Photo by: joanneleon. May, 2013.
Photo by: joanneleon. May, 2013.
Almost Gone (Ballad Of Bradley Manning), Graham Nash
News & Opinion
Wow. I knew about the "I am Bradley Manning" campaign, but I did not know about the plans for the campaign announced below. Of course, some right-wing media are framing this, literally, as "supporting a traitor". Morello is using the idea of "busting him out of jail" as a metaphor. The goal is to show support for Manning but there is also a petition to award him the Nobel Peace Prize. You can find the offical campaign at iam.bradleymanning.org. The site takes a long time to load, at least for me. I hope that's because they have a lot of traffic or a slow server and not some other reason.
Are you Bradley Manning? High-profile Americans take to YouTube to back Nobel petition
The protesters who descended on Fort Meade military base in Maryland to express frustration with the trial of Bradley Manning have been joined by major American celebrities and journalists, who are also rallying support for the Army whistleblower.
The “I Am Bradley Manning” campaign, featuring a video trailer of A-list celebrities and public thinkers voicing support for Manning, pushed viewers to consider if they themselves would have the courage to disclose military video footage in order to stop the carnage.
The trailer also urges audience members to sign a petition encouraging the Nobel Committee to award Manning the Nobel Peace Prize. By Tuesday, the second day of Manning’s trial, nearly 60,000 people had signed the petition, organized by Roots Action, which describes itself as “an online initiative dedicated to galvanizing Americans who are committed to economic fairness, equal rights, civil liberties, environmental protection – and defunding endless wars.”
From the Freedom of the Press Foundation. On their Board of Directors: Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, John Cusack, Xeni Jardin, et al.
Transcripts from Bradley Manning's TrialOver the past week there have been many protests in solidarity for Bradley Manning all over the world. This speech by Craig Murray was part of the one in London. He makes some very strong and bold points.
The US military has refused to release transcripts of Bradley Manning's trial. In addition, they've denied press passes to 270 out of the 350 media organizations that applied. Without public transcripts or a press pass, it's virtually impossible for media organizations to accurately cover the trial and for the public to know what the government is doing in its name.
In response, Freedom of the Press Foundation has crowd-sourced funding to place a professional stenographer in the media room covering the trial. We will post full transcripts shortly after each day's proceedings end. The morning session with be posted by 7 pm the same evening. The afternoon session will be posted by 9 am the next morning. The transcripts will be released under a ShareAlike 3.0 Unported Creative Commons license.
Depending on how long the trial lasts, transcriptions will cost between $60,000-120,000, so please help support this project by going here to donate.
PDF for Day 1 transcript: 06-03-13 AM session.pdf
Bradley Manning’s case is about more than freedom of speech
The young soldier has become a symbol of the information war and its discontents.
America will be judged by its treatment of Private Bradley Manning. [...]
[...] Yet it was within the US military’s power to treat Manning as a human being. It chose instead to torment him in a tiny cell and seemed remarkably relaxed about who knew it. The message to everybody else is clear.
States maintain power, in part, by maintaining a monopoly on secrets. Both state and corporate power have historically been associated with the ability to operate beyond scrutiny and, in today’s information-rich society, where sharing data and leaking documents is getting easier than ever, there is an ideological battle taking place. On one side are those who believe that such secrecy is anachronistic. On the other are those determined to preserve it by smashing any dissent with ten-tonne fists.
The case isn’t just about whistle-blowing. It’s not even just about freedom of speech. This is about secrets, and who gets to have them, and from whom, and at what cost. [...] There are a great many people, not just in the US, who are suspicious of unsupervised information exchange, of mass higher education and of the internet.
There are countless more going through the courts in the US and elsewhere. The US is fighting not only a war on “terror” in the Middle East but a war on information in cyberspace. In choosing to give military secrets to WikiLeaks, Manning placed himself on the front line of both.
[...] Every institution faces the choice between appearing just and appearing powerful. The US military, in its treatment of Bradley Manning, has made its choice.
Give Manning a Plea DealLook who posted after he testified at the Manning court martial. He also has been posting other provocative things on Twitter in the lead up to it. I don't know what's going on with Adrian Lamo. He seems to want the negative attention and in one instance (I didn't look too far back in his feed, there may be more) he retweets negative press or statements about about himself. The one that I saw reported that when his name was mentioned at the Ft. Meade protests over the weekend, the crowd hissed. It's hard to tell if he's looking for support (he doesn't seem to get much but he does get some very strong negative responses) or if this is a dysfunctional kind of negative attention seeking kind of thing. He has a long history as a hacker, which is a villainous kind of image to some. I don't really understand it.
The treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning has been excessively harsh, as far as I can tell. If he is found guilty of leaking more than 700,000 classified documents, he deserves some punishment—probably—but should not be at risk of spending the rest of his life behind bars. Apparently.
I have to throw in all those qualifiers because Manning’s prosecution has been largely a secret process. Portions of his court-martial, which opened Monday at Fort Meade, Md., will be secret as well—the important parts, presumably. The public may never know whether justice is properly done unless someone leaks the details of this trial about leaks.
But we do know that Manning has offered to plead guilty to a host of charges that could bring up to 20 years in prison. Rather than agree to what strikes me as more than adequate punishment, prosecutors insist on trying to convict him under the 1917 Espionage Act as, essentially, an enemy of the state. Which I don’t believe he is.
My work here is done. Elsewhere, just beginning. twitter.com/6/status/34198…— Adrian Lamo (@6) June 4, 2013
While some officials (not Erdogan) have now acknowledged that excessive force was used in Istanbul, things show no signs of settling down. I agree with Moon of Alabama that Erdogan is toast. It's amazing that he is a man who was one of the most powerful world leaders just one week ago and within days, his position is in peril. Clearly there were many things simmering and festering in Turkey, just as there are in many countries, including our own, just waiting for the spark. When things fester for years, it's hard to predict what will set things off.
People have killed their fear of authority - and the protests are growing
What began in an Istanbul park has tapped in to years of grievances.
Killing the fear
As a writer and a journalist I followed the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings. As I wrote at the time, Arab people killed their fear and I saw how it transformed them from silent crowds to peoples who believe in themselves. This is what has been happening in the last six days in Turkey. Teenage girls standing in front of TOMAs, kids throwing tear gas capsules back to the police, rich lawyers throwing stones at the cops, football fans rescuing rival fans from police, the ultra-nationalists struggling arm in arm with Kurdish activists. . . these were all scenes I witnessed. Those who wanted to kill each other last week became - no exaggeration - comrades on the streets. People not only overcame their fear of authority but they also killed the fear of the "other". One more important point: the generation that has taken to the streets was born after the 1980 military coup that fiercely depoliticised the public. The general who led the 1980 coup once said: "We will create a generation without ideology". So this generation was - until last week.
There are all kinds of iconic images coming out of Turkey and making their way around the world. In the U.S., NBC news finally figured out that the "woman in red" photo played a big role and they reported about it yesterday. The "what's going on in Turkey" articles flooded the media yesterday and hit some kind of tipping point where many more people are now paying attention to it. The whirling dervish photos broke through yesterday too, though we saw this one (dervish in black with gas mask) over the weekend. There are now more. This is the one we saw on Sunday. It's now going viral:
And the dervish has made more appearances.
They've made a dervish stencil right now. I'm not up on what that means but I think it means that it will now become part of the protest art graffitti that is a huge part of the resistance. This movement that is forming, at least partly an offshoot of Occupy, is very very creative. The government officials really do not seem to understand it and they are looking for leaders to take down, and have now arrested people for using social media to encourage people to join the protest. Erdogan said that Twitter was a menace to society and it looks like he intends to use his thugs to try to shut it down. This is another reason why I think he's toast. He's behaving exactly as some of the dictators of the Arab Spring did with almost identical reactions, even though he was elected democratically.
stencil made from gas-mask dervish. Q: is "sen de gel" directed at protesters or the govt? bit.ly/ZLzzRA— Andy Carvin (@acarvin) June 4, 2013
And as the forms of protest theater continue, more characters emerge.
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Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
Turn on the water works! RT .@savebradley Adrian Lamo to testify next.— Jesselyn Radack (@JesselynRadack) June 4, 2013
Yesterday #Manning aunt and cousin in the courtroom. Today no family.— Camille Elhassani (@celhassani) June 4, 2013
Def. asked Mark Johnson if he found anything on #Manning's hard drive suggesting sympathy for terrorists or a transfer of funds, he said No— Nathan Fuller (@nathanLfuller) June 4, 2013
Thanks to the 1,109 people who have funded The People's Stenographer so far! This historical record couldn't have been made without you.— Freedom of the Press (@FreedomofPress) June 4, 2013
Far fewer media today at Ft Meade for the #Manning trial. We're told to expect Adrian Lamo to testify. Lamo turned him into the FBI.— Camille Elhassani (@celhassani) June 4, 2013
From the weekend.
Adrian Lamo's name was just mentioned at the Bradley Manning event in DC and everyone started hissing. Can't stop laughing right now.@6— Andrew Panda Blake (@apblake) June 2, 2013
"My name is a killing word." -- Muad'Dib— Adrian Lamo (@6) May 29, 2013
Huge "Free Bradley Manning" sign in front of the White House twitter.com/DarthNader/sta…— Nader (@DarthNader) June 4, 2013
The New Feudalism: Private equity firm Blackstone poised to become one of the largest landlords in US history... fb.me/LZEKWXRE— Occupy Wall Street (@OccupyWallSt) June 4, 2013
@occupywallst Otherwise, we will become nation of renters who rent from the 1% who own everything, and we, nothing.— SaveNYPublicLibrary (@Library10000) June 4, 2013
Deputy PM @bulent_arinc: Thanks to the common sense and patience of our citizens, the climate of confidence will be established shortly.— Public Diplomacy, TR (@TROfficeofPD) June 4, 2013
Turkish protesters raise $55,000 for full-page ad in New York Times gu.com/p/3gac9/tw— Guardian World (@guardianworld) June 4, 2013
Same script different cast.. Boyle bi sarki vardi ne severdim..— sinem ozdemir (@ssinemozdemir) June 4, 2013
Whoa: @clairecmc REALLY pushing back on Gen Harding's claim that character should be considered in questions of prosecution.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) June 4, 2013
David Neal - "Bradley Manning"