Posts tagged manning
Posts tagged manning
Alfred Nobel’s will left funding for a prize to be awarded to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The primary impetus for the formation of this group was to block the US government from ever again being able to attack and suffocate an independent journalistic enterprise the way it did with WikiLeaks. Government pressure and the eager compliance of large financial corporations (such as Visa, Master Card, Bank of America, etc.) has - by design - made it extremely difficult for anyone to donate to WikiLeaks, while many people are simply afraid to directly support the group. Glenn Greenwald
Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
The president not only defended Manning’s treatment but also, as commander-in-chief of the court martial judges, improperly decreed Manning’s guilt when he asserted in an interview that he “broke the law”…..Obama: too stupid do to anything but kiss ass.
Bradley Manning - Liberty Lost in America
‘Over the past two and a half years, all of which he has spent in a military prison, much has been said about Bradley Manning, but nothing has been heard from him. That changed on Thursday, when the 23-year-old US army private accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks testified at his court martial proceeding about the conditions of his detention.
The oppressive, borderline-torturous measures to which he was subjected, including prolonged solitary confinement and forced nudity, have been known for some time. A formal UN investigation denounced those conditions as “cruel and inhuman”. President Obama’s state department spokesman, retired air force colonel PJ Crowley, resigned after publicly condemning Manning’s treatment. A prison psychologist testified this week that Manning’s conditions were more damaging than those found on death row, or at Guantánamo Bay.
The repressive treatment of Bradley Manning is one of the disgraces of Obama’s first term, and highlights many of the dynamics shaping his presidency. The president not only defended Manning’s treatment but also, as commander-in-chief of the court martial judges, improperly decreed Manning’s guilt when he asserted in an interview that he “broke the law”.’ ………
‘Compare this aggressive prosecution of Manning to the Obama administration’s vigorous efforts to shield Bush-era war crimes and massive Wall Street fraud from all forms of legal accountability. Not a single perpetrator of those genuine crimes has faced court under Obama, a comparison that reflects the priorities and values of US justice.’
(extract from an article by the always excellent Glenn Greenwald)
America Is an Oppressive Regime
“All this is what the Times and AP have reduced to nothing more than being ‘locked up alone in a small cell’ and having to ‘sleep naked for several nights.’ Nothing at all about the draconian restrictions; nothing at all about ‘shakedowns,’ wake-ups, 24-hour surveillance in bright light (even on the toilet), isolation, chains, deprivation, betrayal, interrogation, and forced nudity — not just when he was sleeping (in bright light, under observation) but also out in corridors, while ‘officers inspected him.’ All of this has been erased by the ‘objective’ reporting of the NYT and AP. None of this is to be known or considered by serious, respectable people. It didn’t happen. It doesn’t matter. Manning is a whiner who made America look bad, and in doing so, he helped a website that made America look bad. That’s all that really matters. The details of his treatment — not to mention the details of what he and WikiLeaks revealed — are unimportant. You don’t have to think about it. Just nod your head, shrug your shoulders, and go about your business.”
— Chris Floyd, Blanking Bradley Manning: NYT and AP Launch Operation Amnesia (via theamericanbear)
According to recently declassified Air Force counter-intelligence documents, any military personnel who support or contact WikiLeaks will be charged with article 104-D of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, aka “communicating with the enemy.”
Look, if military officials were well known for telling the truth, a site like WikiLeaks wouldn’t need to exist in the first place. Since its inception in October 2006, WikiLeaks has released world-shaking information such as the infamous Collateral Murder video, Guantanamo Bay prisoner files, and the expenditures and holdings in the Afghan war. It’s also done the world the public service of questioning Vladimir Putin’s work ethic and tried to clown the New York Times, just to keep things in perspective.
despite having shown no demonstrable harm done by the organization—the infamous Bradley Manning has been in custody over 860 days without a trial, so that’s telling—our government already has murder in its eyes. But are we willing to kill people (U.S. soldiers!) for using a website? Whistle-blowing is certainly nothing new; the medium simply has changed, along with the delivery time, potential impact area, and the number of people who can see the whistle blow in the first place. Surely we can’t justify killing U.S. government servicemen for leaking to an outlet with more global communicative power than the New York Times or Washington Post.
Perhaps most interestingly, news of the Air Force documents placing Assange squarely in the “terrorist” camp came the same week that the Obama administration removed the infamous Mujahideen-E-Khalq (MEK) from the U.S. terrorism list, effectively making them an ally. Nick Vadala
Slow Slide into Totalitarianism: Military Industrial Inferiority Complex. Rule of Law My Ass.
The move marks yet another turn in the saga of Assange, but leaves almost as many questions as it answers. Assange remains in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, where he is under the country’s diplomatic protection. However, Assange has violated provisions of his bail, and British officials have indicated they will arrest Assange if he leaves the embassy or tries to depart from the country.
Furthermore, the move could put U.S. aid to Ecuador in jeopardy. It will also damage the relationship between Ecuador and both Sweden and the U.K.
For Assange to leave the country, Ecuador will need to either find a way to spirit Assange out of the country without discovery by British officials — something that is highly unlikely — or Ecuador will need to successfully negotiate for Assange’s release.
Ecuador’s decision to grant Assange asylum is not surprising. Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa has been an outspoken advocate of the anti-American gadfly. According to a report by CNet, Assange had actually been offered asylum some time before he requested it.
Assange rose to prominence after founding Wikileaks, a website dedicated to sharing leaks from nations and corporations. His organization played a pivotal role in releasing classified information regarding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that was allegedly leaked by U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning.
While Assange has been praised by many for his willingness to publish sensitive information, he has also been criticized for working with governments that are not friendly to their local media, including hosting a show on RT, a channel operated by the Russian government.
In 2010, a European Arrest Warrant was issued, requiring Assange to be extradited to Sweden over allegations of sexual assault involving two women. Assange has fought extradition while in England, but his appeals in the British legal system were rejected. On June 19, Assange sought asylum in the Ecuadoran embassy.
Assange has said that he is unwilling to go to Sweden because he fears the U.S. will extradite him from the Scandinavian nation to face espionage charges. However, departing for the relatively unstable Ecuador has its own risks. Correa survived a coup attempt in 2010, and he has alleged the attack had its genesis in the CIA. While the Correa government has guaranteed Assange’s safety, it’s anyone’s guess what future Ecuadoran governments might think about their high-profile Australian exile.
The government has threatened to enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrest WikiLeaders founder Julian Assange, who is seeking political asylum there.
The dramatic development came two months after Mr Assange suddenly walked into the embassy in a bid to avoid being extradited to Sweden where he faces allegations of sexual assault.
Ecuador’s minister for foreign affairs, Ricardo Patino, released details of a letter he said was delivered through a British embassy official in Quito, and said that the Ecuadorian government would announce on Thursday whether it would give Mr Assange asylum.
The letter said: “You need to be aware that there is a legal base in the UK, the Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act 1987, that would allow us to take actions in order to arrest Mr Assange in the current premises of the Embassy.
Amazing how countries like the US and England feel their own embassies should be havens for dissidents but other “lesser” countries embassies must lack that same legal dignity. England and America are not the center of human rights these days. England and America stink like Nazis on Kristallnacht.
In Your Attic
Video published by Wikileaks
American Government operates in a culture of incompetence and part of that incompetence is the corruption of War profit. The video shows murder. The object being carried was obviously no weapon. The video shows murder by those who simply wanted to kill. The video is transparency giving the people the information they need to asses government officials and just how easy it is to murder from the comfort of ones chair.
And those same soulless wealthy maggots whose only purpose is to worship green paper and fuck Americans, now funds political attack ads to replace Obama with one of their own: The Shit Anomaly. How did that work for you Barrick? Barrick, you could have jailed those greed evil fucks destroying the planet, instead you merely name called and now your fucked. Good move, stud!
Obama brings down the entire weight of the United States DOJ upon….Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and people who smoke pot. Two people who advance government transparency and well, people who smoke…I don’t even care what they smoke, it simply is unimportant that they smoke. Damn stupid.
What a fail.
Every four years we have to choose between two candidates that suck profoundly. Who is the biggest loser, Obama or Romney? One candidate should be jailing the Mitt Romney’s in America and the other candidate, Mitt Romney is simply death.
What a choice.
The presiding officer in the military hearing, Lt. Col. Paul Almanza, a U.S. Army Reservist, rejected Manning’s attorney’s argument that he should recuse himself because of his work as a former prosecutor for the Justice Department, which is conducting its own investigation of Manning. The prosecution backed Almanza’s argument that he could be impartial.
The pre-trial hearing, to be held Dec. 16 at Fort Meade outside Baltimore, Maryland, is expected to last about five days but could spill over into January, with a recess for the December holidays, if the court allows a large number of witnesses to testify.
The hearing will be the first time that Manning’s defense team will be able to hear the details of the prosecution’s case against the former army intelligence analyst.
If the judge presiding over the hearing determines that the case should proceed for court-martial, Manning will be tried in the Washington, D.C., area, according to the Army. Paterson said a court-martial would likely occur sometime between April and August next year.
But Obama and Bush are elected officials - Not really, not if you consider media consolidation, corporate control of media and politicians. Both Bush and Obama were not elected by the people but by corporate influence. Manning, one, followed the directives of the Geneva Convention and two, honored his commitment to protect the people of the USA, “elected” officials be damned. Transparency in Government is necessary or what the People get is “elected” officials that do not serve the people but torture the people who do.
Bradly Manning is a Political Prisoner, just Like Solzhenitsyn, Mandela or Walesa. Our Government officials are tried and convicted.
Back in the USSR
The US Gov just unclassified The Pentagon Papers, a best seller available to you at a local bookstore for 40 years. Federal employees can not read nor discuss the publicly available Wikileak Papers, they are still classified and again like the Pentagon Papers, available to the public. The Government declassified the almost half a century old Pentagon Papers so as not create a conflict in emphasizing that classified documents (not 40 year old public available documents) are illegal for federal employees to access: Obama and Holder doing the two step in their own shit.
All the classified US Diplomatic Cables are not readable nor are they able to be discussed by any Federal employees, including lawyers, courts and guess who: none of the people (mostly federal employees) exposed by Wikileaks for wrongdoing. How convenient. Obama and Holder are going to emphasize punishment for discussing those officials and policies exposed by Wikileaks and not emphasize scrutiny towards those who committed the wrongdoings. Keep it classified although it is common knowledge. Prevent its discussion and scrutiny of wrongdoing. How fucking dirty can it get? (The two turds could prosecute the possible leak and…… they are: Bradly Manning.) Welcome back, to the USSR.
May be guilty of revealing certain government officials:
dishonesty, incompetence, avarice, misguidedness, advancing agendas other than the American People’s, fraud, homicidal tendencies, concealment of profit behind war, corruption, need to look for work.
If he is the whistle-blower, Manning honored his commitment to the people of this country and protected the US Constitution by shedding light on those government officials alluded to above. It is too bad the People just can’t notice that Manning did his job, where those who are after him are those he may have exposed for not honoring their m——-f-ck—g commitment to America.
Manning has shown us the need for transparency in government. Government officials are never to be trusted with secrets; again and again our government officials lie to us and behave against the best interest of the American people when given secrecy. Transparency in Government or give the bastards their walking papers.