|Global Bradley Manning Action Days in Support of Accused WikiLeaks Whistleblower
In late May 2010, Private First Class Bradley Manning, an intelligence analyst with the US Army in Baghdad, was arrested, suspected of providing the “Collateral Murder” video to Wikileaks. (Read more about the Collateral Murder video.)
On June 6, 2010, he was charged with violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice, including eight criminal offenses and four noncriminal violations of Army regulations. The full charge sheet is available at www.bradleymanning.org/3163/charge-sheet-html.
His arrest was precipitated by an alleged online chat confession to well-known hacker and journalist Adrian Lamo. The details about and circumstances around this online chat are unconfirmed and somewhat dubious.
The military held Bradley Manning in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait until late July, 2010, at which time they transferred him to U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Virginia. They have continued to hold him there in solitary confinement. If convicted Manning could spend 52 years in prison.
On the 3rd of November, 2010 agents from Homeland Security and the F.B.I. stopped David House, a developer and friend of Bradley Manning, while on his way back into the United States from a short vacation. They seized his laptop and other electronic devices, then proceeded to question him regarding his visits to Manning at Quantico. They did all of this without a warrant or charges. (See more information here and here.)
Cpl Bradley Manning is the U.S Army whistleblower that exposed the infamous "Collateral Murder" video from U.S military intelligence and passed on many other confidential and secret documents to Wikileaks.
The Wikileaks issue is most certainly a double edged sword and an inheritible quagmire of war of washingtons corrupt policies. While Wikileaks certainly represents dangerous opsec issues with those genuine in their efforts to fight and reduce terrorism, I still wholely agree with PFC Bradley Manning and Wikileaks on exposing the "collateral murder" video. That incident was outright murder of those people, innocent or not, on the ground and had nothing to do with fighting terrorism.
Their claim of observing those people with "weapons" on the ground was extremely vague at least. I certainly saw no automatic rifles or rpg's while viewing the video and even so, the pilots nor command central gave absolutely no warning for those people to place those objects aside on the ground and distance themselves from those objects (camera) that may have been perceived as weapons for confirmation. It was premeditated murder, point blank!
I also believe that it is every soldiers responsibility to report profound crimes such as that. If the military and government is incapable of taking any form of disciplinary action and they choose to cover up issues like that than who governs accountability? Than incidents like that are left as acceptable actions within war. We cannot distance ourselves as human beings even if we are at war because if we do we are no better than those who commit blood thirsty terrorist acts!