Bradley Manning faces death under new charge of “Aiding Enemy”

Bradley Manning art“I’m shocked that the military opted to charge Pfc. Bradley Manning today with the capital offense of “aiding the enemy”. While the military is down playing the fact, the option to execute Bradley has been placed on the table. It’s beyond ironic that leaked US State Department cables have contributed to revolution and revolt in dictatorships across the Middle East and North Africa, yet an American may be executed, or at best face life in prison, for being the primary whistleblower. Millions of Americans, and even more internationally, clearly understand the contribution of Pfc. Manning towards not only freedom of information, but literally freedom itself. It’s hard for me to reconcile that with the US Army’s additional criminal charges against Pfc. Manning today.”
– Jeff Paterson, Courage to Resist / Bradley Manning Support Network


US ARMY NEWS RELEASE BY JOINT FORCE HQ-NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #11-04, DATE: March 2, 2011

ADDITIONAL CHARGES PREFERRED AGAINST PRIVATE 1st CLASS BRADLEY E. MANNING

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. – After seven months of additional investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACIDC) and other investigative agencies, the U.S. Army has charged Pvt. 1st Class Bradley E. Manning with 22 additional charges. These charges allege that as a military intelligence analyst, Manning introduced unauthorized software onto government computers to extract classified information, unlawfully downloaded it, improperly stored it, and transmitted the classified data for public release and use by the enemy. The investigation is still ongoing.

“The new charges more accurately reflect the broad scope of the crimes that Pvt. 1st Class Manning is accused of committing,” said Capt. John Haberland, a legal spokesperson for U.S. Army Military District of Washington. “The new charges will not affect Pvt. 1st Class Manning’s right to a speedy trial or his pretrial confinement,” he added.

On March 1, the commander, U.S. Army Headquarters Command Battalion, preferred the following specific charges:

  • Aiding the enemy in violation of Article 104, Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
  • 16 Specifications under Article 134, UCMJ:
  • Wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy (One Specification)
  • Theft of Public Property or Records, in violation of 18 United States Code (U.S.C.) 641 (Five Specifications)
  • Transmitting Defense Information, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(e) (Eight Specifications)
  • Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(1) (Two Specifications)
  • Five Specifications in violation of Article 92, UCMJ, for violating Army Regulations 25-2 “Information Assurance” and 380-5 “Department of the Army Information Security Program.”

The charge of aiding the enemy under Article 104 is a capital offense; however, the prosecution team for the United States has notified the defense that the prosecution will not recommend the death penalty to the Convening Authority, Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Under the UCMJ, the Convening Authority ultimately decides what charges to refer to court-martial, and whether to seek the death penalty if Article 104 is referred. Therefore, if convicted of all charges, Manning would face a maximum punishment of reduction to the lowest enlisted pay grade, E-1; total forfeiture of all pay and allowances; confinement for life; and a dishonorable discharge.

At the request of Manning’s defense attorneys, the trial proceedings have been delayed since July 12, 2010, pending the results of a defense requested inquiry into Manning’s mental capacity and responsibility pursuant to Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 706. Depending on the results of the R.C.M. 706 board, an Article 32 hearing may follow. An Article 32 hearing is the civilian equivalent of a grand jury, with additional rights afforded to the accused.

Manning remains confined in the Marine Corps Base Quantico Brig in Quantico, Va. He was notified of the additional charges in person during a command visit today. Despite his pretrial confinement, Manning is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The U.S. Army is committed to ensuring the continued safety and well-being of Pvt. 1st Class Manning while in pretrial confinement.

For media queries, please call the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Public Affairs Office at 202-685-4645.

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Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Caveats: FOUO



38 thoughts on “Bradley Manning faces death under new charge of “Aiding Enemy”

  1. This is such a travesty.

    Just because prosecuting forces have not recommended the death penalty all it will take is the convening authority to say he deserves to die.

    I hate to say it, but i believe we live in a climate right now where it is extremely possible to discourage other whistleblowers by a very public display of “justice”.

    Think of how wikileaks will be effected, not only will you have to operate under the assumption you may be imprisoned for life for exposing information THAT SHOULD NEVER BE CLASSIFIED FROM THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN THE FIRST PLACE, you will also need to worry that if caught, the USA, the home of the free, will put you to death. Big win for the american intelligence community, huge loss for wikileaks and the general shift that this information should be freely available.

    To live in a country where we punish our soldiers for having consciences, this poor kid was embroiled in a conflict he didnt believe in, had access to terrible TRUE information exposing how callously our military views life in other countries, and now may never see daylight outside the walls of quantico for as long as he may live.

    All because he spoke out and exposed something that MOST human beings would have a serious problem with. The loss of innocent life, and the lack of justice for the murderers involved.

    When are we going to see charges brought on the crew and Officers that indescriminitely killed a dozen people or more in a seemingly empty conflict zone?

  2. What is inhumane – apart from Bradley’s treatment – is the ludicrous defense of anything that the Military (peace be on them) deems against their warped view of national security. It is time to rise up in defense of our country and take it back.

  3. “evil triumphs when good men chose to do nothing”
    One little man has bought the spotlight to the injustices of war and now they are going to throw everything at him…shame shame shame! This war will become a war on the citzens of the United States and the terror the government has created. Americans will pay and pay and then pay!

  4. KEEP GOING – THIS STORY’S NOT OVER YET – SO MUCH OF WHAT HAPPENS NOW IS DOWN TO US – IF THE PEOPLES OF THE MIDDLE EAST CAN CHANGE THEIR WORLD SO CAN WE; BUILD SUPPORT WHEREVER YOU GO; DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER; ORGANISE, FIGHT, SHOUT, WRITE, MARCH and PRAY and anything else you can think of – INVENT NEW WAYS TO WAGE PEACE

    people power has a tremendous momentum if we say what the Egyptians said: ‘we aren’t going away till we achieve what we came here for’; to every thing there is a time – LET’S MAKE THIS THE TIME

    I was looking for breaking news a few hours ago, before this was posted here and the first posting of any detail about this was on msncb; reading the comments on there was, at first, really shocking (never done it before cause I’m in England), but then I thought; hey, you know what – if this sums up the opposition, they are SO compromised, and it almost was even an encouragement after seeing such a hideous headline.

    In the end I posted this poem thing – I’m posting it here in case anyone wants to use it to chuck in the middle of some of the vitreolic comments elsewhere – adapt it however you want please, make it better; it’s just an idea,

    but what absolutely cracked me up was that, after printing 25 unabridged pages of utter FILTH, they WOULDN’T USE THE WORD ‘SHIT’ which they rendered @!$%# !!!! omigod the HYPOCRISY!!!

    so this is a reply to people who comment from the depths of their hatred: -

    The HATRED that motivates most of these comments is plain to behold;

    but what about Bradley – what did he HOPE would unfold?

    Why did he lay out his LIFE on the line?

    Was it because he BELIEVED we were all being sold

    a bucket of shit in a bottomless pit of fool’s gold?

    Maybe he thought the TRUTH of such evil duplicity

    HAD TO BE TOLD.

    For, those who would turn a blind eye in self-preservation,

    and shrink from the COST encumbent upon revelation,

    are those who stand guilty, dear friends, of traitorous complicity.

    Whereas those who, like Bradley, are seeking our race’s salvation,

    are PATRIOT sons who are serving the Land of the FREE.

  5. Approximately half of all the worlds military expenditure is done by the USA!, that’s the main reason it’s so hard for them to act honestly, all their huge interests

  6. Know that there are many in Canada who support the cause of freedom, and what Mr. Manning did. We have our own problems with arrogant, out-of-control thugs running the government. Maybe it’s time for all the freemen in North America (including Mexico) to start standing together.

  7. this is a perfect example of what is wrong with America he leaked information of all of the us armies fuck ups and they could very possibly kill him. they should spend their time investigating the innocent deaths in the top secret documents he leaked and and leave this brave fucker alone.

  8. A mature society struggling with its past archiac laws. “Justice” cant even excuse itself as “order” anymore, when the laws are considered insane.

  9. My God,he’s only 23 to go under such pressure…that’s too much .When will the court hearings start…any clear date ?

  10. Theft of Public Property or Records? Manning MADE them public. That for one is just the gov. trying to throw at him everything they can think of whether it is relevant or not.

  11. Maybe it’s time for people all over the world to stand together against corrupt governments, before it’s too late.

  12. Looks like they never got him to crack on Assange, which is pretty good for someone who has endured what he has in the past 8 months.

    This sounds to me like they’re trying to make a deal with ‘us’ the people; saying ‘Look, we could go for the Death Penalty, but we’ll be nice, if you (the people) behave about this, and we’ll just go for a Life Sentence.’

    This has got to be ‘NO DEAL’ brothers and sisters.

    This has OUR name on it; we have to show them that there are too many of us for them to ignore: now is the time to BUILD SUPPORT like never before; this is OUR STORY, not just Brad’s and Julian’s; get the word out wherever you go; study to understand the issues; stand on the streets handing out leaflets; do mass emails; tell all your groups: work, clubs, churches etc and KEEP ON AT THEM – this is LIFE and DEATH; our civilisation’s life and death as well as the key protaganists’

    THIS IS THE BIGGEST CHANCE WE’VE SEEN TO CLIP THE WINGS OF THE DARK FORCES who control (manipulate) things behind the scenes; THROW YOUR HEART INTO THIS NOW MOMENT.

    PUT YOUR LIVES ON HOLD till this is won; you will not regret it.

  13. this is SUCH A CRIME, and it sounds so much like 3. Reich in Germany… any German soldier who would have told a newspaper the stuff he saw happening in the concentration camp would have had pretty much the same treatment happen to him, so where the F is the difference between the 3. Reich and USA? Any Americans reading this, I am looking for an answer!

  14. @dd:

    I am from the US.

    What’s the difference between the US and the Third Reich?

    There is only one.

    We got away with OUR genocide! Just ask any Native American.

  15. @Dr. S M Babulanam
    You’ve got an interesting point there… the accusations against Manning sound quite familiar compared to those against Liu Xiaobo… would be a hard punch in the American face (ok, the American Government’s face)… I would like that =)

  16. I’m profoundly disgusted by the way Mr Manning is treated. It’s a shame and I hardly can believe the USA (a country I like and respect in so many ways) can, as a democracy, act this way.

    Even if I’m not a lawyer, and even not American, I also think the accusation has several parts that are not logical.

    How can a man be declared to collaborate with the enemy if nobody knows officially who is the official enemy ?
    If we suppose the enemy is Wikileaks, how is Mr Manning supposed to know that it is an enemy since nobody told this officially ? If Mr Assange is the enemy, same question : how could Mr Manning know this gentleman is an official enemy of the United States of America, if even the american government still didn’t say it, and government lawyers still search for a proper accusation act against Mr Assange ? Even if Wikileaks and Mr Assange should be declared to be official enemies some day, the accusation still couldn’t work retrospectively in a fair justice, and since tomorrows enemies are not the enemies from yesterday.
    This case is very sad, not only for Mr Manning, but also for justice in the so called “free world”.
    I truly hope Mr Manning will have a fair trial and better life conditions in jail. I hope he will be free soon, also. The USA can afford to be generous with freedom and justice fighters wherever they live. This is also true concerning Mr Assange.
    Bon courage !
    Jeanpiledescoeurs (Paris)

  17. “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism”
    - Oscar Wilde

    Maybe it is time the attitude of the United States shifted from what is seemingly this massive undoubting need for loyalty to a system that is flawed, to a less media focused and more critical view.

  18. I am appalled!

    I wonder what the outward, official position of the US would be, had Bradley Manning been, say, a Chinese or North Korean citizen accused and imprisoned under the same inhuman circumstances for the same “crime” in one of the respective countries.

  19. Manning is a hero who exposed treason. The House of Saud funds terror and Bush and Cheney did business with them on a daily basis. Bush and Cheney did business with Saddam and then lied about it and made Americans die for their mistakes. Bush and Cheney lie and say Iran is attacking U.S. soldiers them documents show our government knows it is Saudi Sunnis killing Americans. Why is Cheney not being prosecuted for outing Valerie Plame and her husband as CIA non-proliferation operatives? Why was he not prosecuted for outing Brewster and Jennings Inc. as a CIA front for non-proliferation operations?

    If Manning exposed these documents he should be given the Medal of Freedom for personally taking down four dictatorships for whom the U.S. participated in their supporting their torture regimes.

    Manning did with a couple of people what Bush and Cheney could not do with trillions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of innocent deaths, hundreds of thousands of Americans soldiers and their deaths and dismemberment, and ten years of vicious war and occupation that has no end in sight.

    I say put Manning in charge of the military as see how many more dictators he can take down. Then maybe he can get the criminals running our government prosecuted at The Hague.

    God Bless Bradley Manning, a true American hero!

  20. Day of Rage to support Bradley Manning on June 30th, 2011 in Washington D.C.

    “Day of Rage” Scheduled in Washington D.C. for June 30, 2011
    Saturday, March 05, 2011 9:53

    Washington D.C. Day of Rage Scheduled for June 30, 2011

    Washington D.C. “Day of Rage” Scheduled To Detain War Criminals For Prosecution at The Hague

    Joseph Zrnchik, the author of a new book available on Amazon called “Assange and Government in a Wikileaks World”, calls for a “Day of Rage” in Washington D.C. on June 30, 2011. In his call for prosection of U.S. officials for war crimes he states:

    The crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. government and its proxies, that can only be described as an ongoing global crime spree beginning with the 1953 overthrow of the Iranian government and continuing on with the current wars in the Middle East, which have been aggravated by a hegemonic drive to weave a globalist system controlled by the power elite, has resulted in many reprisals of which one was the terrorist attack on 9/11. The elites crimes have made tens of thousands of Americans victims of reprisal or casualties in war by those seeking defense from or retribution for the power elites international lawlessness over the last fifty years. Americans now have the power of mass communication and hence the means to end these atrocities and cease being made victims as the result of criminal actions by a government being run by a ruling elite using a two-tiered justice system that allows the state to turn Americans into corpses without legal redress. We have the power to take back our freedom and hold criminals responsible with their lives. We can end the tyranny. The U.S. government no longer has anything to offer the people after allowing the the theft of their wealth by the financial elite, but we the people now have the power to get justice.

    As the U.S. raped the planet by installing murderous dictators it used to crush any burgeoning drive towards democratic institutions in oil producing countries, its bought and paid for henchmen used billions of dollars in U.S. financial aid to fund what the U.S. knew were illegitimate regimes whose power and authority was based solely on torture and murder. Furthermore, the U.S. government continued to use these regimes to outsource the torture it wanted committed, hiding these crimes that were very often committed against innocents behind bogus claims of national security. With psychopaths who were fully trained and staffed to run these foreign torture chambers, these human abominations that make pirates look like choirboys engaged in acts so reprehensible that the crimes simply cannot go unpunished by a civilized world. Justice demands retribution be meted out lest humanity itself be so ever polluted that mankind will never be able to rise above being made slaves, victims and corpses by the power elite and the ruin they cause resulting from their insatiable appetite for wealth and power.

    The recent disintegration of U.S. funded dictatorships across the Middle East, which now even threatens the U.S.’s Afghan adventure, has forced the U.S. government to double down on the bets it has placed to win hegemonic control of the monetary system, energy resources and finally over humanity itself, but as the U.S. lays its remaining chips on the table to shore up geopolitical losses the elite have leveraged with hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money and unending future commitments in U.S. treasure and blood, it seems there is no money left to even begin trying to win back what has proven to have been squandered on a sucker’s bet. The web of deceit the U.S. has woven over the past fifty years is rapidly unraveling and now the elite have little concern for how many of the masses die, be it foreigners or American citizens.

    While the American people now seek to be on the right side of a world-wide revolution to throw off a long history U.S.-supported torture regimes, they have shown no disgust or anger toward their government that has made such tyrannies possible, and even after having discovered such truths through Wikileaks they now view the messenger as the enemy as opposed to their government whose criminal complicity has turned Americans into willing accomplices whose assistance was crucial in aiding and abetting the perpetration of torture and murder on an international scale.

    The elite were ecstatic about the 9/11 attacks as it provided them with the casus belli needed to bring the full force of U.S. military power to bear to hide all the crimes that had been committed and to facilitate their future perpetration. But, it was this over-estimation in the utility of centrally planned military power’s ability to animate zombie governments whose strength rested in the creation of death that forced each member of the masses to become armies of one in opposition to tyranny. It was the fact that each person became a sovereign with the moral strength to stand against a criminal conspiracy called government that caused the collapse of tyrannical rule. However, the greater the criminal conspiracy the greater the effort that will be taken to continue its perpetration, so Americans should not underestimate the extent to which the U.S. government would be willing to slaughter even its own citizens to enforce domination by the ruling elite. The crimes committed by Mubarak were just a small subset of the global conspiracies undertaken through the elite’s domination of corporate, political and military power and the conspiratorial alliances therein.

    What we have seen as the result of the revelations provided by Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and Wikileaks is that crimes of enforced starvation, destitution, torture, murder, ethnic cleansing and genocide committed against the people of the world has been directly attributable to the retribution of 9/11. With willful ignorance, the extent to which can only be ascribed to Americans, the people have decided to align themselves with the criminal elite by marching off en mass to slaughter human being that have already been subjected to 60 years of victimization through U.S. funded and supported regimes engaging in torture, murder and genocide. This has been a reoccurring theme in the rise of the U.S. imperium.

    It is time the people of the U.S. assign blame for the miseries the elite have inflicted on the world and smash the racket that is criminal enterprise via government being run by lawless elites through a unitary executive who is nothing more than a dictator and tyrant that serves centralized global monetary interests. Why is it that the masses continue to allow their blood and treasure to be used as bargaining chips by the elite in a frenzied drive towards world domination?

    America needs a “Day of Rage” to be instituted on June 30th, 2011 in Washington D.C. whereby the White House is surrounded by millions of Americans that take these political criminals into custody to be turned over the World Court to be tried. If they have committed no crimes, then they have nothing to fear. But, the torture and murder of even a few individuals rises to the level of crime that demands justice, not to mention the complete destruction of a country with hundreds of thousands of children dead as the result of a blockade that rises to the level of being an international war crime.

    While these people now claim the right under law through their unitary sock-puppet executive to wield the power to summarily kidnap, imprison, torture and murder as they see fit, Americans need to hold each individual that commissions or perpetrates such acts to a full accounting for violating God’s law. It has been Americans’ failure to punish the elite and seize their ill-gotten gains that has encouraged the continued expansion of the elite’s criminality into every facet of human existence. While the masses are sacrificed for their interests, their wealth and power grow exponentially and will soon destroy a humanity that will be at each other’s throats to fight for the remaining scrapes that have fallen from the table. Either they will have to be brought to account or human existence will surely degenerate into universal slavery enforced via a criminal police state. We can end the elite using our children as cannon fodder and slaves. We owe them this after allowing the elite to squander their future.

    As the elite have become worse than pirates, as pirates leave after they steal your wealth, they are more akin to leaches on the body of humanity forever sucking wealth and treasure out of their host. The state has become nothing more than muscle for the ruling classes and can be counted on to act as its collection agent and enforcer. Having lost its legitimacy the state sinks to continuingly lower levels of depravity and now no longer even tries to justify its crimes but merely states it now has the power to do as it pleases.

    If all of Americans stood together and arrested, charged, tried and punished people like Hillary Clinton, George Bush, Dick Cheney Don Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner and Hank Paulson, we could end this elite criminal racket that wants Americans to be forever indebted to them for their sharing the wages of conquest obtained through the mass slaughter they ordered by tossing out a few scraps with which they seek to buy our approval and participation in the extermination of those who refuse to be ruled by tyrants.

    Turn these international criminals over to the Hague and the International Criminal Court and end this blight on human existence. All Americans need to participate in the “American Day of Rage” to punish all those who torture and murder using government license under the color of law. We need to see you in Washington D.C. on June 30th, 2011. We can make the government hand over Bush for trial as we are the government’s master and it is our servant. If the government refuses to stop these crimes, we Americans need to take action. Americans need a two-million man march on Washington D.C. that is prepared and willing to defend itself with each man being a leader with whom the government can negotiate with only through the prosecution and seizure of wealth from this entire criminal class. Our government has ceased representing the people and we need a mass democratic movement to bring it under control. Let’s smash the police state! If we fail to stop it, it will continue to expand its power and control until a peaceful solution is impossible and people die by the millions. We cannot allow the elite to take the people down that road. What is the use in having the rule of law if we create institutions like the CIA whose sole purpose is to violate the very laws we have created to serve as the basis for our society? Is it any wonder why our government now believes it can imprison, torture and murder with impunity. The time to act is now while the people see and understand what mass democratic movements across the globe can accomplish. We cannot allow our government to marginalize, pacify and render impotent the power of the masses. We do not need to have leaders. We can all be more effective by being ungovernable and acting of our own accord. We have the means to organize and resist through each person being his own sovereign. We do not need a central authority to lie to us or tell us what needs to be done. We can decide as individuals to take back what has been stolen from us.

    Our government, after its lies were exposed through Wikileaks, held Juliam Assange to a standard that he not be responsible for a single death as the result of exposing U.S. crimes, yet our government see no problem with Americans dying by the tens of thousands or foreigners dying by the millions for its lies. It expects Americans to die for its lies and the financial interests of the elite. Now is the time to cease being collateral damage and victims in the elites’ global crime spree and hold them responsible.

    Without a full accounting for torture and murder, these crimes will become institutionalized and we will find that we will end up being tortured and murdered for challenging the legitimacy of a government that tortures and murders its own citizens. Americans have a God-given right and legal justification to violently oppose torture and murder, especially when committed by government. The masses need to understand that it is now the government that has become criminal and those who oppose it are true patriots and human being of the highest order. Every single individual, as an individual, must fight to end this insanity. The aggregate of the individual can win! We can end tyranny, torture and murder on Juune 30th 2011 in Washington D.C. Let’s show the world what Americans can do!

    Author gives permission to copy and redistribute.

    American Soldiers For PVT. Manning

  21. Aiding the enemy? So “the enemy” is the people, and not the dictators, because as everybody knows that the leak went to the public not the regimes. This is even more revealing than the cables themselves. What has happened recently with the so-called intelligence community, are these morons so frustrated to miss their planned targets that they would allow a Freudian charge to slip in just to make the sheer number of them appear more impressive?

    Aiding the enemy? Aiding people like you and me!

  22. Well said. Agreed 100%. Bradley is a hero and an example to us all. Let’s not allow him to become a martyr! And let’s extend the day of rage to Canada, indeed all of North America!

  23. Joseph Zrnchik, MAJ (Ret.)

    Can a soldier think? I had the doubt.
    Bernad Shaw wrote, “I do not think a soldier can think!”

    At school in 1960s I committed to memory Lord Tennyson’s poem
    “Into the valley of death
    Rode the six hundred….
    Not though the soldiers knew
    Some one had blundered
    Theirs not to make reply
    Theirs not to reason why
    Theirs but to do and die..
    Into the valley of death
    Rode the six hundred….”

    In late 1960s, we the youths all over the world revolted in the hope of Plato’s Democracy but got Roman Demoncracy instead. It makes me to tears whether the spirit of 1968 will be reincarnated in 2011 at the “Day of Rage World Wide” where Bradley Manning, who is younger than my children, is the vangurad. Hope is the last one can lose. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst! The Demons are sharpenning their knives!The kings and Dictators being suddely naked are shameless now!

  24. What the US Army just confirmed in these charges is what we already know: that they are the enemy to the Americans. That means we all “aid the enemy” by paying taxes to those who control, deceive and terrorise us. May I ask how long we can accept this?

  25. This is to request consideration of the presiding “President” of the Court Martial, to “apply the principles of law and the rules of evidence generally recognized in the trial of criminal cases in the United States district courts,”; in due process of rule of law, in accordance with principles and objectives entrenched in Article 36, of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice of the United States of America. Following reports that the accused; Pfc. Bradley E. Manning “was originally charged July 5 with violations of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ, Articles 92 and 134 for “transferring classified data onto his personal computer and adding unauthorized software to a classified computer system.” He was also charged with “communicating, transmitting and delivering national defense information to an unauthorized source and disclosing classified information.”; and “On March 1, the commander, U.S. Army Headquarters Command Battalion, preferred the following specific charges:

    - Aiding the enemy in violation of Article 104, Uniformed Code of Military Justice
    - 16 specifications under Article 134, UCMJ.
    - Wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the Internet, knowing that it is accessible to the enemy (one specification)
    - Theft of public property or records, in violation of 18 United States Code 641 (five specifications)
    - Transmitting Defense information, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(e) (eight specifications)
    - Fraud and related activity in connection with computers in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(1) (two specifications)
    - Five specifications in violation of Article 92, UCMJ, for violating Army Regulations 25-2 “Information Assurance” and 380-5 “Department of the Army Information Security Program.” ”

    The claims of accused Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, alleging violation of “TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 118 > § 2441″ of the U.S. Code, by parties yet to be or indicted in this or separate trial; accused Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, states are his motives for disclosure of the aforementioned classified documents; shall not prejudice the concept of thorough review and administration of justice in his, case to be presided by the “President” of the Court Martial, to grant the request to “apply the principles of law and the rules of evidence generally recognized in the trial of criminal cases in the United States district courts,” in due process of rule of law, in accordance with principles and objectives entrenched in Article 36, of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice of the United States of America, the “Manual for Courts-Martial (MCM), United States (2008 Edition)”, and other excerpts of commentaries in Case law, but not limited to those of MR. JUSTICE BLACK´s Concurring Opinion in the verdict of the Supreme Court of the United States of America; between the New York Times Co. v. United States (No. 1873), as follows:

    MR. JUSTICE BLACK´s Concurring Opinion in the verdict of the Supreme Court of the United States of America; between the New York Times Co. v. United States (No. 1873), states: “The word “security” is a broad, vague generality whose contours should not be invoked to abrogate the fundamental law embodied in the First Amendment. The guarding of military and diplomatic secrets at the expense of informed representative government provides no real security for our Republic.”

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0403_0713_ZC.html

    http://www.oyez.org/cases/1970-1979/1970/1970_1873/

    THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES rules: “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.” ” “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom . . . of the press. . . .” Both the history and language of the First Amendment support the view that the press must be left free to publish news, whatever the source, without censorship, injunctions, or prior restraints.”

    President Barack Obama states: “We only know these crimes took place because insiders blew the whistle at great personal risk … Government whistleblowers are part of a healthy democracy and must be protected from reprisal,”

    http://www.standwithbrad.org/

    http://supreme.justia.com/us/403/713/

    “Uniformed Code of Military Justice

    Art. 36. President may prescribe rules:

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/10/usc_sec_10_00000836—-000-.html

    (a) Pretrial, trial, and post-trial procedures, including modes of proof, for cases arising under this chapter triable in courts-martial, military commissions and other military tribunals, and procedures for courts of inquiry, may be prescribed by the President by regulations which shall, so far as he considers practicable, apply the principles of law and the rules of evidence generally recognized in the trial of criminal cases in the United States district courts, but which may not, except as provided in chapter 47A of this title, be contrary to or inconsistent with this chapter.

    (b) All rules and regulations made under this article shall be uniform insofar as practicable, except insofar as applicable to military commissions established under chapter 47A of this title.”

    References and further readings:

    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/18/usc_sec_18_00002441—-000-.html

    http://topics.law.cornell.edu/constitution/billofrights#amendmentvi

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  26. The next time the US government tries to institute a military draft, the entire draft-age population is apt to move to Canada.

  27. He is suffering this on behalf of all of us — on behalf of the hope of democracy in America — to save America from oligarchy. His suffering is on behalf of the whole –

  28. I can’t believe what is happening to Pvt. Bradley Manning. No trial, no conviction, but harsh punishment, indeed torture, in order to break him before his trumped up trial. His jailers even have to break their own rules to do this to him. Those in charge and those who cooperate with their orders shame the uniform they wear and the oath they take to uphold and defend the constitution and protect this country. Manning’s treatment flies in the face of the 8th Amendment against CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT.

    Is anyone out there upholding that silly old Constitution? Certainly not Quantico personnel, not the US Army controllers, not Pres. Obama who is too busy hosting an anti-bullying summit at the White House. Will he tell attendees that he understands bullying, not because he was skinny and hid big ears, but because he approves of the way that Private Manning is being tortured right beneath his nose?

    Why aren’t media talking about secret information released? It’s information that reveals war crimes by US military, yet nothing is done to investigate or punish those criminals, just Manning who allegedly blew the whistle.

    Are these the end days of our democracy?

    bh

  29. Bradley’s been in prison for nearly one year . . . for doing something GOOD and RIGHT and PATRIOTIC . . . Nelson Mandella was in prison for, what? 16 years? By that logic, Bradley Manning will be President of the United States after the 2028 election. He’ll get my vote, if I live that long.

  30. Dick Cheney and George Bush committed high crimes and misdemeanors by lying the country into an illegal and unethical war, instigating the outing of a CIA agent, lying to the American public about the progress of their war – and they strut around under Secret Service protection for the rest of their illegal lives, drawing obscene pensions and getting all the heart treatments and other medical services FREE – while Bradley Manning gets punished for trying to tell the American people how their leaders are dishonestly spending their tax dollars on the continuation of the Cheney/Bush debacle. Great scenario for a novel. But NOT the scenario we were led to believe our (finally duly elected) President Obama would follow.

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