RT: UK threats help Assange cause; West hostile to whistleblowers
posted by Keito
Wozniak: Web crackdown coming, freedom failing
posted by Keito
Sign Daniel Ellsberg's new petition to help free Bradley Manning...
posted by Keito
2012-08-03 22:15:32Daniel Ellsberg, a name sure to send shockwaves through public offices across the USofA. A former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of U.S. government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War.
The man changed history forever when he disclosed top secret information to an unwitting public.
Fast forward a few decades and we find ourselves in a similar situation, only this time the leaks are not quite so high in classification, yet the punishment for whistleblowing appears to have increased ten-fold.
Below, is the link to a petition, created by Daniel Ellsberg himself, in support of Bradley Manning, the now infamous WikiLeaks whistleblower. Manning has been detained for over 800 days now, in conditions that are tantamount to physical and psychological torture.
Please, take a minute of your time to sign the petition, to show that you too are willing to stand against war crimes and the governments attempts to silence such public disclosures.
"Why this is important?
Accused WikiLeaks whistleblower and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Bradley Manning will spend the rest of his life in prison for telling the public the truth, if US officials get their way. Government conduct, apparently aimed at discouraging whistleblowers, has ignored due process and made a fair trial impossible. But, in the past, outrageous government conduct has led judges to dismiss the charges against whistleblowers. Tell the judge in Bradley’s military Court Martial to do the same!
- Bradley was held in pre-trial solitary confinement for 11 months, in conditions condemned by the UN Rapporteur on Torture as “cruel, inhuman and degrading,” including being stripped and made to stand naked at roll call. This was a clear violation of the US military’s Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ: Article 13). Yet, only worldwide outrage--including over 500,000 Avaaz members signing a petition--ended this illegal treatment.
- Both President Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey have declared publicly, prior to trial, that Bradley “broke the law." Their statements make a mockery of presumption of innocence and have prejudiced the proceedings with Unlawful Command Influence (UCMJ: Article 37).
- Article 10 of the UCMJ promises defendants a speedy trial. However, Bradley was imprisoned for nearly two years before his pretrial proceedings even began, and his court-martial trial has yet to start.
- The prosecution has withheld key evidence which the defense believes will show that Bradley's alleged actions have not damaged US national security. And there is clear evidence that the leaks were motivated entirely by conscience. Yet the military says that Bradley's intention should not even be considered by the court, and that he should be convicted of 'Aiding the Enemy' and sentenced to life in prison, regardless of any moral motive, lack of harm, or overwhelmingly positive results of the disclosures. Against all Justice, this would make any kind of whistleblower defense impossible.
Call on Judge Lind to acknowledge the outrageous government conduct in Bradley’s case, and dismiss the charges against him, and tell President Obama to pardon him in the event of any conviction!
The information released has helped inform public understanding of the realities of the War on Terror, and revealed governmental and corporate corruption and collusion. It has contributed to the ending of the Iraq War and to positive people-power movements such as the Tunisian Revolution and the Occupy Movement. Tens of thousands of regular citizens worldwide have supported Bradley and funded his legal defense (See: www.bradleymanning.org). It is time for US officials to stop obstructing democracy and free Bradley Manning!
Daniel Ellsberg, Pentagon Papers whistleblower
Center for Constitutional Rights
Bradley Manning Support Network"
I ♥ the smell of Bullshit in the morning
posted by Keito
2012-07-28 11:44:43"Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process." ~Barack Obama pre-election campaign promise.
I wonder what Bradley Manning thinks to Obama's new 'strengthened' whistleblower protection measures.
Nobel Peace Prize winner asks "If Julian Assange ends up in a US prison, who’s next?"
posted by Keito
2012-07-21 00:54:28"Julian Assange tried to protect the innocent by outing the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity. They are the ones who one day should be made accountable for their crime.
American media have reported that the US Justice Department and the Pentagon have conducted a criminal investigation into “whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange violated criminal laws in the group’s release of government documents, including possible charges under the Espionage Act.”
Mr. Assange’s only crime is that he cared enough about people to respect their right to truth, and had the courage and bravery to print the truth. In the process, he embarrassed powerful governments.
The WikiLeaks release of thousands of US State Department Cables, and especially the 2007 video footage from a US Apache helicopter which appears to show US military deliberately killing civilians, including two Reuters employees, reveals the United States’ crimes against humanity.
For this “truth telling,” Julian Assange has inherited the wrath of the US government, and has been targeted in a most vindictive way, as has Private Bradley Manning.
I support the right of WikiLeaks to publish leaked information, as it is in the interest of the world’s public and their right to know. WikiLeaks were not the leakers or whistleblowers; they are an on-line news media.
Many believe there are people in high places who wish to punish Julian Assange for outing them, and to force others to remain silent, and that they will not rest until Mr. Assange is behind bars in the United States.
There are even some American politicians who have put Mr. Assange’s life in grave danger by calling for him to be assassinated.
It is ironic that Julian Assange’s basic human rights have been breached when he as a journalist dedicated to working for the people’s right to freedom of speech, and a free press."