PETITION TO IMMEDIATELY END THE TORTURE OF BRADLEY MANNING AND TO CREATE A FORUM FOR SOLDIERS OF CONSCIENCE TO SPEAK AND BE HEARD, THAT THEY MAY PARTICIPATE IN HAVING OUR MILITARY OPERATE FROM THE HIGH STANDARDS OF HONOR WE ENTRUST THEM TO BE OPERATING FROM.
Whereas, a 23 year old soldier of conscience is being tortured for allegedly being the one who exposed war crimes and their cover-ups by the Pentagon,
Whereas, the torture has been denounced by the UN, vets groups, human rights groups, and a broad citizenry,
Whereas, the furor over the soldier’s treatment has reached the highest echelons of the Obama administration,
Whereas, the official States Dept spokesman, PJ Crowley has resigned after 30 years of service in and out of uniform, in his stand against the Pentagon’s ongoing abuse of the detainee,
Whereas, the torture is going on in full view of the American Public,
Whereas, we are aware of a suicide rate of epidemic proportions among our active military and returning vets, unprecedented in any other wartime,
We determine that the Pentagon is purposely and effectively carrying on this torture to give a chilling and piercing message to our troops that they are helpless to stand up against corruption or for reform.
We cannot ask of our young to risk their lives to serve God and Country, and stand by helplessly in witness of the brutal, silencing of one who speaks, in the background of so many who have suicided, and so many who have turned to organizations that support voice in our military personnel, only to be silenced by another deployment.
We assert that the mindthink of sadism and cruelty, rather than one of mission and service, is now prevailing in the highest levels of administration of our military, and that there can be no greater evidence of the victimization and crippling of our soldiers of this mindthink, than the arrogantly public and blatant torture of this soldier.
We recognize that the American public, as well as the President, is currently helpless to exert any influence over corruption in our military. We recognize that the levels of suicide, and Bradley Manning, and the many like him, are a cry for our attention to corruption in the military. We recognize that for honor to prevail over corruption in our military we must create a forum for soldiers of conscience to speak and be heard, and in that way to participate, and allow us to participate, in having our military operate from the high standards of honor we entrust them to be operating from.
We have laws protecting whistleblowers who expose corporate crimes. The importance of this is ever more realized as we are still reeling in crisis from the corrupt practices of mega corporations and banks. There is no bigger corporation than the US military complex in its ability to destabilize the world. We recognize the need to pass legislation that protects whistleblowers in the military, and encourages the soldier of conscience to expose atrocities performed in the name of the United States.
We petition President Obama and Congress, to put an immediate end to the torture of Bradley Manning, to create a forum for soldiers of Conscience to safely speak, and legislation to protect whistleblowers in the military, that our soldiers may participate in safeguarding the honor and integrity of our military.
Sandra Eagle, LCSW Stamford, CT