USA: Dismiss all the charges based on Bradley’s unlawful pretrial punishment!
Call to action November 27th, 2012!
(01.11.2012) On November 27 Bradley Manning's defense will once again face off with the military prosecution in Ft. Meade to argue that all charges be dismissed because of "unlawful pretrial punishment".
This is one of the defense's final chances to reduce possible sentencing, second in importance only to the court martial which begins next February 4th. It's a crucial chance for the public to show the military and the media that they still support Bradley, by coming out to Fort Meade on November 27 to protest injustice in the military court!
Please come rally with us outside the main gate of Fort Meade! Following the rally, the public can sit in on court proceedings, which are scheduled to run November 27 to December 2. Over the summer, Bradley's lawyer David Coombs stated that "At every court hearing, I am given the opportunity to witness this support first hand. The attendance by supporters during these hearings as been nothing short of inspiring. Although my client is not permitted to engage those in attendance, he aware of your presence and support."
At this extremely important hearing, Bradley's lawyer David Coombs will focus on the mistreatment Bradley endured in Quantico, VA. It is now well-known that Bradley was held for nine months in solitary confinement, in conditions that were declared by UN Chief Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez to be "cruel, inhuman and degrading." David Coombs will present evidence that brig psychiatrists opposed the decision to hold Bradley in solitary, and that brig commanders misled the public when they said that Bradley's treatment was for "Prevention of Injury".
This hearing will set a precedent for treatment of prisoners on U.S. soil, and for treatment of military whistle-blowers especially. Please join us for a rally and protest on November 27, featuring top spokespeople for the Bradley Manning Support Network. Following the protest, we ask you to stay for some or all of the hearing, to help boost Bradley's spirits with your presence in the courtroom.
Solidarity actions are welcome
For those unable to attend the events at Ft. Meade, solidarity actions are welcome. We encourage supporters to rally at your nearest military recruiting office, to take photos of your group holding "We are Bradley Manning" signs, or a similarly supportive message, and then mail that to the following officials:
President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
Army Chief of Staff, General Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the US Army, 101 Army Pentagon, Rm. 3E672, Washington DC 20310-0200
Please include a brief letter of explanation with your photo. For example,
"We gathered on November 27, 2012 in front of the recruiting center in (city, state) to protest the mistreatment of military whistle-blower PFC Bradley Manning. Whistle-blowers play an important role in a democracy, and by revealing evidence of unpunished war crimes, as well as secret corporate influence on U.S. foreign policy, Bradley Manning acted in the interest of American citizens. We are appalled by the nine months Bradley was forced to spend in solitary confinement at Quantico, VA in addition to the fact he will have spent over 900 days in prison before receiving a trial. Please free Bradley Manning."
Please also submit photos of your action to owen(at)bradleymanning.org.
Bradley Manning Support Network: Call to action November 27th! Dismiss all the charges based on Bradley's unlawful pretrial punishment! eMail, November 1, 2012. Übersetzung: rf