Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bradley Manning courts martial begins

Wisdom Quarterly

US war crimes whistle blower Pfc. Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst for the US Army, formally went on trial today. He is no longer facing capital punishment (death) for revealing otherwise accessible news to WikiLeaks. The military-industrial complex will not rest until Manning has gone insane (which he may already be after more than a year of carefully orchestrated torture in maximum security awaiting trial) and Julian Assange has been retaliated against for embarrassing the military as it prosecutes wars of empire and greed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. The secrets WikiLeaks tried to leak were frustrated by the mainstream media, US spying apparatuses (targeting their site with denial of service attacks, sophisticated infiltration, and quasi-legal surveillance tactics), and PayPal/credit card service companies. Moreover, Pres. Obama, Commander and Chief of the US military, has already illegally declared Manning guilty prior to trial.

Bradley ManningBrack Obama (AFP Photo / Jim Watson )Image from jacktimes.comPayPal freezes account of Courage to Resist.Bradley Manning was stripped naked and left on the floor of his cell for seven hours.Bradley Manning (AFP Photo / Facebook)Video footage allegedly leaked by Bradley Manning to the website WikiLeaks shows the targeting of individuals.

A Brief History (
WikiLeaks: public enemy number one?
What began as a formidable journalistic tool in the fight against injustice appears to be turning into an out-of-control machine.
Manning, WikiLeaks making headlines again
The man accused of blowing the whistle on the US war on Afghanistan is 22-year-old Pfc. Bradley Manning. Arrested in Iraq on May 29, he was held in solitary confinement then transferred to Quantico, Virginia.
Bradley Manning: Cruel and unusual punishment?
P.J. Crowley resigned his post as State Department spokesman after he came under fire for his controversial comments regarding Pfc. Manning’s Pentagon mistreatment.
US Diplomat slams treatment of Manning
US Dept. of State Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley said Manning's treatment at the hands of the Dept. of Defense “is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”
Obama: The anti-transparency president
Candidate Obama pledged to have the most transparent administration in history. President Obama instead abuses his authority to crack down on those who expose government wrongdoing.
Manning stripped naked, left in cell for hours
He was stripped naked and left on the floor of his cell for seven hours, claims his lawyer.
Manning faces more charges, death penalty
US military officially adds 22 new charges, including aiding the enemy.
PayPal cuts off Bradley Manning support group
Online payment service PayPal has allegedly frozen the account of Courage to Resist, an organization dedicated to raising funds in support of US Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.
US Internet freedom hypocrisy
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls on world to respect Internet freedom as Justice Department targets WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Assange may face death, Manning kept in solitary
WikiLeaks' founder’s extradition hearing in London will determine whether he will be sent to Sweden as Manning sits in solitary confinement.
In Assange limelight Manning almost forgotten
Julian Assange conducts interviews from house in England as Manning sits in solitary confinement on a US military base.
Bradley Manning: American hero or villain?

AFP Photo / Carl Court
Public Enemy?

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