Chelsea (ex-Bradley) Manning’s post-sentence statement, issued by his lawyer, was the kind of statement you would expect to be given by a Nobel Peace Prize recipient in their acceptance speech. It is both unequivocal and profound. …
That Manning issues such a statement on the day he is sentenced to 35 years in prison is testimony to his resilience, his courage and his love. In doing so, the politicians of this world must surely cower in shame. If President Obama has any integrity left, he must pardon immediately this noble individual. Below, we reproduce it with one difference: we have added hyperlinks, where relevant, to provide greater perspective….
Chelsea Manning’s Statement after receiving 35 year prison sentence
(revisited with hyperlinks)
The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life. I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing.
It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity . We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan . When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians . Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.
In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture . We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government . And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.
Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown out any logically based intentions , it is usually then that an American soldier is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission . Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy — the Trail of Tears , the Dred Scott decision , McCarthyism , the Japanese-American internment camps —to name a few.
I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light. As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.
If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal. fin.
We propose that an open letter be presented to President Obama demanding he guarantees that Mr. Manning be afforded 100% protection – from assault, from bullying, from torture and from rape – whilst he is incarcerated. Undoubtedly, there will be many prominent organisations and individuals around the world who would be more than happy to be signatories to such a letter.
reblogged with thanx from Darker Net.http://darkernet.in/manning-statement-now-hyperlinked-worthy-of-nobel-laureate/
In breaking news, defense attorney David Coombs has shared a statement announcing Bradley Manning’s gender transition to female and name change to Chelsea Manning. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning says. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.” Coombs said Manning had not wanted his sexual identity issues to become public, but they did after his arrest in 2010.
This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.
AMY GOODMAN: In breaking news after this interview was conducted yesterday, Coombs shared a new statement by Manning on The Today Show this morning. It was read on the air by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Let’s talk about Mr. Manning personally. And he has provided a statement that he wants us to read, and this is part of it. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun.” Why did she choose this moment to announce this?
DAVID COOMBS: Well, Chelsea didn’t want to have this be something that overshadowed the case, wanted to wait until the case was done to move forward to the next stage of her life.
AMY GOODMAN: David Coombs, attorney for Bradley Manning, now known as Chelsea Manning. She has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking more than 700,000 files and videos to WikiLeaks. She will serve that time at Fort Leavenworth.
Show Full Transcript here › http://www.democracynow.org/2013/8/22/i_am_chelsea_manning_i_am reblogged with thanx!
– After signing the White House petition, show your support for Bradley Manning by submitting your photo holding a “Pardon Bradley Manning” …
- Bradley Manning: “Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society” (democracynow.org)
Manning to Join Snowden as Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (news.softpedia.com)
Bradley Manning’s Profoundly Moving Statement on ‘Paying the Price to Live in a Free Society’ (dissenter.firedoglake.com)
I AM BRADLEY MANNING videoBradley exposed War Criminals who now Jail him ForeverBradley told the Truth.. ‘Let him go. Let him go now!’