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Galindez reports: "Bradley Manning, moments after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, turned to his attorney, David Coombs, and told him, "It's ok. I'm ok, everything is going to be ok.""

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on the third day of his court martial, 06/15/13. (photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted into a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., on the third day of his court martial, 06/15/13. (photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)


Bradley Manning: 'Everything is Going to Be OK'

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

21 August 13

 

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radley Manning, moments after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, turned to his attorney David Coombs and told him, "It's okay ... I'm okay, everything is going to be okay." Coombs said it was the first time a client had cheered him up after a verdict. As the verdict was read, Coombs' wife wept while Manning's aunt and cousin showed no visible emotion.

The courtroom erupted with chants of "Bradley, we are with you" and "We will keep fighting for you." As Manning exited the courtroom, the last voice he heard was Medea Benjamin shouting: "We love you."

Cornell West commented after the proceedings that "Bradley felt the love and it was beautiful that he received such wonderful support." West went on to say, "It is a sad day in America when the revealer of war crimes goes to prison while the war criminals remain free. Democracy needs an informed public, and without people like Manning and Edward Snowden we can't make informed decisions on who should represent us. We need to know what our government is doing in our name."

West went on to talk about coming from a tradition where his leaders, his heroes, like Fredrick Douglas and Martin Luther King Jr., were seen as enemies of the state, so Bradley is in good company and will one day be seen in a different light ...

Chris Hedges told RSN, "Even the use of the Espionage Act in this case was an utter perversion of the intent of the statute. Whistleblowers are not committing espionage." Hedges went on to say, "We are witnessing the collapse of the media's ability to cover the national security state. The government leaks secrets all the time. When I was at The New York Times, I published top secret information. Nothing Manning leaked was top secret. This prosecution will have a chilling effect on the media's ability to perform its role in our democracy."

In a press conference three hours after the verdict, Bradley Manning's attorney, David Coombs, echoed Hedges' statement:

Since 9/11 we have witnessed an explosion in the national security apparatus. We are at a defining moment. How do we want to live as a country? What freedoms are we willing to give up?
The charges against Manning are unprecedented for providing information to journalists. It is a watershed moment for freedom the press. We need whistleblowers like Bradley Manning with the courage to speak up and not remain silent. Manning provided us with information that he believed would spark reform and would spark debate on the wars our country is engaged in.
The time to end Brad's suffering is now. The time for President Obama to pardon Bradley Manning is now. I will file papers next week asking for President Obama to pardon Bradley Manning.
Part of that request will be a plea from Bradley Manning, which began: "When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others." He closed by saying, "If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country is truly conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men and women are created equal."

Manning quoted Howard Zinn in the statement: "There is not a flag large enough to cover the sins of killing innocent people."

Coombs said Manning will first be up for parole in 7 years. All sentences over 30 years in the military are subject to parole in 10 years and Manning has already served three years.


Scott Galindez was formerly the co-founder of Truthout, and is now the Political Director of Reader Supported News.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

 

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+66 # Jack Gibson 2013-08-21 16:11
I have mixed emotions. Part of me wants to yell, "Everything will NOT be (/is NOT) all right, Bradley!" This travesty and miscarriage of justice will not stand! Long live True Liberty and Freedom! Long live what the United States of America is ONLY supposed to stand for! Down with ALL that the U.S.A. is not supposed to stand for! And, Dear God, please help protect this poor kid; and thank You for doing so; in Jesus the Christ's name.
 
 
+84 # tigerlille 2013-08-21 17:18
Quoting Jack Gibson:
I have mixed emotions. Part of me wants to yell, "Everything will NOT be (/is NOT) all right, Bradley!" This travesty and miscarriage of justice will not stand! Long live True Liberty and Freedom! Long live what the United States of America is ONLY supposed to stand for! Down with ALL that the U.S.A. is not supposed to stand for! And, Dear God, please help protect this poor kid; and thank You for doing so; in Jesus the Christ's name.



Believe it. This kid is tough. He is brave and vulnerable, and above all, he is a survivor.
 
 
+46 # Jack Gibson 2013-08-21 18:38
I think you're right.
 
 
+20 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-08-22 06:05
And, it's my belief that number one, beloved Bradley is a hero, as have been so many of our prophets (a.k.a. truth tellers) and martyrs. Brad is right. As far as Brad's concerned, everything is o.k., as the Father Almighty/Great Spirit smiles down on him, and holds him in the palm of His hand.

Question is, will this 'disappointment of the century' president find the courage and real McCoy sense of justice to do the 'liberty and justice for all' thing and pardon him?
 
 
+11 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 08:56
This disappointment of the century president has not done one thing yet that required courage or conviction. I can hardly hope that he will suddenly take an interest in honesty, integrity, and America's welfare, much less that he will be concerned for a person who has embarrassed him and exposed his own weak and corrupt leadership.
 
 
+36 # fdawei 2013-08-21 23:09
Quoting Jack Gibson:
I have mixed emotions. Part of me wants to yell, "Everything will NOT be (/is NOT) all right, Bradley!" This travesty and miscarriage of justice will not stand! Long live True Liberty and Freedom! Long live what the United States of America is ONLY supposed to stand for! Down with ALL that the U.S.A. is not supposed to stand for! And, Dear God, please help protect this poor kid; and thank You for doing so; in Jesus the Christ's name.


Not only in the name or the god you believe in, Jack Gibson, but for all of humanity.
 
 
+24 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 08:53
Where does such a good person come from that he could comfort his lawyer at such a moment. I am endlessly impressed with Bradley Manning's humility and his good ness, his courage, his stamina under pressure, and his intelligence. His integrity required him to reveal the war crimes he saw being committed around him. Actually, military law requires that war crimes be reported, and he fulfilled his responsibility to report war crimes--to someone who would care.
 
 
+17 # EABaldwin 2013-08-22 09:50
Quoting Kathymoi:
Where does such a good person come from that he could comfort his lawyer at such a moment. I am endlessly impressed with Bradley Manning's humility and his good ness, his courage, his stamina under pressure, and his intelligence. His integrity required him to reveal the war crimes he saw being committed around him. Actually, military law requires that war crimes be reported, and he fulfilled his responsibility to report war crimes--to someone who would care.


Yes! And all this, even after being tortured for three years!

I have soooo much respect for Bradley Manning (and Richard Snowdon) and pray for them to maintain Strength, Courage and most of all, a Peaceful Heart, knowing he (they) did the right thing, no matter what the cost.
 
 
+62 # astorian 2013-08-21 16:21
I surely hope Manning has protectors in prison. He is so vulnerable, especially now that he is an official 'enemy of the state'--proclai med by Obama way before his trail, during his humiliation and torture.

The apparatchiks have done their jobs, and given the impression that Manning 'got off light', because, hey, the JustUs system really works!

Nothing to see here. Back to sleep, now.

Sue S
 
 
+12 # mjc 2013-08-22 08:21
Think that the latest.., Manning declaring he wanted to change his gender identity, will surely guarantee reprisals from his jailers. The military has already acted like they are dealing with hood, thug, terrorists by stripping him, leaving him in a cell for 23 hours...alone.. .. When I was growing up those kind of jail stories were coming only from the Nazis or commies in the Soviet Union.
 
 
+9 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 08:57
I too fear for his safety in prison.
 
 
+3 # ChickenBoo 2013-08-22 22:22
I just hope they don't deliberately put him in with a bunch of sick-o's who will hurt him. It would be a perfect way of REALLY PUNISHING him and yet they can say..."Oh gee, aint that too bad, it's not OUR fault". I hope he's put into a place for people who have done 'crimes' like his, not murders, etc.
 
 
+139 # wolflady52 2013-08-21 16:26
And Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfield live free. What is wrong with this world?
 
 
+68 # Jack Gibson 2013-08-21 18:40
And Obama. He's a war criminal too you know. And a complete fraud.
 
 
+60 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-08-21 22:10
Manning went against "the mob."
 
 
0 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-08-22 10:29
When Manning supposedly said, "everything is going to be OK" maybe he meant, "everything is going to be OK for the mob."
 
 
+11 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-08-22 11:06
There are several good source blogs about the Bush family buying a near 100,000 acre ranch in Paraguay. "Gotta get out of town, Dodge City." Near U.S. military base. Interesting that the Bush family wealth supported the Nazi regine, WW2 and Paraguay was the "safe haven" for smuggled out Nazi war criminals.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2013-08-22 12:30
Quoting Eldon J. Bloedorn:
There are several good source blogs about the Bush family buying a near 100,000 acre ranch in Paraguay. "Gotta get out of town, Dodge City." Near U.S. military base. Interesting that the Bush family wealth supported the Nazi regine, WW2 and Paraguay was the "safe haven" for smuggled out Nazi war criminals.

Please read my piece on this subject kindly published by RSN.
 
 
+1 # Eldon J. Bloedorn 2013-08-22 22:15
Sorry, I tried to find your missive. Can you direct me to where I can read your post. Thanks, Eldon
 
 
+2 # indian weaver 2013-08-22 15:14
Many of these amerikan war criminals (including the likes of Mitch Romney) are running for the exits and taking as much stolen loot and booty from The People as possible. They know they are guilty and are destroying my country, but can never admit it, even though their conscience shouts it within them. They are deaf to integrity and conscience. Their fleeing justice to their own private Disneyland will however not solve their problems. Eventually they will pay, even hiding behind fortified gated communities. Somebody will poison them, or dive bomb them with a private plane full of napalm (we can only hope).
 
 
+2 # ChickenBoo 2013-08-22 22:24
Those roots go very very deep.
 
 
+93 # indian weaver 2013-08-21 16:57
First the Nobel Peace Prize. Second, sainthood? Manning is on track with Gandhi and MLK, and others in advancing Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all Men. He's one of few whose very existence is a manifestation of pure, unadulterated integrity. All saints do not perform miracles. Evenso, all of them are miracles. 98% of We The People across the entire Planet (I'm guestimating here) Earth support Manning and lament those corrupt powers who are torturing him. I know he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, as starters. Because he is our real life Peace Prize incarnate.
 
 
+6 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-08-22 08:54
Dear indian weaver: From your mouth to God's ear!
 
 
+12 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:00
Absolutely. Does he have a chance of getting the peace prize? He certainly made the greatest efforts and the greatest personal sacrifices for world peace of anyone in the world. If he doesn't get it, whoever gets it will be a pale candidate next to Bradley Manning.
 
 
+56 # tomtom 2013-08-21 18:18
If our President doesn't pardon Bradley Manning, it is our duty to liberate him!
 
 
+19 # Alternative 2013-08-22 05:42
Quoting tomtom:
If our President doesn't pardon Bradley Manning, it is our duty to liberate him!


Oooh! An American Bastille Day!
 
 
+7 # wrknight 2013-08-22 08:25
Not a bad idea.
 
 
+3 # kumquat 2013-08-22 16:10
HOW DO I LOCATE THE PIECE YOU WANT US TO READ???Quoting tomtom:
If our President doesn't pardon Bradley Manning, it is our duty to liberate him!

If he tries to pardon Manning Obama will be JFK'd. He is NOT the boss,,,
 
 
+56 # Scott Galindez 2013-08-21 19:36
I know you have probably seen more of Coombs and Manning's statements in other places...I'm working to get video up , its taking a while though..Yow will be very impressed by both Coombs and manning...
 
 
+35 # DrD 2013-08-22 00:48
I am already impressed and amazed by the inner strength and serenity and wisdom that this young man has displayed. I cant believe this is how we treat our heroes. I think prison will be very tough on him but i believe he is strong and can survive. We need to march in the streets to protest.

Scott, thank you for your coverage of this important story in the history of our nation. What a sad, dark night
 
 
+3 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:01
yes. How will we see the video? This I want to see!!!
 
 
+2 # Lowflyin Lolana 2013-08-22 15:54
Scott Galindez, thank you so much for all you do and for your excellent and courageous reporting and troubleshooting .
 
 
+37 # Caliban 2013-08-21 20:01
Quick note: if I heard Lester Holt correctly on the NBC news tonight, Manning could be eligible for release (with good behavior, etc.) in 7 1/2 years or so. So, he could very well still have the "youth" that Coombs asked for after prison.
 
 
+35 # Scott Galindez 2013-08-21 20:06
Yes that is trueQuoting Caliban:
Quick note: if I heard Lester Holt correctly on the NBC news tonight, Manning could be eligible for release (with good behavior, etc.) in 7 1/2 years or so. So, he could very well still have the "youth" that Coombs asked for after prison.


Yes that is true, any sentence over 30 years has a 10 year window for parole...Bradle y has already served 3 years so he is eligible in 7 years...Coombs vowed to be an expert on parole hearings before Bradley's first parole hearing.
 
 
+24 # blizmo1 2013-08-21 21:47
Quoting Scott Galindez:
Yes that is true[quote So, he could very well still have the "youth" that Coombs asked for after prison.


Yes that is true, any sentence over 30 years has a 10 year window for parole...Bradle y has already served 3 years so he is eligible in 7 years...Coombs vowed to be an expert on parole hearings before Bradley's first parole hearing.

BRADLEY MANNING FOR US PRESIDENT, 2024!!!
 
 
+2 # wrknight 2013-08-22 08:27
I'll drink to that.
 
 
+1 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:11
Well, I think he would be a good member of the group that I would like to see as the executive branch. I'm not in favor of a single person pretending to be "the president, in charge of everything." It would take a long time to change the constitutional description of elections, but I'm in favor of immediately changing what we the people demand of our executive branch. I think we need a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
+13 # fdawei 2013-08-21 23:16
We donQuoting Scott Galindez:
Yes that is trueQuoting Caliban:
Quick note: if I heard Lester Holt correctly on the NBC news tonight, Manning could be eligible for release (with good behavior, etc.) in 7 1/2 years or so. So, he could very well still have the "youth" that Coombs asked for after prison.


Yes that is true, any sentence over 30 years has a 10 year window for parole...Bradley has already served 3 years so he is eligible in 7 years...Coombs vowed to be an expert on parole hearings before Bradley's first parole hearing.


Let's hope he retains his youth. Being in prison ages a person quickly. It will be difficult to know how he will live or survive in Leavenworth. How will the guards and other prisoners treat him. Prison takes its toll on the human spirit, soul and psyche.
God Bless Bradley Manning.
 
 
+2 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:15
God bless him and protect him, and keep all his saintly qualities alive in him.
 
 
+3 # ericlipps 2013-08-22 04:13
Quoting Scott Galindez:
Yes that is trueQuoting Caliban:
Quick note: if I heard Lester Holt correctly on the NBC news tonight, Manning could be eligible for release (with good behavior, etc.) in 7 1/2 years or so. So, he could very well still have the "youth" that Coombs asked for after prison.


That assumes he actually gets parole. You can be sure the government will fight like a wildcat to prevent that.

Yes that is true, any sentence over 30 years has a 10 year window for parole...Bradley has already served 3 years so he is eligible in 7 years...Coombs vowed to be an expert on parole hearings before Bradley's first parole hearing.
 
 
+7 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:03
Pardon is preferable. Pardon and protection. But we don't have a heroic president with the courage and integrity to match Bradley Manning's.
 
 
+49 # jwhzpr 2013-08-21 20:23
Last nite I prayed for a miracle for this brave young man. When I heard the sentence, I cried. Now it is our turn. We cannot let this injustice stand. . .if we do then Snowden's, Greenwald's (Michael Hasting's) and all future whistleblower's bravery and courage to alert the American people to the war crimes and destruction of what meager threads are left of this democracy have been in vain. The time is now to mount a million+ person march in Washington DC to protest this verdict and demand that Bradley Manning be freed, Ed Snowden be allowed to return home without prosecution, Glenn Greenwald and other "real" journalists (unlike the corporate whores like David Gregory, et al) and all be saluted for their service to this country. Obama is such a hypocrite. . . he is truly a Manchurian candidate and should be tried in the Hague with Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al.
 
 
+3 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:24
I'm less in favor of a million person march (in which everyone would be arrested and physically damaged by a brutal militarized police and more likely by a mercenary privatized branch of the military itself) than I am of a million plus people working to organize a group to win the next presidential election.I think Bradley Manning would be a good member of the group that I would like to see run as the executive branch. A single person can only pretend to be in charge of everything. I think we need to immediately change what we the people demand of a candidate for our executive branch. We need to demand to know each person in a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
+40 # Eliz77 2013-08-21 22:11
Now that he is no longer in the military, he should be released on bail pending appeal.
 
 
+17 # Scott Galindez 2013-08-21 22:38
He will not be discharged from the military until he completes his sentence.
 
 
+16 # soularddave 2013-08-21 23:11
Mr. Galindez,
Its heartening to see you here reading and commenting. I want to thank you for your very special kind of investigating and reporting. You make me feel hopeful about the world and the future of mankind. You seem to zero in on others who similarly risk everything in our behalf.

Sometime I'd like you to write about some of the things of the national security state that make you laugh.

My RSN donation this month was acknowledging the Bradley Manning reporting. Next month it will acknowledge YOUR reporting.
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:30
Mr Galindez,
Since you are reading the comments, I hope you are reading my comments about pulling together a group of about 100 non politicians to be the candidate, cabinet, advisors, aids and staff of the executive branch in the next election. Please read comments above. Will you help to organize this? Will you enlist other true journalists and experts to help organize this? I believe that the campaign can run completely without spending big money to advertise on major television networks. WE have RSN and other excellent sources for billionaire-fre e reporting. Will you help?
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:25
Or is pardoned. Obama does not have the courage or integrity to pardon him, but maybe we can get someone in the president's office in the next election would would.
 
 
+21 # She Cee 2013-08-21 22:21
I fear for Bradley in Prison.
We all know what happens to young, cute gay men in prison and I doubt any of the prison guards will do anything to protect him.

Those of you who believe in god, ask yourselves how this god can allow something like this to happen to this young man who only wanted to do good; who only wanted to expose the wrong doings of our government? How can a god then permit these murderers, these perpetrators of these crimes go free? Is this what your god does? Is this what you worship? Jesus was no son of god but he was a good man, a jew and a rabbi. You believers should follow his teachings. If Jesus was in charge, what would he do? Not what this country has done to Bradley. Bradley is a hero, not a traitor. If there was any justice in this country Bradley would not be facing jail. The reason he has been so persecuted is that he was exposing crimes by the government that it didn't want the country and the world to know about. We may not know of these crimes, but I'm sure the world knows how corrupt and evil our government and military are. If you still want to believe in your god, your omnipotent god, then ask him to stop what is happening in the world and see if he answers your prayers. But don't hold your breath.
 
 
+1 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:33
You ask, If Jesus was in charge, what would he do? It's interesting you should ask, because the first thought that came to my mind when I read that Bradley Manning comforted his lawyer was the image of Jesus putting the ear back on the guard who came to take him to jail.
 
 
+38 # giraffee2012 2013-08-21 22:24
I fear that the prison population will be hard on Bradly for his sexual he orientation and the propaganda issued by our government. If this crazy government does not afford Bradly protection ... but how can we find this out?

I, for one, will call my Rep/Senators daily to make sure THEY insist on provisions that will assist this man so he no longer is tortured.

To think Cheney is walking around free makes me want to puke - and he made billions through Halliburton during his initiated unfunded war(s)

I cannot see HOW President Obama CAN/WILL "pardon" this man - but if anyone comes up with a "reason" that will sound right - I hope they pass that message onto the Pres.
 
 
+16 # grandma lynn 2013-08-22 04:40
To think Cheney is walking around free ...

Bales, who is on trial after 3 tours in Iraq then one in Afghanistan, and murdered in cold blood - families in their homes - Cheney should be his abettor and on trial too. Any of you who live in Wyoming - Cheney's daughter running for US Senate should feel that as a name hung boulder-like around her neck and dragging her down, not a promotion situation at all. Cheney is evil incarnate. He got fixed oil prices while thousands died and other thousands went rotten, like once-good (it seems) Bales.
 
 
-1 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:35
I have no hope that Obama has courage or integrity to pardon Bradley Manning. But I have hope that we can elect someone in the next election who will. Please read my previous comments about this in this article and please help if you have a way to help.
 
 
+1 # DrD 2013-08-23 07:49
The whitehouse.gov petition site to pardon Manning is https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/restore-united-states’-human-rights-record-and-grant-clemency-pvt-bradley-manning/L7zHZv4r

Please consider signing!
 
 
+33 # DaveM 2013-08-21 22:27
Bradley Manning may well be okay. But what about us?
 
 
+53 # Deboldt 2013-08-21 22:38
So long as Bradley Manning is not free, None of us are free.
So long as Bradley Manning is not free, President Obama will continue to be the enemy of the American people.
 
 
+18 # soularddave 2013-08-21 23:27
WWMRD? I'm keeping my hopes on President Obama. I think it would be far worse already if the election had gone the other way. I don't think Hillary is very happy with Brad, but the President should be ecstatic. Bradley Manning provided the path to end our involvement in Iraq, and bypassed the objections of corporations, Congress, Blackwater (Xe), and every other neoCon.

I, for one, am very proud of our young American soldier who went around and over the objections of his timid superiors to expose the "games" that governments play. Long may his spirit remain free to inspire others.
 
 
+41 # unitedwestand 2013-08-21 22:50
I just don't think that a pardon is going to happen. Maybe if we have an Elizabeth Warren as president next time, or a courageous progressive in the White House.
 
 
+23 # Vegan_Girl 2013-08-22 04:01
Or if we had a nation standing up for him. You know, massive protests. I am ashamed to say that the protests for Manning and for example for closing Guantanamo are pathetically small.
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:43
In the next election, I think we need to know the whole group who will be advisors, aids, cabinet members, staff, the whole group who will be the executive branch before we vote for anyone. And anyone who has the financial backing of either major political party would be indebted to and a servant to the big money that funds both major parties. We have seen that we can not trust beautiful campaign speeches. We need a solid, massive group of people who are not politicians to come together and commit to advising, aiding, serving on the cabinet, as the vice president and the president, and all positions that advise the president. We need true journalists in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. We need people whom we know from their actions and not from their campaign speeches. Do you know how to contact someone who would be a worthy member of such a group? Will you help to organize such a group for the next election??
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:47
In addition to protests, we need to organize a worthy group of non politicians to run for the executive branch in the next election. I think we need a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
+4 # robcarter.vn 2013-08-21 23:09
I said before I would expect Manning's view much like this "It's okay ... I'm okay, everything is going to be okay."

Coombs said it was the first time a client had cheered him up after a verdict. As the verdict was read, Coombs' wife wept while Manning's aunt and cousin showed no visible emotion.

Manning is a cute gay, he is in for 7 years of such love?

Much as Cornell West commented after the proceedings that "Bradley felt the love and it was beautiful that he received such wonderful support."

More to come now that;s for sure?
 
 
+17 # Mermaid19 2013-08-21 23:15
I was saddened from the beginning of this case. Not sure why it is even happening, seems he is innocent and reported a horrible incident where many were killed. During the Numenberg Trials the USA was very clear that to allow horrors to go on and not say anything was horror itself and it was the obligation of the observers to report what was happening. I to cried when I heard the verdict because it is just another thing to worry about in our country, seems like those who are trying to do the right thing are being punished. Sad day for all of us. I pray that President Obama has a change of heart and listens to his own promises via his speeches to right this wrong. Also what happened to those who are guilty of what he reported. Sad but they are scott free to do it over again. Without true Justice we cannot have a true democracy.
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:50
As long as we have a president who is supported by the funds of either major political party, we can not have a president who will support the people, or what is right. I think we need a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
+26 # fdawei 2013-08-21 23:22
"Wanton and Reckless" were the words used by Judge Lind in describing Bradley Manning's actions.
Wanton and Reckless are more apt to describe Judge Lind's own words and verdict; more apt in describing what the US military does around the world; more appropriate to describe the military war machine; and especially apt, obscene, actually, in describing Obama's pre-judgment of Pvt Manning before he appeared before the judge.
FREE BRADLEY MANNING
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:53
As long as our president is funded by eithr of the major political parties, which get their millions from billionaires, we won't have a president who will do the right thing. I think we need a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
-54 # HJ7 2013-08-21 23:25
He really did get of easy. Given the magnitude of his treason it should have been life. Preferably sharing a cell with Big Bubba.
 
 
-1 # sassyladyfl 2013-08-22 15:46
That is un called for..and your president should be shone rezpectQuoting Kathymoi:
I too fear for his safety in prison.
 
 
+22 # jazzidiot 2013-08-22 00:38
I just hope Federal Prison is as humane as I've heard. - Club Fed -! Bradley deserves the Nobel Prize, and my gratitude and respect. Treat him as such please...
 
 
+16 # PABLO DIABLO 2013-08-22 00:52
Hopefully any veterans in prison will protect Bradley from abuse.
 
 
+28 # BeaDeeBunker 2013-08-22 01:03
Let me get this straight, and I'm going to type very slowly so I can think clearly before I put 'ink' to paper.
Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison for revealing what the government, and the military consider secret information. Information they claim could in some way cause harm to American soldiers in the field. No such cause & effect has been demonstrated to exist as far as we the people are aware of (most probably because it doesn't exist).
Pfc. Manning could have gotten 60 years, so he should be happy, Shoulda, woulda, coulda...whatever!

At the same time I know this to be the 'straight' truth, that a self-appointed veep, a heart beat away from a 'president' appointed illegally by SCOTUS, exposes the identity of an undercover CIA operative causing real deaths, and he is NOT thrown immediately into a cell similar in dimension to the one Pfc. Manning sent 3.5 years before trial under prisoner-of-war conditions a la the Hanoi Hotel.

Am I getting this all straight so far?

My only conclusion is that as a nation we have fallen into a black hole, or if this is not scientifically provable, at least a rabbit hole last entered by a young girl named Alice, and we have all run into a chubby Queen of Heartless who is raging at the top of her lungs, "Off with their heads!"

I think I understand now, and will rest easily until the next time someone feels like whistling a simple tune called, 'Whistle Blower.'
 
 
+19 # grandma lynn 2013-08-22 04:25
Today's NPR news makes no mention of the Bradley Manning Support vigils that happened around the USA last evening. In NH we will do that vigil at noon today, day after the awful sentencing. We'll be at noon at the corners of Elm and Mechanic Streets in Manchester. I'm going to make two signs - one in large print saying, "Bradley Manning gave us" and the other "what we need to know." Time also to deluge Pres. Obama with postcards telling him to pardon Bradley Manning. If Bradley Manning is so punished as a whistleblower, Edward Snowden cannot come home. Other whistleblowers will be squelched. We need to push Pres. Obama to have more courage than he has ever shown. He is not naturally courageous. He needs now to have that positive human characteristic.
 
 
0 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 09:56
so much to say to you. first, this shows you who is paying the big money for NPR news. "Become a corporate sponsor" is the new mantra of NPR. SEcond, . I think we need a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
+20 # A Different Drummer 2013-08-22 04:27
Bradley is a patriot in the same manner as our founders. He has the heart of an eagle. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have had the courage to bring war crimes to the attention of the world.

I would have been proud to have served with Bradley. I would be honored to share a foxhole with him, knowing he wouldn't let me down.

Now is the time for all of us to increase pressure on the government, enough pressure to make sure Bradley's story is told time and time again. Repetition and intense lobbying our keepers who used to be our public servants. Non-violent and persistent mass protests will bring intense pressure on the Obama administration to release Bradley and reverse his dishonorable discharge. He served honorably above and beyond his call of duty. I think he'd make a great general.

I think Bradley will be fine in prison. I'm betting that fellow prisoners of war will line up to offer their comfort, support and protection.
 
 
+15 # jojo5056 2013-08-22 04:45
May I ask why did it take 3 1/2 years to hear Manning's military case? Locked up and abused for what reason?
USA administration is evil and sinister.They wanted Manning as a lesson to any military operatives to shut up until the dirty business of middle east wars (invasions) were over. Israel admin calls the shots here--lock the son of a bitch until we are top dog. No different than Sept 11/01 bombing coverup. If I was manning, instead I'd be wearing a tee shirt up yours, instead of a silly uniform.
 
 
+8 # Norma 2013-08-22 05:03
Is there a Petition Page somewhere to send a message to Obama that Bradley should be pardoned?
 
 
+11 # Scott Galindez 2013-08-22 06:36
www.bradleymanning.org should have one soon if not already.
 
 
-2 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 10:51
I'm sure that Obama has heard it, but Obama is not a president of the people. He is funded by big money. He can not be counted on to pardon Bradley Manning or do anything else that would take courage and integrity. We can not wait for the democrat or republican party to offer us a candidate for the people. I think we the people need to pull together a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Maybe Robert Redford? Ocean Robbins? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
0 # DrD 2013-08-23 07:57
The petition page is

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/restore-united-states’-human-rights-record-and-grant-clemency-pvt-bradley-manning/L7zHZv4r
 
 
0 # Arden 2013-08-22 05:54
Is Judge Lind any relation to John Walker Lind? I know the names are sometimes spelled a bit differently.
 
 
+3 # RMDC 2013-08-22 07:18
A generation or so from now when people read the history of this period, Manning will be the hero and Obama will be the villian. Manning will be recognized for having taken a moral stand and for having alerted the people of the US to real and serious dangers in their military. Obama will be shunned as the vicious and vengeful defender of a huge array of crimes by the US military.
 
 
+7 # oakes721 2013-08-22 09:47
Unless History is corrected and rewritten by a Howard Zinn, the Texas textbooks will NOT reflect the story of people or their heroes, but will continue to force the worthless memorization of the names, dates and places of those in high power. The lesson is that of obedience only.
 
 
+8 # lark3650 2013-08-22 08:06
Hero: "One who will espouse and defend at the cost of his life that which is morally right against that which is morally wrong." - A.W. Lawson

Bradly Manning is a Hero.
 
 
-2 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 10:53
We can not wait for the democrat or republican party to offer us a candidate for the people in the next election. We need next president who will pardon Bradley Manning. I think we the people need to pull together a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Maybe Robert Redford? Ocean Robbins? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
+2 # djnova50 2013-08-22 08:42
I read in an Associated Press article that Bradley Manning wants to start hormone therapy as soon as possible. In a statement provided to the Today show, Bradley (as we know him)signed it as Chelsea E. Manning. How will the military prison officials accommodate this? I really do hope things work out for Manning.
 
 
+3 # Artemis 2013-08-22 08:56
Here's to you, Chelsea Manning!

Really beautiful interview today on Democracy Now! with David Coombs, a man to admire also, about the trial and his experience with Manning.
 
 
+8 # reiverpacific 2013-08-22 09:07
Manning's statement reminds me of Leonard Peltier's address to the (deeply-biased) judge before sentencing, predicting correctly that he would be handed two life sentences running concurrently, insisting that he had not killed anybody, that the jury had been intimidated by the FBI daily, that the judge had allowed the prosecution to suppress information and witnesses favorable to the defense and the judge had convicted him from the beginning. He also stated that in full knowledge of his innocence, he was prepared to sacrifice his freedom for his long-suppressed people.
Manning pretty much said the same thing and I'm glad that he quoted Howard Zinn's brief statement right in the face of a judge who represented the biggest, most destructive and threatening bully the world has ever seen and been infested by.
My biggest wonder is that such a gentle, sometimes troubled and made into social pariah due to his gender identity, would want to join the brutal, dehumanizing monster on the face of the Planet.
I wonder what he (she -who wishes to be called "Chelsea" and begin hormone therapy a.s.a.p.; source "Democracy Now!" interview with her attorney) thought about this during the long solitary time in the brig under conditions which can only be described as officially torturous?
And now, how he/she'll be treated in prison -Fort Leavenworth ain't exactly a gazebo at the end of a primrose path.
Also I'd like to invite all of you at RSN to flood the prison with letters of support.
 
 
+2 # RobertMStahl 2013-08-22 09:16
One-arm bandits in the court are still controlled by the time-value of money and everything else time-value based. All things having time-value, morphed into a post Martin Luther paper trade where we have lost the right of habeus corpus in kangaroo courts, lost to hierarchies all-in-all turning wine into vinegar, while looting the wine cellars. It is the non-ecology of thoughtlessness , this fantastic magic. There needs to be what the late Lynn Margulis, a 911 Truther, refers to as a holarchy replacing the hierarchically hollowing out of spacetime, altogether. Ultimately, hierarchical patterns are increasingly incapable of homogenizing the symmetrical aspects of productive behavior involved in spherical awareness over these bubble brains, into their asymmetric crimes, a usury behind name changes designed for no more than protecting a general denial that thought is ecology, and circular. One turnstile turns up, the other down. Awful.
 
 
-1 # Kathymoi 2013-08-22 10:55
We can not wait for the democrat or republican party to offer us a candidate for the people. I think we the people need to pull together a group of about 100 people, one of whom can be named as the candidate on the ballot, but all of whom would be known to us before the election and would be cabinet members, advisors, aids, staff members. We need to know who these people are and we need non politicians with knowledge and integrity in this group who will represent the needs and welfare of the people of the United States and the people of the world rather than the profit interests of the 1%, for a change. Several good journalists need to be in the group as well as Naom Chomsky, Bill Moyers, Bill McKibben. Who else do you know who should be in the group? Maybe Robert Redford? Ocean Robbins? Do you know how to contact any of the people who should be in this group, and get a response? I contacted Naom Chomsky and he agreed to be in the group IF IT Gets organized, but he wasn't willing to organize it. Who will help with this?
 
 
0 # hutchr 2013-08-25 14:41
Good Idea. Most of the American sheep wont even give this a thought. They are like the non-Nazi Germans.
 
 
0 # Lowflyin Lolana 2013-08-22 15:00
I'm really upset that the defense released that photo. What in the world good could that do besides add to the impression that Manning did what he did because he was "troubled"?
He didn't do what he did, coming from a "troubled" place. He was the only sane one in the asylum. Releasing that photo only served to inflame and feed his enemies. I'm having a lot of trouble understanding that defense strategy.
 
 
+2 # Scott Galindez 2013-08-23 02:19
If you told me a month ago Bradley when Chelsea was facing 150 years that she could be paroled in 7, I would not have believed it...The defense did something right.

When the doctor saw the photo he recommended discharge (before Manning's arrest) his superior Sgt. Adkins covered up the picture.

This came out in the sentencing, not the merit phase of the trial, public opinion was meaningless at that time..only Judge Lind was the audience.
 
 
0 # hutchr 2013-08-25 14:38
I still wonder who the goons were who "escorted" Manning to and from the "courtroom". Were they thugs who worked for Cheney's old mercenary group or were they "soldiers" in plain clothes? Uniforms were hard to find other than Manning's.
 

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