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United for Peace of Pierce County - UFPPC statement: On the judicial kneecapping of Bradley Manning
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UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."

ON THE JUDICIAL KNEECAPPING OF BRADLEY MANNING

March 7, 2013

The Bradley Manning case is an outrage.

Bradley Manning is guilty of something, no doubt. He admitted as much in court last week, when he pleaded guilty to charges substantial enough to put him in prison for twenty years.

Prosecutors could have accepted Manning's plea. But the next day they said they would continue to try to convict Manning of "aiding the enemy" under the Espionage Act, a charge that could result in life imprisonment.

The Manning case is the world turned upside down.

Those who in Iraq committed the supreme crime of aggressive war -- George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Condoleezza Rice, the whole passel of knaves -- have gone scot-free into a comfortable retirement. Meanwhile a few token sentences have been meted out to some of the miserable underlings who committed atrocities along the way.

Bradley Manning, meanwhile, for informing the American people about what was being done in their name, has been accused of aiding the enemy and threatened with life in prison.

What Bradley Manning is really guilty of is righteous indignation. What Bradley Manning is guilty of is having the courage of his convictions.

Last week Manning's 35-page statement proved his ethical motivations. Since when has moral courage become a crime deserving life imprisonment?

Bradley Manning acted because he still believed in us, the American people. Bradley Manning acted because he still believed that enough of us care about what is done in our name to do something. Bradley Manning is on trial, but we are the ones who are being judged.

If Bradley Manning is guilty, then so are we.

UNITED FOR PEACE OF PIERCE COUNTY

"We nonviolently oppose the reliance on unilateral military actions rather than cooperative diplomacy."