SENTENCING EXPECTED 19-21 AUGUST
PFC MANNING IS FACING LIFE IN PRISON FOR EXPOSING WAR CRIMES
PAD: Add actions and ideas here: https://pad.riseup.net/p/BradleyManning
- IRC https://kiwi.cyberguerrilla.org:7778/irc/ Chan: #Manning
- Anonops IRC irc://irc.anonops.com Chan: #manning
- #opManning jabber chat: email@example.com
Email addresses attributed to Judge Lind:
1. BE READY TO TAKE TO THE STREETS ON THE DAY SENTENCE IS ANNOUNCED
The plan is to be out on the streets responding to the sentence and calling on Obama to pardon Bradley as soon as possible after the sentence is handed down. Start planning where you will demonstrate now.
- UK actions: http://wiseupaction.info/where-to-gather-to-respond-to-bradley-mannings-sentence-list-of-locations/
- US /worldwide actions: https://orders.bradleymanning.org/support_events
2. ASK MAJ GEN JEFFERY BUCHANAN TO FREE BRADLEY!
Support Bradley’s appeal to the convening authority (his first point of appeal)
Upon receiving his sentence, Bradley will immediately be able to appeal for ‘clemency’ from the convening authority over his Court Martial – Major General Jeffery Buchanan.
- He has the authority to decrease Bradley’s sentence, no matter what the judge decides
- He cannot increase it, so don’t worry that calling him will make things worse for Bradley
- He can decide that ‘time served’ is all the sentence required
For those outside the US, there are various cheaper ways of making calls to the USA:
- If you use Skype, for about $3 for one month, you can add calling to land lines
NOTE: with all US calls, you will need to preface the no shown with ‘001′ – so Maj Gen Jeffery Buchanan is 001-202-685-2900
PHONE EMAIL FAX OR WRITE TO ANY/ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Maj Gen Buchanan (202) 685-2900 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Deputy Officer Public Affairs (202) 685-2900 email@example.com Adrienne Combs
- Public Affairs Officer (202) 685-4899 firstname.lastname@example.org Col. Michelle Martin-Hing
- The Public Affairs Office fax number: 202-685-0706 Free faxing anywhere, no registration required
Let’s Remind Maj. General Buchanan:
- that Bradley was held for nearly a year in abusive solitary confinement, which the UN torture chief called “cruel, inhuman, and degrading”
- that President Obama has unlawfully influenced the trial with his declaration of Bradley Manning’s guilt
- that the media has been continually blocked from transcripts and documents related to the trial and that it has only been through the efforts of Bradley Manning’s supporters that any transcripts exist
- that under the UCMJ a soldier has the right to a speedy trial and that it was unconscionable to wait 3 years before starting the court martial
- that absolutely no one was harmed by the release of documents that exposed war crimes, unnecessary secrecy and disturbing foreign policy
- that Bradley Manning is a hero who did the right thing when he revealed truth about wars that had been based on lies
Remind General Buchanan that Bradley Manning’s rights have been trampled – Enough is enough!
3. CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ISSUE A PRESIDENTIAL PARDON
- Call the Comments Line 202-456-1111
- Write: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
- Email http://www.whitehouse.gov/
VERDICT PRESS RELEASE (with updating)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In an ominous sign for Manning, military judge Denise Lind altered important charges in order to assist prosecutors ahead of the guilty verdict, which carries a sentence of up to 90 years. In so doing, defense attorney David Coombs explained, “The Government has pushed this case beyond the bounds of legal propriety. If the Government meant ‘information’, it should have charged information.”
Up until last week, Manning was charged with stealing entire databases. The Defense had no way to defend Manning against these new charges after the fact. Even though the absurd “aiding the enemy” charge was dropped, Army private Bradley Manning faces a potential life sentence for passing hundreds of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents to the transparency website WikiLeaks, to expose U.S. criminality in its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and further abuses around the world.
“I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had access to the information … this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general,”
~ Bradley Manning, February statement
Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three years in a row, and Normon Solomon, founder of RootsAction, traveled to Oslo, Norway to deliver over 103,000 signatures supporting Manning’s nomination.
- Read this amazing memo from RootsAction
- Interview with Normon Solomon
- Article on delivering the petition