Saturday, March 2, 2013

Bradley Manning's personal statement to court martial: full text



The guardian recently reported, "Bradley Manning read out a personal statement to the court in Fort Meade, Maryland, at a pre-trial hearing over his prosecution for leaking the largest trove of state secrets in US history.

It provides the first account in his own words and under his own name of how he came to download hundreds of thousands of classified documents and videos from secure military databases and transmit them to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. 

The US government has refused to publish contemporaneous transcripts and documents from the Manning court martial, prompting legal complaints from open government groups. In the absence of a full official copy of Manning's statement, journalists covering the case have had to rely on their own note-taking from the courtroom....

Read full article and Private Manning's statement here: 
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/01/bradley-manning-wikileaks-statement-full-text

Food for thought:  The unlawful treatment of Private Bradley Manning, so far, is the best example of how military veterans are continuously being denied their Constitutional rights.

In the case of Bradley Manning, the victims of military rape and sexual assault, as well as my case, clearly demonstrates how veterans Civil Rights and Human Rights are being violated.  I will spare the details of my story on this blog, but you’ll soon be able to read all about it in my memoir, Broken Silence.

In the documentary, “The Invisible War”, military rape victims spoke about how their complaints were ignored by their supervisors and upper chain of command.  The victims never received justice in the end and their perpetrators were never prosecuted.   Unfortunately most of the perpetrators have since been discharged from the military, released into the general population and are most likely seeking employment with our law enforcement or security firms.

Until the 1965 Equal Employment Opportunity Act is amended, relinquishing military officials from being able to “manage” themselves, our veterans will continue to suffer both physically and mentally.  Furthermore, our tax dollars are being used to aid senior military officials in carrying out their unlawful treatment against our veterans as well as feeding their corporate greed!

Help petition Congress to amend the 1965 Equal Employment Act and to finally put an end to military corruption!
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