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Let independent journalist Alexa O'Brien report the Bradley Manning trial!
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U.S Army Fort George G. Meade
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Let independent journalist Alexa O'Brien report the Bradley Manning trial!

    1. Nigel Parry
    2. Petition by

      Nigel Parry

      Saint Paul, MN

Independent researcher and journalist Alexa O'Brien — @carwinb on Twitter or visit O'Brien's website http://www.alexaobrien.com/secondsight/archives.html — has been undertaking important, historic, court room documentation from the trial of alleged military whistleblower Bradley Manning, providing information not available to the public elsewhere.

O'Brien's (and others') reports about the process of gaining access as a member of the media to Fort Meade Military Base, to cover the Manning trial, raises strong concerns that the U.S. Army is acting in a way to minimize and/or otherwise disrupt free coverage of the court proceedings.

There is an undeniable and historic need for widespread, professional, independent coverage and documentation of the Bradley Manning trial. Witnessing events such as the Manning trial to document them is an indivisible element of free speech. You cannot claim to have free speech if people are prevented from documenting events freely.

We ask the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Army's Fort George G. Meade base in Maryland, to grant independent journalist Alexa O'Brien — and any other media interested in observing the Bradley Manning trial — full access to the court room for the entirety of the proceedings.

Recent signatures


    1. 205 signed up. Last weekend blast?

      Nigel Parry
      Petition Organizer

      I plan to send the petition at the beginning of next week. If you want to share it over the weekend, please do, right now we have 205 signatures. There's been no activity on the petition for a week.

      I think this is worth sending, because it's yet another instance and form of dissent at the way this trial has been handled, and it's always a good idea to speak up.

      The final petition gets sent to the U.S Army Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office, so it will reach the people directly involved in making it easy or difficult for all independent journalists trying to cover the Bradley Manning trial.

      Thanks for signing, and please share the petition one last time if you have time over the weekend—post on Facebook, Digg, Twitter, etc.


      Nigel Parry

    2. Decision-maker Public Affairs Office responds:

      Public Affairs Office

      Thank you for your email. If your are participating in a social media campaign, you should know that all court martial proceedings conducted on Fort Meade are open to the public and media. The Military District of Washington is the conven...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Janet Nye MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      Are we in upside-down land? This young man is a hero. Let him go and lock up Obama.

    • John Luhman MADISON, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      Because we should be prosecuting war criminals, not those who expose them.

    • jon frasz NORTHFIELD, MN
      • about 2 years ago

      The first ammendment

      • about 2 years ago

      This trial is the most abusive piece of harm perptrated against a soldier I've seen since Sacco & Vanzetti. This judge and the prosecution team are a disgrace to the U.S. and what our country stands for!

    • Sondra Mcgrew OILTON, OK
      • about 2 years ago

      The public deserves to have unbiased reports of treatment to it's citizens. Thus far, this citizen has been denied many rights.


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