Update 12/21/11: Preliminary media roundup of Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearing
Bradley Manning’s court proceedings began last Friday. Hundreds of supporters participated both by attending the rally outside the gates of Fort Meade, and acting as citizen journalists inside the courtroom. Detailed notes from the hearings have been posted as feature articles on our front page.
On Monday LGBT rights activist Lt. Dan Choi, who spoke at our December 17th rally for Bradley Manning outside the gates of Fort Meade, was denied access to the hearing. Here he joins the Keith Olbermann show to explain what happened:
Over forty events took place worldwide on our International Solidarity Day of Action. December 17th was also Bradley Manning’s 24th birthday. Watch Occupy Portland activists’ birthday message to Bradley:
Unfortunately, the defense was severely limited by the prosecution and investigating officer, with only 2 of the requested 38 witnesses being compelled to testify. The Daily Beast discusses the last day of witnesses in summary here.
Two days ago Salon blogger Glenn Greenwald provided his own take on the legal proceedings on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman:
Last week some great media was released in support of PFC Manning.
An indie film called Prevention of Injury (POI) was produced to help the public understand how solitary confinement, and unnecessary POI orders such as those placed on Bradley while imprisoned at Quantico, constitute psychological abuse.
Rock-n-roll hall of famer Graham Nash also wrote a catchy yet powerful song about Bradley’s alleged whistle-blowing and mistreatment at Quantico. View the accompanying video here: