Truth-teller Bradley Manning’s court martial begins on June 3 at Ft. Meade, Maryland and his supporters will be there on June 1 through June 8 demanding his freedom.
Manning, a then 25-year-old Army private, released a US government video of a “wise-cracking” American helicopter gunship crew slaughtering innocent Iraqis, which Wikileaks subsequently released to the world. In the words of Justin Raimondo at antiwar.com, “The warlords of Washington have been out to get Manning – and Wikileaks – ever since.”
Manning has already been tried and convicted by one of those “Washington Warlords,” President Obama, who said in 2011 “He broke the law” even though Manning hadn’t even been tried yet.
Participating in the event will be the nationwide chapters of Outright Libertarians, identified by Wikipedia as “an association in the United States of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and other self-identified ‘queer’ people” and by themselves as the GLBTQ caucus of the Libertarian Party, along with other libertarians, Libertarian Party members and liberty activists.
Antiwar.com’s Director of Operations Angela Keaton has announced that her group is “organizing a virtual parade for Bradley Manning in the form of a series of torch-lighting ceremonies” and freedom rallies in major cities across the country starting in San Francisco.
These events were largely inspired by the San Francisco Pride Committee that first announced they were honoring Manning, hailed by many as a gay hero, by making him the grand marshal in this year’s San Francisco Gay Pride Parade only to have their decision immediately countermanded by a “politically-motivated” faction within the organization.
In late April, according to an article at Outright Libertarians, over 100 Manning supporters, including military veterans, well known bisexual Libertarian National Committee member Starchild and the “Bradley Manning” of his day, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg protested against the anti-Manning faction in the SF Pride organization.
That faction apparently consisted primarily of SF Pride board president Lisa Williams who was involved in Obama’s election campaign and runs a political consulting firm with ties to the Democratic Party.
Honoring Bradley Manning, Keaton explains, is “Just something the LGBT libertarians are doing for Pride.”
For earlier libertarian articles about Bradley Manning and truth-tellers see “Suggested by the author” below.
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