Saturday, August 18, 2012

The Latest From The Private Bradley Manning Support Network-Free Bradley Manning Now!- Vigil for Bradley at Ft. Meade, August 28

Click on the headline to link to the Private Bradley Manning Support Network for the latest information on his case and activities on his behalf .
We of the anti-war movement were not able to do much to affect the Bush- Obama Iraq war timetable but we can save the one hero of that war, Private Bradley Manning. The entry below can serve as a continuing rationale for my (and your) support to this honorable whistleblower.
The following are remarks that I have been focusing on of late to build support for Private Manning’s cause at stand-outs, marches and rallies.

Veterans for Peace proudly stands in solidarity with, and defense of, Private Bradley Manning.

I stand in solidarity with the alleged actions of Private Bradley Manning in bringing to light, just a little light, some of the nefarious war-related doings of this government, under Bush and Obama. If he did such acts they are no crime. No crime at all in my eyes or in the eyes of the vast majority of people who know of the case and of its importance as an individual act of resistance to the unjust and barbaric American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I sleep just a shade bit easier these days knowing that Private Manning may have exposed what we all knew, or should have known- the Iraq war and the Afghan war justifications rested on a house of cards. American imperialism’s gun-toting house of cards, but cards nevertheless.

I am standing in solidarity with Private Bradley Manning because I am outraged by the treatment meted out to Private Manning, presumably an innocent man, by a government who alleges itself to be some “beacon” of the civilized world. Bradley Manning has been held in solidarity at Quantico, other locales, and now at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas for over two years, and has been held without trial for longer, as the government and its military try to glue a case together. The military, and its henchmen in the Justice Department, have gotten more devious although not smarter since I was a soldier in their crosshairs over forty years ago.

These are more than sufficient reasons to stand in solidarity with Private Manning and will be until the day this brave soldier is freed by his jailers. And I will continue to stand in proud solidarity with Private Manning until that great day.

Immediate Unconditional Withdrawal of All U.S./Allied Troops And Mercenaries From Afghanistan! Hands Off Iran! Free Private Manning Now! President Obama Pardon Private Manning!

Vigil for Bradley at Ft. Meade, August 28

The military has just announced that PFC Bradley Manning’s next motion hearing will begin Tuesday, August 28, at Ft. Meade, MD. Now that defense lawyer David Coombs’ Article 13 motion to dismiss has been moved to the October 1-5 hearing, this hearing will involve potential witnesses and evidentiary issues for the Article 13 motion.

As with each of Bradley’s hearings, we are calling on supporters to hold a vigil for the Nobel Peace Prize nominee outside of the Ft. Meade gate, at the Reece Rd. corner. Come rally for Bradley on Tuesday morning, and then join us in the courtroom to show your support!

Where: Ft. Meade gate, at the corner of Reece Rd. and Rt. 175

When: Tuesday, August 28, from 7-9AM

Contact: Bailey Jeffers —

Read here about how to attend Bradley’s hearing!

If you can’t make it to Maryland, hold an event for Bradley near you. Register the event with us here and we’ll help publicize it.

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