Bradley Manning to be arraigned at Fort Meade Feb. 23rd

Court Martial expected in early May.

February 13, 2012. Bradley Manning Support Network.

The US Army last week scheduled a formal arraignment hearing for PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. The arraignment is scheduled for 1:00 PM EST, February 23, 2012 at Fort Meade, Maryland, just northeast of Washington DC. While the hearing itself is expected to be brief, PFC Manning is expected to be present, and the proceedings are open to the media and public. Washington DC area supporters of the Support Network are encouraged to attend the arraignment.

Bradley’s show trial will begin in earnest with this arraignment. This proceeding will set the dates for a series of hearings on pre-trial motions likely to occur in March and April. Finally, the arraignment will set the date for the full court-martial—which we currently expect to begin in early May.

If the Obama administration is the least bit concerned with providing even the appearance of a fair trial, they will allow Bradley’s legal defense team to explore the critical issues at the heart of this case, including: President Obama’s recorded unlawful command influence over the proceedings, the illegal and torturous conditions that Bradley was subjected to for nine months at the Quantico Marine Brig, the over-classification of all of the documents in question, and the lack of any harm to national security from the release of the documents.

So far military officials have blocked nearly every request by Bradley’s defense team, led by Iraq War veteran David Coombs, for access to evidence and witnesses that could explore these core issues. During the Article 32 pre-trial hearing held in December, the defense was denied access to over three dozen critical witnesses (while the prosecution was allowed access to every one of two dozen witnesses requested). This allowed military officials to limit the hearing to little more than a discussion of mitigating factors related to Bradley’s emotional health.

If Bradley had been a member of the US Marine squad that admitted to systematically murdering two dozen innocent Iraqi men, women, and children in Haditha, Iraq, he’d be walking free today. Instead, he faces the real prospect of life in prison for telling the truth.

Next week’s arraignment comes just after Bradley was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Icelandic Parliament. A blog post by MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir explained their rationale for the nomination:

“According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S. troops from the occupation in Iraq.”

Join us at a mass rally for Bradley at Fort Meade to coincide with the beginning of his court martial! The date(s) of the rally will be announced after the trial date is set—we’re currently anticipating early May. If you can’t make the trip to the Washington DC area, organize or take part in one of over a hundred solidarity events worldwide.

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7 thoughts on “Bradley Manning to be arraigned at Fort Meade Feb. 23rd

  1. Manning’s Defense Team . It is difficult to defend against an Immature Military Minded Court of Fools , Have to get them to understand something they have no concept of ..Fair Justice and Truth ..These three words are beyond there understanding ..Might help if there Nanny OR Mommies can come as defense witnesses to help explain it to them

  2. The military face of the USA backed by brutal politicians shows a bully who cares nothing for the rule of law. It is not a crime to expose war crimes. The cover up and torture of this young man is abhorrent to those who look for justice to be done. Kudos to those who nominated Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. At least he did more than deliver a pretty speech about a new way of doing things.

  3. If I had the money and the means I would get the h— outta this country-no if ands or buts! Yes of course the millionaires and billionaires that run this horrid country are happy with the wars. This whole world is broken and sinful and I try to find some solice in Jesus but the adversaries are strong. The love of money is the root of all evil is not a lie. Please, people, guard your souls because if this is a taste of what is to come in this evil country then we are really in trouble. “Free speech’? Sure-It will get you locked up if it’s against the government. Free Bradley Manning and treat Julian Assange with dignity-he has not been charged with any crimes! Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize? As Michael Moore says, “First earn it!” Manning is a hero and so is Julian Assange!

    • Corinne , I well Know you’re frustration , I spent many years in Canada and have every since moving back to the States Regretted the move , I owned my Home up there North of Vancouver and all I owned was there , If I could afford the Move I would be there Now and Far Happier . That Old saying the Truth will make you Free is Long gone dead in this Country The truth is buried in Lies and Military might and un recognizable and very difficult to find anything resembling truth and justice in the current Military minded Govt we live under . Third World politics are becoming the normal every day occurrence here I’m afraid ..The Wealthy Oligarchs rule the every day lives of the Common citizens ..A Vote cast for a U S politician is a Joke to be regretted later when they Squash those that did the voting ..Sad truth at every occurrence ..Stuck in the Bad Economy like so many others with no means of escape /. Frank Blackstone …out

  4. Yes Obama awarded a Peace Prize is the Joke of the Century , Michael Moore has it right , Earn it ..But apparently it does not have the effect on Nobel’s agenda any longer , Money Buys the Prizes of today . Pete Seeger Earned his right to be Recognized and nominated He has stood for Rights and Truth all his Life in his activism and Music. But stood no chance against a Political Motivated Military Minded Govt out to destroy anything resembling Peace ..What has become of the word Peace is Astoundingly hard to find ..The Three Horsemen of the Apocalyptic has ridden it down I’m afraid…Trampeld into Oblivion …

  5. From the American Left History blog, dated March 17, 2011

    Why I Will Be Standing In Solidarity With Private Bradley Manning At Quantico, Virginia On Sunday March 20th At 2:00 PM- A Personal Note From An Ex-Soldier Political Prisoner

    Markin comment:

    Of course I will be standing at the front gate to the Quantico Marine Base on March 20th because I stand in solidarity with the actions of Private Bradley Manning in bringing to light, just a little light, some of the nefarious doings of this government, Bush-like or Obamian. If he did such acts. I sleep just a shade bit easier these days knowing that Private Manning (or someone) exposed what we all knew, or should have known- the Iraq war and the Afghan war justification rested on a house of card. American imperialism’s house of cards, but cards nevertheless.

    Of course I will be standing at the front gate to the Quantico Marine Base on March 20th because I am outraged by the treatment of Private Manning meted to a presumably innocent man by a government who alleges itself to be some “beacon” of the civilized world. The military has gotten more devious although not smarter since I was soldier in their crosshairs over forty years ago. Allegedly Private Manning might become so distraught over his alleged actions that he requires extraordinary protections. He is assumed, in the Catch-22 logic of the military, to be something of a suicide risk on the basis of bringing some fresh air to the nefarious doings of the international imperialist order. Be serious. I, however, noticed no “spike” in suicide rates among the world’s diplomatic community once they were exposed, a place where such activities might have been expected once it was observed in public that most of these persons could barely tie their own shoes.

    Now the two reasons above are more than sufficient reasons for my standing at the front gate to the Quantico Marine Base on March 20th although they, in themselves, are only the appropriate reasons that any progressive thinking person would need to show up and shout to the high heavens for Private Manning’s freedom. I have an addition reason though, a very pressing personal reason. As mentioned above I too was in the military’s crosshairs as a soldier during the height of the Vietnam War. I will not go into the details of that episode, this comment after all is about soldier Manning, other than that I spent my own time in an Army stockade for, let’s put it this way, working on the principle of “what if they gave a war and nobody came.” Forty years later I am still working off that principle, and gladly. But here is the real point. During that time I had outside support, outside civilian support, that rallied on several occasions outside the military base where I was confined. Believe me that knowledge helped me through the tough days inside. So on March 20th I am just, as I have been able to on too few other occasions over years, paying my dues for that long ago support. You, brother, are a true winter soldier.

    Private Manning I hope that you will hear us, or hear about our rally in your defense. Better yet, everybody who read this join us and make sure that he can hear us loud and clear. And let us shout to those high heavens mentioned above-Free Private Bradley Manning Now!
    ******
    And, of course, I will be standing in support of Private Manning as long as he is not freed from the clutches of his jailers.

  6. du hast dass richtige gehtan .
    Ohne Dich wüsten wir ihn deutschland nichts , von Fick dich Busch
    du hast für die barone deinen ihntern weck schissen lassen,
    und jetzt Kämpft du , deinen Letzten Kämpf.
    Rann Rauf Rüber

    you have that right gehtan.
    Without you we desert him Germany nothing of fuck you bush
    you have shit for your barone ihntern wake,
    and now you Fight, Fight your last.
    Rann Rauf Rüber

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