Manning supporters put up billboard in DC

posted at 11:35 am on January 11, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Supporters of accused traitor Bradley Manning (or, Breanna if you prefer) are keenly aware that a decision is upcoming – likely on Monday – by the Army as to whether or not he/she will be moving on to court martial on a variety of charges. With that in mind, they’ve decided to take their message to the good people of Washington, DC by… putting up a billboard?

Supporters of the Army private accused of providing a trove of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks have erected a billboard along New York Avenue NE in advance of an investigating officer’s recommendation on whether Manning should face a court-martial. “Free Bradley Manning,” reads the billboard, with a tag­line: “Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime.”

“The military would like to characterize Manning as someone who broke military regulations and should be jailed for the rest of his life for doing so,” said Jeff Paterson of the Bradley Manning Support Network, which paid for the billboard. “We obviously have a different opinion.”

Right off the bat, I’m sure we can all agree that this is a great idea. Time are tough in Washington and everyone, including the outdoor advertising industry, is in need of work. The listed cost of this particular display is $16K per month, so that might help keep a few more people employed. Good job!

As to the message, it’s a nice sound bite, but anyone who has actually been following the story is unlikely to be swayed. “Blowing the whistle on war crimes” may sound good for a mic check on the occupy protest lines, but it’s not terribly applicable to what he allegedly did. Had Manning only released the one video of an attack which resulted in collateral damage, you might have a case to make on that front. (Though the military would still disagree, as it was not the call of a private to make.) But he allegedly released an additional three quarter of a million documents in a scatter-shot fashion with no regard for the contents or the consequences. Many had nothing to do with the war.

And finally, one has to wonder about the mental state of people who find it a worthwhile investment of their hard earned cash to put up a billboard to sway the public in a case like this. That’s a fine plan if you’re trying to sell a product or sway voters in an upcoming election. But there is no element of public support which plays into this. The Army is going to follow the regulations and proceed as the facts dictate. Nobody gets to “vote” on what happens in the next phase of these proceedings.

But, as I said… thanks for pumping a little extra cash into the economy, guys. Oh, and next time you do one of these, you might look for a better graphic of Manning. That one looks sort of like a bad Japanese anime knockoff.


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For the record, Daniel Ellsberg on Bradley Manning:

On June 17, 2010, Ellsberg was interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on the Democracy Now! program regarding the parallels between his actions in releasing the Pentagon Papers and those of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was arrested by the U.S. Military in Kuwait after allegedly providing to the WikiLeaks web site a classified video showing U.S. military helicopter gunships strafing and killing Iraqis alleged to be civilians, including two Reuters journalists. Manning reportedly claims to have provided WikiLeaks with secret videos of additional massacres of alleged civilians in Afghanistan, as well as 260,000 classified State Department cables. Ellsberg has said that he fears for Manning and for Julian Assange, as he feared for himself after the initial publication of the Pentagon Papers. WikiLeaks initially said it had not received the cables, but did plan to post the video of an attack that may have killed 140 Afghan civilians in the village of Garani. Ellsberg expressed hope that either Assange or President Obama would post the video, and expressed his strong support for Assange and Manning, whom he called “two new heroes of mine”.[35][36]

On December 9, 2010, Ellsberg appeared on the Colbert Report where he commented that the existence of WikiLeaks helps to build a better government.[37]

On March 21, 2011, Ellsberg along with 35 other demonstrators were arrested during a demonstration outside the Marine Corps Base Quantico, in protest of Manning’s current detention at Marine Corps Brig, Quantico.[38]

SC.Charlie on January 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM

It doesn’t matter. He could have given it to his Uncle Joe or some drag queen he met on a message board. The intent was to have the information disseminated via the internet.

Wendya on January 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Well, it does matter, hence the question of whether it’s treason or not, but you seem to be supporting my argument, albeit unintentionally.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 3:04 PM

As for the rest of your post, that’s immaterial.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Well you’re clueless then – but then your posts pretty much show that. The rest of my post is what this case is all about. He was trained in how to handle classified information – and the consequences of violating those regulations. He intentionally violated said regulations and was caught, and therefore should face the maximum penalty for what he did. End of story. You sound like the kind of moron who would claim a bank robber was just helping himself to some wealth redistribution so he shouldn’t be punished.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Shouldn’t this be “Free Breanna Manning”?

disa on January 11, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I’m all for letting him go- In a pine box.

gdonovan on January 11, 2012 at 4:19 PM

On December 9, 2010, Ellsberg appeared on the Colbert Report where he commented that the existence of WikiLeaks helps to build a better government.[37]

In a sense…but these Bozos forget that what we know everyone else around the planet knows, and they aren’t too friendly out there.

How come there aren’t any insiders out there with this awesome, Patriotic intestinal fortitude about the importance of shining the light on everything to release all the junk out there being hidden about Obama?

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Isn’t a traitor one who commits treason? What foreign government was Manning handing state secrets to?

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 12:15 PM

All of them. It was a public web server.

dominigan on January 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Well you’re clueless then – but then your posts pretty much show that. The rest of my post is what this case is all about. He was trained in how to handle classified information – and the consequences of violating those regulations. He intentionally violated said regulations and was caught, and therefore should face the maximum penalty for what he did. End of story. You sound like the kind of moron who would claim a bank robber was just helping himself to some wealth redistribution so he shouldn’t be punished.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

All of this is understood and isn’t the discussion. No one is questioning someone’s training in handling classified material or what level of classification material receives or what the consequences are. What is being discussed is whether his passing of info amounts to treason. As such, your post was extraneous and immaterial to the discussion. Keep up.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

So let’s see, by comrade dante’s logic, if I rob a bank and give the money to someone else – I’m not guilty of ever robbing the bank. Got it. NOW I understand the liberal “logic”.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

All of them.

dominigan on January 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM

No.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM

So let’s see, by comrade dante’s logic, if I rob a bank and give the money to someone else – I’m not guilty of ever robbing the bank. Got it. NOW I understand the liberal “logic”.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

You’re not a smart person. Try to undetstand the argument before you foolishly try to reframe it.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

All of this is understood and isn’t the discussion. No one is questioning someone’s training in handling classified material or what level of classification material receives or what the consequences are. What is being discussed is whether his passing of info amounts to treason. As such, your post was extraneous and immaterial to the discussion. Keep up.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 4:59 PM

You’ve questioned all of it and keep posting comments indicating he should be let go. He/she/it has not been specifically charged with treason, even though many of us have indicated he/she/it should be, so your comments are irrelevant. Here’s the definition of treason – read it and get a clue.

trea·son   /ˈtrizən/ Show Spelled[tree-zuhn] Show IPA
noun
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 5:02 PM

You’re an idiot trying to justify liberal garbage. Pull your head out of it’s current cavity.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You’ve questioned all of it and keep posting comments indicating he should be let go.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Looks like my prior assessment is correct.

Dante on January 11, 2012 at 5:21 PM

In your mind I suppose anything is possible. You still have your head firmly emplaced where the sun doesn’t shine. Go have your mommy bring some brain food down to the basement to help you pull it out.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Apparently some people (comrade dante) don’t know how to read dictionaries, and are trying to use the “nananananannna I can’t hear you” method to justify liberal idiocy.
Here’s a summary putting 2 plus 2 together so that perhaps even someone like that might understand what’s going on here:

trai·tor   /ˈtreɪtər/ Show Spelled[trey-ter] Show IPA
noun
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.

trea·son   /ˈtrizən/ Show Spelled[tree-zuhn] Show IPA
noun
1. the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
2. a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state.
3. the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

Manning is on trial for acts that qualify under definitions 2 and 3 of treason. That meets the definition of traitor. If you can’t understand that, you have no business being out here in public.

dentarthurdent on January 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Had Manning only released the one video of an attack which resulted in collateral damage, you might have a case to make on that front. (Though the military would still disagree, as it was not the call of a private to make.)

That was not a war crime. Hard to believe most people still haven’t figured out why that video was classified.

DSchoen on January 11, 2012 at 10:06 PM

2010, Ellsberg was interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on the Democracy Now! program regarding the parallels between his actions in releasing the Pentagon Papers and those of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was arrested by the U.S. Military in Kuwait after allegedly providing to the WikiLeaks web site a classified video showing U.S. military helicopter gunships strafing and killing Iraqis alleged to be civilians, including two Reuters journalists.

Ellsberg was a civilian when he released the Pentagon Papers. Was military Bradley Manning when he allegedly released all this stuff to WikiLeaks. His ONLY defense is he didn’t do it, anything short of that he’s going to be imprison a long timeeeeeeee!

DSchoen on January 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Let him go and I’ll make his outtie and innie.

As for Treason, that is specified in the US Constitution Article III Section 3. That would be the reason persons are charged with espionage and other such ‘treasonous’ charges.

John Kettlewell on January 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM

I can’t believe that this guy still hasn’t been Court Martialed and locked up for life in the Army’s cushy new “Disciplinary Barracks” at Fort Leavenworth.
Or faced execution.

What’s the delay?

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 12, 2012 at 6:27 AM

Who are the supporters of the traitor, Manning? (or should it Womaning? whatever….)

Also, did the billboard company give this group of traitor-supporters a reduced rate as their way of supporting their cause? I’d like to know who the supporters are and if their ad got a reduced rate or free of charge, I’d like to know who the billboard company si so that we can all make sure to boycott their businesses.

Vote with your wallet.

CatchAll on January 12, 2012 at 2:02 PM

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