THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 626, July 3, 2011
"All-day Field Fascist-Fest"
Special to L. Neil Smith's The Libertarian Enterprise
Today I received word that Bradley Manning's defence team has the following information to report:
"PFC Manning's overall mood and demeanor has greatly improved. PFC Manning is able to maintain regular contact with his defense team. He receives weekly written updates, phone calls and visits from defense counsel. In addition, he receives regular visits from family. Finally, PFC Manning also receives hundreds of letters from supporters every week. He wishes to extend his sincere appreciation to those who have taken the time to send along their thoughts and well-wishes.
"You did this. Thanks to you, Bradley went from being forced to strip naked nightly at Quantico to a new life in Fort Leavenworth. We disrupted the government's campaign of abuse and intimidation, and with your support, we won this fight for Bradley."
This news is truly very wonderful, and I'm very glad to hear of it. I think the people of Courage to Resist, and individuals like Jeff Paterson, Daniel Ellsberg, the people of Code Pink, and many others who stood at the gates of Quantico and said, "Stop this torture," have made a difference. I am very glad for these good results, and I wish to congratulate not only his legal team, but all the Bradley Manning supporters who have brought about these good results.
The fight, however, is not over, until Bradley Manning is set free. He had the courage to do what was right at a critical moment, and he should be praised and rewarded for his good work. Every moment he spends in prison is an indictment of the system, is an injustice, is an affront to his rights under habeas corpus, under the bill of rights, under the system of American jurisprudence. Free Bradley Manning.
Please see these victories for what they are: motivation to continue our work. Reason to believe that we matter, that we are making a difference, and that we have but to see this through to continue seeing better results.
You are a difference in the life of Bradley Manning. Thank you. Until he is free, until his rights are recognised and honoured, until he is able to return to his own ilfe, I am Bradley Manning. And so are you.
And when Bradley Manning is free, we have more work to do. Obama has authorised the execution of American citizens without trial. Americans are being held without charges, today, in violation of the constitution, the bill of rights, and the traditions of jurisprudence. Americans are being tortured today, by the government.
The war on drugs is a war on the American people. The war on terror is a war on the American people. The wars continue unabated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and elsewhere.
We must choose to stop the wars, free the slaves, and end the state, with all deliberate speed.
The life you save may be your own. The freedom you preserve may be your own.
On Saturday 29 October we're going back to Leavenworth, to once again stand outside the gates of Leavenworth's military prison, to shout for Bradley's release, to show that we won't stand down until everyone is free.
Please join us.
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