Category Archives: Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning Protest Friday

JOIN OUR DAY OF ACCOUNTABILITY – defend whistleblowing and speak truth to power!

After three years of confinement, Army whistleblower and peace prize winner Bradley Manning’s trial is drawing to a close. Join us at the last action of Bradley’s trial on July 26 from 3-5:30pm at Ft. McNair (4th and P st SW, near the Waterfront metro) outside the office of Major General Jeffrey Buchanan, the Convening Authority overseeing Bradley Manning’s trial.

General Buchanan can reduce any sentence resulting from a conviction. While he reigns over Bradley’s destiny, we’re calling upon him to do the right thing!

The information that Bradley gave the public exposed the unjust detainment of innocent people at Guantanamo Bay, showed us the true human cost of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, helped fuel pro-democratic movements in the Arab world, and changed journalism forever. There is no evidence that anyone was harmed as a result of the leaked information, yet Bradley faces life in prison.

This is our opportunity to bring home to Gen. Buchanan the importance of his sentencing decision, not only for fair American justice, but for government accountability, international human rights, and the protection of other whistleblowers, including NSA Edward Snowden.

Enough is enough. The public has a right to know. So join us on Friday, July 26th and let the military feel the heat!

DC/MD/VA area folks please spread the word by downloading the poster from our website and posting it around your neighborhood or workplace. To volunteer or help with outreach, contact: Carrie 202-714-8530 / carrie@bradleymanning.org

E-mail emma@bradleymanning.org if you’d like to endorse this event.

P.S. We understand that many supporters work 9-5PM so we are asking you to plan on leaving work early so we can have maximum impact on the base.

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Bruce Fein speaks on Constitution and Obama regime

Constitutional lawyer and Ron Paul associate Bruce Fein spoke on the Obama regime’s constant disregard of the Constitution to the Arlington County Young Republicans.  The group’s members are millennials, heavily small “l” libertarian.  A few people with military connections and one former Bush appointee in the audience were upset with Fein’s praise of Edward Snowden.

Bush administration political appointee Charles Hokanson asks a question:

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The talk before the Q&A

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Bruce Fein on the Obama regime and whistelblowers

Constitutional lawyer and Ron Paul associate Bruce Fein spoke on the Obama regime’s constant disregard of the Constitution to the Arlington County Young Republicans.  The group’s members are millennials, heavily small “l” libertarian.  A few people with military connections and one former Bush appointee in the audience were upset with Fein’s praise of Edward Snowden.

Bush administration political appointee Charles Hokanson asks a question:

Q&A conclusion:


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The talk before the Q&A

more:


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Bradass87, a play about Bradley Manning

radass87 set to perform August 17th in Washington DC!

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That’s right folks! We’re bringing Bradley Manning’s words to a theatergoing public in our nation’s capital August 16th and 17th! Join us and Help us make this happen!
bradass87
a staged reading of a new play with video
sponsored by the Universalist National Memorial Church Social Action Committee
at the Spooky Action Theater 1810 16th St.  NW, Washington DC 20009
the evening of August 16th and 17th (with a panel discussion to follow on the 17th, guests TBA)
HELP US MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
Bradass87 is a play that tells the story of US soldier, 25 year old PFC Bradley Manning, who leaked to the public through WikiLeaks the largest amount of classified government documents in American history, telling us the truth about what our government is doing overseas.
Bradass87 is part journalism and all compelling theater examining the motivations of America’s most pre-eminent whistleblower, who is currently facing life in prison, on trial at Fort Meade Maryland. The play is comprised of primary source material so we hear Manning’s real words. This story has enormous implications for our country’s freedom of the press, whistleblower protection and government transparency and is severely underreported in the media. The play has been performed in readings, partial staging and on the street in New York City at Judson Church, Dixon Place, Under St. Marks Theatre, the Yippie Café, Cooper Union’s Great Hall and the Culture Project. We would like to present the entire play with video in August in Washington DC at the Universalist National Memorial Church (http://www.spookyaction.org/) to coincide with the trial, to bring this story to a new audience and reach out to a theatergoing public who might not be familiar with this story.
We need to raise at least $2000 to make this happen, to give a small stipend to actors and designers and pay printing costs and minimal set and incidentals. Budget is below, please help us reach our goal so this project can move forward. We plan to get regional theaters interested in producing it and a full production will be in the works in the future. Thank you for your support.
Lighting designer- $200
Sound designer- $200
Video artist- $200
Actors- 5 @$200/ea= $1000
videographer= $50
printing and promotion= $150
Transportation from NYC to DC for production team- 3 people @ $65/ea (megabus)= $195

Bradley Manning defence team says US military is withholding key evidence

Military’s delay in searching through files and handing them over is denying Manning a fair trial, defence attorney argues

 in New York
guardian.co.uk
Sunday 27 May 2012 18.47 BST

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Bradley Manning has been in custory since May 2010, and his trial is due to start in September. Photograph: Cliff Owen/AP
Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of being behind the biggest leak of state secrets in US history, is being denied a fair trial because the army is withholding from him crucial information that might prove his innocence or reduce his sentence, his defence team is arguing.
With Manning’s court-martial approaching in September, his legal team has released details of what they claim is a shocking lack of diligence on the part of the military prosecutors in affording him his basic constitutional rights.
The stakes are high, with Manning facing possible life imprisonment for a raft of charges that include “aiding the enemy”.
Manning’s main civilian lawyer, David Coombs, has filed a motion with the military court in Fort Meade, Maryland, thatsets out a catalogue of delays and inconsistencies in the army’s handling of the case.
In particular, he claims the government has failed to disclose key evidence that could help Manning defend himself against the charges.
Almost two years after Manning was arrested, the military has not yet completed a search even of its own files to see if there is any material beneficial to the defence – as it is legally obliged to do.
“That the government cannot get its ducks in a row with respect to discovery which is clearly under its control does not inspire confidence,” Coombs writes.
Manning faces 22 charges relating to the transfer of a massive trove of US state secrets from military computers to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
He was arrested in May 2010 in a military base outside Baghdad, where he was working as an intelligence analyst, and has been in custody ever since.
Material from the trove was published by the Guardian and an alliance of other international newspapers.
The leaks included video footage of a US helicopter attack on a group of civilians in Baghdad, war logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and hundreds of thousands of secret US embassy cables from around the world.
Disclosure by the prosecution of information that could be useful to the defence – known as “Brady materials” – has been a cornerstone of American criminal law since the US supreme court laid down a ruling making it obligatory in 1963.
The rule applies equally to civilian and military prosecutors, under the 14th amendment of the US constitution.
Yet Coombs describes an astonishing lack of diligence on the part of the military authorities to meet its obligations. Coombs writes that he has just learned that it took army prosecutors more than a year even to start the process of searching for Brady materials.
Manning was first charged as the WikiLeaks suspect on 5 July 2010, but it was not until 29 July 2011 that the government sent out a memo to relevant army officials asking them to search for and keep information that should be disclosed to defence lawyers.
On top of that unexplained delay, the army then discovered on 17 April 2012 – fully nine months after the request went out and 21 months after Manning was charged – that absolutely no action had been taken by any of those officials.
Coombs said his discovery had exposed the government’s “utter lack of diligence in undertaking its Brady search. Why would the government wait until over a year after preferral of charges to begin its search for Brady materials? How could the government not have noticed that for nine months, it had not received any material from any principal officials in the army? If the government cannot even search its own files properly, how can we believe them when they say they have diligently searched the files of other organisations?”
The defence motion itemises some of the information that it believes is in the possession of government bodies, from the army itself to the FBI, department of justice, state department and various intelligence agencies. In total, 12 government departments are listed by the defence.
Specifically, Coombs complains that he has been withheld any assessments compiled by heads of US embassies and missions around the world regarding the overall impact of the WikiLeaks releases.
He also wants to see the output of a working group of senior officials set up within the state department that reviewed the potential risks to individuals from the WikiLeaks disclosures, as well as reports made by the same department to Congress concerning the impact of WikiLeaks and the steps taken to mitigate the fall-out.
“To allow the government to restrict the defence’s access to this information,” Coombs concludes, “is to provide the government with an unfair tactical advantage that will likely prejudice Manning’s right to a fair trial.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/27/bradley-manning-military-withholding-evidence