"At one point in the video (Collateral Murder) there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety. The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for the wounded person to pick up a weapon (over the craft’s comm system, “c’mon pick up a weapon!”) so that he can have a reason to engage (ie. kill the wounded victim).
For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass."
Bradley Manning, American Hero, from his statement to the court regarding his feelings about the Collateral Murder Gunsight Video, which now has 13.5 MILLION worldwide Youtube viewings, and counting.
The Pentagon’s warmongers will NEVER live this, or any possible Manning verdict except “Not Guilty” down.
Jonathan Hafetz, professor at Seton Hall Law School and co-counsel in the court martial trial of PFC Bradley Manning writes:.
May 24, 2012, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a petition requesting the Army Court of Criminal Appeals to order the Judge in the court martial of alleged Wikileaks leaker Private Bradley Manning to grant the public and press access to the government’s motion papers, the court’s own orders, and transcripts of proceedings, none of which have been made public to date.
In addition, the petition challenges the fact that substantive legal matters in the court martial – including a pretrial publicity order – have been argued and decided in secret..
The petitioners include CCR itself and a diverse group of media figures: Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, The Nation and its national security correspondent Jeremy Scahill, and Wikileaks and its publisher, Julian Assange. Also included are Kevin Gosztola, co-author of Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning and civil liberties blogger covering the Manning court martial, and Chase Madar, author of The Passion of Bradley Manning and a contributing editor to The American Conservative…
A Synopsis Of This Morning’s News… H/t to ChrisM my MP3Angel for supplying the audio files.
«o»PFC Bradley Manning got his arraignment day in court yesterday. Manning has been accused of turning hundreds of thousands of documents including the globally viewed “Collateral Murder” video over to WikiLeaks. He has 22 counts against him including ‘aiding the enemy’.
Over the last two years of his incarceration he spent a year in solitary confinement at Quantico brig and was tortured in the manner they torture inmates at SHU (‘Security Housing Unit’) prisons throughout America.
The confinement itself is a form of torture.
For a start, despite the fact the locked down prisoners spend 23 hours in a cell, the cell is not high enough to stand up in. Bradley Manning, convicted of nothing yet has been subject to that treatment for a year. The confinement most likely permanently damaged his skeletal structure as it does with CONVICTED prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay and other hellholes you never read about in the newspapers until the prisoners riot.
«o»al-Qaeda has claimed US intelligence reports were correct in regard to a rash of bombings around Iraq yesterday that killed and injured 240+ people.
«o»Pakistan wants to host ceasefire talks between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan with the US in an observer role
«o»Maryland is about to become the ninth state to pass a same sex marriage bill. The governor says he will sign it as soon as it clears the legislature.
«o»Germany is pulling out of their only base in Afghanistan and will continue operating in the country in a support role only.
Meanwhile, all around Afghanistan the word on the street is “Apologies ARE NOT enough!”
Protests against Quran burning rage for fourth day
Apologies: President Barack Obama on Thursday sent an official letter of apology to Afghan president Hamid Karzai over NATO troops’ accidental burning of Qurans, but protests across Afghanistan continued unabated Friday for the fourth straight day, with protesters congregating outside NATO and Afghan government installations (CNN, AP,AJE, BBC, NYT, CNN). At least two protesters were killed in Kabul on Friday and many more across the country were injured (Reuters).
Even as NATO and US troops are being attacked by the army they are ostenisbly training, and the attacks have increased dramatically:
The killing of two NATO service members by a man in an Afghan Army uniform on Thursday during protests in Afghanistan occurred as the U.S. military is urgently reviewing its security procedures in order to prevent such friendly fire attacks (NYT). Of the 45 incidents of violence against NATO troops by Afghan security forces or private contractors since 2007, 75% have taken place in the last two years, intensifying officials’ concerns over this issue… [In Full @ Foreign Policy Magazine]
This is Razer Raygun saying ‘Happy Motoring America…’. Remember:
Capitalism has a gun at your head every moment you’re alive:
Christian Science Monitor, with whom I’ve had some serious bones to pick over the last few year, as recently as their boosterism for NATO’s invasion of Libya…
I think they’re feeling like they got ‘burned’.
As I’ve said recently
You can take this to the bank (Credit Union if you prefer). IF they discipline the Marines who did this …the punishment WILL NOT be as severe as the punishment inflicted on the person who blew the whistle… Just like Bradley Manning
You can take this to the bank (Credit Union if you prefer). IF they discipline the Marines who did this, the punishment WILL NOT be as severe as the punishment inflicted on the person who blew the whistle… Just like Bradley Manning.
“Aiding the enemy”: That’s one of the crimes that Lieutenant Colonel Paul Almanza, who was tasked with an investigation of Manning’s case, says there is evidence he committed. Almanza has advised the Army to submit Manning to a court martial, relating to the massive, classified document dump to Wikileaks, with which he’s been accused. Manning’s defense attorney, David Coombs, has voiced complaint that Almanza works in the Justice department as a civilian. Justice is currently building a case against Wikileaks head Julian Assange, which opens up risk of conflict of interest. If Manning is convicted through a court martial, he could face life imprisonment. source
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