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David Coombs writes: "I would like to publicly thank all those who have supported my client over the past two years. I also want to pass on the following message from Brad."

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted by military police from the courthouse after the sixth day of his Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, December 21, 2011. (photo: Benjamin Myers/Reuters)
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted by military police from the courthouse after the sixth day of his Article 32 hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland, December 21, 2011. (photo: Benjamin Myers/Reuters)



Message From Bradley Manning

By David Coombs, Open Mike Blog

14 June 12

 

ver the past two years, thousands of individuals have either donated to the defense fund or given freely of their time to support PFC Bradley Manning. The support provided has come in many forms:

1) Signing petitions (standwithbrad.org); 
2) Standing up to say "I am Bradley Manning" (iam.bradleymanning.org);
3) Writing to military/government authorities;
4) Writing letters to the editors of local and national newspapers;
5) Attending marches, rallies, and other public events to raise awareness about Bradley Manning;
6) Using social media to write about the case and the events of every hearing;
7) Contacting government representatives;
8) Sending messages of support to my law office;
9) Donating to the legal defense fund; or
10) Volunteering with the Bradley Manning Support Network and Courage to Resist.

At every court hearing, I am given the opportunity to witness this support first hand. The attendance by supporters during these hearings as been nothing short of inspiring. Although my client is not permitted to engage those in attendance, he aware of your presence and support.

During our latest hearing on 6-8 June, I was particularly struck by the warmth of support by those in attendance. At one point during a break, I had causally mentioned that it was my anniversary. Apparently a supporter had overheard this statement, and took up a collection to give flowers, a balloon, and a thoughtful card to me and my wife. This kind gesture is emblematic of the type of people who are supporting Brad.

I would like to publicly thank all those who have supported my client over the past two years. I also want to pass on the following message from Brad: "I am very grateful for your support and humbled by your ongoing efforts." Brad also asked me to specifically thank on his behalf the unflinching support of Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network.

What happens in this court-martial is of vital importance to all of us. With your continued support, we will ensure that justice is achieved for Brad.

 

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+86 # DaveM 2012-06-14 07:09
We can only hope is being treated humanely now, as opposed to the treatment he was receiving for far too long. If an American soldier was being abused in such a manner by the Taliban (as in fact, an American soldier being held prisoner by them is), it would be used as justification for "military intervention".
 
 
-6 # Trueblue Democrat 2012-06-14 16:34
Yes, DaveM, and we can hope that people in hell have icewater, and forlorn hope of forlorn hopes -- that Obama even remembers his hope message of 2008. The lying scuzbag.
 
 
+97 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-06-14 07:12
When we can't point to, expose, and correct our government's wrongdoing, we are doomed as a free people.
 
 
+83 # Bill Clements 2012-06-14 07:44
I am frankly outraged by how our government has chosen to treat Bradley Manning and terribly disappointed in what can only be interpreted as Obama's acceptance of that treatment.

Openness is generally a good thing.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former CIA chief and Deputy National Security Adviser under President George H. W. Bush had this to say about the seriousness of the cable dump Nov. 30.

"Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest."

So why do they continue to crucify Bradley Manning?
 
 
+31 # jwb110 2012-06-14 09:06
Quoting Bill Clements:
I am frankly outraged by how our government has chosen to treat Bradley Manning and terribly disappointed in what can only be interpreted as Obama's acceptance of that treatment.

Openness is generally a good thing.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former CIA chief and Deputy National Security Adviser under President George H. W. Bush had this to say about the seriousness of the cable dump Nov. 30.

"Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for U.S. foreign policy? I think fairly modest."

So why do they continue to crucify Bradley Manning?

I think that the military and Washington think these guy is an easy target. That may not be entirely true for just the reason mentioned in the article. People are behind him in his defense. Ordinary people who suit up and show up to offer support. In this new era of the volunteer army rather than distance the public from the armed forces it has mandated looking at them as a private enterprise. That scrutiny can run deep. The coverup will be nothing when compared what will be revealed.
 
 
+28 # Stephanie Remington 2012-06-14 17:16
I think they treated him so horribly as a message to anyone else considering leaking information that would be of benefit to the public. They are essentially saying, "this is what we do to anyone who exposes government fraud, waste, or abuse. No legal or moral considerations will limit what we do to those who make us look bad. And nobody can stop us."
 
 
+15 # Bill Clements 2012-06-15 07:42
No doubt.

Not unlike what happened at Kent State: meant as a warning and an example of the consequence for those who had the temerity to protest the Vietnam War.
 
 
+20 # Third_stone 2012-06-15 10:22
It is terrorism. They seek to strike fear in our hearts when we see him being brutalized.
 
 
+1 # balconesfalk 2012-07-13 08:48
Now, the one out of three women in the military who are raped are similarly silenced, en masse. Our Taliban is fighting their Taliban. Neither side has a moral high ground.
 
 
+64 # Lisa Moskow 2012-06-14 07:51
Every day Bradley Manning is first in my prayers. He is an American hero.
 
 
+31 # paulrevere 2012-06-14 07:56
YES YES YES!
 
 
+63 # peace2012 2012-06-14 09:10
Bradley should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize - he has done more to expose those who promote wars than others who already have the Peace Prize (no names mentioned)

Thank God for people like Bradley Mannning - America needs more like him!
 
 
+19 # Stephanie Remington 2012-06-14 17:17
Roots Action is leading an effort to nominate him.

http://rootsaction.org/featured-actions/460-lets-get-bradley-manning-the-nobel-peace-prize
 
 
+8 # Stephanie Remington 2012-06-15 15:08
The Nobel Committee got so many emails that they stopped accepting them. Roots Action has now begun a petition that they will submit to the Committee. Their goal is 20,000 signatures.

http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=5459
 
 
+57 # Douglas Jack 2012-06-14 08:11
Thanks Brad, for standing up for those imprisoned, killed, injured, abused & tortured by US, Canadian & NATO war crimes. You are fulfilling your responsibility to the US constitution, Nuremberg principles, UN Charter and all human laws. By your example and allegiance to these higher human laws, you are pointing out that hundreds of millions of US, Canadian & NATO citizens led by a corrupt media-military- industrial-comp lex are not fulfilling our human or citizen responsibilitie s. There is a priority or super-structure of laws, of which so many including most judges, lawyers and legislators live in violation of. www.indigenecommunity.info
 
 
+39 # shawnsargent2000 2012-06-14 09:37
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Bradley Manning, is a true American and a Patriot!
Thankyou for your bravery is disobeying a lawful order, by allowing the public, to see what are country has been doing in the name of democracy.
 
 
+46 # motamanx 2012-06-14 09:04
Bradley Manning told the truth, which, apparently, is incompatible with diplomatic dialogue. Those who defame him have been embarrassed by their own sophomoric banality and small mindedness.
 
 
+46 # Rangzen 2012-06-14 09:44
Do we not become what we hate? The US government has much to account for.

But the name Bradley Manning will go down in history as a great hero of the people.
 
 
+45 # Billsy 2012-06-14 09:54
In a just world, President Obama would grant Manning a full pardon, and yes indeed, he would receive a Nobel Peace Prize.
 
 
+33 # James Marcus 2012-06-14 10:10
This Court's Marshall is a Charade; What we might call a 'Kangaroo Court'. it has destroyed the Rule Of Law by insulting our legal system, from within, with this OUTRAGE!
Manning is an American Hero.
Our Military, Legislature, and Courts are now Insults to the Human Race. Vile and Disgusting.
 
 
+41 # She Cee 2012-06-14 10:28
As in Alice's wonderland, things are upside down here.

Why is it ok for governments, corporations and any one who is wealthy and has power to commit crimes for which they are not held accountable while the people who report these crimes are persecuted and prosecuted?

This picture is all wrong.

Whistle blowers are heros who need our support.
DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO SUPPORT THEM, HOWEVER LITTLE IT MAY BE.
 
 
+11 # Bigfella 2012-06-14 20:29
We would not know the truth if this brave young man and my fellow Australia had not exposed it.
Murder of the journos and murder of civilians attempting to help victims = War Crimes yet the Pilot and command who OK it walk around free!
I pity the soldier who are captured and recieve the same as exposed by M and A.
Shame Americia Shame.
I send you my best wish Brade.
 
 
+15 # DurangoKid 2012-06-15 08:12
What about Private Manning's oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic? He exposed the lies and corruption that are a threat to rule by law and not by decree. Shouldn't he get a medal or something?
 
 
+12 # Magginkat 2012-06-15 11:40
Private Manning is getting the same kind of attention from Obama as Don Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama....NONE . Don Siegelman was framed, railroaded & convicted by a crooked judge, corrupt U.S. attorney, & a jury that was filled with wrong doings...for a non-crime, appointing a donor to a position he had held under 3 previous (Republican) governors. (www.donsiegelman.org) I hope that Private Manning is found not guilty of all charges. His torture & inhumane treatment should be enough to have all charges dropped. It's a shame that Obama has already deemed him guilty.
 

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