Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Truth = Capital Punishment

Bradley Manning is the young man behind one of the biggest and most eye opening releases of U.S Army intel the world has ever seen. For those who don't know he was the one who leaked the "Collateral Murder" video which showed U.S troops in Afghanistan firing on innocent civilians. Bradley's quest for spreading the truth ended up getting him serious jail time, he is currently being held at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico. He is confined to a tiny cell, 23 hour lock down, he is not allowed to exercise, he is not allowed to speak to the guards, if he sleeps the guards are ordered to wake him, he is being denied even the most basic of human activities, he is literally living in hell.
        As if his treatment wasn't bad enough now there is talk of possible capital punishment, as of March 1st he has been given an additional 22 charges. This can't be allowed, now is the time to spread the message, we will not stand for this kind of tyranny. The families of those civilians deserved to see the truth, and for helping them, Bradley now faces a very real chance of execution by the same people he was trying to expose.

Here is the petition in his defence, I urge everyone to take a moment from their day to sign it.

Petition -

Below is information on the new charges as well as the footage he released -

On March 1, the commander, U.S. Army Headquarters Command Battalion, preferred the following specific charges:
  • Aiding the enemy in violation of Article 104, Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
  • 16 Specifications under Article 134, UCMJ:
  • Wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy (One Specification)
  • Theft of Public Property or Records, in violation of 18 United States Code (U.S.C.) 641 (Five Specifications)
  • Transmitting Defense Information, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(e) (Eight Specifications)
  • Fraud and Related Activity in Connection with Computers in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(1) (Two Specifications)
  • Five Specifications in violation of Article 92, UCMJ, for violating Army Regulations 25-2 “Information Assurance” and 380-5 “Department of the Army Information Security Program.”
The charge of aiding the enemy under Article 104 is a capital offense; however, the prosecution team for the United States has notified the defense that the prosecution will not recommend the death penalty to the Convening Authority, Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general, U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Under the UCMJ, the Convening Authority ultimately decides what charges to refer to court-martial, and whether to seek the death penalty if Article 104 is referred. Therefore, if convicted of all charges, Manning would face a maximum punishment of reduction to the lowest enlisted pay grade, E-1; total forfeiture of all pay and allowances; confinement for life; and a dishonorable discharge.

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