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Manning Trial Coming to Conclusion: All Out to Support

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Closing arguments in Bradley Manning's court martial begin Thursday  at Ft. Meade.  The government has been allowed by the judge to keep the "aiding the enemy" charge against Bradley, in which they must prove the defendant  

"aids, or attempts to aid, the enemy with arms, ammunition, supplies, money, or other things; or without proper authority, knowingly harbors or protects or gives intelligence to, or communicates or corresponds with or holds any intercourse with the enemy, either directly or indirectly."

Prosecutors allege Bradley was instigated by Wikileaks to get the leaked information, send it to them, with the express purpose of getting it to Al Queda.

As Emily Bazelon wrote  Thursday  in This is Vengeance, Not Justice

"None of this fits with the facts surrounding Bradley Manning. For the government and the military, his leaks were destructive and crazy making. But he says he did it to spark public debate. He had increasing doubts about the war, and he wanted to expose American wrongdoing so the public would know what was happening.
"I felt that we were risking so much for people that seemed unwilling to cooperate with us, leading to frustration and anger on both sides. I began to become depressed with the situation that we found ourselves increasingly mired in year after year," Manning said in court earlier this year. "I also believed the detailed analysis of the data over a long period of time by different sectors of society might cause society to re-evaluate the need or even the desire to even to engage in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations that ignore the complex dynamics of the people living in the affected environment everyday."

Here's his full statement."

When the closing arguments end, probably fairly quickly, we expect the judge's verdict. I will be at the trial, and we'll be talking  Thursday  evening at  10pm EDT  with journalists and others who have been attending the trial. Please join in. 

Expect the Bradley Manning Support Network's full page ad in  The New York Times  on Thursday .  Friday  we will protest at Ft. McNair in Washington, DC, where the Commanding General, who oversees the military "justice" system is based.  Saturday  there are international actions supporting Bradley Manning. You can join in or make your own.  If people in Afghanistan can make a protest for Bradley, so can we:

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Debra Sweet is the Director of World Can't Wait, initiated in 2005 to "drive out the Bush regime" by repudiating its program, forcing it from office through a mass, independent movement and reversing the direction it had launched. Based in New York City, she leads World Can't Wait in its continuing efforts to stop the crimes of our government, including the unjust occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the torture and detention codes, as well as reversing the fascist direction of U.S. society, from the surveillance state to the (more...)
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