What a great way to end the day, seeing this pardon. Having attended Mannings trial and seeing how fragile Chelsea was..this brought tears to my eyes. This is a great thing Obama is doing. The American taxpayers should be grateful to Manning for exposing the criminal behavior of some military through the released movie “Collateral Damage” that went viral on the Internet. Chelsea risked her life giving documents to WikiLeaks in order that we would know what was going on behind the scenes. The message, when our government sent Manning to prison, was that it’s ok to be a whistleblower on a company… but not the government.
By the Bradley Manning Support Network. July 30, 2013
“We won the battle, now we need to go win the war,” shared defense attorney David Coombs following today’s verdict. “Today is a good day, but Bradley is by no means out of the fire,” he said to dozens of emotional supporters outside of the Fort Meade, Maryland military courtroom. Coombs expressed subdued optimism going into the expected month-long sentencing phase of the court martial that will determine how long Bradley Manning will remain in confinement.
Bradley Manning had previously accepted responsibility for providing classified information to WikiLeaks, actions covered by ten of the 22 charges. Military judge Colonel Denise Lind found him guilty of 20 of those 22 charges, so PFC Manning still faces the possibility of over 100 years behind bars. (more…)
July 17, We attended the hearing in the a.m. then decided to head out since there were lots covering the story including the Bradley Manning support team, Emma, Jeff, Bailey and others. We felt good about being there and showing support for our hero Bradley.
Ironing out the intricate details of wording etc. will take a whil and since we have our project in Pueblo we decided it best to head out there and get it going. (more…)
July 4th – The day has arrived…… the crowd is just beginning to mobilize. Many feeling the pain of last nights celebrations and are groping for water on what will certainly be another very hot day! Unfortunately the occupiers were rained on briefly this morning around 6 am. Still no relief from humidity! I’m guessing many were so exhausted they never knew until waking up to a damp blanket! (more…)
The march for supporting Bradley Manning was held in Pershing Square, downtown L.A. and was attended by a hundred or so people. 5 minutes into the march a person wearing a Guy Fawkes mask was arresting for being on the street for longer than it took the officer to reach over and grab him (now known as J-Walking). The LAPD’s attempt to intimidate and harass protestors remains strong. Later in the evening a candlelight vigil was held for Bradley and the street in front of the court house where many protestors lined the sidewalks and steps with signs. It wasn’t long before scores of LAPD were present and performing the same antagonistic tactics. By provoking an otherwise peaceful crowd, they managed to arrest 7 more people. The area next to the Court House was home to the original park for the Occupy LA camp which was fenced off after the occupiers were evicted. The protestors decided the fence was a great place to hang their signs. The police for some reason weren’t going to allow it. They found more ammunition to, yet again, round up the “terrorists”! It was a disgusting display of oppression and civil rights violations. I don’t think they got the memo “WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY…….WE ARE THE 99% AND SO ARE YOU!”