Bradley Manning Will Face Court HearingAdded: Friday, November 25th, 2011
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Bradley Manning, an army intelligence analyst, is known worldwide as a person suspected of leaking classified army documents to well-known WikiLeaks online service. Now he is about to get a day in court, but it’s still unclear how useful that could be to a guy who has spent the last 18 months in solitary confinement.
December 16th is the date when Bradley Manning is going to have an Article 32 hearing that would last 5 days. This hearing is basically a military procedure which is similar to a depositions hearing. During the hearing, the prosecutors will lay out their evidence before a judge that would determine if the case in question is still strong enough for the defendant to face a court-martial.
In order to ensure they get a court-martial, the Army has filed twenty-two counts against Bradley Manning thus far. Among those counts there’s even a charge of “aiding the enemy”. However, it isn’t quite clear who exactly the enemy was, unless the leak could somehow help the Taliban when the American army had been shown shooting unarmed Reuters journalists and Iraqi civilians while laughing.
Nevertheless, “aiding the enemy” is considered a capital charge. According to the government claims, they are still not going to seek the death penalty if they can make that one stick. Among other charges against Manning there are 5 counts of theft of public property or records, a couple counts of computer fraud, then 8 counts of transmitting defence data (which infringed the Espionage Act). In addition, there’s a count of wrongfully causing intelligence to be published online while realizing that it would be accessible to the enemy.
The Army is sure that if he is convicted, Bradley Manning could easily spend the rest of his life in jail. The hearing in question, by the way, is going to be open to both the media and public, but not the part of the proceedings where classified data may be discussed. At the same time, this will actually be the first time that Bradley Manning’s defence has a chance to hear the entire case of the US government against the defendant. According to the announcements made by David Coombs, Manning’s brief, during the hearing the defence will also study the copies of the criminal investigation files. Witness statements will be heard as well.
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Friday, November 25th, 2011
|Anonymous operation manning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpoSBK-6WBI|
"Collateral Murder" (the leaked video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0
he's eligible for the death penalty if convicted for allegedly showing the world innocent civilians being gunned down by an apache helicopter. what the video doesn't show are the women and children that were in the building (also hit) that the men were standing in front of....also, when people went to help them, the pilots lied to ground control and said they were cleaning up the weapons....and fired on them too
|@1, i see your point. Also having served in Iraq myself, we looked as it as better them than us. It is almost like a slap in the face to reality. It is, what it is.|
|posted by (2011-11-25 20:21:42)|
|hi well my heat goes out to the americans they don`t seam to know what is happening on there watch there libertys are going down the toilet go luck you will need it|
|Reuters is large and full of attorneys who should assist in the defense and set a precendent for murdering their employee in absolute terms. The Ellsberg papers and Mr. Ellsberg's freedoms should also have set a precedent. The cover-up that is taking place of the two reputable death counts which confirm the nearly 1.6 Million dead Iraqi citizens, during an illegal occupation, during treasonous violations of the Geneva Conventions on Land War to include the pillaging of oil should be considered. The U.S. court decision on illegal Weapons by Blackwater should be considered. Halliburton Energy moving from Texas to Adu Dabi or Dubi to avoid prosecution should be considered. Congress discussing the fact that the Wikileaks papers leaked the fact that the U.S. Embassy blessed Iraq attacking Kuwait should be taken into consideration. I think there is sort of Bill of Rights we used to have before Guantanamo too...||
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