A Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning?


Not a bad idea, but highly unlikely, given that the Nobel folk awarded the prize to Bellicose Barry. But that’s the idea discussed in this segment of RT America’s Breaking The Set, an idea we endorse however unlikely its actualization.

The product of a traumatic childhood politically catalyzed by his experiences in post-war Iraq, Bradley Manning gave the world a first-hand look at the sausage-makinbg of American foreign policy.

Following three years of harsh imprisonment before trial, Manning finally offered up a poignant apology at the conclusion of a court martial than could see him imprisoned for the rest of his life. We can understand why, given the long, sad history of the use of solitary to coerce confessions.

From RT America:

Why Bradley Manning Should Get Obama’s Peace Prize

The program notes:

Abby Martin talks to Norman Solomon, Co-founder of RootsAction.org about the petition to award whistleblower Bradley Manning with the Nobel Peace Prize.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent essay Solomon wrote for USAToday:

Consent of the governed is meaningful only to the extent that it is informed consent. Bradley Manning let Americans, and many others around the world, know what their governments were really doing. The disclosures caused problems for leaders in many nations who much preferred to operate behind an opaque curtain.

Over time, democracy and peace are closely entwined. Only a knowledgeable citizenry can come to grips with actual policies that perpetuate war when shielded from public scrutiny.

It’s easy to insist that Bradley Manning must face the consequences of his actions. But we badly need whistle-blowers like Manning because U.S. government leaders do not face the consequences of their actions, including perpetual warfare abroad and assaults on civil liberties at home.

No government should have the power to keep waging war while using secrecy to cloak policies that cannot stand the light of day. Thank goodness for the courage of Bradley Manning.

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2 responses to “A Nobel Peace Prize for Bradley Manning?

  1. His bravery should at the very least not go un rewarded

  2. Today, Aug 21, 2013 in response to the sentencing of Pfc. Bradley Manning for 35 years in prison, the Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement.

    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 Bradley 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.

    http://ccrjustice.org/newsroom/press-releases/ccr-condemns-manning-verdict%2C-questions-future-of-first-amendment

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