Update 6/1/12: Rocky Anderson supports Bradley, military madness, London advocates for Bradley, and 2 years in jail
Rocky Anderson “would pardon Bradley Manning.” While President Obama continues to contradict his promise to protect whistle-blowers, presidential candidates are surrounding him with support for PFC Bradley Manning. Republican Ron Paul, the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Roseanne Barr, and now the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson have all praised Bradley as a truth-teller who’s been a scapegoat for the military’s crimes. Here’s Anderson’s statement:
Lynn Feinerman on the “military madness” of Bradley Manning’s prosecution. Starting with President Obama declaring Bradley guilty at least a year and a half before court martial, Feinerman recaps the various ways the government, military, and pundits have spun Bradley’s case to obscure his motive – which if the chat logs attributed to him are true, was in the interest of peace, justice, and truth:
We are alive, and so is PFC Manning, who has offered us the gift of consciousness and truth and thus drawn a connection between us. “I feel connected to everyone … like they were distant family,” Manning wrote in the chatlogs. “We’re killing ourselves … and no one seems to see that … and it bothers me.”
We see it, PFC Manning. We are still breathing, still thinking, and we want you to know that you really did “change something,” as you wished to do. The life in your truth, in your gift to us, is still quite vital. You are keeping us all alive.
May we obtain your freedom.
The military is seeking to preclude Manning’s alleged motive from the courtroom, but we must make it widely known that Bradley never intended to “aid the enemy.” If he did indeed release documents to WikiLeaks, he did so to uncover grave abuses the public deserves to see. (Read more…)
Bradley Manning supporters come to Julian Assange’s extradition ruling. On Wednesday, London’s Supreme Court ruled that the WikiLeaks publisher must be extradited to Sweden. Supporters of PFC Bradley Manning came out to advocate for punishing the criminals, not the messengers. Photos from the hearing protests are here and here.
Greg Mitchell marks Bradley’s 2-year anniversary in prison. At The Nation, Mitchell excerpts from the book he and Kevin Gosztola wrote on Bradley, called “Truth and Consequences.” As Mitchell writes, “Coverage of the Manning case may heat up this summer, so to mark the two-year anniversary of when he first came to the attention of the public, here is a look back at how the story unfolded in early June, 2010.” Read the excerpt here.