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Pfc. Bradley Manning has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. This is a grave injustice. Manning is a heroic whistleblower - he does not deserve to spend another day in prison. Sign Petition

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:13 am
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Bradley Manning's court martial is now over. The whistleblower has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and dishonorably discharged for telling Americans the truth about our wars, despite having already spent over 1,200 days in confinement.

We can still find justice for Bradley Manning. From here, Manning's defense will likely mount appeals, and organizations like ours will be making incessant calls for his pardon. Add your name to our petition to pardon Bradley Manning.

Please sign an share. Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:16 am
Def signed-thx Kit

Ben O (171)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 8:17 am

Arielle S (313)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:01 am
Meanwhile, George W and Dick Cheney go free - Corporation CEO's go free - the monsters at Monsanto go free - you bet I signed.

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:10 am
Signed and Thanks for posting.

Carole S (338)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:14 am

Signed! Thanks for posting, Miss Kitty.


Nicole W (646)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:12 am
s/s, ty Kit

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:14 am
s/s, ty Kit

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:21 am
Signed earlier today. The Nobel Peace Prize petition was supposed to have been delivered to Oslo, what, Monday last? Has anyone heard anything yet?

Joanne Dixon (38)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:22 am
Signed earlier today. The Nobel Peace Prize petition was supposed to have been delivered, what, Monday last? Has anyone heard anything more on it?

Roxie H (350)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:55 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 11:57 am
S&S, thanks Kit

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:26 pm
already signed, thx for posting Kit.
Joanne-no,haven'theard anything new on it since.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:27 pm
Already signed earlier, thx Kit.
Joanne- no, haven't heard any news on it since.

JL A (281)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:33 pm
S&N and puzzling over what is different about comments that post now from those that don't

Hugo L (255)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:18 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Kit

Hugo L (255)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:19 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Kit

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:53 pm
Noted, but in good conscience can't sign Kit.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 2:53 pm
Noted, but in good conscience can't sign Kit.

Bryna P (139)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 3:44 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)

Rose B (141)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:09 pm

Rose B (141)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:10 pm

Eternal G (745)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:11 pm

Eternal G (745)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:12 pm

Christine S (134)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:43 pm

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:14 pm
Very happily signed and noted. Thanks.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:14 pm
Very happily signed and noted. Thanks.

. (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:26 pm

Yvonne W (229)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:29 pm
Signed! I couldn't put the link on Brian's news though..:(

Anne T (180)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:42 pm
Noted, signed and shared! :)

Anne T (180)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:43 pm
Noted, signed and shared! :)

Pat B (356)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:47 pm
Thanks, Kit. I signed.

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 5:49 pm
Signed and shared in private email. Noted.

James T (6)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 6:25 pm
Signed and hopeful.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 6:30 pm
Noted. Gladly signed. We can't trust the military to investigate allegations of war crimes any more than we can trust foxes to be responsible for the care of chickens. If weren't for people like Daniel Ellsberg and now Bradley Manning, then we wouldn't begin to know the crimes committed in all of our name. Nuremberg proved that soldiers have a higher obligation, higher than the chain of command, duty, oaths, and nationalism, to resist orders to commit war crimes and to take action to prevent or reduce war crimes. It is time that we reject the imperialist appeal to flag and country, and to reject the politics of endless war. Our government's addiction to war-making is only making wealthy arms manufacturers wealthier while working class Americans bear the ultimate cost. #nowar #peace End the #waronwhistleblowers

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:28 pm
With heavy heart I signed.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:29 pm
With heavy heart I signed.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:30 pm
With heavy heart I signed. Crap I can't seem to get this onto the thread. Keep getting an error code.

Kathy C (354)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:12 am
So signed. Poor kid he did the right thing

Emma S (239)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:15 am
Done! Thanks, Kit.

Kim Ireland (23)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:23 am
This young man was doing his job protecting the people - the corrupt should be held up on treason charges against the people

Ljiljana M (115)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:35 am
Thanks so much for signing up to join the fight for Bradley Manning's freedom.
& Noted & Thanks for posting Kit.

Gysele v (213)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:36 am

Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:19 am
I agree with his sentence and think he's very lucky not to have faced the sentence most traitors do during wartime. I don't consider him a whistleblower - I consider him a mentally-unbalanced, bitter young man who was getting back at the Army for the unhappiness he'd experienced while serving. And I also blame the Army for its failure to weed him out of the service. With the problems the Army already knew about it's incomprehensible he was given security clearance.

Abdessalam D (145)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:36 am
Gladly noted signed. Didn't get confirmation but a call for donation. Hope it worked.

Daniel P (179)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:07 am

. (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:21 am
Signed and noted. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

Animae C (515)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:52 am

Kathy C (354)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:04 pm
Oh Lindsey O. there will always be your kind,, let me ask you,, have you ever served? Ever lost a family member to war? I didn't think so

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:10 pm

So, what Lindsey is saying is the Army screwed up by allowing this young man a security clearance, but Manning and not the Army should take responsibility for the screw-up. Ummmm....that seems convoluted at best.

Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:34 pm
Nope, Kit - Manning is still responsible for his actions (since he's not legally incompetent or insane). Although I'd be totally in favor of the Army court-martialling any of Manning's superior officers who failed to take appropriate action to get him out of the Army. And, of course, the Army itself can't be put on trial, although it's already been well and publicly punished through Manning's stealing and release of the documents.

Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:39 pm
And Kathy, yes I've lost a family member to war. And I was an Army wife for years to a husband who served two tours in Nam. No, I never served actively (although I did actually enlist in the Army, but ended up not going in).

Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:49 pm
Although perhaps I should have said that yes, I have served. Since military family members serve in many ways that count quite fundamentally, though never to the extent their soldiers do.

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:54 pm

Colonel Ann Wright. Here’s what she had to say about Manning’s sentence yesterday:

“As a retired Army colonel and former US diplomat who resigned because of the war in the Iraq, I deeply appreciate the courage of Bradley Manning to reveal the truth about the war, the number of civilian casualties, the illegal criminal acts as represented by the video Collateral Murder, and the diplomatic interactions that show the duplicity of the US government and the harm it caused to people around the world. Now that Bradley has been sentenced to prison, it is so important that we continue to show him how much we appreciate his courage.”

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:00 pm

I think it's great that people can hold very different opinions and both believe they want only the best for this country. I think Manning honestly believe he was being a patriot, and in the past few would have even considered that possibility. With the extreme and blatant misuse of war powers by our government, we now tend to second guess what patriotism means. I don't think that is all bad, we should be second guessing every aspect of government.

Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:35 pm
Kit, I might conceive of agreeing with you had Manning chosen to release carefully selected documents which he had studied carefully and had a good-faith belief represented serious malfeasance on the part of the U.S. government. He didn't do that - he chose to, willy-nilly, release about three quarters of a million documents to the world at large. And there's zero way he could have even casually scanned with his eyes three quarters of a million documents, let alone studied them, let alone taken the time to try and determine if there was justification for releasing any given document. At the time he released them he had no way of knowing what the negative repercussions might be, whether diplomatic or military - which makes his actions more in line with those of a saboteur, not a whistleblower.

Kathy C (354)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:36 pm
The MARINES were the major fighting force in Nam.

Kathy C (354)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:42 pm

The US Marines are a highly mobile amphibious attack force. Marines are trained to attack from the water and establish a beach head, an area of control on foreign soil. After the Marines take territory, other armed forces, such as the Army, move in to maintain control, while the Marines move on. Marines are mobile, lightweight, and very rapid. One might compare the Marines to the head of a spear, wedging in to get a foothold and racing ahead once the land has been secured.

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:45 pm

Gee Lindsey even the military knows and therefore didn't him charge for selecting the documents. I'm a good reader and I read fast, but 250,000 random documents would take a while. He just released some low level security documents, there are not important nor critical "life or death" issues in low level security documents. He knew that those documents could be embarrassing but not harmful. I can not see that rising to the level of saboteur. We all realize that it's much better if these things did not happen, but they do. They have in the past, and depending on who did the deed, some were punished and others not. Manning will serve at least another 10 years in prison before he can seek patrol. He served nearly a year in prison stark naked because some are viciously angry. But he also a very young man.


Bryan S (105)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:02 pm
Thanks Kit, and signed. Agreed that we certainly can't simply trust the government, especially to investigate and correct itself. Do we demand that people in Manning's position always defer to the authority of the state, or do we hope they would defy that authority when the state goes against the interests of the people and against the law?

I think this portion of an article says it well:

"“When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system,” said Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.”"


Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:22 pm
Well, Kathy, if you feel the tremendous number of Army soldiers on the ground, fighting and dying, in Nam year after miserable year weren't worthy of the same attention you give to the Marines, that's your prerogative.

The Army had 65.6% of the fatalities in Nam, with 38,179 fatalities (with the Marines at 25.5%, with 14,836 fatalities). I'd call that rather a large Army majority, wouldn't you? Odd how so many Army soldiers appeared to be getting killed when the Marines were the "major fighting force" in Nam, isn't it?

How ridiculous to try and denigrate an Army soldier's service by referencing the Marines. A truly offensive attempt.

Lindsey O (19)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:36 pm
And, of course, the Army's higher fatality figures don't in any way denigrate any Marine's service.

In the end what counts is each soldier's (or Marine's or Sailor's or Airman's, etc.) willingness to do the dirty and dangerous work that war requires.

Lois J (63)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:29 pm
Very gladly signed. Noted. Many, many thanks for posting, Kit!...sorry it's too soon to send you another star.

Fran F (118)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:35 pm
Signed and noted, thanks, Kit.

Kathy C (354)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 8:29 pm
I have NO IDEA where you got your numbers but you keep telling yourself that.
I come from a family of Marines so take it however you want to

Marie W (67)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:15 pm

Lynn S (235)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:59 pm
Signed --- He has and is paying the price for being a whistle blower.

How come Baby Bush, Cheney and the rest of their criminal cartel aren't resting in prison for attacking Iraq illegally, for committing so many US soldiers and Iraqis to death or disability? Something smells in Denmark!

Barbara T (431)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:19 am
"The US soldier who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified US documents to WikiLeaks, known to most as PfC. Bradley Manning, has formally announced that she is transitioning genders to live her life gender identity aligned as Chelsea Manning.

In a statement issued through her lawyers on Thursday, Manning thanked her supporters and wrote:

As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back."

Read more:

This person, whatever her gender, is one of the GREATEST HEROES IN ALL AMERICAN HISTORY.
She did NOT "betray her country" - she only "BETRAYED" HER COUNTRIES' BETRAYERS.
She did NOT "betray" ME - or any of my friends - or put ANY of us in any "danger" whatsoever.
By releasing "diplomatic" "secrets" - "diplomats" when they talk about each other OFF THE RECORD, where nobody's supposed to hear! Oh ha ha ha! That doesn't HURT anybody except the widdle feelin's of crybabies who like to look like the Pope, "infallible" and "wise"!!! for PR purposes!


This SCHEISS about her being "mentally unstable" - I think that's PURE ARMY PROPAGANDA.
So, they "cop to" a "lesser charge", of sending a supposedly "unstable" person to Iraq...

SHOWS THAT SHE IS COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY "SANE" - in spite of all the efforts to break her, torture her, drive her mad in long spells of solitary confinement...

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 1:03 am
Of course I signed! Thank you Kit!

Frances D (133)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:17 am
s and n

Lindsey O (19)
Friday August 23, 2013, 3:57 am
Kathy, it's really very easy to look up casualty statistics for the Vietnam War, and the Army did indeed have the overwhelming majority of casualties.

My figures are backed up by the United States Government's National Archives website statistically analyzing fatal casualties of the war:

DCAS Vietnam Conflict Extract File record counts by MEMBER SERVICE CODE (Branch of Service)

Air Force 2,586
Army 38,224
Coast Guard 7
Marine Corps 14,844
Navy 2,559

Total Records 58,220

And here, which gives the percentage figures:

Lindsey O (19)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:01 am
And, Kathy, the figures don't change according to whether the reader is from a "family of Marines" (such as you) or a family of Army/Navy personnel (such as me). And those casualty statistics have zip to do with the value of individual sacrifices made by individual servicemembers.

Kit B (276)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:47 am

In every war fought by the United States it has taken all elements of our armed services to confront our enemy, a joint effort of the Marines, Navy, Army and the Air Force (obviously not in the earliest wars). In every war the numbers of Army personnel on the ground is always higher and they will by actual numbers have more fatalities. No one group is more valuable to the war effort than the others, each are trained for specific duties and each perform those duties with pride and valor.

My husband also served two tours in Vietnam, he was a US Army volunteer and served in the Special Forces who as most know served in the most remote areas with little or no support personnel. They were highly trained and very specialized soldiers, they all deeply believed they were fighting for the preservation of the American way of life.

**In Harold Moore and Joseph Galloway's "We Were Soldiers Once.... and Young" which describes the events at LZ X-Ray, in 1965, we find: "[we] laughed nervously when confronted with the cold statistics that measured a second lieutenant's combat life expectancy in minutes and seconds, not hours" which, although not overly specific, tells us that being a junior officer in the 'Nam wasn't a very fun thing. I've also seen numbers as low as 120 seconds for a second lieutenant.
Machine-gunners were given 10-15 seconds.

I do appreciate that family members for each branch of the service tend to be supportive and carry pride for that branch. That pride and support do not make one group brave and another less brave.

This is a thread for signing a petition about Bradley Manning.

Lindsey O (19)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:00 am
True, Kit.

And, by the way, I shall remind you of that last sentence the next time I see you going off topic on a thread....! :-)

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:07 am
Bradley Manning has already served enough time ~ happily noted and signed. Thanks Kit!

Esther Z (94)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:04 am
Noted and signed.

Kit B (276)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:17 pm

That could mean, Lindsey that you will have to remind me often. ;~)

Kathy C (354)
Friday August 23, 2013, 1:56 pm
Like I was saying,, from your own link

Marine Corps 14,844
Navy 2,559

Kit B (276)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:03 pm

I don't see the point, Kathy. The Marine Corps is a part of the Navy. Over 58,000 soldiers died in Vietnam, all died attempting to serve their country and all died with honor. All are listed as causalities of war, none with greater or lesser distinction, other for their own families.

Kathy C (354)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:04 pm
Having a bad day here :) Yes I see the stats, I also talked with many a Marine who was in country . Marines are still the fighting force. I have no idea how the STATs changed so much from the 90s to today. But whatever.

Kathy C (354)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:07 pm
She irates me because of her attitude wanting this kid to suffer for the rest of his life.

Kit B (276)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:09 pm

The stats have not changed, the Marines have their duty and the army their duty. In any war the bulk of deaths will be the army, they are the "cannon fodder" of war. That does not change the efforts nor the esprit of the Marines.

I hope your day gets better.

Lindsey O (19)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:20 pm
Kathy, Manning won't suffer the rest of his life. Assuming he behaves himself he'll not serve anywhere near the full sentence (I would expect to see him out in 8 or 10 years). He's a very young man and he'll be a young man when he gets out. And I have no doubt that with so many considering him a hero he'll have a very profitable and celebrated life when he does return to society. Book deals and the lecture circuit can be quite lucrative.

Kit B (276)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:37 pm

True enough. His surgery will be paid for by those book deals and movies. His lawyer said that after 10 years he may file for parole.

Bryan S (105)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:05 pm
Well as long as this has gotten off topic a bit in the context of the Vietnam war, and accusations about endangering American lives are brought up in discussing Bradley Manning, i'm reminded of the relatively recent revelation that Nixon sabotaged peace talks in 1968 for political gain thus prolonging the war another 5 years. Because of that another approximately 20,000 Americans died along with many more thousands from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Actually this information was available years earlier but i guess it has something to do with official release of documents (not sure of the details).

I don't know if anyone's posted an article about this on Care2 and maybe you can, Kit, if it hasn't been. I also don't know how much coverage this got in the MSM, but it seems like it should have caused more outrage. Sorry to be more off topic.


Barbara T (431)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:09 pm
"He's a very young man and he'll be a young man when he gets out."
No, SHE's a very young WOMAN, and she'll be a young WOMAN when she gets out - as Chelsea is NOW.
Chelsea has "come out" as the WOMAN she has always felt HERSELF to be.
That "Bradley" Manning had Transsexual feelings, was well-known to many supporters, including me.
I suppose it was for Legal reasons, that he kept the name and male identity of "Bradley" Manning all the while the Court Case was going on or pending.
Now that that's over, CHELSEA Manning can come out as who she REALLY IS.
It does not take a Penis or a Vagina to make a Man or a Woman. It's what you FEEL like.
Other cultures, older and much, much wiser than ours, have recognized this FACT for a long time.
{Look up Samoan culture, for just ONE current example.}
I am somewhat astonished, that some Care2 members, who definitely do support LGBT rights and Marriage Equality, for example - seem to have no clue as to what the "T" in "LGBT" stands for. {Transsexual}
They seem to think Chelsea is some sort of a "freak", "unbalanced", or, for heaven's sake, just "doing this for the publicity"!
I guess Trans-tolerance is the New Frontier of Equal Civil Rights - even here!
I don't object to the Petition not changing the name, it STARTED when he was Bradley... feel fine about signing the Petition under that name! But just remember, now, which pronouns are the CORRECT and RESPECTFUL ones to use...

Barbara T (431)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:24 pm
'... that the US Army will not be surprised by Chelsea Manning’s coming out barely needs to be said as her gender was well known to both military officials and many in the media. It even featured as part of her trial.

The court heard that Manning had previously engaged in Internet chats with former hacker Adrian Lamo, including:

“i wouldn’t mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn’t for the possibility of having pictures of me… plastered all over the world press… as [a] boy.”'

Read more:

Ellen m (215)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 1:17 am
Signed, tweeted and shared Kit..thanks so much

Monica T (278)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 10:25 am
Noted and signed. Thanks, Kit

Hugo L (255)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 2:41 pm
Noted & signed, thanks Kit

Ruth R (246)
Thursday September 5, 2013, 7:58 pm
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