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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-21-13 03:01 PM
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Center for Constitutional Rights speaks out about Manning.
The Center wants this publicized, so I am quoting all of it.

The following is a press release issued by the Center for Constitutional Rights in response to todays sentencing of Bradley Manning.

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 Mannings 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 Mannings actions to blur the distinction between whistleblowing and spying to the governments tireless efforts to obstruct media coverage of the proceedings. It is a travesty of justice that 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 Mannings freedom. President Obama should pardon Bradley Manning, and if he refuses, a presidential pardon must be an election issue in 2016.

The Center for Constitutional Rights non-profit legal advocacy organization based in New York City dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


What does the Center think it is? A bunch of classic Democrats or sumpfin?
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