Update 8/21/13: Amnesty International calls on Obama to commute sentence to time served
Immediately following Judge Lind’s sentencing announcement that Bradley Manning would be imprisoned for 35 years, Amnesty International issued a statement calling on President Obama to commute the sentence to time served:
Bradley Manning should be shown clemency in recognition of his motives for acting as he did, the treatment he endured in his early pre-trial detention, and the due process shortcomings during his trial.
The President doesn’t need to wait for this sentence to be appealed to commute it; he can and should do so right now.
Bradley Manning acted on the belief that he could spark a meaningful public debate on the costs of war, and specifically on the conduct of the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan. His revelations included reports on battlefield detentions and previously unseen footage of journalists and other civilians being killed in US helicopter attacks, information which should always have been subject to public scrutiny.
Instead of fighting tooth and nail to lock him up for several decades, the US government should turn its attention to investigating and delivering justice for the serious human rights abuses committed by its officials in the name of countering terror.
Read the entire press release here.
This is about revenge, not about justice. I oppose the verdict. It places a chill on freedom of the press.
Please act on the above excellent comment on the unjust sentencing of a man I consider my hero.
“the US government should turn its attention to investigating and delivering justice for the serious human rights abuses committed by its officials in the name of countering terror.”
Per capita, the US has more people in prison then any other country; the helicopter crew that murdered the civilians were never prosecuted, the ambassadors were changed but the US foreign policy remains the same, three weeks ago the Congress and Senate aid NSA and its 15 sister agencies can continue to record all phone calls and hack all E-mails etc. etc.
Bradley Manning is toast. Every Tuesday Obama selects civilian drone targets. Its over, Amnesty International is already on the traitor-target list.
There are way too many secret members of the globalist organized crime syndicate in congress and in the president’s entire administration. These people secretly call themselves “Us” and “Satan worshippers”. They are highly educated, very wealthy, very stealthy and cunning. They have mind boggling technology (stolen). They have absolutely NO morals whatsoever and their only rules seem to be “Don’t get caught or arouse any suspicion and don’t betray your fellow Satanists”. They use any criminal method to get what they want (murder, war-mongering, extortion, bribes, spying, abortion, election rigging, lies, threats, assassinations, propaganda, UNconstitutional “laws”, etc. They have evil, deceit and treachery honed to an art and a science. They have taken over MANY (MOST) positions of power, authority, leadership, ownership and governmental positions at every level in every branch in every nation of the world.
They are much worse and more dangerous than jungle savages, but pretend to be upright citizens.
Jesus warned about “wolves in sheep’s clothing; he knew what he was talking about. Pray to recognize these people and pray for all their evils and destructive creations to be returned back to themselves for their own destruction.
I very much doubt that they call themselves “Satan worshippers.” You won’t help Bradley Manning by making nutty comments.
Not to mention the grotesque racism of calling anyone a “jungle savage.”
This sentencing is unjust. The fight continues for Bradley Manning’s freedom. I am so proud of him.
Complicit in war crimes if he didn’t speak, and guilty of obstructing the ambitions of corrupt leaders to establish a once-and-for-all USA police-state if he did.
Poor Bradley: Whatever happens to you in the future please stay strong. Without doubt there are millions of us, of all nationalities, who respect and admire you as a person who is a credit to his own country, and humanity as a whole.
It should never be an offence to oust the State. The occurrence of this is a necessity, as the State operates in the name of the people and should be accountable to the people. The State should have an impeccable record. The USA however, does not……but this is not Bradley Manning’s fault, it is theirs! Be responsible for your actions America, and redeem yourselves somewhat by freeing and compensating Bradley Manning for the injustices against him.
I am truly saddened and angry at the multiple humanitarian crimes the USA government has committed against Bradley Manning. His treatment has been appalling, and further muddies the name of the USA in the eyes of the world.
My prayers are with you Bradley and for a world where all humans act with conscience and good morals.
I listened to the verdict being read on this modern day hero and I physically cringed. I wondered what is happening to the USA today. I read today that somebody wrote that Bradley Manning would have received better treatment if he’d have shot an unarmed black teenager. Makes you think, doesn’t it?
Bradley Manning is a magnificent example of bravery and morality who exposed the vicious war crimes of the US army in killing civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free him now and put on trial the perpetrators of the crimes he exposed.