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Three Reasons Why the Charges against Bradley Manning Should be Dropped

A military judge has rejected a request to dismiss all charges against U.S. soldier Bradley Manning, who stands accused of passing secret material to the whistle-blower website WikiLeaks.

Judge Denise Lind said there was no prosecutorial misconduct, ruling out the dropping of all 22 counts against Manning. The judge, however, did acknowledge Manning’s mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. military and granted him a mere 112 days credit off any eventual sentence.

“She confirmed that Bradley was mistreated, and vindicated the massive protest effect that was required to stop the Marines at Quantico from torturing Bradley,” Jeff Peterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network said. “Yet 112 days is not nearly enough to hold the military accountable for their actions.”

Notwithstanding Judge Lind’s rather obtuse ruling, a compelling case can still be made for the dismissal of all charges against Manning.

1. Mistreatment

First, let us consider Manning’s mistreatment.

During his pretrial detention, Manning was subjected to measures that appear to be right out of the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” manual. A formal UN investigation denounced the conditions in which Manning was being held as “cruel and inhuman.” And there has even been some protest from within the U.S. government. In March 2011, President Obama’s state department spokesman, retired air force colonel P.J. Crowley, resigned after publicly condemning Manning’s treatment. Crowley told an audience that Manning was being mistreated by the Defense Department; he denounced the treatment as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”

The forced nudity, prolonged solitary confinement, sensory deprivation, and other indignities that Manning endured strongly suggest his jailers were attempting to demoralize and break him, perhaps to turn him into a witness against Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks and reportedly the target of a secret federal indictment. Whatever the motivations of Manning’s tormentors, their actions were abusive and illegal.

When such abuses are exposed, the interests of justice dictate that the accused should be immediately released and the charges dropped.

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yes

the charges against him absolutely should be dropped.

*AND* Bush, Cheney, and Obama deserve to be in jail.

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LL, thanks for keeping Bradley Manning news ALIVE!

We want the honorable whistleblower, Bradley, ALIVE out of the prison now!!

Thanks my friend

Sadly many Americans don't know even who he is.
They know who Snooki and Kardashian sisters are but when you ask Obama voters who Bradley Manning is they often would say 'an actor'? 'talk show host'?

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We live under a CRIMINAL government run by CRIMINAL lawyers

They deny justice and promote oppression of the few righteous among us who dare stand up and speak against this government's actions.

A common man has been denied service in many elected posts where attorneys demand through the bar that they are the only ones qualified when in fact the only truly qualified are impartial jurors.

Your government is now officially more oppressive than the British queen who abuses her subjects and denies basic natural rights.

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interests of justice vs. the interests of the US gov't

> When such abuses are exposed, the interests of justice dictate that the accused should be immediately released and the charges dropped.

i think the flaw in your reasoning is in your final sentence.

The government of the US isn't going to allow the interests of justice to determine the outcome. The government has an agenda, and it's the de facto duty of the court to work to that agenda.

Agreed

Sadly, I have to concur!

Important! Big bump!

Big bump!

Thank you

Some neo-con war loving DP member down-voted this powerful article.
Sad.

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Thank you!

Articles like this one effect real change by educating the public.

As long as Bradley is in prison a part of me is in prison with him.

P.S. just gave a shout-out on Twitter for folks to follow you.

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