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The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179132

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Dear friends,

Right now, Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning is being tortured in a US military prison. Manning is subjected to utter isolation that can drive many people insane, with short periods each day where he is stripped naked and abused by jeering inmates.

Manning is awaiting trial for releasing secret military documents to Wikileaks – including a video of US soldiers massacring Iraqi civilians. And his brutal treatment appears to be part of an intimidation campaign to silence whistleblowers and crack down on Wikileaks. The US government is split on this issue, with diplomats publicly criticizing the military for Manning's treatment, but President Obama has stood aside so far.

Obama cares about the US' global reputation - we need to show him that it's at stake here. Let's build a massive global call to the US government to stop torturing Manning and uphold the law. Sign the petition below -- our message will be delivered through hard-hitting ads and actions in Washington DC as soon as we reach 250,000 signatures:

www.avaaz.org/en/bradley_manning_3/97.ph...63446e78e49c9c913635

On paper the United States opposes torture. The US Constitution forbids “cruel and unusual punishment". And, along with almost a hundred other countries, the US has signed an international convention promising to treat all prisoners “with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person”. But today Bradley Manning is utterly isolated in a cell without sheets, not allowed to exercise and is being subjected to brutal humiliation that is causing serious mental harm. This violates US and international law.

Bradley is being held under 'prevention of injury' status despite 16 reports from military mental health professionals that he should be removed from these severe conditions. His lawyers are trying to enforce his basic Constitutional and international human rights in court, but so far the military tribunal responsible for Bradley’s fate has ignored his suffering.

There has been a crack down on Wikileaks since the explosive revelations of US military crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many speculate that this brutal pressure on Bradley is intended to force him to implicate WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. But Obama promised Americans and the world that he would protect, not persecute, whistleblowers:

"Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled."

Bradley's cruel treatment does the opposite and sends a chilling message to others who may want to expose important information. Let's act quickly to put massive international pressure on the United States government to honor its commitment to human rights and the protection of whistleblowers and end the shockingly cruel treatment of their own citizen. Sign the petition below:

www.avaaz.org/en/bradley_manning_3/97.ph...63446e78e49c9c913635

Bradley Manning claims he is a patriot and has admitted to releasing information that he felt the world had a right to know. While reasonable people can disagree about the approach of Wikileaks and the the rights or wrongs of those who delivered information to them, the illegal torture of Bradley Manning, who has yet to receive a fair trial or be convicted of any crime, is a shameful violation of human rights and human dignity.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Ricken, Pascal, Janet and the rest of the Avaaz team


Sources:

Check out Obama's statement on the importance of whistleblowing released on his official website change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/

PJ Crowley resigns over Bradley Manning remarks, The Guardian
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/13/pj-...dley-manning-remarks

Soldier's inhumane imprisonment, LA Times
articles.latimes.com/2011/jan/10/opinion/la-ed-manning-20110110

US: Explain Conditions of Bradley Manning’s Confinement, Human Rights Watch
www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/03/16/us-explai...anning-s-confinement

Stripped naked every night, Bradley Manning tells of prison ordeal, The Guardian
www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/11/str...adley-manning-prison

WikiLeakers and Whistle-Blowers: Obama's Hard Line, Time
www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2058340,00.html

The Implications of the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning, Huffington Post
www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-kane/bradley...-obama_b_832933.html

U.S. Pledges Rights Improvements, New York Times
www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/world/19briefs-ART-Nations.html

Bradley Manning: charge sheet
www.guardian.co.uk/law/interactive/2011/...manning-charge-sheet
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179134

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Signed.

The US authorities are swine of the lowest order!
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179135

Signed.

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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179136

They're the same the world over...at least this bloke has some balls, no? It's the brainless atoms of the bodies that are the swines...fucking brown-nosing lickspittles that hide behind their stainless steel clipboards ought to be subjected to some of their own processes to see how they hold up...fucking gormless gnomes! I'll sign it too, fuck all good that it'll do though...we should just arm ourselves with clipboards and clout these gutless fucks...B)

Oi! donut munching meddling gnarly gutless gnomes kiss my arse :moon:
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179150

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Balls, Wallace? Certainly; in fact the geezer's a hero. If every human being had what it takes to stand up for what they believed to be right, no matter what the potential consequences or how powerful the adversary, the world would be a happier and more peaceful place. I wish this fellow the very best; if only I could do more for him than sign a petition.
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179167

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signed :)
When I am breathing my last breath and waiting to meet either Oblivion or the Deity that made me, will I really think "oh I wish I'd decorated more often" or "Why didn't I buy more carpet?" or "Oh my God I should have ironed my clothes"? I don't think so.
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179168

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Signed as well and I agree with Mr Livered.
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179169

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Though as Mr W. says it may do no good, I'll gladly sign. I receive Avaaz emails anyway, so often sign for various campaigns
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179175

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Me too. I got this e-mail this morning but the link wasn't working. So I've done it from here instead.
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Re: The Avaaz Thread 3 years 1 week ago #179176

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I think you are right about him being hero, Mr L, and about if more people stood up like him (like, starting a long time ago) what the world would be like. And Wallace was right about balls. Being a hero takes balls. A person I know who used to be a spy/assassin needed balls to heroically do what he was told and truly thought was the greatest good for the greatest number of people. That didn't stop his head from being scrambled by a serious case of PTSD, and being nearly debriefed to death years after he quit. With no threat of anything, signing a digital petition takes no balls. And I think it's more than a tad too late to effect meaningful change. But I'm not pointing fingers. For what good it might do, signed.
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