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What Bradley Manning Deserves

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Bradley Manning has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. He deserves it.

RootsAction will be delivering our petition soon in Oslo to the Norwegian Nobel Committee – with all the signatures and comments included.

So far 80,000 people have signed at ManningNobel.org. With help from you and a few of your friends, we can raise the total to 100,000. Please click here to sign now! And then forward this email!

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire recently wrote:

"I have chosen to nominate U.S. Army Pfc Bradley Manning, for I can think of no one more deserving. His incredible disclosure of secret documents to Wikileaks helped end the Iraq War, and may have helped prevent further conflicts elsewhere."

Maguire explains how far-reaching Manning's impact has been:

"While there is a legitimate and long-overdue movement for peace and non-violent reform in Syria, the worst acts of violence are being perpetrated by outside groups. Extremist groups from around the world have converged upon Syria, bent on turning this conflict into one of ideological hatred.

"In recent years this would have spelled an undeniable formula for United States intervention. However, the world has changed in the years since Manning's whistleblowing – the Middle East especially. In Bahrain, Tunisia, Egypt, and now Turkey, advocates of democracy have joined together to fight against their own governments' control of information, and used the free-flowing data of social media to help build enormously successful non-violent movements. Some activists of what has come to be known as the Arab Spring have even directly credited Bradley Manning, and the information he disclosed, as an inspiration for their struggles.

". . . If not for whistleblower Bradley Manning, the world still might not know of how U.S. forces committed covert crimes in the name of spreading democracy in Iraq . . . Now, those who would support foreign intervention in the Middle East know that every action would be scrutinized under international human rights law. Clearly, this is for the best. International peacekeepers, as well as experts and civilians inside Syria, are nearly unanimous in their view that United States involvement would only worsen this conflict."


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Mairead Maguire adds: "Around the world, Manning is hailed as a peacemaker and a hero. His nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize is a reflection of this. Yet at his home in America, Manning stands trial for charges of espionage and 'aiding the enemy'. This should not be considered a refutation of his candidacy -- rather, he is in good company. Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese writer Liu Xiaobo were each awarded the prize in recent years while imprisoned by their home countries."

It's critical that the Nobel Committee and the world hear our support for Bradley Manning. Click here to add your name.

Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.

-- The RootsAction.org team

P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, Frances Fox Piven, and many others.

Background:
Mairead Maguire: Manning Should Win the Nobel Peace Prize
Talk Nation Radio: Maguire Says Syrians Oppose Intervention

Discussion 8 Comments

  • stephen lawton 17th Jul 2013

    Done-- Lambert

  • 17th Jul 2013

    Stefan Svalifors, professor of sociology at Sweden's Umeå University, nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize a few days ago. In his letter he stated that awarding the prize to Snowden would help save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute it incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama the 2009 award.

    I think that makes three Nobel nominees, Assange, Manning and Snowden, who have been turned into political prisoners or refugees at the hands of Nobel Laureate Obama. Truth is treason in his empire of lies. All three are deserving of the prize for their courage.

    A groundswell of support from around the world is needed if Manning or Snowden are to receive the award. Norway, the venue for the Nobel Prize ceremony, recently rejected Snowden’s bid for asylum and the committee likely fears the abuse they'd receive for plucking the nose of world’s dominant power.

  • Lambert Meertens 17th Jul 2013

    The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded several times to organizations (for example Médecins Sans Frontières), or to an individual together with the organization she or he founded or otherwise represented (for example Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank), but never to multiple individuals.

    But given that a shared prize is apparently possible, the Norwegian Nobel Committee could presumably also decide to give the prize jointly to this trio of whistleblowers. That would, in my eyes, at least somewhat rehabilitate this tainted prize.

    • 17th Jul 2013

      Yeah, I was thinking the same thing, it would be very rehabilitating and refreshing if they awarded it to all three.

  • Peter Lach-Newinsky 17th Jul 2013

    Done, too. Yep, how about the Nobel Prize to all three, plus demand revoking the ones to Obama and Kissinger? And bring back the once quite effective Russel Tribunals, while we're at it, on 'democratic' governments' crimes against human rights and international law?

  • James Cartwright 24th Jul 2013

    Done

  • Mark Evans 30th Jul 2013

    Signed - thanks Lambert!

  • Will Henry Lapinel 3rd Aug 2013

    Done!