'Legal' farce against Pfc Bradley Manning continues
by staff report via gan - CommonDrems Saturday, Jun 9 2012, 1:42am
international / injustice/law / other press
LAW: the accused cannot sit in judgement of the accuser -- period!
The railroading of Bradley Manning by the criminal Pentagon continues unabated. Application for dismissal of a number of charges was denied by a very partial military Judge on Friday. It's full speed ahead with Manning's crucifixion.
The screaming conflict of interests case against prisoner of conscience Pfc Bradley Manning is not only an indictment of the Pentagon/White House it reflects badly on all moral people of conscience everywhere. The world passively watches or ignores a man that has -- at HUGE personal COST -- informed the masses of the lying criminals running the US military for the PROFITS of Transnational Corporations and International Bankers. Yet who is willing to shoulder some real support for this brave, little giant of a man?
Indeed, Manning is a poof, but has demonstrated that HE is 10 times the man in character of any tampax-smoking grunt serving in the US military. Manning has endured almost 2 years of horrendous psychological torture and has maintained his personal INTEGRITY -- a word that has sadly lost all meaning in today's America.
Aggregate story from CommonDreams staff follows:
Judge Allows 'Vague' Bradley Manning Charges to Stand
A U.S. military judge is refusing to dismiss eight of the 22 counts against Bradley Manning, the US Army private charged in a leak of US government secrets.
The material, much of it published by WikiLeaks between April and November 2010, included videos of a 2007 helicopter gun attack in Baghdad and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan, 250,000 United States diplomatic cables, and 500,000 army reports that came to be known as the Iraq and Afghan War logs.
Col. Denise Lind made the ruling Friday during a pretrial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland.
The judge also announced that Manning's trial - which was set to start September 21 - would be pushed back either to November or January. Manning has been held in military prisons since his May 2010 arrest in Iraq.
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Agence France-Presse reports:
A military judge rejected Friday a petition by the US soldier accused of spilling a trove of US intelligence secrets to the WikiLeaks website to dismiss some of the charges against him.
Judge Denise Lind denied defense motions to dismiss eight of 22 charges against Army Private First Class Bradley Manning.
The judge rejected defense claims that the charges of unauthorized possession and disclosure of classified information were “unconstitutionally vague.”
On the third and final day of preliminary hearings, Lind was also considering a bid by the defense to drop two additional charges that Manning exceeded his authorization to use a Defense Department intranet system.
“Every person who has downloaded a music, a video, a game has exceeded its authorized access,” Manning’s civil attorney David Coombs told the court on Thursday.
Lind also said the court-martial trial, which had been scheduled for September 21, would be pushed back either to November or January. Another hearing in the case was set for June 25.
Manning, 24, could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted of aiding the enemy by handing hundreds of thousands of classified documents — including military logs from Iraq and Afghanistan and sensitive diplomatic cables — to the WikiLeaks website.
The leak triggered a diplomatic firestorm that left US officials red-faced over criticism of both allies and foes.