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  • Dave Lambert
    ... From: Dave Lambert To: Fernwoods@aol.com Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2013 9:48 AM Subject: Re: [Lafayette_Peace] Bradley Manning’s statement taking
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2013
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      Sent: Saturday, March 02, 2013 9:48 AM
      Subject: Re: [Lafayette_Peace] Bradley Manning’s statement taking responsibility for releasing docs

      Thank you so very much for posting these links, which exemplify the true nature of our military-judicial system.
      My only hope is that Bradley's purpose in releasing the information will be realized, i.e., "access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general."  We can't count on the government-corporate press to help
      in this regard. We, the people, must do it on our own.
      Again, Thanks!
      Dave Lambert
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      Sent: Friday, March 01, 2013 11:01 PM
      Subject: [Lafayette_Peace] Bradley Manning’s statement taking responsibility for releasing docs


      WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning Says He Wanted to Show
       the Public the "True Costs of War"
      Reading for more than an hour from a 35-page statement, Manning said:
       "I believed that if the general public, especially the American public, had
       access to the information ... this could spark a domestic debate on the
      role of the military and our foreign policy in general."
      In the absence of a full official copy of Manning's statement, journalists
      have had to rely on their own note-taking from court.

      Pfc. Bradley E. Manning's Statement for the Providence Inquiry
      67 min. video

      Bradley Manning’s statement taking responsibility for releasing docs
      Full transcript of statement at:

      " I found several new accounts involving two Reuters employees who
      were killed during the aerial weapon team engagement. Another story
      explained that Reuters had requested for a copy of the video under the
      Freedom of Information Act or FOIA. Reuters wanted to view the video
      in order to understand what had happened and to improve their safety
      practices in combat zones. A spokesperson for Reuters was quoted
      saying that the video might help avoid the reoccurrence of the tragedy
      and believed there was a compelling need for the immediate release of
      the video.
      Despite the submission of the FOIA request, the news account explained
      that CENTCOM replied to Reuters stating that they could not give a time
      frame for considering a FOIA request and that the video might no longer
      exist. Another story I found written a year later said that even though
      Reuters was still pursuing their request. They still did not receive a formal
       response or written determination in accordance with FOIA.
      The fact neither CENTCOM or Multi National Forces Iraq or MNF-I would
      not voluntarily release the video troubled me further. It was clear to me
       that the event happened because the aerial weapons team mistakenly
      identified Reuters employees as a potential threat and that the people in
       the bongo truck were merely attempting to assist the wounded. The people
      in the van were not a threat but merely 'good samaritans'. The most alarming
      aspect of the video to me, however, was the seemly delightful bloodlust they
      appeared to have.
      The dehumanized the individuals they were engaging and seemed to not value
      human life by referring to them as quote "dead bastards" unquote and
      congratulating each other on the ability to kill in large numbers. At one point
      in the video there is an individual on the ground attempting to crawl to safety.
      The individual is seriously wounded. Instead of calling for medical attention to
      the location, one of the aerial weapons team crew members verbally asks for
      the wounded person to pick up a weapon so that he can have a reason to engage.
      For me, this seems similar to a child torturing ants with a magnifying glass.
      While saddened by the aerial weapons team crew's lack of concern about
      human life, I was disturbed by the response of the discovery of injured children
      at the scene. In the video, you can see that the bongo truck driving up to assist
      the wounded individual. In response the aerial weapons team crew-- as soon as
      the individuals are a threat, they repeatedly request for authorization to fire on the
      bongo truck and once granted they engage the vehicle at least six times.
      Shortly after the second engagement, a mechanized infantry unit arrives at the
      scene. Within minutes, the aerial weapons team crew learns that children were
      in the van and despite the injuries the crew exhibits no remorse. Instead, they
      downplay the significance of their actions, saying quote 'Well, it's their fault for
      bringing their kid's into a battle' unquote.
      The aerial weapons team crew members sound like they lack sympathy for the
      children or the parents. Later in a particularly disturbing manner, the aerial
      weapons team verbalizes enjoyment at the sight of one of the ground vehicles
      driving over a body-- or one of the bodies."
      "I hoped that the public would be as alarmed as me about the conduct of the aerial
      weapons team crew members. I wanted the American public to know that not
      everyone in Iraq and Afghanistan are targets that needed to be neutralized, but
       rather people who were struggling to live in the pressure cooker environment of
      what we call asymmetric warfare."
      "I believe that the public release of these cables would not damage the United
      States, however, I did believe that the cables might be embarrassing, since they
      represented very honest opinions and statements behind the backs of other
      nations and organizations."
      "I did not see anything in the 15-6 report or its annexes that gave away sensitive
      information. Rather, the investigation and its conclusions were and what those
      involved should have done, and how to avoid an event like this from occurring again."
      "We stand for truth, for government transparency, and for an end to our
      tax-dollars funding endless occupation abroad.
      We stand with accused whistle-blower US Army PFC Bradley Manning
      Additional information at: http://www.bradleymanning.org/

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