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Sign the petition to free Bradley Manning, the brave young whistle-blower who exposed war crimes and who has been unlawfully punished before trial. We ask that you join us by adding your name in support of transparency, democracy and justice

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Dana H (229)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 7:39 pm
Signed & noted, thanks Angelika for this.

JL A (281)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:11 pm
Thank you, J.L.

Your signature has been added.

There was a time when it looked like the government was going to treat Daniel Ellsberg like Bradley Manning is being treated. Some said the only thing that turned things in his favor was the freedom of the press because of his occupation as a journalist at the time, an edge Mr. Manning doesn't have.

Rose Becke (141)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:46 pm


Past Member (0)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 8:55 pm
I agree Rose

I signed Cheers

Vanessa Wolfe (26)
Thursday January 31, 2013, 10:56 pm
No matter how ugly we all have the right to the truth.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:13 am
Already signed, thank you.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday February 1, 2013, 4:39 am

Thanks for posting, Angie! (Absolutely signed.)


Angelika R (143)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:43 am
Thanks to all who signed, stars sent where I could..
Carrie, I respect your decision but find it hard to believe you actually want PFC Manning sentenced for LIFE? !
His motives are well known, often quoted. I feel they overweight that oath.

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:46 am
Tme, THESE are the true heroes,-look how often politicians, including presidents!-have broken their oath , no prosecution there.

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 1, 2013, 9:47 am
To me*..

Sheryl G (360)
Friday February 1, 2013, 6:52 pm
Your signature has been added.

Military members disobey orders at their own risk. They also obey orders at their own risk. An order to commit a crime is unlawful. An order to perform a military duty, no matter how dangerous is lawful, as long as it doesn't involve commission of a crime. (Or know of a crime being committed)

Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) makes it a crime for a military member to WILLFULLY disobey a superior commissioned officer. Article 91 makes it a crime to WILLFULLY disobey a superior Noncommissioned or Warrant Officer. Article 92 makes it a crime to disobey any lawful order (the disobedience does not have to be "willful" under this article).

These articles require the obedience of LAWFUL orders. An order which is unlawful not only does not need to be obeyed, but obeying such an order can result in criminal prosecution of the one who obeys it. Military courts have long held that military members are accountable for their actions even while following orders -- if the order was illegal.
To Obey or Not to Obey

I think Bradley Manning deserves a fair trial, not to be ill treated as he has been, not to have the cards stacked up against him. Fair and balanced. When we see that things are not being done correctly it is our moral duty to speak out and expose it to the light.

In times of war, what is the value of an oath versus the moral obligation to act on one’s conscience in the face of atrocities?

Can a nation fight against human rights violations while also violating human rights?

Manning did not leak Top Secret documents though he could have, and did not attempt to financially benefit from his actions.

We need a "just" trial.


Angelika R (143)
Friday February 1, 2013, 7:03 pm
Thanks for your great comment Sheryl! I absolutely share this view and that is why I also support defecters for conscience from Iraq seeking asylum in Germany that so far has been denied to them.

jo M. (3)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:32 am
Bradley Manning deserves a fair trial. And then he needs to accept the consequences of his actions.

Kim O (396)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:53 am
Signed for sure! Thanks Angelika

Mónica Ayuga (109)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 12:59 am
Y vivimos en una democracia ? ja ja ja !!!

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:24 am
Signed and noted . Thanks Angelika.

Animae C (514)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 6:27 pm

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday February 2, 2013, 7:50 pm
I signed, Thanks Angie.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Monday March 11, 2013, 11:26 am
Signed at last! Catching up on this!

Truthdig, Posted on Mar 3, 2013 - We Are Bradley Manning By Chris Hedges
These two excerpts provide compelling reasons (for me at least) for supporting Bradley Manning & his brave actions:

".../... The short, slightly built Manning told the military court Thursday about the emotional conflict he experienced when he matched what he knew about the war with the official version of the war. He said he became deeply disturbed while watching a video taken from an Apache helicopter as it and another such craft joined in an attack on civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The banter among the crew members, who treated the murder and wounding of the terrified human beings, including children, in the street below as sport, revolted him. Among the dead was Reuters photojournalist Namir Noor-Eldeen and his driver, Saeed Chmagh. Reuters had repeatedly asked to see the video, and the Army had repeatedly refused to release it. [Hedges provides here a link to the “Collateral Murder” video, which J. Carole posted for us all, way back when.]
Manning read from a 35-page document that took nearly an hour to deliver, & Hedges quotes: “Another story I found written a year later said that even though Reuters was still pursuing their request [the news organization] still did not receive a formal response or written determination in accordance with FOIA. The fact neither CENTCOM or Multi National Forces Iraq, or MNF-I, would not voluntarily release the video troubled me further. It was clear to me that the event happened because the aerial weapons team mistakenly identified Reuters employees as a potential threat and that the people in the bongo truck [van] were merely attempting to assist the wounded. The people in the van were not a threat but merely ‘good Samaritans.’ The most alarming aspect of the video to me, however, was the seemly delightful bloodlust they [the helicopter crew members] appeared to have.

“They dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value human life by referring to them as quote ‘dead bastards’ unquote and congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers,” Manning said, speaking into a court microphone while seated at the defense table. “At one point in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage. For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass."


"Manning provided to the public the most important window into the inner workings of imperial power since the release of the Pentagon Papers. The routine use of torture, the detention of Iraqis who were innocent, the inhuman conditions within our secret detention facilities, the use of State Department officials as spies in the United Nations, the collusion with corporations to keep wages low in developing countries such as Haiti, and specific war crimes such as the missile strike on a house that killed seven children in Afghanistan would have remained hidden without Manning."

Democracy Now!, March 5, 2013 - Glenn Greenwald on Bradley Manning: Prosecutor Overreach Could Turn All Whistleblowing into Treason:
Amy Goodman's intro: Military prosecutors have decided to bring the maximum charges against Manning after he admitted during a pretrial hearing last week to the largest leak of state secrets in U.S. history. In a bid to secure a reduced sentence, Manning acknowledged on the stand that he gave classified documents to WikiLeaks in order to show the American public the "true costs of war" and "spark a debate about foreign policy." Manning pleaded guilty to reduced charges on 10 counts, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. But instead of accepting that plea, military prosecutors announced Friday they will seek to imprison Manning for life without parole on charges that include aiding the enemy. Manning’s court-martial is scheduled to begin in June. We speak with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who has long covered the case, about what this means for Manning and its broader implications for whistleblowers and the journalists they often approach."
(Glenn Greenwald's column used to be on Salon, but moved to The Guardian's 'comment' section: 'Glenn Greenwald on security and liberty')

Huff Post, 03/11/2013 - The War Against Bradley Manning -- A War Against All Who Speak Out Against Injustice by John W. Whitehead, Attorney, President of The Rutherford Institute, and author of A Government of Wolves (due out in April 2013)
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