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An appeal from Daniel Ellsberg (with intro by ohnwentsya)

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I recently received this, along with another article “American Hero Faces Life in Prison”(Which I will publish as soon as I can) in the mail. As I was contemplating the technical details of scanning them in, and translating the scans to something I could post with my steampunk antique computing system, I got this in email!

It took a lot of courage to stand up for what is right, knowing the personal consequences could include death-but luckily for us all the human race DOES produce beings of conscience, heroes and heroine’s who simply cannot accept that evil and corruption are the order of the day.

As a person who has had and still has many people I care about serving in our armed forces, I deeply loathe the scumbags both at the top and bottom who ignore ethics, morals and even strategic common sense to murder the innocent with impunity, because not only is this horrible because it is wrong, because it harms the innocent-it is horrible from a purely pragmatic perspective as well.

When people acting on behalf of America, whether in uniform or as employees of a “contractor” like Blackwater/Xe do evil things, they paint us ALL as evil. They give the worst elements in other societies a free pass to return that evil to us in the form of harm to our soldiers and to innocents in terrorist acts.

Murder sprees, like the “collateral murder” video that Bradley risked his life to “leak” to us, kill and maim real people just like you and me-they just live somewhere else.

If someone murdered your sister or brother, parents, husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend etc would you NOT feel utterly justified in trying to stop them even if it included violence?

So, although many choose not to notice this aspect of what Manning has done, he was looking out for his fellow soldiers by making sure the criminals among them could be punished by our OWN laws rather than letting the rest of the world think we ALL support their sick actions.

Even tho murder does not justify more murder; very few people would not feel that it does if the one murdered was their own beloved family member.

If we want our loved ones who serve in our armed forces to be safer in their jobs we HAVE to make sure our government and military are transparent and accountable, that murderers, rapists and other criminals who use our military as cover for their violent crimes do not create “blowback” violence against those we love.

So if you support our troops, if you, like me count some American soldiers and sailors among those you love, then please pray for Bradley, share info about him and if you feel moved to do so, donate to the organization that is fighting to help him.

Because even tho he is the hero who risked so much, the bottom line is that his trial and punishment are not JUST about HIM. They are sending a message to America and the world about what WE believe.

Do we believe that standing up for what is right is not as important as obeying orders even when those orders are corrupt?

Do we TRULY believe that the lives of Afghani, Pakistani, Iraqi and other people are WORTH LESS than our own lives?

Do we believe that our soldiers should be able to use other people’s children as target practice?

Who are we, America? Are we the the noble land of ideals, or the military thug patrol of the 1%?

We have to decide, and we have to make it plain to those in power and to the whole world who we are and what we stand for.

If we truly do stand for unmitigated violence against the innocent if they happen to live outside of the US, then I believe we can expect and deserve every bit of that hubris and bloodshed to be returned to us with interest.

But I don’t believe many Americans really do believe such evil things. I think most are simply not aware of the truth-that is why we need to share info from this site ( http://www.bradleymanning.org ) and keep speaking out until those who represent us, act in ways we can believe in.

An appeal from Daniel Ellsberg
Bradley Manning Support Network

Help us continue to cover 100% of Bradley’s legal fees!

An appeal from Daniel Ellsberg

ellsberg250a.jpgDuring the Vietnam War I worked in the Pentagon under Robert McNamara. In Vietnam, my background as a Marine officer allowed me to walk with the troops in combat and see the war up close. What I found was a costly, immoral war that could not be allowed to continue.

My decision to reveal the top secret Pentagon Papers to the American public was an act of conscience. These documents showed that we were in a destructive, wrongful war, and that we had entered that war under false pretenses. My hope was that, armed with this truth, the American people could act to end that war.

Today, a young soldier named Bradley Manning faces trial for a similar act of conscience, and he needs our help. In releasing documents and videos to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, PFC Manning made an enormously positive impact on world events. He revealed the terrifying misdeeds by American and coalition forces, such as the 2007 Baghdad airstrike that targeted and killed at least 12 Iraqi civilians. He opened a new pathway for truth and justice to reach the world, perhaps preventing the next unjust war from ever beginning. He even helped inspire a new, global movement for openness and democracy, ringing out from Tahrir Square to Wall Street. To me, and many others, Bradley is a hero.

Yet, for his courage, Bradley faces life in prison — much like I did 40 years ago. And just as I was arrested and called a “traitor” by President Nixon, Bradley’s charges include an accusation of “aiding the enemy,” even though there is no evidence that any individual was endangered by his disclosures. Bradley, now 25 years old, is far too young, and has too much to offer this country to spend the rest of his life in prison. He needs our support.

That support has worked already. In March of 2011, I proudly got arrested along with 35 others at the Quantico Marine Base while Bradley was being held there in solitary confinement. Bradley had spent nine months in conditions considered torture by the UN. However, shortly after our protest, with your help, Bradley was transferred to much more humane conditions in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Americans who care about the future of our country need to be involved in Bradley’s defense. The defining issues of the 21st century, including the transparency and accountability of our government, are at stake. I believe history is on the side of those who seek to reveal the truth, not on the side of those who seek to conceal it. But, as my example shows, there are those in government who rely on crimes and secrets, who will seek to punish him and dissuade others from offering truth to the American people. Mercifully, the Vietnam War did end, and many consider the release of the Pentagon Papers to have helped. With your assistance, Bradley’s impact can be even greater.

Help us continue to cover 100%
of Bradley’s legal fees! Donate today.

The Bradley Manning Support Network has been key in coordinating nationwide support efforts for Bradley’s defense, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars from thousands of people. We need money to support ongoing grassroots efforts—including rallies, petitions, and ads. Most importantly, however, we need to continue fully funding Bradley’s legal defense efforts—including possible appeals, all the way up to the US Supreme Court, if need be.

The future of truth-telling is at stake, and a young man’s selfless, heroic act of patriotism deserves our support.

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Daniel Ellsberg

P.S. If you are one of the 18,000 friends who have already given to Bradley’s Defense Fund, thank you. On the eve of this historic trial, I’m asking you now to please give once more, and to give whatever you can. Your commitment, your creativity, and your energy remain vital, but right now, we need money as well. This is a crucial time in shaping support and public discourse in favor of Bradley.

The Bradley Manning Defense Fund, hosted by Courage to Resist in collaboration with the Bradley Manning Support Network, is responsible for 100% of Bradley’s legal expenses. Courage to Resist is a program of the Alliance for Global Justice (AfGJ), a non-profi t organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information, contact Courage to Resist at 510-488-3559.

Author: ohnwentsya

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