Tuesday, March 18, 2014



Chelsea (Bradley) Manning Newsletter #6,     March 28, 2014

Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace and Justice.   (#1  Dec. 6, 2011; #2  June 29, 2012; #3 Feb. 24, 2013; #4 June 16, 2013; #5 Sept. 20, 2013)




These newsletters provide facts and opinions regarding the many subjects of world peace, social and economic justice, human rights, and democracy for the benefit of all who know a well-informed citizenry is essential to a democracy.   Chase Madar alerts us to the great danger of the Manning trial to our democracy.   “. . . the government now has even greater incentive to prosecute as a spy any confidential source who passes classified information to the press, criminalizing what has long been a vital. . .conduit of essential public information.   Such collateral damage to the Fourth Estate will not be mourned by a government that has become aggressively intolerant of leaks, whistleblowers and, it often seems, a well-informed citizenry.”  The Nation (Aug. 19/26, 2013).  --Dick

For more on Manning see my Newsletters and Blogs on WikiLeaks (Assange, Manning).   My Blog:   It's the War Department   http://jamesrichardbennett.blogspot.com/

And see my newsletters/blogs on Edward Snowden.  We should remember these heroes of democracy, of open government, every day.


Contents of Nos. 1-5 at end

Contents Chelsea Manning Newsletter #6
Action:  Firedoglake Letter to New York Times Editorial Board
Sam Adams  and Oxford Union Awards
Manning Wins Sam Adams Award, Google Search, March 18
Manning and Snowden, Google Search, March 18
Manning and Ray McGovern

Contact President Obama
Nos. 1-5

The New York Times editorial board recently penned a tribute to Edward Snowden, arguing that he deserves clemency because of his valuable efforts to rein in illegal surveillance.1
The New York Times deserves our thanks for using their platform to make this case, but there are others currently imprisoned for historic whistleblowing that deserve the same defense. Chelsea Manning, another New York Times source, should be getting the same treatment from The Times editorial board for her efforts to bring transparency to our decades-long wars in the Middle East.
Many of the Times' arguments for granting Snowden clemency could apply to Chelsea Manning's case as well. Chelsea's release of the Afghanistan and Iraq War Logs, diplomatic cables and horrific battlefield video like 'Collateral Murder,' shed light on our government's shadowy misdeeds. Just as Snowden's work has spurred privacy movements across the globe, Manning's disclosures inspired people to take a stand against senseless state-sponsored violence and racketeering.
Courageous whistleblowing is rare but essential to the production of quality of muckraking journalism. The Timesshould not be selective in their defense of sources.
Thank you in advance for your help.
In solidarity,
Brian Sonenstein
Campaign Director,

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Chelsea Manning Awarded Sam Adams Integrity Prize for 2014

Announcement by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII)

The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) have voted overwhelmingly to present the 2014 Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee, U.S. Army Pvt. Manning is the 25 year-old intelligence analyst who in 2010 provided to WikiLeaks the "Collateral Murder" video – gun barrel footage from a U.S. Apache helicopter, exposing the reckless murder of 12 unarmed civilians, including two Reuters journalists, during the “surge” in Iraq.   The Pentagon had repeatedly denied the existence of the "Collateral Murder" video and declined to release it despite a request under the Freedom of Information Act by Reuters, which had sought clarity on the circumstances of its journalists' deaths.

Release of this video and other documents sparked a worldwide dialogue about the importance of government accountability for human rights abuses as well as the dangers of excessive secrecy and over-classification of documents.

On February 19, 2014 Pvt. Manning -  currently incarcerated at Leavenworth Prison - will be
recognized at a ceremony in absentia at Oxford University's prestigious Oxford Union Society for casting much-needed daylight on the true toll and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq; human rights abuses by U.S. and “coalition” forces, mercenaries, and contractors; and the roles that spying and bribery play in international diplomacy.

The Oxford Union ceremony will include the presentation of the traditional SAAII Corner-Brightener Candlestick and will feature statements of support from former SAAII awardees and prominent whistleblowers.  Members of the press are invited to attend.

On August 21, 2013 Pvt. Manning received an unusually harsh sentence of 35 years in prison for exposing the truth -- a chilling message to those who would call attention to wrongdoing by U.S. and “coalition” forces.

Under the 1989 Official Secrets Act in the United Kingdom, Pvt. Manning, whose mother is British, would have faced just two years in prison for whistleblowing or 14 years if convicted under the old 1911 Official Secrets Act for espionage.

Former senior NSA executive and SAAII Awardee Emeritus Thomas Drake has written that
Manning "exposed the dark side shadows of our national security regime and foreign policy follies .. [her] acts of civil disobedience … strike at the very core of the critical issues surrounding our national security, public and foreign policy, openness and transparency, as well as the unprecedented and relentless campaign by this Administration to snuff out and silence truth tellers and whistleblowers in a deliberate and premeditated assault on the 1st Amendment."

Previous winners of the Sam Adams Award include Coleen Rowley (FBI); Katharine Gun (formerly of GCHQ, the National Security Agency’s equivalent in the UK); former UK Ambassador Craig Murray; Larry Wilkerson (Col., US Army, ret.; chief of staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell); Julian Assange (WikiLeaks); Thomas Drake (NSA); Jesselyn Radack (former ethics attorney for the Department of Justice, now National Security & Human Right Director of the Government Accountability Project); Thomas Fingar (former Deputy Director of National Intelligence, who managed the key National Intelligence Estimate of 2007 that concluded Iran had stopped working on a nuclear weapon four years earlier); and Edward Snowden (former NSA contractor and systems administrator, currently residing in Russia under temporary asylum).

The Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence are very proud to add Pvt.  Manning to this list of distinguished awardees.
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Contents of #1

Courage to Resist Fund

Deserves Medal of Freedom

Whistleblower and Revolutionary

UN Investigator

Misclassified to Justify Torture

Law Professors Protest

Contents of #2

Manning Support Network

Amy Goodman: World Contexts

Quigley:   Manning, Solitary Confinement, Occupy

Courage to Resist Supporting Manning

Michael Moore: Manning Started Occupy

Judge Challenges Prosecution Secrecy


Contents Chelsea Manning Newsletter #3

1000 Days

Protests for Manning:  We Have Not Forgotten

Protest for Manning in Illinois Oct.  20

Protests for Manning Sept. 6

Nobel Laureates Defend Manning

Manning Denied Fair Trial

Manning’s Detention is Torture

Navy Violated Protocol

Praise for Manning

Madar, The Passion


Contents #4 June 16, 2013

RSN:  Reporting his Trial
Support Journalist Access to Trial
The Nation v. Obama, Call for Protest
Protest Charge of Aiding the Enemy, Call Gen. Linnington, the Pentagon
Thank Manning
TomDispatch: Madar, Passion of Bradley Manning
Chris Hedges, We Are Bradley Manning
Hedges, Legal Lynching
Drinnan, Human Rights Contexts

Contents #5  Sept. 20, 2013
Wright, Manning Receives International Peace Bureau Award
Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Sgt. Bales and Pfc. Manning
Madar, Article in The Nation Aug. 19
Madar’s Book,  Who is Bradley Manning?
Stoeckley’s Graphic Account of the Trial:  Sketches and Transcript
Truthout, Obama:  Surveillance of the People, Secrecy for the Government




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