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Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower

Dear Whistleblower,

I don’t know who you are or what you do or how old you may be. I just know that you exist somewhere in our future as surely as does tomorrow or next year. You may be young and computer-savvy or a career federal employee well along in years. You might be someone who entered government service filled with idealism or who signed on to “the bureaucracy” just to make a living. You may be a libertarian, a closet left-winger, or as mainstream and down-the-center as it’s possible to be.

via Tom Engelhardt: Letter to an Unknown Whistleblower – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in North America

 

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Justice in a ‘Nation of Laws’: The Manning verdict

When Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) was thirteen, the US government announced it had launched “Operation Infinite Justice”. Operation Infinite Justice sought to punish the perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 attacks, destroy Al Qaeda, and end the reign of the Taliban. Operation Infinite Justice was renamed “Operation Enduring Freedom” after protests from Islamic scholars, who argued that God, not the US government, was the arbiter of justice. But freedom, it seemed, was something the United States could give and take away

via Justice in a ‘Nation of Laws’: The Manning verdict – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in North America

 

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‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on aManning invoked that late Howard Zinn, quoting, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.” ny traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

via ZCommunications | ‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’ by Bradley Manning | ZNet Article.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in North America

 

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Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden: American Heroes

From the beginning, US foreign policy has been predicated on conquest and whatever levels of violence were required to achieve it. Beneath the rhetoric of freedom, lies a horrifying legacy of invasions, coups, proxy wars and support for a rogue’s gallery of despots. With all of that, however, the violence and lawlessness of the Bush-Obama years is of a scale few if any of us have ever seen.

via ZCommunications | Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden: American Heroes by Andy Piascik | ZNet Article.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in North America

 

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Manning, Miranda And The Sinister New World Of Global War And Surveillance

“There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people,” wrote the late historian Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States.

These words were included in a statement by Pfc. Bradley Manning, read by his defence attorney David Coombs, at a press conference following Manning’s sentencing to 35 years in military prison for releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website Wikileaks. The statement accompanies Manning’s request to President Barack Obama for a presidential pardon.

via ZCommunications | Manning, Miranda And The Sinister New World Of Global War And Surveillance by Amy Goodman | ZNet Article.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in Europe, North America

 

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Bradley Manning and the Gangster State

FORT MEADE, Md.—The swift and brutal verdict read out by Army Col. Judge Denise Lind in sentencing Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison means we have become a nation run by gangsters. It signals the inversion of our moral and legal order, the death of an independent media, and the open and flagrant misuse of the law to prevent any oversight or investigation of official abuses of power, including war crimes. The passivity of most of the nation’s citizens—the most spied upon, monitored and controlled population in human history—to the judicial lynching of Manning means they will be next. There are no institutional mechanisms left to halt the shredding of our most fundamental civil liberties, including habeas corpus and due process, or to prevent pre-emptive war, the assassination of U.S. citizens by the government and the complete obliteration of privacy.

via Chris Hedges: Bradley Manning and the Gangster State – Chris Hedges’ Columns – Truthdig.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2013 in North America

 

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The Courage Of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment Of Truth

The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on 28 February when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very qualities that distinguish human beings. This was not deemed mainstream news in America; and were it not for Alexa O’Brien, an independent freelance journalist, Manning’s voice would have been silenced. Working through the night, she transcribed and released his every word. It is a rare, revealing document*.

via ZCommunications | The Courage Of Bradley Manning Will Inspire Others To Seize Their Moment Of Truth by John Pilger | ZNet Article.

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2013 in North America

 

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Bradley Manning: not the enemy

On Wednesday , Private First Class Bradley Manning was handed a verdict on charges he faced in relation to leaking classified material – after 1,160 days of pre-trial detention. His crime was to release military documents to WikiLeaks.

via Bradley Manning: not the enemy | James Ball | Comment is free | The Guardian.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in North America

 

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The sky darkens for American journalism

Bradley Manning released hundreds of thousands of government documents and files to Wikileaks, most famous among them the unclassified video Wikileaks dubbed, “Collateral Murder”, a harrowing gun-sight view of an Apache helicopter slaughtering a couple of armed men and a much larger group of civilians on a Baghdad street in July, 2007.

via The sky darkens for American journalism – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2013 in North America

 

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As Bradley Manning Trial Begins, Press Predictably Misses the Point

It’s their fault for bringing their kids into a battle. It’s lines like this, truly horrific stuff that’s evidence of a kind of sociopathic breakdown of our society, that this trial should be about. Not Manning’s personal life

via ZCommunications | As Bradley Manning Trial Begins, Press Predictably Misses the Point by Matt Taibbi | ZNet Article.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in North America

 

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