Sydney, Australia, on April 24 (the first day of Bradley’s most recent hearing in Ft. Meade), in which she lauded Bradley for the influence of WikiLeaks’ releases on the antiwar movement:
Manning showed human sympathy with the victims of US power in the global south. In the chatlog transcript with Lamo, Manning said he has access to “260,000 state department cables from embassies and consulates all over the world, explaining how the first world exploits the third, in detail, from an internal perspective”.
He also said he felt he had to take action because “it might actually change something”.
If Manning is indeed the source of leaks to WikiLeaks, then he is a hero who has helped change the world. The world will never be the same after WikiLeaks’ releases.
WikiLeaks has helped provide the anti-war movement, and democracy movements throughout the world, with the arguments and the confidence they need.
Evans said Bradley is a political prisoner and a hero who deserves to be freed. (Read more…)
Bradley Manning–A Case of Class-based Justice System. Author Mark Biskeborn discusses Bradley Manning’s trial as a microcosm of America’s two-tiered justice system, in which the powerful are immunized despite rampant criminality and the weak are railroaded into prison for dissenting:
The U.S. military along with its justice seems to enjoy taking exceptions to the law when it needs its top security in the politically darkened court room as well as out on battle fields made soggy by the blood for oil exchange. Some of the documents that Manning allegedly leaked include videos of Apache helicopters pilots killing unarmed Iraqis and Reuters journalists as if they were mere targets in a video game. (9) The secrecy of information in Manning’s case and about everything else in these endless wars delivers an indictment against the U.S. systems of justice and governance by its massive volumes of secrets.
Manning’s trial is an exceedingly secretive sham, in which the public can’t see the documents discussed and, therefore, can’t see this process of injustice. (Read more…)
Ron Jacobs: defending Bradley Manning is part of defending our future. In a review of Chase Madar’s new book, The Passion of Bradley Manning, Jacobs calls on those who want to end America’s systematic injustice to help free Bradley Manning:
Simultaneously an indictment of a government obsessed with secrecy and a nation addicted to war, The Passion of Bradley Manning is also a concise and clear explanation of who Bradley Manning is. It explains why he risked his life and future by committing the overtly political act of exposing his government’s crimes and lies. Perhaps most importantly, it is a call to us to act not only in defense of Manning, but in defense of our futures.