Update 2/26/13: Protesting 1000 days in prison without trial. Judge denies speedy trial motion.
Bradley Manning is back at Fort Meade today for another pretrial hearing. Judge Lind ruled against the defense motion to dismiss charges based on the lack of a speedy trial, arguing that the speedy trial clock which measures the time from arrest to arraignment, and which should not go over 120 days, was at a reasonable 90 days (it actually took over 600 days to arraign him, but the delays were considered reasonable exclusions). Supporters have been out in force in support of the heroic soldier who did the right thing by exposing war crimes, and while the judge’s ruling is disappointing, the incredible outpouring of public support for Bradley Manning is inspiring.
|Jeff Paterson, live on MSNBC for the Bradley Manning Support Network, February 23, 2013|
Over 70 events were organized globally to demonstrate support for the whistle-blower, and more are expected leading up to Bradley Manning’s court martial currently set for June. An international call to action has been called for June 1st:
“After more than three years of imprisonment, including nine months of torture, Nobel PeacePrize nominee Bradley Manning’s trial is finally scheduled to begin June 3, 2013, at Fort Meade,Maryland. The outcome of this trial will determine whether a conscience-driven 25-year-old WikiLeaks whistle-blower spends the rest of his life in prison. Bradley believed that the American people have a right to know the truth about what our government does around theworld in our name. We must send a message to the military prosecuting authority,and President Obama, that Bradley Manning is a patriot and heroic truth-teller.”
New York City
Hillcrest, San Diego
Bradley Manning is expected to testify later this week, when he is scheduled to enter a partial plea to the Judge, that will deny many of the charges against him – particularly the charge of ‘aiding the enemy’ – while accepting responsibility for having exposed documents to the American public in hopes of motivating worldwide debate, discussion and reform.