BRADLEY MANNING’S 1000 DAYS MARKED IN Wales,Ireland, Scotland and England.

SAT 23RD FEB: 1000 DAYS OF INCARCERATION BEFORE TRIAL (SO FAR)

Well….

‘Twas a chilly day in W.I.S.E. lands, snow in some places, wind in others, but in 13 separate places (that we know of) people turned out (or had left their mark) to say in varying ways:

1000 days is 1000 DAYS TOO LONG! FREE BRAD!

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In one way or another the word was out on the streets in Bangor, Cardiff, Haverfordwest, Newport (Pembs), and Wrexham in WALES;  in Galway and Dublin in IRELAND; Edinburgh in SCOTLAND; and in Birmingham, Fairford, London, Peterborough and Menwith Hill in ENGLAND.

PRELIMS

WHISTLEBLOWING IN WALES

Well, Bangor began on WEDNESDAY 20th – and whistleblowing was the theme. In the afternoon a meeting for whistleblowers, and in the evening an open debate with key Welsh whistleblowers speaking: ‘WikiLeaks: do we have a right to know?’

The culmination of which, it appears, was the following letter sent to the press et al to mark BRADLEY’S 1000 DAYS!

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STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF BRADLEY MANNING
AND WHISTLEBLOWERS EVERYWHERE.
PROTESTING BRAD’S CONTINUED DETENTION –
1,000 DAYS HELD WITHOUT TRIAL
(23 Feb 2013)
 
We are whistleblowers and supporters of whistleblowers in Wales and beyond.
 
Some of us have first hand experience of attempts to prevent us speaking out about wrongdoing and injustice through the practice of ‘gagging’, which is by no means confined to the NHS. Local authorities, government departments, government funded agencies, NGOs, banks and large companies all routinely use gagging clauses in compromise agreements in an effort to keep the unvarnished truth about their organisations hidden from the public. Those who refuse to be gagged find themselves targeted: victimised, smeared, persecuted and sometimes prosecuted. It is almost always the whistleblowers rather than the perpetrators of the wrongdoing who lose their livelihoods, often their social networks, family stability and health too. Even where the actions of whistleblowers are completely vindicated, they may find themselves discriminated against when applying for other work.
 
February 23 marks the 1,000th day that Welsh-American whistleblower Bradley Manning has been held by the US in pre-trial confinement for leaking the truth about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and much more) into the public domain via WikiLeaks, including evidence of war crimes that had been covered up and denied. Ten years ago, as MPs were preparing to vote on the Iraq War, Bradley Manning was a schoolboy in Wales. Now 25, he has spent the last three birthdays in detention, was held under conditions that amounted to torture for 11 months and has been denied his right to a speedy trial, while President Obama has prejudiced the court martial by declaring Bradley Manning guilty before trial. If convicted, he faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
 
With whistleblowers in the US as here, the rhetoric is protection, the reality persecution.
 
We protest this injustice, call on the US government to drop all charges against Bradley Manning and release him from detention.
 
We demand real protection for whistleblowers in Wales, the US and everywhere.

Signed:

Sibani Roy, whistleblower at AWEMA: All Wales Ethnic Minority Association, Cardiff 

Mandy Bostwick, whistleblower at Communities First ‘Flagship’ government project in Wales 

Mair Jones, whistleblower at the Children’s Commissioner’s Office for Wales
 
Cliff Rice, whistleblower at Wylfa nuclear power station
 
Genny Bove, whistleblower at AVOW: Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham
 
Linda Davies, whistleblower at care home, Flintshire
 
Sarah Thomas, whistleblower at council EMI Unit, Caernarfon
 
Ben Griffin, ex-army whistleblower over British complicity in torture
 
Anne Greagsby, whistleblower at Wales DRC/EHRC: Disability Rights Commission/Equalities and Human Rights Commission 
Joan Meredith, whistleblower at the Abbeyfield Society
Also, these supporters:
Sylvia Boyes                                        Laraine Bruce                                 Susan Dresner
Jochen Eisentraut                                Food Not Bombs Cardiff                  Jill Gough
Michael Green                                     Joy Mitchell                                     Greg Ogden
Maria Pizzoni                                       Nonny Shearer                                Olga Solabarrieta
Jan Underwood                                    Max Wallis
Contacts: wbwales@lists.riseup.net or call 0845 330 4505

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VARIOUS MESSAGES OF SUPPORT

Messages of support for Brad were received from several people.

HUGO BLANCO gave this moving tribute to Brad:

For me to take part in this campaign is a great honour.

Here is my statement:

Bradley Manning was rightly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, however the entrenched corruption in the awarding of that prize, mocking the will of its founder, awarded the prize to Obama, driver of massacres in Afghanistan, and to the European Union, manufacturer and exporter of arms.

Bradley is the standard bearer of Peace; he honours the name of the United States, showing that those at the bottom don’t share the warmongering of those who, in the service of big business, govern it.

So the system illegally tortures him as a threat to the peace fighters. Despite everything he maintains high morale.

Let us follow the example of Bradley, let’s battle for peace, let’s battle against wars, without fear of reprisals, let’s learn from Bradley to be truly human.

Hugo Blanco

Director of Lucha Indigena http://www.luchaindigena PERU

The Welsh MP ANN CLWYD reaffirmed her support of Bradley, called for his immediate release, particularly in view of his ‘terrible treatment in detention’  and the length of his pretrial confinement, and paid tribute to his whistleblowing with this statement:

As the MP who tabled two EDMs in Parliament, I do, of corse, continue to support Bradley Manning.

Given his terrible treatment in detention and the time he spent without trial, he should be released now

He was a whistleblower who did us all a favour.

Ann Clwyd MP

and the German MP, SEVIM DAGDELEN, applauded Bradley’s iconic moral stature in the following statement:

Subject: Statement for Action Day Free Bradley Manning

Dear friends,

I do support the campaign for Bradley Manning. I would be delighted if my statement could be published on your websites:

“Bradley Manning has made history and stands for many others who have done so. We have a moral duty to prevent war crimes and to reveal war crimes by publishing information about them. Manning has done that. He truely deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. Others do not.

To me, those are not in court, reveal the war crimes, but those who commit war crimes and responsibility.

Free Bradley Manning!”

Best Regards,

Sevim Dagdelen
Member of the German Bundestag
Member of Foreign Affairs Committee
Spokeswoman for International Relations of Die Linke

ON THE STREETS IN THE BRITISH ISLES ON SATURDAY FEB23

WALES

STALL IN BANGOR

On SATURDAY Bangor and Ynys Mon Peace and Justice had their info stall in Bangor High St near the clock, where they attracted a fair bit of interest and had some good conversations.

One of National Theatre Wales team, who worked with John McGrath, the director of The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning (which won 3 awards recently), happened to be staying in town and, noticing the stall, stopped to introduce himself and chat about Brad.

CARDIFF

On FRIDAY (the actual 1000th) (depending on when you count from – herein lies a variation) (some say the 1005th) (THINK this is to to do with ‘apprehension date’ versus official ‘arrest date’ ??).

Anyhow…

CARDIFF saw a special Bradley Manning Food not Bombs Friday lunchtime (Food not Bombs  feed people for free outside St John’s Church by the railings on Friday lunchtimes and dedicated this weeks’ free food stall to Brad).  Windy and Cold!!

Then they all turned out again on *the* day (cold again) – SATURDAY between 10.30 and 2.30 – banners, info stall etc….

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Dog chain lends symbolism here…..I think it was deliberate juxtaposition of doggie and poster….

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HAVERFORDWEST

…and what could be *MORE* (ASIDE: question – where does that *MORE* come from?) iconic than Brad’s old school?

….where on SATURDAY a local graffitist expresses support for Brad on the school gates….!

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banksygirl strikes again…

and up the road from Brad’s maternal home town of Haverfordwest to…..

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NEWPORT (PEMBS)

….Fachongle Isaf, Cilgwyn, Newport, where they gathered (as they have before) at the eco farm/community made famous by the self-sufficiency guru John Seymour , who, amongst other things, it is said, believed in ‘personal responsibility’; a belief we would be safe to conclude Brad shares.

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VICKY WRITES:

The young people in Pembrokeshire would like to do whatever they could to get their school contemporary home and free. They are moved by him and hope they would have done the same.

We walked for freedom and talked over his experiences in prison, trying to share the pain.

In the evening people gathered to celebrate the peoples of the world both now and down the ages – diverse, but united in our need for caring truth. Bradley stands for the key to a united human species, to our survival.

The most powerful military in the world wants him to face a charge carrying the death sentence. Destruction against a child of hope, war against compassion.

Pembrokeshire people want to be like him, whatever the price; Bradley is an inspiration.

BRAD 1000 DAYS INDOORS AT VICKY'S 2

WREXHAM

Lots of lovely photos here. See also this report.

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and now for a little resonance with the Arabian Nights……

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IRELAND

DUBLIN

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to GALWAY

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SCOTLAND

EDINBURGH

In Edinburgh, there was this  (US Consulate General) planned and this  (St Andrew’s Square) – think it was hoped that they’d link up – await reports

ENGLAND

BIRMINGHAM

The event in Birmingham was organised by Birmingham Stop the War and was announced on fb as:

In Birmingham, on Saturday 23rd February, there will be a vigil in solidarity with Bradley Manning. Those attending are encouraged to bring placards, signs and banners stating ‘I Am Bradley Manning’, ‘Free Bradley Manning’ and other creative support.

There will also be speakers and press will be in attendance. We would also like to use the opportunity to capture photographs on individuals with their banners and signs for the online photo campaign supporting Bradley Manning: http://iam.bradleymanning.org/

We have posters, speakers and poetry planned. We’d like those attending to bring ‘I Am Bradley Manning’ if they could. Artists of any kind welcome – especially the chalk on pavement kind – thanks! :)

This one is setting up and the one below speaks for itself! (taken by and thanks to Salman Mirza @sallytwit)

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FAIRFORD

It snew here too – gentle flakes

It was fairly busy at Fairford (home to ‘RAF’ Fairford’) with people doing Saturday morning chores in the market square, but almost no-one refused to take a fact sheet, some people were already supporters and glad to see us there, and others wanted us to explain more. A few people signed petition.

Particularly interested were two boys around 13/14, who spent ages talking through the moral dilemmas that Brad might have faced – eg obeying orders v conscience – as they read through the edited ‘chat logs – ‘in his own words’.

They instantly picked up from the collateral murder stills on the post card that the Apache attack was ‘just like a video game’ and determined to find it on line to see for themselves; and they thought aloud about why people join up even when there isn’t a draft….really impressive kids

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We had a camera issue, sadly (such incompetence) and were only able to take this one picture after everyone had made off home to lunch and we were about to pack up….

LONDON

(unless stated to be Pete Riches images, all other London images ITFriendsofBM on flickr)

In which Bradley gets the justly deserved hero’s ‘Freedom of the City’ tour – in our book anyhow…

The iconic sites mobile demo travelled a pied in what was obviously a very chilly wind (check out the taut faces by the time everyone’s been at the US Embassy for a while!); beginning at Trafalgar Square, taking in a Famous Lion, Abe Lincoln and Nelson Mandela, moving on to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, and finally Buckingham Palace….and thence to the US Embassy.

And here is one of those famed Trafalgar Square Lions at the start and a very self-possessed young lady sitting on the plinth above the Brad flag! (lions lying with lambs and little children leading them sprang to mind…)

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Abe Lincoln (on the plinth)

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Nelson Mandela

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By Big Ben

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Parliament with Big Ben

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and again…

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The Mall, Buckingham Palace

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Buckingham Palace

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and on to join the picket at the US Embassy – ablaze with colourful banners and fiery speeches all calling for the freedom of Brad!

Say it together, people!

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The following images are courtesy of Pete Riches – see his photostream on flickr – thank you, Pete!

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and this one below from ITFriendsofBM again

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MENWITH HILL

Here, again, it was snowing (not settling, though), and very cold-d-d as people gathered outside the gates of the base with the ‘official’ CAAB (high court authorised!) upside down US flag, to remember Bradley Manning and his 1000 days in prison.

STANDING FIRM WITH BRADLEY MANNING

A group of people gathered at the gates of the American base at NSA Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire between 11am and 1pm, in response to the International call for action from the Bradley Manning Support Network in the US and others, to mark this shocking day of his continued detention.

We stood in front of the cars coming out of the base and held upside down flags with messages of support – eg

GOOD ON YOU, BRADLEY MANNING!

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Afterwards an upside down US flag (THANK YOU, BRADLEY MANNING!) was tied on to the perimeter fence for Christopher Gilmore (Colonel US Commander of NSA Menwith Hill) and the people who work on this base; making it clear that CAAB supports BRADLEY MANNING.

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The base is occupied and controlled by the NSA and their Agencies.

Lindis Percy  (Joint Co-ordinator of CAAB – Campaign for the Accountability of American Bases) said:

There is often a terrible price to pay for ‘blowing the whistle’ to reveal crimes and abuses going on.

Bradley Manning has seriously stirred up the hornets nest involving the most serious and shocking cover up by the US government and military. He has exposed war crimes.

These people should be in court.  We need more whistleblowers like Bradley Manning

PETERBOROUGH

People vigiled for Brad in Cathedral Square, catching the lunchtime passers by, and handing out the postcards and an information leaflet we produced with salient extracts from the chat logs on the back.

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3 Responses to BRADLEY MANNING’S 1000 DAYS MARKED IN Wales,Ireland, Scotland and England.

  1. Boadacia! says:

    The American empirical elite politicians need to be brought to justice, but this will only happen when we have a world wide justice organisation, that all countries will have to recognise and conform.

  2. John Harris says:

    Great work Lindi on the Friday/Saturday page, thank you, and to everyone else in the WISE network who showed up in the bitter cold, under leaden grey skies, to show solidarity with Bradley Manning, who at the (then) young age of 22 took an enormous and unbelievably brave risk with his liberty and his life to bring the world word of tyranny, torture and torment at work, in the name of the War on Terror, undertaken with the tacit approval of too many voters in UK and the US, as well as the wholehearted approval of most members of the ruling class in both countries who knew they would never have to place themselves in harms way to further their ideology and selfish need for legacy, or foolish belief in unsubstantiated evidential claims used to justify military action, and had no apparent hesitation or conscience about sending impressionable young men and women to die for their causes, not to mention hundreds of thousands of collateral civilian victims. Those of us who did not die are paying and will continue to pay a price in various ways, far from the false claims of security, peace and prosperity, and in this time of great need, the already identifiable cost to the US taxpayer of £19 trillion for the Americans’ Afghan and Iraq wars of choice, by the time the last surviving serviceman or servicewoman dies towards the end of the 21st century, and are then off the books of the Veterans Administration, or the wasted $12 trillion cost of the Arab-Israeli conflict to the global community, is either criminal, sociopathic, or indicative of gross and inexcusable incompetence. In Bradley Manning’s case the price has been 1000 stolen days already, and may amount to another 20,000 surrendered days without freedom to live his life as he chooses. In our cases, we cannot yet know the full cost or the consequences, but we owe a debt to Bradley and Julian and must not forget them, but equally that debt requires holding those responsible for these insults and crimes against all human kind accountable if not by means of ICC, then by consigning them to stand in the same jobless lines they, and their kind, have created all over the world. A small matter of 7 billion taking control away from the few hundreds of thousands and their proxies who have misused control and abused trust and their own citizens for far too long, and probably since the Middle Ages. It is surely time to Rise Up.

  3. Laura Watkins says:

    This is amazing. I enjoyed your photos. Your big support of Brad is heartwarming. I’m going to his hearing shortly. It’s funny that Fort Meade is on his family’s old land – in the 1600s. They came from the British Isles around the same time as mine. Mannings lived across the creek from my family in Virginia – Julian’s Creek. Lol We and other families moved up to Maryland after we became Quakers. Brad’s something else. He’s used to being in charge. It’s clear why government wimps are afraid of him. I’d swear he was a prince or commander in a past life. Seeing someone so brave and kind being treated like a serial killer is surreal. The DC area is swarming with Nazis. I call them all that. The government must clone them.

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