2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award Recognizes Bradley Manning’s actions

2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award Recognizes Bradley Manning’s actions
Honouring Bradley Manning’s actions and adding shame to Judge Lind’s recent decision to deny motions to drop the most serious charges against him, the International Peace Bureau has awarded Manning the 2013 Sean MacBride Peace Award. The prize is given to individuals and organizations for their outstanding work for peace, disarmament, and human rights.

Judge Lind denies defense motions: Amnesty calls it “travesty of justice”

Judge Lind denies defense motions: Amnesty calls it
Supporters of Bradley Manning are surely questioning whatever faith they might have had in military justice. Judge Lind ruled against two defense motions that would have had the court drop the charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ as well as the unauthorised access ‘computer fraud’ charge. Amnesty International called the rulings a ‘travesty of justice’.

June 1 rally at Fort Meade largest gathering of Bradley Manning supporters yet

June 1 rally at Fort Meade largest gathering of Bradley Manning supporters yet
Nearly a thousand people came out to Fort Meade today for a mass rally in support of Bradley Manning. The demonstration brought together a wonderfully diverse group of supporters, and cheers, chants, speakers and hundreds of smiling faces energized the group prior to one of the trial. Several high-profile speakers (see below) discussed the significance of Bradley’s actions for America, and for the world. Ralliers marched from the Reece Road main gate to the Llewelyn gate, honoring the heroic whistleblower. Some key issues discussed by the speakers included how Bradley Manning took great personal risk to reveal the truth of unjust wars, how he exposed stories of Guantanamo prisoners, how the US has the highest number of prisoners in solitary confinement ...

Prosecutors continue with aggressive charges as public pressure mounts to accept deal

Prosecutors continue with aggressive charges as public pressure mounts to accept deal
In a plea statement made in February, Bradley Manning accepted responsibility for passing classified information to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Standing before the judge he explained that his motives were largely to reveal to the American public controversial war crimes, and to motivate domestic debate about America’s foreign policy. He discussed the way that he was being asked to target Iraqi people who did not support the US backed Iraqi government, and who would then be passed on to the Iraqi army to be tortured. And he discussed the Collateral Murder video, which exposed the murder of innocent civilians and two Reuters journalists. His ‘naked’ plea was not an agreement with the government, but rather a risky move that was ...

According to military media access is a privilege that can be taken away

According to military media access is a privilege that can be taken away
Yesterday morning Bradley Manning’s supporters held a vigil at Fort Meade. They carried signs demanding improved media access to the trial, as thus far media access has been highly restricted, and it has been been up to people holding pen and paper to record the proceedings as all electronic recording devices have been banned from the court room. In the media room however, where most journalists are seated, computers are allowed. At the start of the hearing a military spokesperson reprimanded journalists for having leaked an audio recording of Bradley Manning’s plea statement (it was released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation last month). “This media operation center is a privilege, not a requirement. Privileges can be taken away” she ...

Birgitta Jónsdóttir visits the U.S. to raise awareness about Bradley Manning

Birgitta Jónsdóttir visits the U.S. to raise awareness about Bradley Manning
On April 5, 2013, and marking the third anniversary of the release of the Collateral Murder video, Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir hosted an event in NYC to raise awareness about Bradley Manning’s three year incarceration, abuse, and upcoming court martial in June. Birgitta Jónsdóttir visited the U.S. against the advice of legal advisors who held concerns that she might be arrested and/or questioned, as part of the U.S. grand jury investigation into the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, for her role in the production and dissemination of Collateral Murder, and for her ongoing support and advocacy. Panelists at the NYC event included: Birgitta Jonsdottir, Kevin Gosztola (of FireDogLake), Alexa O’Brien (independent journalist long covering the Bradley Manning trial), Peter Hart (FAIR media critic). The discussion was ...

Bradley Manning’s naked plea comes with risk but it was the only way to introduce motive

Bradley Manning's naked plea comes with risk but it was the only way to introduce motive
Last week Bradley Manning entered a plea denying most of the charges against him. By making the statement, which he read allowed to the court, Bradley Manning was able to force the court to consider his motive. It was not a negotiation with the prosecution, whereby his testimony might be offered in exchange for a lesser sentence. It was a “naked plea”, meaning it comes without any sort of deal, and it means the government can continue to charge Manning with all the charged offences. In fact the government has already stated it will do this. 

Military doublespeak in Manning’s pre-trial hearing: delays both “troubling” and “reasonable”

Military doublespeak in Manning's pre-trial hearing: delays both
A pattern has emerged in a series of rulings by Judge Lind in Bradley Manning’s pre-trial hearings. Today we heard that delays based on the government’s failure to provide relevant evidence to the defense was “troubling” but overall reasonable, and  she ruled against the defense motion to dismiss the charges based on the lack of a speedy trial. Bradley Manning has been in prison 1005 days, and it took the government over 600 days to bring Bradley Manning to arraignment. It should take no more than 120 days to arraign a detainee. The ruling is a disappointment but the incredible outpouring of support from people around the world is not.

Ruling on speedy trial motion expected today. Will Judge Lind do the right thing?

Ruling on speedy trial motion expected today. Will Judge Lind do the right thing?
The motion to dismiss charges against Bradley Manning based on the lack of a speedy trial will be heard tomorrow. A long shot possibly: as even though a thousand days without trial is unreasonable, and it will be three years once the court martial begins in June, the extended timeline of this trial has been approved by the convening authority.  But should Lind find fault with the delays, a dismissal is possible, and so blame the full moon, but I’m keeping hope.

Supporters organize more than 40 events: Bradley Manning has the right to a speedy trial. (edit now 70 events)

Supporters organize more than 40 events: Bradley Manning has the right to a speedy trial. (edit now 70 events)
Both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the United States Constitution guarantee soldiers the right to a speedy trial. Back in September Bradley Manning’s defense team filed a motion to dismiss all the charges  against Manning, with prejudice, based on the lack of a speedy trial. The court martial was expected to be taking place now but it has once again been delayed, this time until June – meaning that by the time Bradley Manning reaches trial he will have been in prison for over three years.