03 March 2011

PFC Manning Forced to Strip Naked

Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig.  He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours.  At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees.  At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell. 

The Duty Brig Supervisor (DBS) arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m.  When he arrived, PFC Manning was called to attention.  The DBS walked through the facility to conduct his detainee count.  Afterwards, PFC Manning was told to sit on his bed.  About ten minutes later, a guard came to his cell to return his clothing.

This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification.  It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated.  PFC Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight.  No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.

146 comments:

  1. this is absolutely disgusting, and, together with Geoff Morell's duplicitous indications to the media in a press conference that he has visited Bradley when he categorically has not, just demonstrates how compromised the integrity of the authorities now is -

    VIVA BRADLEY, my brother - I give you Philippians 1.28. Hang on in there (or out in this case!!!) xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  2. Oh, I can't stand this. I can't stand the thought of this humiliation and abuse of power. He's a kid. He's a human being. Why can they just do this unpunished? Who gives them the right? My heart breaks and my blood boils. There must be a way to stop this!? If you're reading this, will you sign this petition to Barack Obama? I don't know if it helps, but I don't know what else to do: http://act.ly/2w7

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  3. As one of the psychologists who authored the letter from Psychologists for Social Responsibility to Secretary Gates protesting PFC Manning's conditions, what can we do at this time?

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  4. Tell Bradley the world is still watching. He is in our prayers and meditations. We thank him for his service.

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  5. @RobertTheGeniusMarch 3, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    I hope you can help Bradley. Your up against a large machine. Gods speed.

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  6. This is an outrage to the Obama presidency and uk government, his treatment is an outrage.

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  7. This is absolutely inexcusable. Is Quantico extralegal like Gitmo or what?

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  8. what the hell has this world come to? if we can't help protect one of our own, what is going to happen with our own civil liberties one day?

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  9. He is a patriot and we all know what you did Bradley, well done mate, BIG BIG BIG love from Wales in the U.K. The whole U.K thinks your the bom, hang in there mate. Justice will be done for you one day and you'll be known as a hero.

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  10. the western justice system at work.

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  11. We live in dark times. This is truly a dark time. What has America become? We are represented by monsters in the high offices. Sometimes I think they are sociopaths without ANY empathy or decency.

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  12. Fascist U.S. Military is doing what it can to break down the Spirit of PFC Bradley Manning! He must know that many support him for being a true Truthteller. Suspect he did not know all this hell would break loose. He is still a young man and should be treated as a humane being with humane rights.

    Humane rights are bestowed upon us by Creator and they are sacred for living beings.
    #SaveBradley @Peta_de_Aztlan

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  13. Bradley is being subjected to Abu Ghraib style humiliation tactics on US soil! This is unacceptable.

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  14. The treatment of Bradley is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE, Period.

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  15. Presumably there is an explanation on the part of the authorities, however inadequate you might feel it is. Do you mind sharing it with us?

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  16. It sickens me how such criminal activity is the norm for those in authority.

    Seems the last administration helpd cultivate this behaviour and the current one does nothing to stop it

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  17. If Bradley manning did what they accuse him of, in just America, he would be receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor and those who committed the many crimes he revealed would be facing prosecution. Instead, the apparently criminal American government and military seek to deny the truth, avoid responsibility...and degrade and punish one of the few truly honorable Americans left. A just America? Not while this situation remains. Not even close.

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  18. Per articles scattered on the web, the leaking of these documents were a driving force of the revolutions happening in North Africa and the Middle East. If true and these less friendly nations change for the better his illegal actions helped create a better world - DEMOCRACY is the everyone should live!

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  19. for PFC Manning, from Henry David Thoreau:

    A very few--as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men--serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it.

    What is the price-current of an honest man and patriot today? They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but they do nothing in earnest and with effect. They will wait, well disposed, for other to remedy the evil, that they may no longer have it to regret. At most, they give up only a cheap vote, and a feeble countenance and Godspeed, to the right, as it goes by them. There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.

    Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once?

    [When put in jail for not paying a poll tax to a government that promoted slavery and war] I could not but smile to see how industriously they locked the door on my meditations, which followed them out again without let or hindrance, and they were really all that was dangerous. As they could not reach me, they had resolved to punish my body; just as boys, if they cannot come at some person against whom they have a spite, will abuse his dog. I saw that the State was half-witted, that it was timid as a lone woman with her silver spoons, and that it did not know its friends from its foes, and I lost all my remaining respect for it, and pitied it.

    Thus the state never intentionally confronts a man's sense, intellectual or moral, but only his body, his senses. It is not armed with superior will or honesty, but with superior physical strength.

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  20. The world is watching.

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  21. We The People demand the release of PFC Bradley Manning. This is America and we have been told for centuries that it is the “land of the free and the home of the brave”.
    The treatment of PFC Manning is despicable, deplorable and by definition “torture”. This must cease.
    I implore President Barack Obama to step forward and refute the rumor that he wants Bradley executed and to release him immediately!
    This is a travesty and beyond comprehension. Quantico is now being referred to as Gitmo 2!

    It is bad enough that America was lied to about WMD’s and the masses bought it hook line and sinker! How many of our youth and innocent civilians were sacrificed?

    This young man should be awarded a Medal of Honor NOT “torture” and threats of execution!

    Bradley, we love you and stand with you!

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  22. Hang in there Bradley. I have a feeling that your day in the Sun will come. As the saying goes"The truth shall set you free" ..... looks like your actions have set a great many people on the path to freedom.

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  23. Bradley Manning is a true American, unlike those in the White House, the Pentagon, and the CEOs of large multinational greedy corporations. Bradley's action was in service to the public. He is a modern Daniel Ellsberg, a whistle blower, but this time, the government is more greedy and more powerful and more evil. Citizens must be aware of the modern U.S. empire and the genocides being committed by American soldiers and private contractors in the Middle East. I salute Bradley Manning for his service to democracy and the Truth.

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  24. In theory there is video recordings of the goings on within the prison...can't there be a freedom of information request for these recordings? Could there be a request made by Manning to request that he be recorded and that those recordings be made public if he agrees?

    One of my problems with the penal system is that there is no check on what happens, and often there is no recourse or proof that these things are happening...I think in this case video recording at the prisoners request should be provided if they request it...

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  25. How can anyone respect military personnel who allow or participate in this type of inhumane physical and mental brutality? Apparently the act of swearing to uphold the Constitution when they enlist is just that: an act.

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  26. Ron Paul supports manning and wikileaks. YouTube him. Vote for him.

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  27. They must select sadists for brig duty.

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  28. give me a break,what has Ron Paul done for Manning? the Tea Party is against Manning.
    Kucinich is our moral voice in Washington, Support Dennis Kucinich. He has demanded to see Manning for himself! http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=223651

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  29. so what can we, those appalled that our government and military leaders would employ such methods, do to assist Private Manning? This Marine mom is already dealing with the disability of her first born and hates to watch another life be destroyed.

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  30. This is what we have come to? Shame on all those that perpetuate this. You have no honor and no shame.

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  31. So. He is a traitor. He deserves no respect.

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  32. give me a break.Ron Paul cares only about lowering taxes for the rich. Kucinich is actively investigating the Manning injustices. look at what Kucinich is doing, http://kucinich.house.gov/News/DocumentQuery.aspx?DocumentTypeID=461:496:499:500:501:502:518:651:1130:1336&Page=1
    then go to The Ron PAUL PAGE. Is he ever in Congress. seems he misses a lot of crucial votes

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  33. He is pretty much responsible for the changes in the Middles East because the Wikileaks info on the ruling family in Tunisia lit the fire.

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  34. Prayers and thoughts to Bradley, every day. Courage, son.

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  35. You people need to grow a pair.

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  36. I would like to see the reason given by the Quantico Brig commander or Duty Brig Supervisor (DBS) (whoever issued this order). I would like to see the exact wording for this action that is to be repeated again tonight, as your entry states.

    Unless this was something being done to all or a large number of detainees/prisoners/convicts at Quantico Brig at the same time, it would appear that this is just another action to cause further mental distress for this young man who has not been convicted of anything at this point.... for the purpose of getting him to admit to anything that the US government decides will further its agenda of maintaining and growing its power/control - eliminate the positive characterization of WikiLeaks by a very large portion of the world population, if not eliminate WikiLeaks itself.

    Promoting and fostering (and likely often even manufacturing circumstances for) fear of whomever and whatever in as many US citizens/residents as possible appears to be another method actively used by the US government. By this logic therefore, Cpl Manning needs to be shown to be "responsible" for aiding and abetting "the enemy" ... enemy of the US government, not of the (?vast?) majority of individuals who live within its self-declared borders.

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  37. This is absolutely unacceptable. We live in dark times. But we will be bringing some light with us when we march to Quantico on March 20th!

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  38. Fuck him they should have raped him too

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  39. It is pretty sickening that a Traitor to this country has so many fans. The Blood of some of our soldiers is on his hands. May his own blood drip from wounds of gunshots to his chest, when he is found guilty of being a traitor.
    Ron Paul is an American and does not support those, who are Un-American, like those who think it is okay to turn on this country and make up how own rules of soldiering.
    I just bet that those who are trying to protect his horrific actions, that none are a very small percentage has served this country in the military. I am a Disabled Vet and know what it feels like to sign the dotted line of life. The commitment of the soldier is 100%, not, I think I will support the other side for a while. It was not his decision to make, he will die in prison. As far as him being naked, he has proven what he is capable of when he has pockets to steal documents.
    As for Assage, his troubles are not anywheres close to finish, he is like O.J. Simpson, everyone knows he is guilty, we are just waiting for him to step out of line, then he will be had for his decisions as well.

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  40. This is very, very scary. If we have secrets that conceal wrongdoing, they need to come out. The US has become such a scary place to live. People are afraid to speak their piece. Look at how many 'anonymous' posters there are here. Including me!! People afraid to identify themselves for fear one of the branches of the US government who has unlimited power to persecute its citizens will appear at our door. Many of us have not forgotten that after the events of 9/11 a 'law' was passed that a citizen can be arrested without being told why, can be imprisoned without being charged with anything, and all this can be done in secret without even their families knowing what happened to them. Do you hear what I just said? This is a very scary time. I wonder if there are 'detention camps' waiting for a US uprising. I have heard they exist.

    Obama, the morning after you were elected, I was filled with joy. Right now, I'm feeling that if you don't do something to rescue PFC Manning, I will never support you again, not by voice, mind, or heart. I will turn my back on you the way you are turning your back on him and us.

    That's how I feel.

    And I know that the powers that be can trace this message and come arrest me and put me in one of their deep dark places where no one will ever find or hear from me again.

    Long live the American dream.

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  41. This is beyond disgusting and totally insane.

    WTH are they going to do next? Keep him perineally naked? Crucifiy him like the Romans crucified? (THAT was an utter obscenity in and of itself, even worse than what Vlad the Impaler did.)

    It is obvious that this government has cast all legal and moral restraints unto the four winds. And where are most of the American people in on this? Are they complicit too???

    May the Tea Party Republicans cause the US Government to collapse, utterly. With a guardian of our liberty and security like that, we don't need any!

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  42. Bradley Manning is a Hero and it shall be written so! The shame will fall on the American Imperialist Warmongerers that can no longer keep their dark secrets hidden from the freedom loving World. The jails that were built as an industry to control the people will become the residency of the oppressors.

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  43. How different this leak is treated when compared to the Pentagon papers. The only real crimes were those revealed by the leaks. The video of the Apache Helicopter shooting civilians and then wounded civilians and the van with children documented a crime. No punishment there, eh?

    The crime is reporting the truth. Leaking.
    How can someone call themselves human and not leak that?

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  44. No legitimate nation on earth engages in these sorts of practices. It is a stain on the rule of law itself. For abusive conduct of this sort to become the norm in US civilian or military courts is to diminish respect for all US courts of law.

    This is state sanctioned torture, plain and simple.

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  45. Thank you for posting this & letting us know.

    Thanks to BM for having the conscience and courage to withstand all this and letting us know.

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  46. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WOERPtppW0.

    guilty or not, this is not the way to treat a human being.

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  47. lotta scumbag anonymous kids coming on here and spitting on PFC Manning. Guess they got real angry when Manning showed them what a den of liars the USG is.

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  48. It disgusts me that any human being could be treated like this and yet it is ignored by the media.

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  49. the world is watching

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  50. The depths America the State will stoop to never fails to make me shake my head.

    You are a Hero pfc Manning, an honest to goodness Hero. Sparking the changes in the Middle East by exposing the corruption should make you proud Sir.

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  51. It's so sad to me to think that if I were in Bradley's position I would be imagining Americans on the outside would be protesting and driving up a storm trying to secure my freedom, but in reality there's nothing.

    Thanks for the update... keep fighting the good fight.

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  52. Americans, why are you not exercising your right to bear arms and forming a mass group outside where PFC Manning is being held?

    Peace and love will not prevail on this occasion, sadly.

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  53. Makes me ashamed to be an American. It is so repulsive.

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  54. This absolutely disgusts me. We have got to stand up for him. What's being done to him is so wrong. If anyone would like to sign my petition condemning the prosecution and possibility of a death sentence for Bradley Manning: http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-us-government-we-dont-support-prosecution-or-the-death-penalty-for-pfc-bradley-manning#comments?opt_new=f&opt_fb=t

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  55. How do you know this took place?

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  56. I am from Canada and I'm ashamed of my own right wing government's support of US military aims. I add that David Coombs as well as PFC Manning are heroes on a global scale. This is where change begins! So many of us support your actions!! I feel terrible that Mr. Manning has to suffer so, in order that he can stand up for what he believes. Those that pursue this campaign of degredation are sheep and cowardly sheep at that.

    Thanks so much!!

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  57. No surprise.....This is how soldiers/authorities behave under decadent fascist systems... like bullies....

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  58. One Martyr, coming right up.


    The boys up top seriously need to think this through.

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  59. And where are the protests? The mobs forcing constant media coverage of this inhumane punishment and psychological torture on a fellow American citizen? The Facebook flash picketlines?

    If it worked for North Africa, it can work for Pfc. Manning. Go make one. RIGHT NOW.

    50-100 kids with signs can be ignored. 50000 can not!

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  60. What blows me away is that a fellow soldier could do this to another.

    What do we stand for now?

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  61. Truly disturbing. Thank you for risking your own professional life in this. And (if you're allowed), please tell Mr. Manning that there are many willing to fight for him.

    It is incredibly tragic that it has come to this. A whistleblower, who tried to go up the traditional command-chain with his concerns, and was shut down abruptly, is up for the death sentence.

    I wonder. If DOJ/FBI/CIA asked for data on everyone who viewed/commented on this article, would they get it? I suspect so.

    Regime change comes around, and goes around.

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  62. We demand charges be filed against those committing torture. The United States does not torture. Period. The United States incarcerates those who commit torture because they are criminals. Period.

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  63. They will just waterboard him till he admits that he is an Al-Qaeda agent. Same goes for Assange

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  64. When dictators like Muammar Gaddafi and Laurent Gbagbo read this, they see no difference between the punishment they met on their opponents and what the U.S. is doing to this young man.

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  65. The American political and judicial systems are immoral, corrupt, and outdated; and they require immediate renovation. We will likely have only one chance to correct these problems, before the most elaborate surveillance system ever created, combines with the most technologically advanced military to create the most terrifying plutocratic police state the world has ever seen.

    We already know our news is propaganda, we already know we are being robbed by wall street, we already know our biggest companies are destroying our environment, we already know cancer is a modern epidemic, we already know we have the highest prison population in the industrialized world, we already know our infrastructure is crumbling, we already know that our tax dollars fund the murders of innocent civilians by the tens of thousands, but most importantly; we already know that if we want to change any of this we had better get ourselves out in the streets and start making life less comfortable for those responsible.

    We all know America desperately needs a revolution, and just think what an honor and privilege it would be to participate in such a movement. Turn off your televisions, tell your friends, and start protesting en mass.

    Its not a joke, its not a fad. Its literally a life or death decision. REVOLT NOW.

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  66. https://sites.google.com/site/pfcmanning/

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  67. I wish I had a fraction of the guts that this kid has. Can't express how furious the news of his treatment makes me. Whatever vague, unregulated arm of the government responsible for Manning's mistreatment should destroyed. You're a hero and an inspiration, Bradley.

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  68. Yes, courage, Bradley. You will make it. As somebody posted above, the world is watching.

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  69. thanks for this post.
    there's a word for this. TORTURE.
    and it's forbidden, last i checked.

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  70. They'll torture him until he will make any statement they want to hear. Wonder to what purpose though, as anybody knows that it is not worth anything, the statement is not valid as evidence, and that any person under torture will eventually say anything he/she believe will stop the torture

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  71. We used to do this, too. But then the Allies restored our human rights and democracy. Who comes to the rescue now?

    Disgusted greetings from Germany.

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  72. Bradley is a real hero ... What US doing to him is a torture. Exposing the trouth isn't crime .

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  73. What a shame. The so called country of freedom violates the rights of its own citizens. No better than Libya. You really wonder when the United Nations will condamn the United States....

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  74. You should use the T-word in the media. Because that's what it is. The US should be ashamed.

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  75. Where is a difference between Germany during the Nazi-regime and U.S. today?

    The world is watching. And thinking people will not longer believe that USA brings freedom and justice when they invade an country.

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  76. bradley manning is a patriot and a hero. he at least deserves his dignity.

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  77. I thought we sent people we wanted tortured to certain Mid East countries. I guess we've learned enough from them we can do just as good a job here. Who knew Obama was going to be Bush Redux?

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  78. Sounds like Libya. The USA should be profoundly ashamed, if that report is true.

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  79. I agree with Dagi up top. Who designed this regimen? Who authorized it?

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  80. I hope he knows hes a better person that people who ordered his arrest or arrested / executed the inhumanity shown in vids that leak. its 2 bad person does not do anything against corruption. not even U.S. citizens have the power to end the senseless violence n it seems that violence is spreading in the United States. 2 things going on brainwashing which in turn will eventually create violence in our midst

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  81. What happened to "innocent til proven guilty?" The fact that the Military dares to perpetrate this outrageous treatment on anybody, let alone an American hero, shows they do not deserve to operate outside the civil constrants of the legal system. They have broken trust with the American people. I really hope this is the straw that breaks the camel's back, the back being the corruption of democracy through the separate feifdom of a military legal loophole system. Maybe Manning's heroic deeds will actually serve a double purpose, to expand and define the implicit necessity and right of the people to have access to first-hand information about deeds that are supposedly done in "their" name so they can have final oversight, and to liberate the soldier and the populace from military slavery at home and abroad. I have started a page on Facebook to nominate Bradley Manning for a Nobel Peace Prize. Many people qualify to make a nomination, so check out the Nobel Peace Prize committee online and see if you qualify as a professor of social studies, history, philosophy, even several types of legal clerks qualify. Perhaps some people in this law firm qualify. President Obama qualifies, I wonder if he will use his privilege? No matter if Manning did the deeds he is accused of or not, those actions should not be considered a crime. To characterise protection of truth as "criminal" IS a crime.

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  82. I hope America deserves the kind of faith Pfc Manning must have in it. Now that he faces oblivion in the hands of his torturers, he is going to need all the support he can get.

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  83. Ron Paul's position on Wikileaks, Assange, and Manning:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDp1izlMQT0

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  84. and they call Assange a Rapist!

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  85. maybe this shows us-citizen how powerful the military–industrial complex in the us is. i just wanted to say, that also in europe manmany people are looking whats happening with Manning ... bad to see what happend with the people who freed together with the sowjets europe from evil (military-industrial) nazi regime. support all good people who try to help Manning and please, don't vote for that republicans and evil democrats. there are not many, but there are alternatives. AND DON'T TRUST YOUR NEWSPAPERS. be paranoid :-)

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  86. As a Vietnam veteran (USN-Yankee Station 1969-1970), I find that the military's total disregard for the dignity of its members remains intact and unchanged. It stands to reason that a military, which would perpetrate the torture and atrocities of Abu-Ghraib, Guantanamo, the Salt Pit and numerous secret prisons elsewhere across the world, for the purpose of "softening-up" detainees for interrogation, would do the same to one of its own!

    If Brad Manning, as some assert, provided the information which set off the string of democratic revolutions across the Arab world, he has performed a valuable service for which he should be honored. The freeing of multitudes from tyranny should be considered a deed of considerable merit! As the late Justice Brandeis pointed out "Sunshine is the best disinfectant." American Foreign Policy is desperately in need of disinfection!

    As one of my favorite writers, Victor Hugo, author of "Les Miserables," noted "More powerful than any army, is an idea whose time has come." Transparency, honesty and accountability in American Foreign Policy, are ideas whose time have came!

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  87. Never mind, the youth of the US may rise up as they have in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and more more. The USA is crying for a revolution, or so it seems. The government is really scared that is why they are torturing the young man. It is FEAR on their part.

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  88. So, now they are torturing US Citizens?

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  89. Jaw dropping. Sadistic. Bizarre. What can they possibly hope to achieve with this torture?

    "The land of the free and the home of the brave".

    American Authoritarianism run amok.

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  90. (A letter for the officials.)

    Dear Sir,

    My duty as an American citizen, who cares deeply about our country and people, is to speak up for the sake of our country and its principles, which are for truth and justness and human decency.

    My conscience is speaking on behalf of Private 1st Class Bradley E. Manning, a soldier being held in inhumane conditions in the United States Marine Corps Quantico Brig in Virgina. The reports of the conditions of his confinement are un-American. They resemble the conditions found in repressed countries using inhumane treatment, those same conditions that United States leaders are quick to call horrible and deplorable.

    Our country needs the truth for its own betterment. Intelligence agencies which also consist of Wall Street lawyers and corporate heads, and whose influences steer towards manipulating the playing field to where their own best interests come first, have already wreaked havoc upon the state of our country.

    We suffer the loss of our soldiers' lives and health in wars where their enemies are the same fighters that our intelligence agency encouraged and funded years ago, being formed overseas to fight another country in an earlier era.

    Just as Church and State do not mix well, neither does the Military and Wall Street Corporatism. And no matter how hard a higher echelon of ties, tries to hide those enmeshments, it still shows. We don't have to look far to see the effects it has had.

    Our country's lifetime has gotten to the point where its health now needs the truth for its future well-being. Nothing else will be able to continue to replace that. See the facts for yourself. There are those of high level status who remain in denial, believing that they can ultimately manipulate situations into some sort of silver lining, while failing to realize that their own denial does our country no good.

    Our country needs its people's conscientiousness. It needs its people exposing the truth. Our country does not deserve to become known as the quick cover-up capital of the world. Nor does it deserve to be influenced into being another inhumane treatment facilitator either. For those ways and means to become a policy of our country's officials, just shows the weakness of conscience, which falls by following the methods of repressed lesser countries, rather than leading the way through the strength of truth and fairness.

    No human deserves inhumane treatment. And no one in our country who exposes the truth deserves inhumane treatment. And our military does not deserve inhumane treatment amongst one another.

    Truth is not our country's enemy. Falsehoods may consider the truth to be an enemy, but our country and its principles don't. Our country's principles need the truth. For without the truth, our country's principles will cease to be.

    All around the world there are humans being persecuted for exposing the truth. When there is a human in the Quantico Brig in Virginia being persecuted for exposing the truth, it just shows how well lies have taken hold. And our country and military and citizens don't deserve that.

    You Sir, are in a position to intervene and stop the unfair and inhumane treatment of Pvt. Manning, and righten that unconstitutional dire situation. You Sir, are in a position to show our country, and the rest of world, that the United States Military is not like the military of repressed lesser countries.

    You Sir, are in a position to let our country and the world see, that you are on the side of truth and decency.

    Please intervene to stop the unfair and inhumane treatment of Private 1st Class Bradley E. Manning.

    Sincerely,

    Sally Kline

    (This letter is being sent to officials and the President today.)

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  91. While I think what he did means that he is justly imprisoned and deserves to be incarcerated, I do not believe that these actions (if they happened as stated by THE DEFENSE LAWYER) are reprehensible.

    I just want there to be a good guy every once in a while.

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  92. Why is it so many of the adults in command today find it impossible to keep themsevles under control? Why is it that incompetent abusive and perverse people are promoted to command? Does the military no longer have respectable standards for it's own officers?

    I am disgusted and respulsed by the ineptness, ignorant, arrogant savagery and utter lack of self control and standards the men in command have over their abusive personal tendencies.

    The commanding officers are an embarassment to not just the human race but every one in the military and their family. I say this as being from a military family.

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  93. Please, if you object to what is happening to Bradley Manning and believe he should be free from criminal charges, sign this petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/fixed-tell-the-us-government-we-dont-support-prosecution-or-death-penalty-for-bradley-manning#?opt_new=f&opt_fb=t

    And if you know anyone else who may like to sign, please send them the link. We need all the signatures we can get. We have to let the government know that there aren't just a handfull of people that disagree, but a large amount of people from all around the world.

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  94. I had trouble understanding how to post this account. My name is Debbie Tolson and I am a Peace Activist working on several fronts for Bradley. First of all we are raising money for his defense. There is a fundraiser at Busboys and Poets, K street location, Sunday 3/13/11 at 4pm.

    On March 20th at 2pm we are having a demonstration at Quantico where he is imprisoned. We hope to have thousands there, please make every effort to be there, this is critical. Also contact your Congressional representatives and voice your outrage about how Bradley is being treated. For more information you can contact me at debbietolson@aol.com. Please be at Quantico on March 20th, 2pm.

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  95. Given the abuses I'm hearing about, I have to wonder if even following this story - or posting this comment - get me on some kind of list for being a disloyal American. Lt. Col. Coombs, good luck helping the U.S. live up to our highest ideals of fairness, respect for human rights, and whatever's the opposite of "cruel and unusual." The mistreatment of Manning serves no legitimate purpose, and it's just dirty. I'm pulling for you to prevent any further cruel or unusual punishment. Good luck.

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  96. Please tell Pfc. Manning that he's considered a hero out here, not least of all because he's withstanding relentless pressure from the world's most powerful entity. We know he's a principled young man, who knows what's right and what's wrong, and who will not give up easily.

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  97. This is despicable. What kind of country are we that we treat an accused person this way.

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  98. Sue the government now for his release and damages.

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  99. I think you are all forgetting that those in power... those doing this to Bradley... WE put them there, and gave them their power. If you want to do something about this atrocity, why not work on removing them from their position of power. Americans, we need to stop standing on the sidelines, and get in the game. If we won't take any action, why would the Govt. listen to us? Just posting a message on the internet will do nothing. The only reason they're getting away with this is because of America's apathy.

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  100. best wishes an a success to you, go on

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  101. Why is the Apache helicopter gunman shown in "Collateral Murder" still free while Manning is in prison ?

    Looks like telling the truth has become a revolutionary act and, contrary to what we have always been told, political prisoners are not just the plague of communist regimes.

    Wikileaks has been nominated for the Nobel peace prize, and no matter if Manning is a source for the documents that already helped topple at least 2 dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, his fate is linked to Wikileaks, and winning this prize is among the best strategies for an early release.

    A very effective action that we all can undertake is to petition the Nobel committee so that they show this year the same kind of resolve they had in 2010 by awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo.

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  102. stay classy american military "justice"

    This is a farce.

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  103. Words can't describe how utterly appalled and disgusted I am.

    Bradley Manning is an extraordinary young man whose ethics, courage, and stamina have to be respected and admired. To maintain his composure while withstanding such inhumane treatment further solidifies his standing as a global hero.

    Mr. Coombs, please be sure to forward to Bradley our words of support and admiration. We think of him, keep him in our prayers and will fight for him no matter what. Please also tell him to be brave and be strong!

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  104. I am German.
    I know from our history that during 1938 to 1945 my own folks did things like that to people they hated: socialists, communists, homosexuals, Johova's Witnesses, Jews, more Jews, (six millions of Jews), foreign war prisoners, and many others. The executors were called "Nazis".
    Americans and Russians freed us, in May 1945.

    And now the same sh*t starts in the US of A.
    Shame on you.

    -kdm, Berlin

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  105. Lots of claims in this blog. Where's the proof?

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  106. Im a soldier in the US Army, and firstly id like too say... PFC Bradley Manning did what any citizen and Soldier that wants too uphold the warrior ethos. I am an American Soldier.

    I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.

    I will always place the mission first.

    I will never accept defeat.

    I will never quit.

    I will never leave a fallen comrade.

    I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.

    I am an expert and I am a professional.

    I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.

    I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.

    I am an American Soldier.


    HOOAH I WOULD DO WHAT HE DID IN A SECOND

    Looks like the Forest has become OVERGROWN and must be BURNED too the ground

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  107. Lots of claims in this blog. Where's the proof?

    Do try to keep up. The NYT has confirmed the incident.

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  108. How guilty is a young guy when he leaks information, that is available for thousands within the system? Not the guy is to blaim, but the stupid leaders who accept vulnerable systems like that?

    And torturing him is a huge shame for the US. I know that many Americans are okay, but gosh..... your leaders are disgusting....

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  109. @ Anonymous March 4th 2011 4:13 AM

    "We used to do this, too. But then the Allies restored our human rights and democracy. Who comes to the rescue now?

    "Disgusted greetings from Germany."

    Can't be done today, for any attempt to do so will cause the US Government to commit a US nuclear first strike. That would result in retaliation ad nauseum, until all 26,000 nukes worldwide are used, resulting in the lake of fire our Christian extremists are gleefully looking forward to being visited upon all humanity except for them by their god (read Revelations 20, 21). So a war is right out.

    You, the rest of humanity, including your elites, plus the Tea Party Republicans, need to find another way to disable the US central government's now unlimited powers. The Tea party Republicans must do their part by ABSOLUTELY REFUSING TO HIKE THE CURRENT US GOVERNMENT DEBT CEILING.

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  110. The order to do this came from somewhere.

    This is corrupting our office corps.

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  111. To everyone calling Bradley Manning a traitor, you obviously don't know what true patriotism is. Manning exposed the corrupt American military-industrial complex that runs this country and destroys our democracy. These oil wars in the middle east are causing an untold amount of human suffering and death, not to mention the massive debt that threatens to destroy our economy. I am scared for the future of this country, and I hope that Manning's example will wake people up and inspire others to fight the war machine.

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  112. This makes me so angry at our government. What do we have to do these terrible things? Where is Holder? Where is Gates? Where, may I ask, is the Great Obama?

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  113. Annmarie O'TooleMarch 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Absolutely insane treatment. Is America turning facist, behind our backs...or are we already there. I support PFC Manning 100%, and I hope that he knows that he has a lot of supports out here in the USA and the world. Hang in there soldier!!

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  114. This is HOPE and CHANGE!

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  115. If he were a POW, would he not be entitled to better treatment under the Geneva Conventions? Guilt or innocence is irrelevant. The U.S. I pay taxes to shouldn't do stuff like this to anyone. It seems like Manning is probably too psychologically broken to provide any useful info even if he had some. I ashamed of our country.

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  116. They have ways of making you talk

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/shuteru/5392511394/

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  117. I can only think of those crimes uncovered by wikileaks. SHAME ON YOU governors and politicians!!!.

    Take the US leaders to the International Justice Court in The Hague NOW!.

    THANK YOU for telling us the truth.

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  118. UNDeclarationofHumanRightsMarch 4, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Yes, the world is watching Quantico. This is unacceptable treatment of any citizen in a Democracy, no matter the rank or jurisdiction.

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  119. The worst and impartially he is treated, the better its for his case.

    The prosecution is trying to give hime extensive (40+ years)charges. If he is being treated wrongly then perhaps those wrongs can be used to eliminate certain charges that he has. The brig is inadvertinly helping him.

    Manning must have said something or done something to warrent the punishment. Or perhaps the higher ups noticed some anxiety related issues with him that resulted in them taking pre-emptive action. Remember inmates arent individuals their wards.

    If manning is transferred to the open bays (general pop) he will be exposed to extensive FBI, CID, and multi-agency undercover criminal investigators. Not to mention all the rats willing to work against manning for reduced sentences.

    Isolation though socially painful is quite comfortable compared to the tense open bays.

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  120. What makes me angry about this is that PFC Manning may not be guilty. What if he is innocent? What if he has been set up to take the fall for something that someone else did?

    If he is guilty he will be punished as is fitting. But until then he needs to not be singled out for humiliation. This is the United States, not Nazi Germany. He has rights, and whatever his rights are amounts to what my rights are.

    This treatment of PFC Manning is a disgrace. And the Marine LT who said that he could not comment on Manning's case because it would violate his privacy. That is not cute, it is not funny, and it is not right. It smacks of cowardice. They are acting as if they are afraid of PFC Manning. Treat him like a human being, put him on trial, and if he is guilty then punish him to the fullest--after the trial. Otherwise, this is sickening.

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  121. What is it about men who run prisons? There seems to be an infatuation (obsession?) with making other men strip, searching their every cavity and orifice.

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  122. Be brave. Freedom is in mind not body.

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  123. This is just as bad as Abu GHraib and Guantanamo which the lefturd protested about.now Obama's Govt is doing EXACTLY the same. thing.WHat hypocrities.Where is the UN Human Rights commission now? Quick to protest about every Muslim being mistreated by the US govt or US Military. In Fact whee is Obama now?

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  124. Where is the proof that this happened? I trust your words less than PFC Mannings' word given what I see here.

    Off hand I do not see why Manning is not up for the death penalty, which seems appropriate for treason.

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  125. PFC Manning is innocent until proven guilty and has rights under the law.

    As for proof, do a little research this is even being reported in the main stream media. Congressman Kucinich of Ohio is following up on this and they have admitted to stripping him but stated they did not believe it was cruel and unusual treatment.

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  126. I am outraged!!!

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  127. Bradley, we love you man. My heart aches for your situation right now. I wish so very much that I could help. If I knew you in person, you would surely be my friend. The way you are being treated is not right – it really sucks. On the yahoo news board, I’ve read many posts about what is happening to you. Many of them were written by your fellow military comrades. I have to say; I never realized how many hateful and downright evil people there are in the military. I’ve known about, for a long time, and watched the degradation of our country and our freedoms. Things just seem to get worse, day by day, in almost every way. I think we are on a downhill journey toward the complete destruction of everything we’ve come to love and know about what was once the greatest country in the world. It is both sad, and frightening. Personally, I think you did the right thing – not for yourself, but for the greater good of our country and for the world. Unfortunately, I also feel that my time of being able to freely express myself like this, here in this country, is fast coming to an end. Freedom, in America, is evaporating. Today, people in America no longer seem to understand, let alone cherish even the most basic concepts of freedom. In my recent postings about your situation and treatment on Yahoo, many of them were censored and removed, or not even posted on their boards at all. I didn’t use fowl language; the only thing I did was to post my own personal feelings and comments. But those who disagree with me took it upon themselves to censor what I had to say. This is the same thing that they did in the former Soviet Union when I was growing up. It is shocking to find that so many people support and even believe in censorship in this country now; but they do. And even more shocking is the fact that there are apparently NO laws to protect freedom of speech online. It’s the single most powerful source for and of information in the world today, and even here in America there is no protection and no right to freedom of speech online. This is simply amazing, and to me, unacceptable and unconscionable – yet, it is reality. I have always loved America, and respected my country and even the military. But I have to say, sadly, that my feelings are starting to change. I am scared, and deeply concerned about the direction we are moving in. I don’t want to live under Communist or Dictator Style rule, on in a police state. Yet, I believe this is the direction we are moving in. I feel powerless to stop it, or to do anything about it. I write and post comments about these things online, only to be flamed, accused of being something that I’m not, to be censored, and to be dismissed as some unpatriotic “libtard fag” who hates America. Nothing could be further from the truth, but the haters out there, who seem to really want a police state, have all the power and control. If there were more people like you, we MIGHT have a chance. It is depressing to watch our country fall apart. I wish we could all just work together for a better America, where we could all live, work and be happy in peace, joy, friendship and love; but that isn’t happening. This is not the same country that I grew up in – so much has changed! This is not the world that God intended us to live in. I believe that God gave each of us special talents, skills, and gifts that were intended for us to use to do good in this world. The stressful lives that we are forced to live today, the financial struggles, the political garbage, Etc., represents the evil that increasingly prevails all around us these days. I know this is a rather negative outlook, but it’s the truth, it’s the reality of the world, and the country that we live in today. Anyway, if, by some miracle you ever have an opportunity to read this, I want you to know that you are on the minds of many, many loving and caring people out here right now, including myself. You are not, nor will you ever be forgotten! You are in my prayers Bradley. May the Lord be with you.

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  128. If PFC Manning did, in fact, give someone classified files then that's a treasonous act. If, however, those files were covered up in an attempt to prevent the US Army from being seen in the act of making a mistake in Iraq - then it may be deemed an act of Freedom, and Humanity, and Courage.

    Have the strength to say "I don't know", people. Yes, the treatment of having clothing removed from his cell and person is wrong, but that MAY be justified by a legitimate rule in that particular prison. It seems, on the face of it, to be a stupid way to treat a soldier who is supposed to be "innocent until proven guilty", but we don't know the circumstances that prompted these actions. For now, it's up to Court Martial Specialist David Coombs to determine these facts and expose those who violate the rules.

    PFC Manning has an excellent defense, here. It's become too commonplace in today's world that one is often "Guilty until you prove your innocence", and you may not receive any real fairness from the court unless you have expensive lawyers... but the media attention alone is enough to ensure that, at least in this case, the Army will need to justify it's actions. ALL of it's actions. To the World and to the US President, now, and not just to the court.

    We ARE the World. We are watching. We will continue to watch. If PFC Manning is NOT absolved of criminal guilt, then we may end up seeing riots here in the Free states of the USA. The files given to WikiLeaks are credited with the spur that started the Revolutions we see today in countries all over the Middle East. There is a bigger picture here, which is that a "treasonable act" today could easily be pardoned by Obama and declared a "Nobel Prize-worthy act" tomorrow.

    If PFC Mannings actions ARE what created the movements which create Democracy all over the Middle East... then yes, the man stands with the American Founding Fathers in his courage to defy current authority and do what is right. In this climate of Information Technology, this case of doing what's right could very well have changed the World we live in, for all us, and likely for the better.

    If, however, the Court of Military Justice finds that he merely committed treason then he may be imprisoned and/or put to death. And if that happens, it's up to all of us to discover and tell the Truth. In fact, it's up to all of us to find and tell the Truth regardless of what happens to Brad.

    Keep finding information. Keep searching out the Truth. Then make sure you tell the truth to everyone who will listen. Make sure every person in the World with a computer and a modem know the name of PFC Bradley Manning, the Truth behind the actions of the US Army, the Truth behind WikiLeaks and what they do.

    Eventually we will have all the facts, and THEN we will know the Truth. Until then... we do not know. And that's why we need to keep looking, and watching, and telling, and we will not stop until the Truth is known.

    (And it's my opinion that PFC Manning will be Free and hailed as a true Hero of the World once the Truth is known. We will see...)

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  129. Welcome to fascist America - land of 'freedom and democracy'... but remember ... if you are not with us you are against us. See recent HBGary's disclosures regarding Glenn G.
    ( salon.com) and other journalists.
    How many of us supporting WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning are on government's black list without us knowing?

    They can torture , kill Bradley or any other like him any time they feel likke it.
    But the real enemy for any totalitarist, fascist government is the Internet. As long as Internet exists rightness will prevail over wrongness.

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  130. How disgusting. This isnt even about politics anymore: everyone hates authority in the US, and most of the world, because of crap like this. Left wing, right wing, who cares. No one trusts anyone, and no one in power has given us any reason TO trust them.

    Police murder and get away with it. Billions of dollars are stolen daily. The CEOs get handouts while the purse-snatchers get 10 years in prison. Criminal acts by government and business officials go almost ignored utterly.

    How can we trust authority when they will torture th leaker, and totally ignore the crimes in the leak? We cannot.

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  131. Disgusting!!!

    Shame on the Obama administration for this travesty.

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  132. You let torturers go free when they are torturing people from other country.
    Now you Americans let torturers torture your own solider even he is yet committed of ANY crime.
    Look at all the hush, hush in your great free media.
    What's next? Who's next?

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  133. PS: anon said above, "BM is a patriot and a hero. he at least deserves his dignity."

    I think BM retains his dignity, despite the persistent efforts of sadistic freak apparatchiks to humiliate and break him. He is a man with the moral stature of Vanunu and, I hope, of equal resilience.

    However, he must be urgently protected from this psycho-torture designed to coerce, bend and warp even the finest mind. No-one should be treated this way, under any circumstances.

    It is a shocking indicator of the profundity of the [bipartisan] induced political ignorance in the USAn population that this situation is tolerated, as most continue to stuff twinkies and watch their asses expand on the couch while the alleged 'brain' soaks in 'RealityTV'

    A fraternal salute to Bradley Manning, First Class Hero of the Resistance!

    Everyone has a part to play ... Rome wasn't burnt in a day!

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  134. Hi Bradley,

    you are my hero. You are a reason for me to believe in the goodness of humanity. You are an idol and an inspiration to me. To many of us.

    All those words ... But all you want right now is probably rather a nice steak and a warm bed.

    I don't believe in prayer (nor in democracy) so I don't really know how to help you :-/

    In fact, you are the one who is giving us all a lot, so maybe I rather open my hands (my mind) for your spirit and focus on receiving instead of that furious fire that burns in my heart when I think about the people who treat you so badly.


    Namaste

    (NAMASTE: "Ich ehre den Platz des Lichts, der Liebe, der Wahrheit, des Friedens und der Weisheit in dir. Ich ehre den Platz in dir, wo, wenn du dort bist und auch ich dort bin, wir beide nur noch eins sind" (Mahatma Gandhi))

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  135. We should travel by bus loads in the thousands, body painted naked people to Quantico, to link a human chain around the supermax prison in support of Brad for his heroism and dedication to humanity, thereby speaking out against US led terrorism and global domination

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  136. @Dagi Cueppers: I loved your comment and feel the same way. It is so unjust, my heart breaks too. He is just a kid and stood up against war crimes...why can't they just release him?

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  137. I thought Obama believed in freedom of information and transparency in government, but am so disappointed. Bradley Manning, thanks for having the courage to do what your government should be doing. You should be commended not punished. I hope we can get you released.

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  138. I stand behind Manning. "Classified" is a term being used to protect more than just the secrets that keep us safe. It is being abused to protect immoral, unethical, illegal acts. Manning had the strength of character to do the right thing. If the government had been doing the right thing, none of these "classified" documents would exist, or deserve being brought to light.

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  140. His clothes were taken for some reason. It could have been because he had some contriban that was dangerous to himself or others. Because he is a high profile prisoner either the commander or the deputy commander gives the "all clear" If a detainee is suicidal, he can use his clothing to choke or hang himself. So lets not judge. Both sides will use what ever means necessary to shape the thoughts and minds of those who can influence his trial..namely the public court of opinion...

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  141. I really hope he understands he’s an improved man or woman that individuals who ordered his arrest or arrested / executed the inhumanity shown in vids that leak. Its two bad particular people will not do anything in opposition to corruption. Not even U.S. citizens possess the electricity to conclude the senseless violence n it seems that violence is spreading within the United States of America. 2 points going on brainwashing which consequently will at some point generate violence in our midst.

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  143. I really hope he understands he’s an improved man or woman that individuals who ordered his arrest or arrested / executed the inhumanity shown in vids that leak.

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  144. The world is watching. And thinking people will not longer believe that USA brings freedom and justice when they invade an country.

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