On Saturday, March 9th, Occupy Santa Cruz passed the following resolution
on the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning:
Whereas, Pfc. Bradley Manning has been arrested for “espionage” for turning over classified military documents to Wikileaks which included the now-famous “Collateral Damage” video of what appears to be mass murder of 11 people from the air, as well as vital information on the status of prisoners at Guantanamo, and use of drones by the military in Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen & Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Whereas, concern over seeing clear evidence of war crimes, and his concerns over the ”Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy affecting gay & lesbian soldiers, prompted Manning to deliver the Iraq & Afghanistan war journals as well as video evidence that has resulted in an investigation into these events by both the military and by the media, and has triggered outrage by concerned
citizens, and is credited with being a factor leading to the Arab Spring movement,
Whereas, the crimes committed by military personal in Baghdad in 2007 had been mis-reported as claiming: “There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force.”
Whereas, Pfc. Manning attempted to contact the Washington Post, the New York Times to no avail before uploading documents to Wikileaks,
Whereas President Barack Obama’s use of the espionage laws in this case is completely inappropriate,
Whereas Pfc. Manning’s condition of detention included nine months in solitary confinement where he was often kept naked, always denied a pillow and blanket and kept in a lit cell, constitutes torture,
Whereas the Red Cross International and several Democratic members of Congress who asked to see him, were denied access,
Whereas due to said treatment, Manning was reported to be depressed and on suicide watch,
Whereas Manning was denied due process, and prosecutorial documents which by law should have been made public record have been classified,
We, the members of Occupy Santa Cruz are resolved that due to the egregious and illegal treatment of Pfc. Manning while in custody, and due to the importance of exposing war crimes committed by members of the US military, due to the need for the American public to have vital, current, and accurate information about the work of our military in foreign operations, and out of respect for the courage, compassion, patriotism, and humanity demonstrated by Pfc. Bradley Manning which has prompted him to be nominated for a 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, that we call for the prosecution of Manning be suspended, that he be released from custody, and give an honorable discharge from our military.
We believe “whistle-blowers” such as Manning deserve our respect and gratitude not criminal prosecutions by an administration that promised us transparency but has not delivered on that promise.
—– Written and transcribed by Becky Johnson of OSC