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Manning's Statement After Verdict #love

Text of Manning’s letter to president requesting pardon

Associated Press — FORT MEADE, Md. — The text of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning’s statement that will be sent to the president, as read by defense attorney David Coombs following Manning’s sentencing Wednesday, below:

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If you haven't read it in it's entirety it is all here. It is beautiful. Thank you Bradley!

Here is a quote you might not have seen: "When these cries of patriotism drown out any logically based dissension, it is usually the American soldier that is given the order to carry out some ill-conceived mission."

Manning's statement, in full:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing.

It was at this time I realized that (in) our efforts to meet the risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity.

We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown out any logically based dissension, it is usually the American soldier that is given the order to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy — the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, and the Japanese-American internment camps — to mention a few. I am confident that many of the actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law; I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.

I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have a country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

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Thanks OP!

#Love

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

If you deny my request for a

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.

You shouldn't have to

No one is more hopelessly enslaved then those who believe themselves to be free

Bradley, Though you are

Bradley,

Though you are being caged by the government, please know that a growing number of Americans recognize the action as unjust. It is my hope that, one day soon, our numbers will increase to the point that control of the government will be wrested from your tormenters, and that you will be set free, and properly thanked for taking the action that you did.

The real war is over the ideas of individual liberty upon which America was founded, the ideals that those of us on your side are battling to restore. In THIS war, Bradley, you are an American hero, and when we win this war, and we will, you will be recognized as such.

The rightness of our cause is indisputable, for a government that truly was "of, by and for the people" would not have treated you as this one did. Such a government would have not felt the need to hide their actions, and to lock you in solitary and deny your voice access to the public debate. Such a government would be transparent to the American people, indeed to the entire world. One day, hopefully soon, THAT government will be restored in America.

Until then, hang in there, and God bless!

Never trouble trouble til trouble troubles you. Fortune Cookie

isnt it sad

how after this statement the only thing America focuses on is Bradley Manning Saying He Is Female And Wants To Live As A Woman Named Chelsea. As if Manning has severe personality problems.

His name is Edward Snowden

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It's more sad...

That he made that announcement at the time when the focus should have been on his statement. I'm grateful for Bradley and have no idea what he is going through, but I wish he wouldn't have used this time to announce the Chelsea thing.

All my conversations trying to convince people of the good he did will now be replaced with "Dude, yeah, did you hear that he wants to be a chick now?"

Unfortunate.

Jonny R
Fellow Lover of Liberty

You're so right NobleFree...

I couldn't agree with you more about how people will want to change the conversation and focus on the insignificant. So, so unfortunate.

ROFL

Even after everything he's done, Bradley Manning is clueless and doesn't get it. May he rot in prison for decades.

Thanks mad23

without you we would all forget just how lost, brainwashed, desensitized, apathetic and even pathetic many of us were before we awoke to the Truth. I truly do appreciate your presence here for that reason and that reason alone. Other than that, nothing you say here is of any value, either to these boards or to humanity as a whole. No, you serve a purpose you are completely blind to. Blinded by the darkness in your heart which by contrast ignites and fans the fires of freedom and justice in the hearts of countless others.

So, in spite of your efforts to be a troll to fill the empty void you feel on a daily basis, which I'm sure you are ignorantly blissful about, you simply shine a light on a world that once was. A World where attitudes and ways of being as yourself, have become increasingly irrelevant. I do wish you well and hope that you can find the way out of the abyss that is your state of mind when issues of human importance are presented.

"There's nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior to your former self."—Ernest Miller Hemingway

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Would you care to take a trip

Would you care to take a trip to the Middle East and see things with your own eyes? Happy to arrange it for you. You believe in unicorns and I'm here to tell you they don't exist. Manning is a selfish little turd that put countless people's lives at risk, and he didn't do it for any sort of noble cause but as an act of rebellion to satisfy his own self-righteous indulgences. He exposed nothing and achieved nothing but his own incarceration. He is a mentally disturbed person. Just about any other time in history and he would have been executed on the spot for what he did. The fact that Assange is still alive and walking is a testament to our own restraint. Guaranteed if this was during the Cold War, Assange would be dead too.

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first you say

manning put peoples lives at risk (prove that statement)
then you say,he accomplished nothing,if he accomplished nothing,then
no lives were put at risk
What he did do,after following the chain of command,was expose the war
atrocities perpetuated by our own troops(you know,the ones killing innocent women, children and others not in combat
I suggest you look into drop weapons,and what they were used for
deacon

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

That's very interesting. Tell me more.

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"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

May something awaken you soon

May something awaken you soon to your mental rot, you poor sick bastard.

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Maybe You're Clueless...Your Government is Spying On You Retard!

Maybe some day you will wake up. Apparently have no understanding as to what the function of good government is..

I know it's hard for some of

I know it's hard for some of you, but the NSA is a wholly separate subject from Manning. Manning didn't expose any "spying"

What the fuck....?

Go back to redstate.com

I say keep him around.

He instigates conversation to liven the board, and possibly may learn something while he is here.

I was asleep for decades until it finally hit me :-)

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My Goodness. The malice and

My Goodness. The malice and ill will reflected in your post represents the very Lack of humanity which results in the execution of evil actions in the name of National Security...the very shocking and disturbing American attitudes that Bradley Manning rejects.

Malice and ill will? That

Malice and ill will? That was Manning's motivation to recklessly put so many lives at risk.

The only lives Manning might

The only lives Manning might have put at risk are the warhawks and war profiteers, by exposing the lies and dirty secrets that others turned a blind eye to. Thank goodness there are whistleblowers who will not be silenced. Thank goodness for sites like wikileaks who work to expose government/corporate corruption. Our government learned a lesson from vietnam; no witnesses equals no crime, which is why the so called, war on terror has not been televised.

Tell me...

How many lives exactly did he put at risk? And describe what those risks entailed.

You want a quantification of

You want a quantification of the potential risks for upchucking nearly a million classified documents with unknown contents? Does that really need to be explained?

Tell me, if you had a journal or any other private writings or communication, what would be the potential risk of someone deciding to put that all up on a web page?

The identity of intelligence officers? The identity of local nationals working with us? Information about military procedures and strategy, aiding insurgents? Not to mention also just the PR impact in recruiting more terrorists or insurgents. Also the impact of scaring people away from working with us. Don't work with the USA, some crazy gay infidel with a bully complex will leak your name all over the internet.

It is a well known fact that the Taliban has used the released information to hunt people down. There is one instance where the Taliban publicly declared that they killed a person because he was tied to information from Wikileaks.

Manning's negative impact will last for many years to come.

You want to quantify the potential impact of all that? Millions of people, countless millions affected directly or indirectly. The greatest problem we're having in Afghanistan is people choosing between Karzai's government and the Taliban. It's truly conceivable that Manning's behavior could be the difference between success and failure. I personally think that's giving Manning more credit than he deserves, but I happen to personally know that many side with the Taliban for fear of being burned by the US, and Manning/Wikileaks is the evidence they cite for this.

the war logs didn't inclued names as such

That was the nature of the database. It was low level informational stuff. Databases are highly structured and only certain types of information goes into each field. He was intimately familiar with these databases.

Manning could have released more specific more highly classified information, but didn't. He was careful about what he was doing. The cables were a bit more embarrassing but still low level cables for the most part. Those could stifle communications a bit. But there was information in there that should shock and call to action all of us....if people would actually report it and read it. Biggest problem is we do so much bad stuff it is hard to know where to start.

Information overload.

You misunderstand.

I'm not quantifying anything. I'm calling you on your bullshit. Manning's documents did no harm to anyone except the government who didn't want this information released to the public for fear of the backlash from us.

And, just to be fair, if any names were included in the documents that Manning provided, I think it's logical to assume they're some how involved with them (and not in a positive way). So, personally, I could give two shits if some unfortunate end comes to them because what they were doing was wrong in the first place, which is why Manning revealed the documents originally.

If the government is doing something wrong, it's the responsibility of those with access to that wrong-doing to bring it to the public. If you dislike that, all you can do is wait for all the people trying to do a public service to be jailed and then you can live in your nanny-state in peace.

"personally, I could give two

"personally, I could give two shits if some unfortunate end comes to them because what they were doing was wrong in the first place, which is why Manning revealed the documents originally"

Pure evil. That pride will come back to haunt you one day, if it hasn't already.

Pride?

I call it justice and letting the chips fall where they may.

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same here

I could give 2 shits about you and your endless lies
What was exposed was war crimes
crimes brought about about fed gov and their lackies (you)
one day if you have a conscience things will come back to haunt you
but i doubt it
tell me how evil it is to shoot at civilians?
or to kill,then drop a weapon,and then claim they were armed?
yeah we have the right to dictate to another country,don't we?
we have the right to dictate how another country lives,deals with their own
we sure do, we spread democracy at the end of a gun,and missiles

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

Deacon = Nutter

And you know this because of your many web-based life experiences. You are a nut.

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yep name calling

always works :)
if you can dazzle them with brilliance,baffle them with bull shit
seriously,you know nothing about me,and the name calling proves
just how low life you are
your lies and the lies of others have been exposed,hard to deal with,isn't it?
the cats out of the bag,too late to stick it back in there
DROP WEAPONS mean anything to you? ever drop one while in the act of committing a crime,I bet you did
I bet you weren't over there,but if you were,you were part of what has been exposed,and you just can't handle it
poor.poor baby

setting your expectations to high,can cause depression

lol, you're still a nut.

lol, you're still a nut. Since you seem confused let me help you with the meaning of this. The definition of a nut is "a crazy or eccentric person." And crazy is defined as "mentally deranged, esp. as manifested in a wild or aggressive way."

That's you. Believing oneself to be superior to others is mentally deranged. Believing you know things that you don't, or that you've had experiences that you haven't, that's mentally deranged. You also fit the definition of crazy in that you display a "wild" and "aggressive" attitude. You go on and on with inconsistent, irrelevant, and might I add, incoherent, ramblings. I recognize these ramblings aren't an intentional tactic aimed to change the subject though, it's simply how your brain works. So, again, deranged.

Unicorns aren't real.

Her ya' go. Enjoy

Here ya' go. Enjoy yourself.

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