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American hero Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

August 21, 2013
PFC Bradley Manning

PFC Bradley Manning

Today the sentence was handed down on PFC Bradley Manning by military judge Col. Lind. He was sentenced to 35 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge. This is how America treats its hero’s. Bradley Manning’s ‘crime’ was to let the American people know what the government was doing in their name with the wikileaks documents.

Right now I am so disappointed in the judge’s sentence that I can’t write a proper blog post. Instead I will re-post the following statement released by the Center for Constitutional Rights:

We are outraged that a whistleblower and a patriot has been sentenced on a conviction under the Espionage Act. The government has stretched this archaic and discredited law to send an unmistakable warning to potential whistleblowers and journalists willing to publish their information. We can only hope that Manning’s courage will continue to inspire others who witness state crimes to speak up.

This show trial was a frontal assault on the First Amendment, from the way the prosecution twisted Manning’s actions to blur the distinction between whistleblowing and spying to the government’s tireless efforts to obstruct media coverage of the proceedings. It is a travesty of justice that Manning, who helped bring to light the criminality of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, is being punished while the alleged perpetrators of the crimes he exposed are not even investigated. Every aspect of this case sets a dangerous precedent for future prosecutions of whistleblowers – who play an essential role in democratic government by telling us the truth about government wrongdoing – and we fear for the future of our country in the wake of this case.

We must channel our outrage and continue building political pressure for Manning’s freedom. President Obama should pardon Bradley Manning, and if he refuses, a presidential pardon must be an election issue in 2016.

I am joining the other Manning supporters in pressuring the Obama administration to pardon this young hero. Sadly I do not expect that to happen. Over the last few years President Obama’s Administration has proven to be against government accountability, whistleblowers, and the free press.

  1. Smitty
    August 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    don’t you mean Chelsea Manning?

    • Ken Santema
      August 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Yeah, I seen that after I posted this. “Chelsea Manning” is actually trending on twitter right now.

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