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Ash writes: "The issue is media access, or the lack thereof. But it's broader than that. It's about your right to know."

Pfc. Bradley Manning stands before a court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland. (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)
Pfc. Bradley Manning stands before a court-martial at Fort Meade, Maryland. (art: Kay Rudin/RSN)



RSN Files Lawsuit in Manning Court-Martial

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

15 July 13

 

RSN Special Coverage: Trial of Bradley Manning

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e have filed our lawsuit in the Manning court-martial affair. Below you will find a copy of the suit as prepared by RSN counsel Bill Simpich.

The issue is media access, or the lack thereof. But it's broader than that. It's about your right to know. It's about the role of a free press in our democracy. And yes, it's about the well-being of a courageous young man that stood up and showed us what we are forbidden to see, and have every right to know.

We do not believe that this legal action will be simple or easy but we are morally certain that we must do it.

Give this a good read if you will.



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+47 # AMLLLLL 2013-07-15 11:48
Where have our rights as citizens gone? Pfc Manning (hello NSA, have a nice day) acted on his conscience. The Government obviously has a problem with having a conscience.
 
 
+27 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-07-15 13:09
Having a conscience combined with having an ability to get truth out effectively, is an absolute no-no in todays U.S. of (greed and power) A.(ddiction)'s POLICE STATE AIN'T GREAT.

Kudos to RSN for taking this, the govt.'s refusal to allow legit. press coverage, to court. Certainly not an easy task today, with rule of law in the toilet. Hang in there, RSN!
 
 
+2 # HowardMH 2013-07-16 09:01
No the Government doesn't have a problem with having a conscience it just counts the protesters. How many have showed up to protest what our Government has done to Manning? All the Government has to do is look at the number of protesters and determine what the real priorities are for the country. This is not rocket science.

You now know why Wall Street gets away with screwing millions out of millions, and millions and millions of dollars and gets totally away with it. Maybe 100 people show up to protest, but let there be an injustice of a black teenager who had some weed in his system and the whole county going nuts. Wall Street continues to laugh all the way to the bank, and pay a little on the side to our Government Wink, Wink.
 
 
+36 # Kwelinyingi 2013-07-15 12:25
The larger question remains: where are the other centers of moral conscience in this country? Should this lawsuit not be the domain of more than a single (courageous, it should be noted) organization such as RSN? Are the issues raised in the lawsuit not so fundamental to the viability and health of our constitution that much greater mobilization would be warranted?
 
 
+9 # Innocent Victim 2013-07-15 17:29
Where are the other centers of moral conscience in the US, the comment asks. There are few among the professions. Ralph Nader has continually pointed to the failures of the legal profession to stand up for the Constitution and the rule of law. The psychiatrists, through their APA, has stood against torture, but the psychologists, as a profession, has not. Such is the case with most of the professions and members of them. They are happy making money and letting the nation go to ruin.
 
 
+18 # Extant 2013-07-15 12:33
Bravo!
 
 
+13 # Douglas Jack 2013-07-15 13:10
Thank you RSN on all our behalf as a world in crisis. This Civil Action is reasonable & minimal in its requests. The Complaint, Parties, Jurisdiction, Venue, Remedies, Statement of Facts & Relief Sought are bare minimums. I would have complained the issue of the state & army only entertaining 'Army Embedded-Journa lists & media'. The public's 1st amendment Freedom of the Press & right-to-know is violated systematically beyond all recognition with standard US embedded journalism.

In the Court of World Opinion concerning US, Canadian, NATO & Israeli war-crimes, we are being introduced through Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, other Whistleblowers, RSN & other alternative media organizations to the nature of this 'rabid-dog' institutional & state criminality. Whether or not RSN succeeds in this Civil Action, your actions & reporting upon them inform the public as to the nature of the Finance-Media-M ilitary-Industr ial-Complex. The less honest & restrictive the FMMIC is, the more we learn about where we must place our efforts outside their system of control. It is up to the 100s of 1000s of RSN readers & billions of world citizens to act accordingly. It is way past time for a total boycott of all non-essential goods & services from the FMMIC. We need all our resources & economies to rebuild from the tree-roots, a safe & sustainable world at peace. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-converting-social-media-from-mono-to-dialogue
 
 
+3 # LandLady 2013-07-15 13:25
Just curious as to why this excellent lawsuit is being filed now, toward the end of the trial, rather than when it started?
 
 
+3 # Scott Galindez 2013-07-16 05:51
We originally filed a motion to intervene directly with judge in military court. We had seek remedy in the Military court first before we could go to civilian court.
 
 
+13 # tomo 2013-07-15 13:36
Of course you're right, Marc. It IS all about our right to know. The leak of the video "Collateral Murder" and the other leaks were about our right to know. And the petition for due access to the trial of Bradley Manning is too.

The trouble is, Marc, you and I believe in this right and our President doesn't. The Commander-in-ch ief who left Bradley naked in solitary confinement is not a man who believes in the right to know. The President who spied on us even as his officials assured us they were doing no such thing
does not believe in this right.

And unfortunately, our courts have become the obedient servants of the power structure amid which they serve. We saw that in Florida in 2000, and we see it in Florida again today. So, good luck with your lawsuit. It seems conformed to the great traditions of British and American common law--meant as they were to abolish kangaroo courts; but today our courts seem to have sunk to the level of those onetime banana republics we've taken such pleasure in ridiculing. Today it is often to those countries south of our border that we must flee if we would exercise free speech.
 
 
+5 # jojo5056 2013-07-15 13:56
even Satan fears america.Manning and Snowden and Reporter Greenwald are the only Brave Americans.Rest are Home of the Wimps. No excuse--media ain't reporting it. Notice when a black gets killed by a white--hell breaks lose.Some Christian country:^(
 
 
+7 # Innocent Victim 2013-07-15 17:31
Do you mean that this is NOT the home of the brave? Maybe that's why it is not the land of the free.
 
 
+5 # Innocent Victim 2013-07-15 17:44
I think that whites who are not shamed by the killing of Trayvor Martin, a black killed by a white, are the "wimps". They are so fearful of blacks that they make it lawful for an armed man to accost a black boy, resulting in his being shot to death, on the way home from a convenience store. Those are your wimps! Christians, too!
 
 
+2 # Mrcead 2013-07-16 04:29
Bravery was bred out of the masses when convenience became the norm. In a push button world where one can order a pizza with a mobile phone, how can one think bravery exists, for what purpose would it serve? What has to be given up to allow such laziness to become the norm? Ever see the Disney movie Wall-E? Those overweight passengers aboard the spaceship who never left their hover chairs of convenience because they neither had the will or physical capacity? That is the state of Americans now, but in a metaphorical sense representative of our minds. We are mentally feeble, incapable of rejecting our "hover chairs of convenience" in order to think for ourselves and do for ourselves. Ironic as I type this with a smartphone from my bed with one eye shut as I've not put my contacts in. The movie Wall-E had a happy ending and the overweight folk saved themselves with a little help from a junkbot. We ridicule such beacons of common sense and hope. We scrap our junkbots for the new "No Rebuke XL" models. My point is that convenience has a price and that price is willpower and willpower is the battery from which bravery is energized.
 
 
+9 # martiewrock@bellsouth.net 2013-07-15 13:56
Thank you! Timing is perfect! We as citizens of this country deserve the truth
and must stand for what is right. I am so proud of your actions. PRESSURE PLEASE. Let us know what we can do to support you always...
 
 
+3 # photonracer 2013-07-15 19:32
Quoting martiewrock@bellsouth.net:
Thank you! Timing is perfect! We as citizens of this country deserve the truth
and must stand for what is right. I am so proud of your actions. PRESSURE PLEASE. Let us know what we can do to support you always...

martiewrock...y ou can support by donating. Get your friends to donate. Keep truthful information flowing or live in the ignorance of mainstream media spin. Peace.
 
 
+9 # shaboom 2013-07-15 13:57
Valiant effort. Kudos to you.
 
 
-7 # nsmorris 2013-07-15 15:37
Quoting Douglas Jack:


In the Court of World Opinion concerning US, Canadian, NATO & Israeli war-crimes, we are being introduced through Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, other Whistleblowers, RSN & other alternative media organizations to the nature of this 'rabid-dog' institutional & state criminality. Whether or not RSN succeeds in this Civil Action, your actions & reporting upon them inform the public as to the nature of the Finance-Media-Military-Industrial-Complex. The less honest & restrictive the FMMIC is, the more we learn about where we must place our efforts outside their system of control. It is up to the 100s of 1000s of RSN readers & billions of world citizens to act accordingly. It is way past time for a total boycott of all non-essential goods & services from the FMMIC. We need all our resources & economies to rebuild from the tree-roots, a safe & sustainable world at peace. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-converting-social-media-from-mono-to-dialogue

Really! What planet do you live on?
 
 
+3 # rockieball 2013-07-15 21:15
The Earth what about you?
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2013-07-16 20:28
Quoting nsmorris:
Quoting Douglas Jack:


In the Court of World Opinion concerning US, Canadian, NATO & Israeli war-crimes, we are being introduced through Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, other Whistleblowers, RSN & other alternative media organizations to the nature of this 'rabid-dog' institutional & state criminality. Whether or not RSN succeeds in this Civil Action, your actions & reporting upon them inform the public as to the nature of the Finance-Media-Military-Industrial-Complex. The less honest & restrictive the FMMIC is, the more we learn about where we must place our efforts outside their system of control. It is up to the 100s of 1000s of RSN readers & billions of world citizens to act accordingly. It is way past time for a total boycott of all non-essential goods & services from the FMMIC. We need all our resources & economies to rebuild from the tree-roots, a safe & sustainable world at peace. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/structure/1-converting-social-media-from-mono-to-dialogue

Really! What planet do you live on?

A planet that is too good for finks like you!
 
 
+3 # Douglas Jack 2013-07-15 18:25
nsmorris, I'm an 'indigenous' (Latin 'self-generatin g') person, living on an incredibly resilient planet, so productive that our ancestors living in harmony with nature & each other could work one hour per day each in the abundance of the Polyculture Orchard, where 100s of 1000s of animal species thrived simultaneously & millions of plant species. This abundant planet, with millions of rivers flowing & animal species based in mutual-aid, love & laughter, would take complete incompetents to destroy. Here we are 7000 years since the first Babylonian 2-Dimensional 'agricultural' (Latin 'ager' = 'field') destruction of 3-D polyculture. With rivers dried up, polluted, land barren, deserts expanding, toxic landscapes common & war as the main industry wherever colonial agriculture was imposed on indigenous polyculture. Its time to return to the wisdom of our ancestors & First Nation sovereignty here. https://sites.google.com/site/indigenecommunity/design/1-indigenous-welcome-orchard-food-production-efficiencies
 
 
+3 # Phlippinout 2013-07-16 08:54
The tribes that lived on this land for thousands of years never polluted a river or poured toxins in the ocean or dragged the waterways until there were no more fish. The invader has been here less than three hundred years and look at the destruction. What planet does the white man come from? And why has he come to destroy the earth and all of its first nationers?
 
 
+2 # reiverpacific 2013-07-16 20:21
Quoting Phlippinout:
The tribes that lived on this land for thousands of years never polluted a river or poured toxins in the ocean or dragged the waterways until there were no more fish. The invader has been here less than three hundred years and look at the destruction. What planet does the white man come from? And why has he come to destroy the earth and all of its first nationers?

Right!
"The White man) Wasicu) made us many promises but he only kept but one. he said he would take our land and he took it"! Red Cloud (Lakota).
But for now, we have to be collectively vigilant and watch Manning's treatment by the same mentality that murdered or condemned to life in lock-down, Crazy Horse, Gall, Sitting Bull, Leonard Peltier and so many others who bucked the "Conform or die" system.
 
 
+6 # photonracer 2013-07-15 19:36
Take the time to read the document. This is a very cogent document and well worth the read. Don't forget to donate.
 
 
+4 # reiverpacific 2013-07-15 22:20
Keep after 'em and let us know how we can help.
Is there a list of patsies who have been admitted?
 
 
+1 # Global Canadian 2013-07-16 08:52
I trust all of you who agree with RSN are also donators? instead of your daily paper, which would cost you, you are reading this. become a monthly contributor to this brave force for truth!
 

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