Know all ye by these presents that Chelsea Manning is hereby awarded the Corner-Brightener Candlestick, presented by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence.
The Sam Adams award is in the form of a candlestick holder, as it celebrates the shining of light into the murkiest areas of human activity. This Chelsea Manning did to tremendous effect. Never before had the potential of the information age to expose the evildoing of the powerful, been so fully exploited and revealedChelsea’s work opened up a new era in the relationship between governors and governed.
Chelsea, you acted from motives of compassion for the victims of war crime and concern that the policy of your country was creating rather than reducing violence and terrorism, while the true facts were consistently withheld from the public. The articulacy, good sense, and
genuine humanitarian concern which characterise your defence statement at your show trial, will eventually be recognised widely as a classic and lasting testimony of the very best of the human spirit.
It says everything you need to know about Barack Obama’s United States that one of its noblest citizens now languishes in one of its jails. Chelsea, you are more free than all those who spend their lives covering up for evil. We applaud your courage, dignity and integrity and we want you to know that, wherever you may be, we are always with you and supporting you. It is an enormous honour for me, Ambassador Craig Murray, to present you with this, the Sam Adams Award.
Presented this 19th day of February 2014 by admirers of the example set by the late CIA analyst, Sam Adams.
A wrap-up article on Bradley Manning’s first week in court at Fort Meade, MD. Article includes (1) some of Ray’s remarks at rally on Saturday at Fort Meade (see also short video below); (2) a LINK to the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 12-minute video at: http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/media/panor165.html; and (3) also a LINK to earlier Consortiumnews article in which Ray deals with the reality that Manning had the insight and courage to do what Ray did not do in similar circumstances during the Vietnam War.
Lt. Dan Choi, gay veteran and activist, center left, and retired U.S. Army Colonel and diplomat Ann Wright, right, march with others in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, present on base at a military court hearing at Ft. Meade, MD, Saturday, Dec. 17 2011.
For those willing to devote 12 minutes to watching/hearing first-hand how war brutalizes not only our Army’s targets but also our Army’s men and women, this is MUST SEE video cum commentary re July 12, 2007 Apache helicopter attack on Iraqi civilians in Baghdad during the celebrated “surge.”
Some may be familiar with “Panorama,” the oldest and most respected “60 Minutes”-type program on German TV. Panorama did an excellent 16-min special, featuring Ethan McCord, others and Ray and key footage from the “collateral murder” original tape. It aired in Germany (with dubbing into German) on Feb. 10. The program had unusually broad and intense resonance in Germany. Ray asked them if they could possibly undo the dubbing, and one of the producers did just that. So now it’s available to all who understand English. It is, we think, VERY good… and only about 12 minutes (minus the original introduction/commentary in German).
For those who understand German, the full-length program is even more compelling. The URL for the GERMAN original is below: