David Coombs, Bradley Manning's defense lawyer, gives an informative talk on who Bradley Manning is and why he finds himself in his present predicament. The classified documentation on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars released by Bradley Manning are now the most detailed record we have of any war in history. In particular his release of the 'Collateral Murder' video has revealed to the public in graphic detail what has remaines hidden in most modern wars: the killing of innocent civilians.

This is of significance to Ireland also as the decision to handover Shannon Airport to the war effort has shown. The Irish government's preference for good business contacts with the US Military over the protection of the innocent lives in Iraq has besmirched the name of Ireland. Bradley Manning shows us what humanity with a conscience looks like. The Irish government's continued cooperation with the US Military in Shannon Airport is a shameful picture of humanity without a conscience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(This statement below was first published in The Nation)


Statement by Nobel Laureates

Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Maguire and Archbishop Desmond Tutu

 

As people who have worked for decades against the increased militarization of societies and for international cooperation to end war, we are deeply dismayed by the treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Bradley Manning is currently on trial for releasing classified US military documents and in particular a video of an American Apache helicopter attack which left 28 people dead and two children seriously injured. The video below is a documentary made by ABC in Australia giving background to the case. Bradley Manning is at the forefront of that struggle to remember these and all innocent victims of war. He deserves our full support.

 

 

For more information on the plight of Bradley Manning see ...

www.bradleymanning.org

Julian Assange, one of the founders of Wikileaks, is seen here in conversation with John Pilger. Assange describes Wikileaks as the most finely detailed history of war ever disclosed.

Long time anti war activist and Catholic Worker Ciaron O'Reilly is see here speaking outside the US Embassy in London about the trial of Bradley Manning and also the campaign against Julian Assange by the authorities. Ciaron was part of a group of Catholic Workers who broke into Shannon Airport in February 2003 shortly before the outbreak of the second Gulf War disabling a US Navy plane. After three trials they were eventually found not guilty of the charge against them of "Criminal Damage without Lawful Excuse" as their actions were found to be legally excusable.

 

   
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