Stand with Brad!
Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime!
Tuesday, April 12
Duluth Federal Building
Join Veterans for Peace and FBI whistle-blower Coleen Rowley for a rally in support 23-year old Pfc Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence specialist accused of leaking footage of US war crimes in Iraq. While the perpetrators of those crimes walk free, Manning is enduring brutal pre-trial punishment at the Quantico Marine base in Virginia, including 23-hour a day isolation and forced nudity. Among dozens of charges filed against Manning is "aiding the enemy" - a capital offense.
The UK government and the UN have moved to intervene in Manning's case, and former State Department spokesman PJ Crowley called Manning's treatment "stupid and counter-productive" - an opinion that cost him his job. Two hundred and fifty legal scholars, including Obama's former advisor Laurence Tribe, recently signed a petition condemning Manning's treatment as unconstitutional.
President Obama's response? He defends Manning's abuse as "appropriate and meeting our basic standards."
Exposing war crimes is not a crime. Stand up for Manning and your right to know. To learn more, visit bradleymanning.org.