It is past time that those identifying themselves as "supporters" of Bradley stop helping the government convict him.
Daniel Ellsberg is especially annoying as he insists that Bradley Manning is his modern day equivalent.
If and when Bradley Manning declares that he passed on the materials, then Ellsberg can make that statement. Unless and until he does, "supporters" don't need to. They are polluting the conversation and the potential pool as surely as Barack Obama and the government have.
For over a year now, Bradley has been imprisoned. During that time, at any point, the government could have launched an Article 32 hearing (Bradley's in the military) and held a trial. Their refusal to do so while continuing to keep him confined and imprisoned is outrageous.
War resister Ehren Watada was not confined or imprisoned (nor should he have been). His Article 32 hearing took place two months after he refused to deploy. Eight months later his trial (a kangaroo court, ruled over by Judge Toilet) began -- eight months after he refused to deploy in June of 2006. Not eight months after his Article 32 hearing. The military has refused to allow Bradley a hearing and has attempted to punish and 'break' him by imprisoning him. There's no excuse for it.
He should be immediately released.
The government should then review whether, in light of Barack publicly declaring Bradley guilty, or not Bradley can receive a fair trial. If they find, as I do, that Barack's remarks have prejudiced potential jurors, then they should drop all charges against Bradley immediately.
You can follow what I outlined above and I think it's a strong position.
You'll also notice that I can advocate for Bradley without ever insisting, "He's a hero!!!!"
He's a hero?
How is he a hero?
To be a hero, he would have had to do what the government has charged him with.
Maybe he did and maybe he didn't.
But it's not my job to make the government's case for them. It's not my job to have potential jurors, before they ever hear evidence, assume that 'even his supporters say he did it!'
As outrageous as Barack Obama's remarks were, so are the 'supporters' who insist upon convicting Bradley of charges that he's never stated are true.
People need to self-check and they need to grasp that Bradley's freedom is a lot more important -- a lot more -- than their need to have 'a modern day Dan Ellsberg!'
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