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Forum Post: Bradley Manning ; An indie film takes up his plight. (VIDEO)

Posted 8 years ago on Dec. 19, 2011, 10:08 p.m. EST by shadz66 (19985)
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"Director Kyle Broom wanted to take “Prevention of Injury (POI)” through the film festival circuit just like every other independent filmmaker, but this 20-minute film has the burden of being about something. The film’s main character is doesn’t have a name. He’s referred to in the credits only as “The Detainee.” Actor Jordan Butcher doesn’t look much like Bradley Manning, but this hardly matters. Butcher pretty much is Bradley Manning here. He’s locked in a white-walled cell in near solitary confinement where being “administratively upgraded” to suicide prevention status brings with it the tortures of restraint and sleep deprivation. Amnesty International has condemned the real Private Manning’s treatment as harsh and punitive. In this film, you get a glimpse of what it must be like. After a few screenings at various Occupy sites, Broom and producer Alexandra Spector posted their film on Vimeo to get as wide an audience as possible before Manning’s Article 32 hearing (a kind of military code preliminary hearing) set for Friday."

Watch the film while you can. The whole USA might soon become one giant sequestered jury !

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

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[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

It would appear that the case against him is weak.

That the evidence is circumstantial.

http://occupywallstreet.net/story/surprising-lack-evidence-against-manning-confirms-over-prosecution

May the defense win the day!!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 6 years ago

''In response to Bradley Manning’s disclosures, the government – which already over-classifies exponentially – cracked down on leaks and information security, instead of the crimes he exposed. Shining public light on secret crimes is only becoming harder and harder. It’s no wonder NSA whistleblower specifically cited Manning’s persecution in requesting asylum outside of the U.S.'' from your excellent link, further to which :

fiat justitia ruat caelum ...

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

As all information yearns to be free, so do all networks yearn to be connected.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 6 years ago

''Journalist Barrett Brown spent his 300th day behind bars this week on a range of charges filed after he used information obtained by the hacker group Anonymous to report on the operations of private intelligence firms. Brown faces 17 charges ranging from threatening an FBI agent to credit card fraud for posting a link online to a document that contained stolen credit card data. But according to his supporters, Brown is being unfairly targeted for daring to investigate the highly secretive world of private intelligence and military contractors. Using information Anonymous took from the firm HBGary Federal, Brown helped discover a secret plan to tarnish the reputations of WikiLeaks and journalist Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian. Brown similarly analyzed and wrote about the millions of internal company emails from Stratfor Global Intelligence that were leaked in 2011.'' from :

''While the media and much of the world have been understandably outraged by the revelation of the NSA’s spying programs, Barrett Brown’s work was pointing to a much deeper problem. It isn’t the sort of problem that can be fixed by trying to tweak a few laws or by removing a few prosecutors. The problem is not with bad laws or bad prosecutors. What the case of Barrett Brown has exposed is that we confronting a different problem altogether. It is a systemic problem. It is the failure of the rule of law.''

Finally, also consider :

''What the ‘horizontalists’ (anarchists, libertarians) choose not to understand is that empire has no intention of relinquishing control—just look at the last century of America crushing ‘horizontal’ movements around the globe. What is clear from empire’s response to ‘whistleblowers’ and OWS is the absolute determination to crush democratic movements ‘at home.’ Regardless of how you see yourselves, what NSA spying demonstrates is that the corporate-state sees you as ‘the enemy.’ Americans need to get political to save their own asses. Joining the rest of the world in an epic of humanity would just be a ‘bonus.’''

ipsa scientia potestas est ...

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

I mentioned Barret a while back and as usual, got very little positive response.

http://www.vice.com/read/why-is-barrett-brown-facing-100-years-in-jail

travesties of justice are becoming far too common place.

http://freebarrettbrown.org/

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 6 years ago

Re. Barret Brown - that's an excellent link. This is really a very big story and seen in the round and in the context of Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Karen Hudes & Michael Hastings [RiP] - this bodes ill for a free society in The US in the immediate future - I'm sad to say.

Thanx for the links and I excerpt from the first : ''Clearly there is so much more to the Stratfor leak than a bunch of credit card numbers—and the truth behind it all, along with Barrett Brown’s possible century-long jail sentence—is a scary prospect for journalists, privacy advocates, and internet activists alike. As Barrett Brown himself said regarding the leak of Stratfor emails and the credit card numbers within them that some hackers from Anonymous used to donate money to charities : “Much of the media has only focused on the fact that some participants in the attack chose to use obtained customer credit card numbers to make donations to charitable causes. Although this aspect of the operation is indeed newsworthy, and, like all things, should be scrutinized and criticized as necessary -- the original purpose and ultimate consequence of the operation has been largely ignored.” & I re-post your 2nd link :

fiat lux ...

[-] 2 points by doitagain (234) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago
[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

Thanx for the heads up again on my forgotten post & can you stop spamming that video now please ?

Further and far more pertinently, please reflect upon :

fiat lux ...

[-] 1 points by doitagain (234) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago

i did it unconsciously (i didnt know it was your post =)

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

Glenn Greenwald re. latest developments :

"Julian Assange's Right to Asylum ; Given the travesty that is American justice, WikiLeaks' founder is entitled to seek asylum and well-advised to fear extradition" :

ad iudicium ...

[-] 1 points by doitagain (234) from Brooklyn, NY 7 years ago

listen men, i know you are very proactive. We need to make official occupy wl st rally in support of founder of WikiLeaks! It doesnt matter if government call him a terrorist, fuck such government, he is journalist and he have his own game!

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[-] 0 points by timir (183) from Brooklyn, NY 8 years ago

The US Army analyst suspected of passing classified information to Wikileaks should face a court martial, a military tribunal has recommended. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-16539409

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

Ray McGovern re. latest developments :

  • "Julian Assange’s Artful Dodge (Exclusive) : Faced with extradition from London to Sweden to face sex-abuse allegations, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange fled to the Ecuadorian embassy and asked for asylum, what ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern considers an artful dodge to avoid possible U.S. persecution." : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31662.htm .

e tenebris lux ...

[-] 0 points by timir (183) from Brooklyn, NY 8 years ago
[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 8 years ago

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/12/26/bradley-manning-hero-or-traitor/ DECEMBER 26, 2011 20 Exposing Government Crimes and Lies Bradley Manning: Hero or Traitor? by MARJORIE COHN

When he announced that the last U.S. troops would leave Iraq by year’s end, President Barack Obama declared the nine-year war a “success” and “an extraordinary achievement.” He failed to mention why he opposed the Iraq war from the beginning. He didn’t say that it was built on lies about mushroom clouds and non-existent ties between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda. Obama didn’t cite the Bush administration’s “Plan for Post-Saddam Iraq,” drawn up months before 9/11, about which Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill reported that actual plans “were already being discussed to take over Iraq and occupy it – complete with disposition of oil fields, peacekeeping forces, and war crimes tribunals – carrying forward an unspoken doctrine of preemptive war.”

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta also defended the war in Iraq, making the preposterous claim that, “As difficult as [the Iraq war] was,” including the loss of American and Iraqi lives, “I think the price has been worth it, to establish a stable government in a very important region of the world.”

The price that Panetta claims is worth it includes the deaths of nearly 4,500 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. It includes untold numbers wounded – with Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – and suicides, as well as nearly $1 trillion that could have prevented the economic disaster at home.

The price of the Iraq war also includes thousands of men who have been subjected to torture and abuse in places like Abu Ghraib prison. It includes the 2005 Haditha Massacre, in which U.S. Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians execution-style. It includes the Fallujah Massacre, in which U.S. forces killed 736 people, at least 60% of them women and children. It includes other war crimes committed by American troops in Qaim, Taal Al Jal, Mukaradeeb, Mahmudiya, Hamdaniyah, Samarra, Salahuddin, and Ishaqi.

The price of that war includes two men killed by the Army’s Lethal Warriors in Al Doura, Iraq, with no evidence that they were insurgents or posed a threat. One man’s brains were removed from his head and another man’s face was skinned after he was killed by Lethal Warriors. U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed by his own command and fellow Lethal Warriors in Al Doura. His charges were supported by atrocity photos which have been released by Pulse TV and Maverick Media in the new video by Cindy Piester, “On the Dark Side in Al Doura – A Soldier in the Shadows.” [http://vimeo.com/33755968]. CBS reported obtaining an Army document from the Criminal Investigation Command suggestive of an investigation into these war crimes allegations. The Army’s conclusion was that the “offense of War Crimes did not occur.”

One of the things Manning is alleged to have leaked is the “Collateral Murder” video which depicts U.S. forces in an Apache helicopter killing 12 unarmed civilians, including two Reuters journalists, and wounding two children. People trying to rescue the wounded were also fired upon and killed. A U.S. tank drove over one body, cutting the man in half.

The actions of American soldiers shown in that video amount to war crimes under the Geneva Conventions, which prohibit targeting civilians, preventing the rescue of the wounded, and defacing dead bodies.

Obama proudly took credit for ending U.S. military involvement in Iraq. But he had tried for months to extend it beyond the December 31, 2011 deadline his predecessor negotiated with the Iraqi government. Negotiations between Obama and the Iraqi government broke down when Iraq refused to grant criminal and civil immunity to U.S. troops.

It was after seeing evidence of war crimes such as those depicted in “Collateral Murder” and the “Iraq War Logs,” also allegedly leaked by Manning, that the Iraqis refused to immunize U.S. forces from prosecution for their future crimes. When I spoke with Tariq Aqrawi, Iraq’s ambassador to the United Nations, at a recent international human rights film festival in Vienna, he told me that if they granted immunity to Americans, they would have to do the same for other countries as well.

Manning faces more than 30 charges, including “aiding the enemy” and violations of the Espionage Act, which carry the death penalty. After a seven day hearing, during which the prosecution presented evidence that Manning leaked cables and documents, there was no evidence that leaked information imperiled national security or that Manning intended to aid the enemy with his actions.

On the contrary, in an online chat attributed to Manning, he wrote, “If you had free reign over classified networks… and you saw incredible things, awful things… things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC… what would you do?”

He went on to say, “God knows what happens now. Hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms… I want people to see the truth… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.“

Manning has been held for 19 months in military custody. During the first nine months, he was kept in solitary confinement, which is considered torture as it can lead to hallucinations, catatonia and suicide. He was humiliated by being stripped naked and paraded before other inmates.

The U.S. government considers Manning one of America’s most dangerous traitors. Months ago, Obama spoke of Manning as if he had been proved guilty, saying, “he broke the law.” But Manning has not been tried, and is presumed innocent in the eyes of the law. If Manning had committed war crimes instead of exposing them, he would be a free man today. If he had murdered civilians and skinned them alive, he would not be facing the death penalty.

Besides helping to end the Iraq war, the leaked cables helped spark the Arab Spring. When people in Tunisia read cables revealing corruption by the ruling family there, they took to the streets.

If Manning did what he is accused of doing, he should not be tried as a criminal. He should be hailed as a national hero, much like Daniel Ellsberg, whose release of the Pentagon Papers helped to expose the government’s lies and end the Vietnam War.

Marjorie Cohn is a professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and co-coordinator of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign (www.vn-agentorange.org). She is the author of Rules of Disengagement.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

"Julian Assange Seeks Asylum at Ecuadorean Embassy (as) Embassy extends 'generous welcome' to WikiLeaks founder**", by Donna Bowater :

pax, amor et lux ...

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

I just read this on ICH ( http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/ ) but thanx for posting it ;-)

[-] 0 points by ineptcongress (648) 8 years ago

they fired a very high up state department official for objecting to his incarceration without charges or due process.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/17/us/bradley-manning-accused-of-aiding-wikileaks-will-appear-in-military-court.html

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

"The Trial of Bradley Manning — Rule of Law or Rule of Intimidation, Retaliation & Retribution", By Ann Wright : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30025.htm .

fiat lux ...

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Further to the above : http://www.bradleymanning.org/ ;

fiat pax ...

[-] -1 points by Spade2 (478) 8 years ago

Poor Manning, can't they just throw him in regular prison?

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Bradley Manning's treatment whilst in custody, which would constitute 'torture' in many countries, is indicative of any treatment that this "American Prisoner of Conscience" will receive in any US Prison or Military Brig ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._military_prisons ).

I wish him well and hope he is released.

http://www.bradleymanning.org/ .

Lux et Veritas.

[-] -1 points by Spade2 (478) 8 years ago

He shouldn't be released, he broke the law and violated the First Amendment but I do believe this is mistreatment

[-] -1 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 8 years ago

Manning is alleged to have released a video showing a US helicopter crew killing and wounding several unarmed Iraqi civilians and journalists. That this video should have been kept a secret from the American public is disturbing, as the incident was no secret to "the enemy" only a secret kept from the general public.

http://www.bradleymanning.org/learn-more/collateral-murder-video

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

alouis : Thanx. Your point is sound and indeed, fundamental.

Re. "The Video" : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0 but please be advised that it is disturbing. The journalists were working for 'Reuters' and the worst aspect of this shocking scenario was the murder of the rescuers of those initially attacked.

fiat pax ...

[-] 0 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Also 'alouis' : "Pvt. Manning and Imperative of Truth", by Ray McGovern : http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30054.htm + Merry Xmas 2 U !

[-] 0 points by alouis (1511) from New York, NY 8 years ago

thanks

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Hey 'alouis' : Wherever you're at, hope you are well & :

fiat justitia ...

[-] -2 points by shadzworth (-394) 7 years ago

Oh and by the way Fuck Brad the fucking a-hole traitor!!!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 7 years ago

tch ; Tch ; TCh ; TCH !!!!

[-] -2 points by headlesscross (67) 8 years ago

He's lucky. He really does deserve the firing squad,he is a traitor.

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Traitor ?! NOT to his conscience he's Not !! + D'you think that your opinions on this (or any other!) matter are really your own ?!

Please ... "Unplug Yourself : How Advertising and Entertainment Shapes Your Subconscious", by Andre Evans ; http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30220.htm !!

fiat lux ...

[-] 0 points by headlesscross (67) 8 years ago

"your opinions on this (or any other matter!) are really your own ?!"

Ha,now that's an original way of trying to tell me I'm full of shit. Sorry,ain't gonna work.

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

It Has Already !!! ~{;-)

[-] 0 points by headlesscross (67) 8 years ago

Et tu, Brute Ad absurdum!!!

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

Lol! + pls. do try the link above ^ & hv a gd wknd + a tune : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzNjmIWbns4 !! fiat lux ...

[-] -2 points by shadzworth (-394) 7 years ago

Shit,good to hear someone actually say what needs to be said.

[-] -2 points by timir (183) from Brooklyn, NY 8 years ago

i want his early termination without suffering. he is a real warrior

[-] 1 points by shadz66 (19985) 8 years ago

What d'you mean "termination" ?!