28 January 2011

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WikiLeaks: Support Bradley Manning - Take Action Now!

When we hear the word "WikiLeaks", the first name that springs to our mind is usually Julian Assange's one... but, there is another name we definitely need to keep tabs on: Bradley Manning. Not only because he is the alleged whistleblower after all, but also, because the way he is being treated right now should concern anyone who still believes in democracy.

The following is an email I've received a few hours ago from Linda Schade of the "Wikileaks Is Democracy" Group... Please, do take the time to read it and act upon it.

(And, of course, do feel free to pass it on...)

Thank you in advance

Loup Dargent

The Email

Dear Loup,

Julian Assange has called Bradley Manning “the world's pre-eminent prisoner of conscience.”

Manning is the Army private accused of leaking the documents that WikiLeaks has been publishing with other media outlets.  He is now being held in the Marine Brig in Quantico in
very abusive conditionsI am writing you to urge you to take action in his defense.

Manning has not been convicted of anything.  He has not even gone to trial, yet he is being held in solitary confinement.  He has not even been allowed a real pillow or blanket.  He is allowed to exercise for one hour a day, but he is in shackles and goes to another small room where he does figure 8’s.  He is not allowed to exercise in his 6 by 12 foot cell.  He is awakened at 5 every morning and not allowed to sleep during the day.

Last week, the Brig Commander abused his discretion further and
put Manning on suicide watch even though the brigs psychiatrist said he did not need it.  This meant for two days Manning only had his boxer shorts – not even permitted his glasses – and remained in his cell for 24 hours.  It has been reported that a superior in the Marines said the Brig Commander did not have the authority to require suicide watch, that could only be done by a psychiatrist.

A former commander of Quantico has written
a letter to the current commander criticizing Manning’s conditions.  Indeed, he asks why a member of the Army is even being held in a Marine brig?

Manning is not being treated like a normal prisoner.  He is being treated to cruel and unusual punishment.  Rather than pre-trial detention, this is pre-trial punishment.

Last week Robert Gibbs was asked about Manning at a White House briefing.  He said he had not heard any talk of him but would check.  Now, we want you to help us bring this issue to the attention of President Obama and Attorney General Holder.  Please send a letter today. 

Click here to send a letter now.

Some have perceived Manning as a traitor. Even if that were true it does not justify pre-trial torture.  Others see Manning as a patriot.  He is not accused of giving documents to Iran, China or Russia.  He is accused of giving them to the media so Americans can see what U.S. foreign policy is doing.  He is not accused of trying to become rich by selling the documents.  He gave them for free, allegedly, because he wanted to see a debate on U.S. foreign policy so the United States could live up to its highest expectations. He wanted to make the United States better. That is not treason, it is patriotism.

Thank you for taking action.  Manning allegedly leaked these documents for us.  We need to stand with Bradley.


Linda Schade

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