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
Bradley Manning was a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the army in Bagdhad when he was arrested for allegedly being the one who exposed a heinous warcrime and the cover-up by the Pentagon. Please take a look at 'Collateral Murder' YouTube, the video shot from our own Apache helicopter gunsight, depicting the random murder of Iraqi innocents, that he is accused of leaking. He has been held in solitary confinement for the ten months since his arrest, only allowed out 1 hour/day for 'exercise', which has often consisted of walking around a room, and returned to his cell if he doesn't keep walking. The light is kept on 24/7, and he is not allowed to exercise in his room, for most of the time he has not been allowed sheets, and is required to sleep naked. The greatest evidence of a sadistic mindthink and treatment of our soldiers by the military is the ongoing torture of this soldier, who has not yet been tried.
This torture is in full view of the American public and global community. This petition asserts that the torture is a purposeful by the Pentagon in sending a message to our soldiers. The message to the sadistically minded in our military is chillingly clear: your sadism has free reign and is officially supported; the message to the soldier of conscience who wants to prevent or right the wrong is horrific one: we will do whatever we want to you, and the american public is helpless to stop us. The United States condemns North Korea for its torture of political prisoners, and is now doing exactly that. The greatest evidence of a sadistic mindthink and treatment of our soldiers by the military is the ongoing torture of this soldier, who has not yet been tried, and in flagrant defiance of a fundamental US principal against torture, of a UN investigation into the torture, of American and global expectation, and in defiance of the recommendations of their own military psychiatrists . These are our young who risked their lives to serve God and country as we asked them to, it is for us to respond to the anguished, undeniable, call for our intervention.
We are being made to witness the torture of one of our young; we must respond to the call of our soldiers and become a voice for reform; their voices so brutally silenced before us.
Protecting our young is not a bipartisan issue. Ensuring our military operates from integrity is not a bipartisan issue. The consequences of an overly powerful Pentagon, is crippling to our soldiers, our global standing, and our democracy.
Let us come together in petitioning the President to put an immediate end to the torture of Bradley Manning, and congress to create legislation to protect whistleblowers in the military, and create a safe forum for soldiers of conscience to speak and be heard, that they might partake in having our military operate from the high standards of honor we entrust them to be operating from.