#ThankManning TWITTER RIOT! 03.08.13
Goal: To trend the hashtag #ThankManning worldwide for at least 1 hour
Write him 1 million THANK YOUS!
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* Continuously tweet using the hashtag #ThankManning and his mailing address and instructions.
* In order to trend, everyone must tweet using the hashtag.
* YOU CANNOT JUST RETWEET OTHER PEOPLE. YOU HAVE TO TWEET YOURSELF!
*Aim a few tweets at people who you think will help spread it, or at US elected representatives or #celebs.
The best thing to do is click on #ThankManning and copy and paste other user’s tweets regarding Bradley Manning and tweet them out yourself. Do this as fast as you can, as long as you can. IT’S OKAY TO STEAL OTHER PEOPLE’S TWEETS DURING THE TWITTER RIOT.
While trending itself is important to help raise awareness, the content of the tweets should include some information regarding Pvt. Bradley Manning so that we can educate people about his situation. One thing you can do is copy the individual news articles that are listed on this page (http://www.bradleymanning.org/category/news) and tweet them out.
* Remember! It’s important you use the #ThankManning hashtag and link to /WRITE TO PFC MANNING with every tweet.
* Encourage people to go to /SupportNet to find a group near you and get active!
We suggest that this be not only US national actions at state capitols, but international as well, at US Embassies and Consulates or other relevant locales. Some of Bradley’s best supporters are in Berlin, Melbourne and around the world <<< Yes, WE LOVE YOU!!!
US Federal capital
US state capitals
US Embassies and Consulates worldwide http://www.usembassy.gov/
US National Legislature
US Governors http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Governors.shtml
US State Legislatures
White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/#
Twitter accounts list for all US Senators, Representatives and Committees. You may need to download the free, open-source OpenOffice to use the spreadsheet after downloading the file.
With more pretrial hearings scheduled for this month and next we examine the similarities between the Bradley Manning case (and Wikileaks) and that of Daniel Ellsberg, the celebrated whistleblower who, together with Anthony Russo, was charged and tried for leaking the Pentagon Papers. At the trial all charges against Ellsberg and Russo were dropped and Bradley Manning’s supporters argue that the charges against him should be dropped too. Below is a summary of what happened to Ellsberg and Russo, their trial and the irregularities identified that led to the outcome..
“I was the Bradley Manning of my day. In 1971 I too faced life in prison for exposing classified government lies and crimes. President Obama says “the Ellsberg material was classified on a different basis.” True. The Pentagon Papers were not Secret like the Wikileaks revelations, they were all marked Top Secret—Sensitive. Ultimately all charges in my case were dropped because of criminal governmental misconduct toward me during my proceedings. Exactly the same outcome should occur now, in light of the criminal conditions of Manning’s confinement for the last six months.” Daniel Ellsberg.
Daniel Ellsberg was described by Henry Kissinger as “the most dangerous man in America.” His actions directly contributed to the end of the Nixon presidency and the Vietnam War.
2. The Pentagon Papers
To see the Pentagon Papers in full (all 7000 pages were only made available in May 2011), click here .
The papers were officially known as United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense. The Papers showed that the US had deliberately expanded its war with the bombing of Cambodia and Laos, coastal raids on North Vietnam, and Marine Corps attacks. Four administrations, from Truman to Johnson, had misled the public regarding their intentions.
Ellsberg provided material from the Papers to the New York Times and the Washington Post (both went ahead and published).
3. The charges
On June 28, 1971, Ellsberg (who had gone into hiding after distributing copies of the Pentagon Papers to newspapers) surrendered in Boston to face criminal charges. Under the Espionage Act, Ellsberg was charged with theft and unauthorized possession of classified documents. Anthony Russo, a former RAND colleague of Ellsberg’s who had helped photocopy the documents and urged Ellsberg to distribute them, was subpoenaed in August 1971 and imprisoned for six weeks after refusing to testify against Ellsberg before a grand jury. In December 1971, a second indictment was issued against the two men, listing them as co-conspirators in the matter. Ellsberg faced five counts of theft and six of violations of the Espionage Act, for a maximum total of 115 years; Russo faced one count of theft and two of violating the Espionage Act, for a maximum total of 35 years.
4. The trial
Their trial began on January 3, 1973. Five days later, the Watergate burglary trial commenced in Washington, D.C. The Ellsberg/Russo trial continued for more than four months. In late April, Watergate prosecutor Earl Silbert submitted a memo that revealed that two members of a special investigations unit known as “the plumbers” that had been created by President Nixon — G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt (who had just been convicted in the Watergate burglary trial) — had illegally entered the offices of Lewis Fielding, Daniel Ellsberg’s psychoanalyst, in search of files that could be used to discredit Ellsberg. A few days later the judge revealed that John Ehrlichman — one of Nixon’s top aides — had offered him the job of director of the FBI. It was also revealed that the FBI had secretly and illegally recorded conversations between Ellsberg and Morton Halperin, who had supervised the Pentagon Papers study. Meanwhile the Government admitted that telephone conversations of Ellsberg were picked up by wiretapping in late 1969 and early 1970, but that all records and logs of those conversations had disappeared from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Given the irregularities that had occurred the judge declared a mis-trial and the charges against both Ellsberg and Russo were dropped. The Government’s action in this case, Byrne said, “offended a sense of justice,” and so “I have decided to declare a mis-trial and grant the motion for dismissal.” The judge also made it clear that Ellsberg and Russo would not be tried again on charges of stealing and copying the Pentagon papers. He said, “The conduct of the Government has placed the case in such a posture that it precludes the fair, dispassionate resolution of these issues by a jury”.
Note: it was the revelation of the Fielding break-in that Nixon feared the most. When the House Judiciary Committee, in 1974, adopted three articles of impeachment against Nixon, two of them directly concerned the Fielding break-in. After that, Nixon had no choice but to resign.
5. Similarities/differences to Manning case
A. The (apparent) differences:
1. Manning is being court-martialled and is not facing charges via the criminal courts system. The rules and procedures are therefore different from those that applied to Ellsberg/Russo.
2. At the time of the Ellsberg/Russo trial the public mood was not in favour of President Nixon, whereas today President Obama still, arguably, enjoys popularity.
3. While Ellsberg provided extracts from the Pentagon Papers directly to the media, Manning is alleged to have used Wikileaks as a conduit.
B. The (apparent) similarities:
1. Both cases involve irregularities. With Ellsberg/Russo it was about break-ins, unauthorised surveillance, corruption, etc. With Manning it is more to do with the way he has been treated – or mistreated – since his arrest.
2. With both the Manning and Ellsberg/Russo cases the raison d’etre is/was all about revealing uncomfortable truths and acting according to conscience.
3. The files Manning is alleged to have leaked were published in part by several well known newspapers, including the New York Times; NYT and the Washington Post similarly published extracts from the Pentagon Papers.
December 8, 2012
“The immoral use of force is the source of man’s political problems. Sadly, many religious groups, secular organizations, and psychopathic authoritarians endorse government initiated force to change the world. Even when the desired goals are well-intentioned – or especially when well-intentioned – the results are dismal. The good results sought never materialize. The new problems created require even more government force as a solution. The net result is institutionalizing government initiated violence and morally justifying it on humanitarian grounds.” [ Paul.house.gov.]
However, that was not Ron Paul’s final speech on the floor of Congress! Paul gave two more speeches, on Friday Nov. 16th. In his Statement opposing HR 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (November 16, 2012), Paul stated, in part,
“…By attaching the so-called “Magnitsky” bill to the Jackson-Vanik repeal, Congress will direct the State Department to draw up a list of Russians it believes are responsible for human rights abuses. These people will be denied entry into the United States and have their assets seized by the US government. The implications of this reckless move are stunning….
…If Congress really is concerned about the human rights of prisoners, perhaps they might take a look at the terrible treatment of US Army Private Bradley Manning while incarcerated and awaiting trial. Last year Amnesty International wrote to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Manning’s “inhumane” treatment while in custody “undermines the United States’ commitment to the principle of the presumption of innocence.” Congress remains silent.
… When it comes to human rights, the United States should most definitely lead the world by its own example. On that measure, we still have a lot of work to do.”
PBS has a lot of good information on Manning’s history, including a collection of 20 photos throughout his life and a timeline. Frontline conducted an interview with his father Brian Manning, who raised Bradley in Oklahoma. Manning said his son was “spoiled rotten” after he returned from his high school years in Wales with his mother. According to his father, Bradley was not able to pay his bills or carry his own weight. Brian recounted that he told his son “If you get into a place at Army, you know, you’re going to have three square meals a day; you’re going to have a place to sleep and a roof over your head. And as long as you follow the path, you know, it’s all you have to do” … “You don’t have a place to live. You’re camping at your aunt’s house. You don’t have any transportation. You’re working at a dead-end job, and you’re looking at going to a community college that you won’t even have transportation to and from. What’s your plan?”
PBS also interviewed Bradley’s friend Jordan Davis whom he met in kindergarden and described Manning as “Patriotic. Always supportive of the military”, with a tendency to be “opinionated”, “a little bit smarmy”, and sometimes “came off as arrogant”. He further describes Manning as a capitalist and athiest, although at one time said he still considered himself to be Roman Catholic. Davis adds that “in the 2000 elections, he was very pro-[Sen.] John McCain.”
On 3/29/06, Manning’s stepmom called 911 on Bradley and told police that he pulled a knife on her. Audio of that 911 call is available here. The police report can be seen here. The 911 call was made at 4:13PM, police arrived at 4:20PM and listed the “incident under control” at 5:44pm. Manning was not arrested.
In 2010 Manning allegedly told a computer hacker “If you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time – and you saw incredible things, awful things – things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington, D.C. – what would you do?”
The eggregious, inhumane and sadistic way Manning was treated in captivity in the aftermath of his arrest is nothing short of brutal torture, as indicated even in mainstream news accounts. The Guardian has a detailed account in Bradley Manning: how keeping himself sane was taken as proof of madness. [Also see Bradley Manning Gets No Love From The New York Times.]
Paul Craig Roberts, who served in the Reagan Administration, wrote Bradley Manning: A Window Into The American Soul (12/3/12) and states
“Bradley Manning, a member of the US military, complied with his oath of office, with the US Military Code, with the Nuremberg standards set by the US government, with the strictures expressed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the George W, Bush administration, and with his own conscience. Manning, allegedly (we will never know), released to WikiLeaks the video of the US military murdering two journalists and a dozen innocent people walking down a street. http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/video_shows_murder_of_journalists_and_iraqi _civilians_20100405/ After the murder of these people by the US military playing video games with live people, a father with two young children stopped his van to help the survivors crawling in the street. The US military, due to either blood-lust, incompetence, or total evil, killed the father and sent high caliber bullets into the bodies of the two small children. The murderers then blame the father for bringing children into the combat zone created by the incompetence or evil of the US troops, who obviously get their jollies from murdering people. TV cameras are claimed to be weapons and justifications for murdering 15 people. Subsequently, a few people, whom the video shows to be unarmed, walk into a building. The US troops claim the unarmed people have weapons and RPGs and send three hellfire missiles into the building. The US troops then report that all the “targets” are dead. Any real patriotic American who saw this video would be compelled to release it. If Manning released it to Wikeleaks, then Manning is the most morally responsible American alive. What has Manning’s moral conscience cost him? It has cost Manning 900 days held incommunicado illegally by the US government. President John F. Kennedy’s presidency lasted 1,000 days. Manning was held and tortured for almost the entire length of Camelot. And the US government has got away with it. Americans don’t care. It is not them. They are too stupid to understand that once law is gone, they can be next. In their desire to punish Manning, US military and civilian authorities failed to realize that the lesson for soldiers is that crimes against humanity will not be punished, but those who reveal the crimes will be punished.”
Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network points out that a horrible photograph circulating on the internet alleged to be Manning post-captivity is not: This is not a photo of PFC Bradley Manning (8/14/12) It was previously reported by drumsnwhistles.com a year prior: Meet the “Other” (Kenneth) Bradley Manning(3/18/11)
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from the Bradley Manning Support Network site:
Bradley Manning: Truth on Trial
The Bradley Manning Support Network and
The Georgetown Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
On September 30, some of the most prominent whistle-blowers and civil liberties advocates of our time will gather to speak out for a fellow truth-teller that the military is trying to cage for life.
CHRIS HEDGES - Author, activist, and formerNew York Times reporter
THOMAS DRAKE – Former National Security Agency senior executive, whistle-blower
JESSELYN RADACK – Former Department of Justice ethics adviser, whistle-blower
US ARMY COL. ANN WRIGHT (ret.) – Former State Department diplomat, whistle-blower
DAVID HOUSE – Friend of Bradley Manning’s, co-founder of BMSN, Activist
$10 suggested donation at the door for event expenses. Wheelchair accessible. No one will be turned away. No student ID is necessary. All donations will be matched dollar for dollar by a very generous benefactor.
Author and journalist Chris Hedges will explain how the effect of Bradley’s case on our civil liberties to come.
NSA whistle-blower Thomas Drake will recount his experience being prosecuted for exposing illegal wiretapping, and he’ll compare Manning’s case with his own.
Jesselyn Radack, Department of Justice whistle-blower and advocate and lawyer for those who expose crime and corruption, will expound on just how vital whistle-blowers are and why we need to protect Bradley Manning.
Retired Colonel Ann Wright will recount her efforts bringing awareness to Manning’s case and explain what needs to be done in the months to come.
Finally, friend of Manning and co-founder of the Support Network David House will detail the financial struggles of the Network and the importance of standing up for Bradley now.
Bradley is approaching 900 days in prison without a court martial, and he shouldn’t be on trial in the first place. Bradley had the courage to potentially sacrifice his future for an informed citizenry, and we owe it to him to support him today. Join us September 30 for a tribute to the truth, and those who work tirelessly to expose it.
If you are not in the DC metropolitan area to join us in person, the entire 3 hour event will be livestreamed & netcast so you can attend live online!
And just in, Emma’s Revolution, award winning peace activist musicians, will be performing live!
”Boasting gorgeous close harmonies and unsinkable tunefulness, Emma’s Revolution (the Emma is Goldman) is a classic, globetrotting folk duo comprised of activist singer/songwriters Sandy O. and Pat Humphries. Their music is progressive, socially-conscious, confrontational and shot-through with intelligence and cutting humor. Newest disc ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ is a front-to-back gem.”
~Iowa City Press-Citizen
Bradley is approaching 900 days in prison without a court martial, and he shouldn’t be on trial in the first place. Bradley had the courage to potentially sacrifice his future for an informed citizenry, and we owe it to him to support him today.
If you are not in the DC metropolitan area to join us for the live event, BMSN will be providing a netcast which will allow you to tune in and hear the event live! In order to access the feed on Sunday, September 30th, go to www.bradleymanning.org or the MO-KAN Bradley Manning Support Team Page on Facebook and a link will be provided. When you click on the link you will be taken directly to the live feed.
Drake, Radack and many others also spoke on behalf of Bradley Manning at the Occupy the Truth Whistleblower convention put on by the Fresh Juice Party in February 2012.
Make September 6th a global
day of action for
PFC Bradley Manning!
We invite PFC Bradley Manning’s supporters worldwide
to make it known to their government that we remember.
Ask President Obama
to pardon Bradley Manning.
For list of U.S. actions for Thursday, September 6, see below
International supporters please add your actions too! Notify Emma Cape: email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance - @akaWACA will be holding a protest in Melbourne, Australian, in solidarity with U.S. actions. Thank you, mates!
Solidarity with Wikileaks and Julian Assange!
- Check out BMSN’s Resource Roundup if you plan on organizing locally
- Find the Obama campaign office near you!
The following material is reposted in entirety from www.bradleymanning.org because the site was being attacked by morons from Antileaks.
The Bradley Manning Support Network, Afghans For Peace and SF Bay Iraq Veterans Against the War Call for Nationwide Actions at local Obama Campaign Offices September 6th 2012 during the Democratic National Convention! Free Bradley Manning!
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. August 18, 2012.
Since Army PFC Bradley Manning’s arrest in May 2010 for allegedly sharing the “Collateral Murder” video and other evidence of war crimes and government corruption with the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, progressives and human rights activists have been asking, “Why isn’t President Obama stepping in to help Bradley?”
After all, it was President Obama who in May 2011 declared with regards to protests in the Middle East,
“In the 21st Century, information is power; the truth cannot be hidden; and the legitimacy of governments will ultimately depend on active and informed citizens.”
On Thursday, August 16, US military veterans in Portland OR, Oakland CA, and Los Angeles CA, occupied Obama 2012 campaign offices and faxed a letter of demands to the Obama campaign’s central office. Those letters began:
As those who have spent years serving our country, we have faith that as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama will do the right thing in answering our request.
That President Obama retract and apologize for remarks made in April 2011, in which he said Bradley Manning “broke the law.” Because President Obama is commander-in-chief, this constitutes unlawful command influence, violating Article 37 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and prevents Bradley from receiving a fair trial.
That President Obama pardon the accused whistle-blower, taking into consideration his 800 days of pretrial confinement. UN torture chief Juan Mendez called Manning’s treatment “cruel and inhuman,” as it included nine months of solitary confinement at Quantico despite Brig psychiatrists recommending relaxed conditions.
The Bradley Manning Support Network maintains hope that justice will prevail and that President Obama can be the vehicle of change on this issue, but first he needs to hear loud and clear from veterans and civilians across the country that the American people want amends for the unlawful torture of Bradley Manning, and believe he should be freed.
Organizers of the August 16 West Coast actions are now urging others to join them in a nationwide effort to hold actions at many more local Obama campaign offices on September 6th, the day of candidate’s nomination acceptance speech. We want to share messages of support for Bradley with Obama campaign offices from coast to coast.
- Be sure to check out our Resource Roundup if you plan on organizing locally.
- Find the Obama campaign office near you!
The Bradley Manning Support Network, Afghans For Peace and SF Bay Iraq Veterans Against the War Call for Nationwide Actions at local Obama Campaign Offices September 6th 2012 during the Democratic National Convention! Free Bradley Manning!
Read the original call-to-action.
- A flyer explaining why President Obama must free Bradley in order to live up to campaign promises.
- The letter that veterans demanded be sent to Obama’s central campaign office during their August 16th action.
- A contact page you can use to find other local organizations to co-organize and attend events.
- Search for the nearest Obama campaign office.
- The petition by which people can send a letter to military generals AND sign up to receive more campaign information.
- A website for registering your event where others around the country can search for it. You can also post details and RSVP on facebook.
- The contact e-mail for advice organizing and help promoting your event:email@example.com
- The contact e-mail for soliciting traditional and online media attention before and after your event:firstname.lastname@example.org (Please remember to take photos!)
- A place to request materials like posters and stickers from our online store:email@example.com
And finally, click here to read more about the August 16th actions. Whether you want to hear more about how the Oakland veterans successfully organized their occupation of Obama’s office, or you plan on putting together a less risky action, you can contact our organizer at firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas.
I have a long story if you have some time to read it. Back in 1999, my best friend and I had this grand scheme that since we had nothing better to do we were going to join the army. So, we both took the ASVAB at slightly different times but since we were living in the same county, we both had the same recruiters and office we were going out of. This was a long time ago, so my memory is a little foggy. I remember this young recruiter and myself driving to La Crosse, WI and his cell phone ringing every so often. He explained that his wife had mental health issues, which had her calling him almost every hour. I met some of the other recruiters, there was this one I’ll never forget. They called him Fudd and for good reason; he walked, talked, and acted like Elmer Fudd. I looked around the office and thought it would be cool since the people were so mellow. Bear in mind, I grew up in the 90′s. Movies like Tank Girl, In the Army Now, among a dozen others I’m probably forgetting portrayed that tanks, guns, blowing shit up as being cool. At our school, which was in a small town, had recruiters at it all the time. I think they knew because people are in smaller towns and less opportunities, that their situation may even get them to enlist for the benefits and getting away.
So, my best friend takes the ASVAB and gets a score slightly higher than mine. She was going to be in intelligence. I was told I could have been a journalist, if the position had been open for a female (I was kind of irked) due to a near-perfect English language score. But, they wouldn’t give me too many details about what I would be doing. Since my best friend had taken the test first, she was first up. She signed all her papers, packed her stuff, and went to Basic.
My mother and I, before she started drinking again, discussed my joining the army at length and when I see her I’ll owe her a “thank you” for this. She said she didn’t think it was a good idea. I had been diagnosed with clinical depression and PTSD. She said I was too sensitive to violence and my disdain for authority would immediately get me in trouble. I don’t know what would or could have happened but that now brings me again to the subject of Bradley Manning.
What I’m basically trying to say is, the Army doesn’t have an exceptional screening process when it comes to weeding out people that may be unfit. If I could just about be in the Army, who else could be? I know it was a long time ago, but things couldn’t have changed all that much. The various stories that have come out since the war began are the basis for my assertion (like killing rampages against civilians, systemic mistreatment of prisoners).
By the way, Happy belated May Day all. Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Rep. Napolitano has more to tell you:
(BTW I started writing this in May)
Like she said, substance abuse and spousal abuse have been a problem. We owe it to our men and women who serve in the military to drop stigmas and petty nonsense to prevent problems. Prevention is far better than a cure and we could prevent tragedies like this one:
And there have been many other controversies that have embarrassed the United States far, far more than Bradley Manning could have managed on his own. And if you think war is a good thing, take a look at these numbers:
And there are many, many videos just like this one on youtube that makes America look bad without Bradley Manning’s help:
Does this make us look like kind, compassionate, helpful people? Is this what YOU voted for?
Listen to the guy about one minute in. You think war doesn’t cause mental problems? The floor is yours, argue any points that you have. I’m sure we’re all eager to hear it.
Here’s another documentary I recently found:
Basically, to sum up my point (you’re probably now wondering if I’ll ever get to it) is that not only does the Armed Forces have a problem in screening people before they enlist, they have a problem now of how they are going to deal with all these people that will undoubtedly have PTSD. Some people internalize their pain and don’t ask for help until it’s too late. What we’ve asked our young men and women to do is to be robots, to not feel. That’s an extremely unreasonable expectation. This is a part of the reason I support Bradley Manning. I encourage others to share their opinion, whether they agree or disagree. There needs to be more discourse about this subject.
Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another.
No people do so much harm as those who go about doing good.
Regardless of whether or not you believe in the NWO/conspiracy theories, you must admit that the US government is getting bolder and it could be argued that they are causing a great deal of harm to the world. Gun runs to Mexico, running drugs, executing citizens without a trial, war mongering, secret trials, sealed indictments… oh yes, here comes the end of America as we know it. Unless of course, we do something about it. Bradley Manning tried and now we are seeing the government’s true intent.
In the event you’ve not been following along, the judge in the case has decided on a trial date tentatively. Here are some articles with the latest information. Thanks Kevin Gosztola, David F. Powell, and Kai Wargalla for your articles. I know there’s a lot of others out there too.
What can we do? Well, there are a lot of people doing things on their own. Art is always good, writing is always good, tweeting is always good. Let’s not break the law on Manning’s behalf, as to not sully the reputation of the cause. IMO graffiti is art, making it an acceptable medium. But there’s no good in causing harm. Can we at least agree on this much?
The reason I harp on this now is Sabu. He had stated, before he was revealed to be a vile turncoat, that some of those releases of dox were for Bradley Manning. We all know that the CIA/NSA/some other government entity more than likely instructed him to say that. Beware of psyops like this. What else can we do? I say, talk to your friends and family about it. Hearts and minds are won with active engagement, not by just sitting on the internet and preaching to the choir.
Here are some recent examples of groups or individuals trying to raise awareness
This is REALLY something. This is probably one of the best ideas I’ve seen so far.
This is something that was made recently to raise awareness for Bradley Manning, intended originally to be combined with OccupyTheMail, if you feel so inclined. 10% of proceeds go directly to Bradley Manning Support Network in the form of a check payment. We wanted to keep the cost down, as to limit participation as little as possible.
What you do is up to you. Never have it in your mind that you need to follow anyone to make a difference. You can think, do, and act for yourselves. We all have choices. We can choose to let our government punish us for daring to point out their flaws, or we can tell them that we’ve had enough. Enough of ACTA, CISPA, illegal activities by unregulated “security” firms, enough of the war mongering, and/or endless bank profiteering. Choose your message, say it loud. Say it before none of us can say a fucking thing at all.
Bradley Manning Postcard Project
In this day and age, why do one thing at a time? There has been a recent campaign for Occupy, called Occupy the Mail. Recently, there’s been talk of some post offices closing, and to save jobs this was Occupy’s response. 99% of us are working people, and 99% of us cannot afford personal message delivery services. For these two reasons, I think this a noble pursuit.
Then there’s Bradley Manning, locked up for whistle-blowing by the Obama administration since May 2010. His treatment has been labeled as torturous by several sources and he’s been nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Occupy Mail + Bradley Manning Operation
• Send Postcards with brief messages to the Nobel committee saying why Bradley Manning should get the Nobel Peace Prize . Even if it has no official effect, the effort will raise awareness.
• Sent postcards to politicians and activists (perhaps to all the famous people who helped free the West Memphis Three?) Asking for their help collectively would probably get them into action more quickly.
• Send postcards to news groups or agencies that are not covering the story enough, if at all.
The desired effect is to generate awareness and interest, guilt trip those who are guilty, gain media attention to the situation, and spark conversation. The Occupy the Mail is just an added bonus. Think of all the postal carriers who would see those postcards. With stamps being $0.32 a piece for postcards and the message on them being clearly visible, this is the best way I could think of to spread this message.
There’s an extremely high probability PFC Manning will be in military prison for life. He’s already been treated punitively. Please help us in spreading the message, if you can.
What kind of postcards? Well, there have been many designs submitted to #OpManning’s Tumblr account:
You have many choices where you can buy postcards with images uploaded on the internet. You could use the tumblr’s images, your own images. Also, here are bulk mailing rates for anyone with “big” ideas: http://savepostage.com/bulkmail101/rates.html. For 200 postcards it’s about $35.
If you would like to buy 1 or 2 postcards at a time, an account has been created at Zazzle.com
We will be working diligently over the coming weeks and months to make more things available here, such as fliers for distribution.
Let’s urge the Nobel Committee to award the prize to someone who has earned it
Second anniversary of Collateral Murder – April 5
April 5th will mark the two year anniversary of the release of Collateral Murder – a U.S. intelligence video that depicts the indiscriminate slaying of at least twelve civilians in Iraq including two correspondents for Reuters. The airstrike also grievously injured two young children of a Good Samaritan who stopped to help the wounded.
Bradley Manning – accused of uploading this video to WikiLeaks – has since been arrested, detained for nearly two years, and is currently undergoing a court-martial.
His Supposed Crime?
Releasing vital information to us, the public, regarding vicious war crimes committed by the United States Army.
For ten months, from July 2010 until April 2011, Manning was held in solitary confinement in a U.S. Marine Corps brig at Quantico, Virginia, where he endured treatment which Amnesty International has claimed was both harsh and punitive. A large group of legal and human rights scholars continue to lobby that the conditions under which he was being held – including severe, months-long sleep deprivation and solitary confinement, forced nudity and other humiliations – breached the Constitution, as well as the Geneva conventions against torture.
Following worldwide outrage and protests, he was transferred to the Army medium security facility at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, where pre-trial detainees are normally held. To date, the U.N. rapporteur on torture has continued to be denied access to Manning.
In February 2012, Manning was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his alleged role, credited with being honorable and brave.
On Friday, April 6, 2012 a collective of individuals from around the world will stand up in support of Bradley Manning. Innocent or guilty, he deserves justice: namely, a fair trial.
And you can help.
In cities across the globe, individuals –including you – are being called to action. We are asking that you link with others and use public spaces to educate people about the mistreatment of Bradley Manning, and the cause he has come to symbolize. Help people understand what is going on with Manning, what it means, and what they can do about it.
Banner drops at high-visibility locations, public demonstrations and rallies, street art, guerrilla theater, posters, leafleting, phone calls to appropriate parties, sit-ins and teach-ins, Occupy actions… Get creative, and run with it!
Let the world know: Bradley Manning’s supposed ‘crime’ is whistleblowing. The United States is punishing him, and completely ignoring the war crimes revealed by Collateral Murder.
Manning deserves a fair and just trial. The U.S. officials responsible for those war crimes should also be on trial. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!
For More Information:
Tumblr: http://opmanning.tumblr.com/ Art archive
Global Awareness Stencil Campaign http://anoncorpwatch.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/bradley-manning-global-awareness-campaign/
Bradley Manning Global Awareness Campaign
Let the Sunshine In!
Global Awareness Stencil Campaign
The computer-generated stencil above, made from a photo of Bradley Manning, is a demonstration of what we are looking for.
1. Find an image of Brad. The ones posted on our www.opmanning.tumblr.com have been selected partly because of their suitability.
2. Create an image that can be used as a single-color stencil. Keep wording and detail to a minimum to make it easier to cut the stencil.
3. The image can be artistic and interpretive, but it has to look like Bradley Manning. The point is to create an iconic image that anyone anywhere can reproduce.
Click SUBMIT on the menu bar at the right on the Tumblr, Submit a Photo. Add source/attribution and contact information, if desired, in the Post section. Or you can post it and put a link in the Comments, below.
The Tumblr has several submissions already, so feel free to get started spreading the message! Images of Assange, Wikileaks, Arab Spring, Campanadas, Occupy, NDAA, ACTA, SOPA, anything relevant to transparency and censorship are also suggested. Please add them to the Tumblr as a submission or post a link to it.
Guerrillartista Security for IRL [defacements]
Vinyl or plastic tablecloths and placemats make great stencils. Lay the printout over it, tape in place and cut out black areas with a razor or exacto knife. Smaller stencils are obviously easier to handle especially when you are just starting or in a risky or windy location. Bigger ones can be made by tiling the printout of a letter-size image.
For banners, old sheets or blankets from a thrift store work well, remember you will likely NOT be able to retrieve it so go cheap. The bottom will need to be weighted or tied down. Regular house paints work for big ones, acrylic paint for smaller, spray paint can be useful but messy, it will bleed through the back of most fabrics more than the other two. It is less messy to paint banners on a cheap plastic dropcloth from the paint department of any store selling paint.
Graffiti toolbag: spray paints, duct tape or other heavy tape, disposable gloves, stencils, two-way radios if you have a team. Pack supplies in a cheap bag you can ditch. When painting dark surfaces, spray a light color background first, then spray stencil as usual. Practice first.
Scope targets out in both day and night before attempting action. Take notes on cameras, ATM machines, police stations and hangouts, nosy-looking neighbors, etc. Above all, be discrete, don’t set off alarms for neighborhood watch people. The best places are not residential neighborhoods, but more public spaces that will be seen by pedestrians or easily visible driving.
MAKE SURE you have an ESCAPE ROUTE that will be hard to follow in a car. This is why highway overpasses are useful, highly visible and good for fast getaways. The simplest arrangement is a driver to drop off the artist in a discrete location close to the target. The driver then goes to a good lookout position and communicates by two-way radios, headsets are ideal.
Never carry any real ID. Wear dark or black clothing, working in teams with a lookout is best. Avoid neighborhoods you are not familiar with. If you are being pursued, DITCH anything incriminating once you are out of sight. Have a good back story for what you are doing in the event you are caught. DO NOT say anything more than something utterly vague, as little as possible is best. Believe your own story.
If you are arrested, refuse to say ANYTHING AT ALL until you have a lawyer present.
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Ray McGovern, senior veteran CIA analyst, adviser to seven U.S. Presidents, antiwar activist, founder of Veteran IntelligenceProfessionals for Sanity and BMSN Steering Committee member, has announced that he will be attending the next phase of Bradley Manning’s Kangaroo Court proceeding at Ft. Meade this week, March 15-16. Manning is expected to enter a plea, and to address procedural issues from the December arraignment, including the judge’s denial of defense witnesses.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend, and Mr. McGovern requests that you bring your kangaroos.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS UP TO YOU…
There are many things that YOU can do to increase awareness about US Government mistreatment and continuing legal abuse of one of the most important alleged whistleblowers of our time. Please see our Actions page for some suggestions and links to other supporters.
Ray speaking about Manning at TruthCon recently
from the Bradley Manning Support Network site
Ft. Meade announces Manning’s next court date is March 15. In an official news release email, the Ft. Meade media desk announces that military judge Denise Lind scheduled Bradley Manning’s motion hearing for March 15, at 10 AM EST, at Ft. Meade, MD. It could last two days, as the media advisory email notes, “For planning purposes, this hearing is scheduled for March 15 and 16. The hearing is open to the public.
Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, has requested a May start date for the court martial, while at last month’s arraignment it was revealed that the prosecution has pushed for an August date. It’s expected that the military judge will announce a finalized date at the March 15 motion hearing.
U.S. Government vs. PFC Bradley Manning Motion Hearing
NEWS RELEASE The U.S. Army Military District of Washington Guardians of the Nation’s Capital FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE#12-06
U.S. GOVERNMENT VS. PFC BRADLEY MANNING MOTION HEARING SCHEDULED
FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. – The military judge has scheduled a motion hearing in the case of United States vs. Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, beginning on Thursday, March 15 at 10 a.m., at Fort George G. Meade, Md. Pfc. Manning is charged with aiding the enemy; wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy; theft of public property or records; transmitting defense information; fraud and related activity in connection with computers; and for violating Army Regulations 25-2 “Information Assurance” and 380-5 “Department of the Army Information Security Program.” If convicted of all charges, Manning would face a maximum punishment of reduction to the lowest enlisted pay grade, E-1; total forfeiture of all pay and allowances; confinement for life; and a dishonorable discharge. Media queries and information on credentialing for the arraignment may be emailed to the U.S. Army Military District of Washington Public Affairs Office at email@example.com.
The Bush-Obama War on Iraq, based on lies and “fixed” intelligence, funded continually by BOTH Corporatist-Militarist Parties in Congress, and hardly ever questioned by what Ray McGovern aptly calls “the Fawning Corporate Media”, is one of the first massive war crimes of this new century (the War on Afghanistan is another). As McGovern reminds us, it is the “supreme international crime,” differing from other war crimes only inasmuch as it contains within itself the “accumulated evil of the whole.”
Accordingly, Bradley Manning was doing his duty as well as obeying his conscience by exposing some of the crimes within this “supreme international crime.” Also accordingly, all those who continued to support, fund, propagandize for (the media), and prosecute this war after the lies which duped them into it were exposed, are also guilty of war crimes and complicit in these crimes to varying degrees. No wonder they, starting with Obama and the military, want to shut up Bradley Manning for life. And I have no doubt they will succeed, with the Fawning Corporate Media parroting the official lies and cover-ups.
If there were true justice here, ALL of Congress, the White House, ALL the members of the Bush administration, and most of the corporate media hacks would be in prison for life for complicity in these war crimes, and we would be honoring Bradley Manning and war critics for doing their duty to uphold the law.
This video says it all.
Who is Bradley Manning?
Many in the world still do not know this remarkable story.
Inform yourself, decide for yourself what you would have done if confronted with the evidence revealed by WikiLeaks.
Truthtelling is not treason. Whistleblowers should be protected, not persecuted.
Make the U.S. government accountable, think twice about blind allegiance to institutions that no longer serve the people and ignore their own rules and laws.
Join in this epic struggle for truth and government transparency.
Most of us do not think that “justice” left to its own devices, will be done in this case. The White House recently refused to comment on a petition that was filed in full compliance with the requirements. The U.S. President has already stated that Manning is “guilty” which, as Obama the Constitutional scholar knows, constitutes “undue command influence” and therefore essentially nullifies Manning’s chance for a fair trial.
Take your own stand against corruption and the flagrant violation of human rights in the name of diplomacy.
Nothing short of #RepresentationThroughOccupation will create an environment that will permit real justice in Manning’s case. So, all you truth and justice lovers, get out there and #occupy something for Brad. He (allegedly) did it for all of us, now it’s time to return the favor.
Veterans of the U.S. armed forces constitute a somewhat rare population, especially those who served after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Military veterans are an estimated 9.6% of the U.S. adult population, and those who served after 9/11 account for 12% of all veterans (and thus slightly more than 1% of the adult U.S. population). No publicly available comprehensive list of veterans exists to provide the basis for a sampling frame.
This lengthy article discusses differences in attitude between veterans and non-veterans, and additionally, examines differences between those who served in pre- vs. post-9/11 periods. What might surprise many is the similarity of opinion between those who have served and the general population on many questions. The Vietnam Syndrome seems to have dissipated, but possibly in ways that will displease hawks and the 1%.
Whatever y/our opinion about U.S. military involvement, as citizens, we are ultimately responsible for the conduct of our government and military, and the consequences of that conduct.
If not us, who?
Because he allegedly leaked evidence of U.S. dirty dealings and outright crimes against humanity, Bradley Manning is accused of violating his oath and responsibility. But as another veteran challenged us to ask ourselves, “if a fellow soldier is punished for taking his oath to defend the Constitution seriously, what does that mean for our military and for our democracy?”
We know that we don’t all agree about much of anything and we represent the entire political spectrum of beliefs as well as just about every country and whatever designation can be placed on us. One thing that most of us agree on is *transparency* and the right for most, if not all information to be free from limitations on its use by any minority of people.
If anyone personifies the best ideals of Anonymous, it’s Bradley Manning. Many people the world over have been awakened by the information he allegedly provided to Wikileaks. Many excellent activist groups are working tirelessly and effectively on his behalf. There are good reasons why he should be released, and many have signed petitions to the White House, the Department of the Army, and others requesting that his alleged acts be viewed for what they were, revealing criminal and immoral acts by the United States government.
#OpManning has evolved over time like many other Anonymous activities. We are committed to the core concepts of Anon as we see them, freedom of information, opposing censorship, and of course, the indispensable lulz. Many of our comrades have been arrested and otherwise subject to attacks, and we do not wish to bring any further difficulties to anyone by promoting things that will give reason for such actions by law enforcement agents.
The right to oppose a governmental position is well recognised in the U.S. Constitution and most other national constitutions. How one chooses to exercise civil rights is open for creative thought. As many groups are doing all the logical normal interventions, we have struggled with what we can do publicly as an Anonymous action, finding our place among the other Manning support groups, so, as the #Occupy movement strengthens and self-organizes we want to be able to bring a broader awareness to the citizens of the world that they can change whatever they set their mind to, even to the ability to influence governments to “do the right thing” when it comes to Bradley Manning.
We’re asking what YOU would like to do, or like to see US do to help Brad. For anonymity voting, you can use Tor or a vpn on this site, wordpress.com only logs ips if you make an entry in the Comments section, but Polldaddy.com polling company likely does also log your ip, like almost all companies do (see also our IRC/Security page for more information).