Army sets pre-trial hearing date for Bradley. Vigils and rallies planned at Fort Meade MD, worldwide.



Protest his Pretrial Hearing Saturday, Dec 17th (Bradley’s Birthday Day) at 12pm noon at Fort Meade, MD outside Washington D.C.! (Solidarity actions taking place around the world.)

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After 560 days of pretrial confinement, including 250 days spent in solitary conditions, the Military has finally announced that PFC Bradley Manning’s Pretrial Hearing will begin on December 16th in the Washington D.C. area.

PFC Bradley Manning is accused of uncovering the facts behind a system of foreign policy that routinely hides abuse from public scrutiny. “If convicted of all charges, Manning would face a maximum punishment… of confinement for life” the U.S. Army reports.

If he is the source of the WikiLeaks revelations, he is the most significant whistle-blower in a generation. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies of the sort #OccupyWallStreet opposes, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the failed occupation in Iraq.

Bradley Manning, who turns 24 on the date of our protest, is a young soldier from a working-class background who believed that people should know the truth, “no matter who they are… because without information you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”

He now faces opposition from embarrassed politicians and military officials, and potential life in prison on a poorly defined military charge of “Aiding the enemy through indirect means.” If words attributed to Bradley Manning are accurate, it appears that he was motivated only by a desire to expose questionable and illegal actions by our leaders. This information had been concealed — not to protect us — but in order to avoid accountability. According to several who served in the same unit as Manning, this information had already been made available to Iraqi Army recruits — but not the American public. It is absurd for our government to suggest that the American people is somehow “the enemy.”

As founding father Patrick Henry wrote, “The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.”

Bradley’s pretrial hearing date has been announced, and this is the time to take our support of Bradley into the streets. Bradley Manning was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize last month, and topped the UK Guardian’s Readers Poll. Now the world watches the proceedings of this case while judging our country as a whole.

Previous protests outside of a Quantico brig where Manning was being held were successful in ending the mistreatment he had endured there. December 17th will be our International Day of Solidarity with the largest protest taking place outside the gates of Fort Meade! View logistics/RSVP here.

For people outside of the DC and Baltimore area, we welcome creative solidarity actions. Visit events.bradleymanning.org to register your event.

Please share this announcement with friends and connections via e-mail, facebook, and twitter.

Sincerely,

The Bradley Manning Support Network


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9 thoughts on “Army sets pre-trial hearing date for Bradley. Vigils and rallies planned at Fort Meade MD, worldwide.

  1. Solidarity from Occupy Eugene! I am hoping to get a Bradley Manning Birthday Bash happening for some public education about his case and about his contribution to all the major world events of the past year that have come about as a result of his single act of courage and conscience!

    THANK YOU BRADLEY MANNING for helping pave the way for a global shift of consciousness that I have been waiting for my entire life!

    Scotty Perey
    Occupy Eugene Library

  2. “This information had been concealed — not to protect us — but in order to avoid accountability.” This alone is enough to exonerate Bradley Manning.

  3. Events in London, UK.

    13/12/11 – 1400hrs – US Embassy, London – Join Michael Lyons and other veterans at a vigil for Bradley Manning.

    17/12/11 – 1400hrs – US Embassy, London – Take part in an international day of action in support of Bradley Manning who’s Pre-Trial hearing begins on 16/12/11.

  4. I hope that I can get time off work so I can make it. It’s 1300 miles from Oklahoma to Maryland but I think I can make the drive.

  5. Bradley Manning is the Sophie Scholl of America. For those who are not familiar with her, Sophie was a founding member of the White Rose, a student activist group during the reign of Hitler, who exposed Nazi secrets. Because of her whistleblowing, the Nazis made a scapegoat of her by beheading her and her brother. Today she is regarded as one of the greatest heroes in German history. America today is no better than Nazi Germany and in many ways it is worse because it is so much more powerful. I am so ashamed to be an American. Thank God for men like Bradley Manning who shine the light on the truth and act as AMerica’s conscience. He is a John the Baptist to our Herodian government.

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