Call for action at Obama 2012 offices nationwide Sept. 6th during DNC

The Bradley Manning Support Network, Afghans For Peace and SF Bay Iraq Veterans Against the War Call for Nationwide Actions at local Obama Campaign Offices September 6th 2012 during the Democratic National Convention! Free Bradley Manning!

By the Bradley Manning Support Network. August 18, 2012.

Since Army PFC Bradley Manning’s arrest in May 2010 for allegedly sharing the “Collateral Murder” video and other evidence of war crimes and government corruption with the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks, progressives and human rights activists have been asking, “Why isn’t President Obama stepping in to help Bradley?”

After all, it was President Obama who in May 2011 declared with regards to protests in the Middle East,

“In the 21st Century, information is power; the truth cannot be hidden; and the legitimacy of governments will ultimately depend on active and informed citizens.”

 

On Thursday, August 16, US military veterans in Portland OR, Oakland CA, and Los Angeles CA, occupied Obama 2012 campaign offices and faxed a letter of demands to the Obama campaign’s central office. Those letters began:

As those who have spent years serving our country, we have faith that as Commander-in-Chief, President Obama will do the right thing in answering our request.

The letter went on to list the following demands:

That President Obama retract and apologize for remarks made in April 2011, in which he said Bradley Manning “broke the law.” Because President Obama is commander-in-chief, this constitutes unlawful command influence, violating Article 37 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), and prevents Bradley from receiving a fair trial.

That President Obama pardon the accused whistle-blower, taking into consideration his 800 days of pretrial confinement. UN torture chief Juan Mendez called Manning’s treatment “cruel and inhuman,” as it included nine months of solitary confinement at Quantico despite Brig psychiatrists recommending relaxed conditions.

The Bradley Manning Support Network maintains hope that justice will prevail and that President Obama can be the vehicle of change on this issue, but first he needs to hear loud and clear from veterans and civilians across the country that the American people want amends for the unlawful torture of Bradley Manning, and believe he should be freed.

Organizers of the August 16 West Coast actions are now urging others to join them in a nationwide effort to hold actions at many more local Obama campaign offices on September 6th, the day of candidate’s nomination acceptance speech. We want to share messages of support for Bradley with Obama campaign offices from coast to coast.

 

40 thoughts on “Call for action at Obama 2012 offices nationwide Sept. 6th during DNC

  1. Look guys, I am all FOR the occupy Obama campaign offices, but if you guyz don’t have a simultaenous/similar occupy Romney Ryan Republican offices during the Tamp convention, you are

    MAKING THE SAME MISTAKE THAT ANTI-WAR PRITEWSRES MADE IN 1968!

    They trashed the Democratic convention and left Nixon unscathed, when Nixon was a FAR BIGGER STALINIST FASCIST THREAT.

    Indeed, Nixon’s “secret plan” to end the War in Vietnam managed to extend the war FOUR MORE YEARS and kill MORE AMERICAN SOLDIERS and VIETNAMESE than had been killed in the Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson administrations COMBINED!

    OCCUPY ROMNEY/RYAN/REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN OFFICES ALSO.

    Please.

      • why can’t people treat each other with respect – even if they disagree. all that negative energy doesn’t help one bit.

      • Nixon (postmortem), Kissinger, Bush, Rice, Powell, Cheney, Rumfield, Petraeus, Crystall and Obama should be tried as war criminals.

      • Nixon commited TREASON by telling NVA to not negotiate with the Johnson Administration. Looks like the “idiot” invictive is misplaced. Aye?

      • Though the war ended while Nixon was President, that ending had more to do with the very real possibility of a civil war here in the United States if we did not leave Vietnam. Nixon and his supporters were war hawks. It was those who opposed Nixon’s policies, and eventually grew in such great number that he was forced to listen to them, that brought about the end of the Vietnam War.

    • Obama is President of the United States, not Romney nor Ryan. That’s why we occupied Obama’s office. He has the power to pardon Bradley Manning. He also was the one who declared Bradley Manning guilty before his trial. He needs to retract that statement which is prejudicial.

      • Thanks, that should have gone without saying but apparently some people need it spelled out for them.

        OF COURSE the focus should be on President Obama — he is the President, he is Commander-in-Chief, he could end Bradley Manning’s nightmare with a stroke of the pen.

        If we were to follow Thom’s advice above, what exactly would the demands of Romney be? Do we chant, “Hey hey, ho ho, if you are elected then the war on whistleblowers has got to go”?

        No, the focus on the Obama administration is appropriate and correct. Forget about Democratic apologists and liberal handwringers who wave the ’68 convention protests around like a bloody shirt every four years.

    • Romney is merely a potential war criminal and has no power to stop the persecution of Bradley. Just as the antiwar crime activities should have been aimed at Bush during his administration, antiwar crime activities should be aimed at Obama, even though both support the current wars.

    • Thank you Thom. Exactly. I agree with you. And I’d suggest that everyone brushes up on their basic human rights by studying the law column on the International Red Cross page.

  2. Che cosa devono giurare i bradley manning di questa terra per entrare a far parte del grande esercito statunitense?
    Assisto a crimini e taccio?
    Commetto crimini per amor di patria?
    E i “collateral murder” cosa sono? Patrioti? Veri eroi statunitensi? Poveri militari sotto stress?
    E una nazione che vuole l’ergastolo per un giovane, ancora quasi un ragazzino che ha solo dimenticato di dover essere un’uniforme pecorone ed ha indossato la divisa di un uomo che rivela un po’ verità che maledetta nazione è?
    Bradley Manning ha meritato la medaglia al valore militare per aver contribuito al miglioramento della preparazione alla PACE dei militari di questo mondo!

  3. I would be pleased to participate in some form of protest in support of Bradley Manning on September 6th. If we do not step up and face what is becoming a nation of lies our country is in dire straits.

    Brian McNally

  4. my hotmail account has been hacked. can you please forward to me or, my info to local individuals/groups collecting in Michigan for a Free Bradley Manning event at any obama hdqtrs location on 9/6? Thanks!

  5. Julian Assange’s speech at Ecuador embassy, where he repeatedly says: “Release Bradley Manning” and calls for unity in response. The following 10-minute video by NYT on YouTube has the best quality I could find of this speech.

    http://youtu.be/4nqv1DSTVv4

    Peace.

    • Agreed. He’s a so-called “centrist” (read 2012 right winger) and I’m sure he thinks that his illegal actions with regard to drones and summary execution of American citizens are MORE likely to get him re-elected. Hence, he will continue to take a hard line on Manning, as he thinks that the country is behind him, while in reality, he is way behind the country, as is usually the case with ambitious and greedy politicians. I have no faith what-so-ever that he will do the right thing for Assange or Manning. And as bad as R&R are, I doubt that I will be able to vote for the war criminal Obama again; just cannot bring myself to do it.

  6. Free Bradley manning for his heroic efforts this unlawful circumstance he finds himself in is inhumane free Bradley manning

  7. I don’t have money to help. However, when I heard the name of Bradley and I researched and read about his story I was moved to do something. I am not quite sure what that something is but someone let me know please if there is anything I can do here.

    • Pass the word along, along wuth your passion….. make a difference….. go girl!!! each one tell one or more…. that’s what grass roots victories are all about….

  8. One more thought..I live an hour from Charlotte..the dnc is here in our fair city….surely somebody besides myself is reading this….that is from here…can’t we do something..

  9. Both Bradley Manning and Julian Assange are heros. I hope they share the Nobel prize for peace. and Amen to all you have said. Also they deserve compensation for what they have been put through by our governmenet. Where is the Barak Obama I voted for? Who is this impersonator?

  10. I was an 18 yoa marine in Quang Nam province in 1970 when Nixon ordered the invasion of Cambodia with U.S. and Vietnamese troops. I think I know a little bit about this subject matter.
    That was one of his first steps in expanding the war; up till that time we were only bombing the hell out of the Cambodians all along the border and in the interior against the Khmer Rouge.
    Around about that time, or perhaps the following year, he also stepped up the air war against the northern part of Vietnam, by putting all the cities like Hanoi, Nam Dihn, and the port cities of Haiphong and Vihn, under carpet bombing. That means everything, not just military targets. This went on until he resigned for criminal conduct that he engaged in inside the U.S. in 1973. His Vice President, Gerald Ford, became President and I believe he went back to a more restrained air war against the Vietnamese people, a euphemism for less mass murder.
    After I returned in 1971 I started reading about this subject matter and found out that during the war the British Institute of Strategic Studies, hardly an anti-U.S. organization, had been conducting a casualty study. They reported that the U.S. (that’s us) had killed directly or indirectly (the use of Vietnamese in the South to kill northern Vietnamese, as an example) 3.5 million Vietnamese. I believe it was in 1972 or 1973 that the U.S. government itself, admitted to a death toll of 2.5 million. That’s kind of significant since the Vietnamese government years later claimed that between 7 and 9 million were killed, most by aerial bombardment. They didn’t make that information available to their people until last year because at the time they were afraid that it would demoralize them.
    So yes, Nixon did expand and escalate the war, which led to millions of more deaths, not just U.S. and Vietnamese. That doesn’t count the Laotian and Cambodian deaths. Millions died in those countries as the result of aerial bombardment and the use of Cambodian and Laotian men, women and children in those countries that belonged to tribes along the border with Vietnam. These were approached by the CIA and trained and armed to kill northern Vietnamese coming down the Ho Chi Minh trail to support the resistance of the southerners to the U.S. invasion which started in 1964 in earnest. After our government read the hand writing on the wall and realized that we were beaten, they pulled out as fast as they could without looking like a dog with its tail behind its legs, they abandoned these people.
    All of these people were the objects of genocide carried out in all our names; for freedom, justice and democracy. Things that we don’t even have ourselves if you are keeping up with current events.

  11. I’m in Denver. Send me a message if you want to organize something there or if something is already being organized. I’d love to help.

  12. I am all for freeing Bradly and occupying both republican and democrate’s convention. Do not leave Romny and Ryan off the hook.

  13. PatginSD…I looked at the video that you supplied us with…a BBC documentary on the intentional attack by the Israelis on the USS Liberty in 1967…which left 34 U.S. crewmembers dead and a bunch more wounded. These incidents occur and our government and its so-called “allies” cover up all the time. Thank you for that. I was a 16 yoa kid at the time and I can honestly say that at the time I wasn’t even aware of it. I found out years later.
    This illustrates why we have to support heroes like Bradley Manning. He should be put up for the Presidential Medal of Freedom instead of prosecuted, for the lies he allegedly exposed, the truth of what goes on behind our backs. Too bad we don’t have more like him. Strange that’s the case since we are supposed to be the bravest and and free’st of all!!!
    We have to stand up for him no matter how inconvenient it may be for us personally. We have to stand up for him, speak out for him. Sit-in for him and get arrested if that’s what happens, because he put his entire life on the line for his country.

  14. Remarks From The Pardon Bradley Manning Rally At Downtown Boston Obama Headquarters-September 6, 2012

    Welcome one and all and I am glad you could be here for this important struggle.

    The Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace proudly stands in solidarity with, and defense of, Private Bradley Manning and his fight for freedom from his jailers, the American military.

    Now usually when I get before a mic or am on a march I am shouting to high heaven about some injustice. Recently I was called strident by someone and when it comes to the struggle against this country’s wars, the struggle for social and economic equality, and for freedom for our political prisoners I am indeed strident.

    But I am looking for something today something personally important to me and so I will try to lower my temperature a bit- I want, like you, for President Obama to pardon Bradley Manning so I will be nice, or try to be.

    Bradley Manning is in a sense the poster person for all of us who have struggled against the wars of the last decade. He stands charged with allegedly leaking information about American war crimes and other matters of public concern to Wikileaks. We, and we are not alone on this, do not see whistleblowing on such activities as a crime but as an elemental humanitarian act and public service.

    Private Manning has paid the price for his alleged acts with over 800 days of pre-trial confinement and is now facing life imprisonment for simple acts of humanity. For letting the American people know what they perhaps did not want to know but must know- when soldiers, American soldiers, go to war some awful things can happen and do. He has also suffered torture at the hands of the American government for his brave stand. We have become somewhat inured to foreign national being tortured by the American government at places like Guantanamo and other black hole locales. We have even become somewhat inured to American citizens being tortured and killed by the American government by drones and other methods. But we know, or should know, that when the American government stands accused of torturing an American soldier for not toeing the war line then we private citizens are in serious trouble.

    Why does Private Manning need a pardon? Did he give away the order of battle or the table of organization for American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan? No. Did he give away the design for drones and such weapons? No. He simply blew the whistle on something that is a hard fact of war- war crimes by American soldiers through release of the Collateral Murder tape and what have become known as the Iraq and Afghan War logs. This is what the American government had tried with might and main to cover up. And what needed to be exposed. All talk of bringing democracy, or national building, or having a war to end all wars, and the million other lame excuses for war pale before the hard fact that in the heat of war the real strategy is to kill and burn and let god sort out the innocent from the guilty.

    That is what Private Manning exposed. I, and I am sure many other veterans from previous wars who saw or knew of such things and did nothing about it, are glad that such things were exposed. If for no other reason Private First Class Bradley Manning deserves presidential pardon for his service. To insure that event we urge everybody to ramp up their efforts in behalf of Bradley by signing here or online at the Bradley Manning Support Network site the petition to the Secretary of the Army for his release and to call the White House, the telephone number is listed on the flyer we are handing out, and demand that President Obama pardon Private Manning.

    Today’s event is the start of our fall campaign of behalf of Private Manning who at this time is expected to go to trial next February. We want to build toward that trial, assuming President Obama (or President Romney) has not pardoned him by then. We have been holding weekly stand-outs in Davis Square in Somerville outside the MBTA Red Line stop Wednesdays from 4:00to 5:00 PM and urge you to join us. Or better yet start a Free Bradley Manning stand-out in your own town square. Thank you

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