Reports and news related to the so-called 'war on terror' and the police state measures carried out in its name.
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The trial in the Court Martial of Welsh-American WikiLeaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning is finally scheduled to begin on Monday 3 June 2013 at Fort Meade, Maryland, US after an unprecedented three years of pre-trial detention. The mistreatment of Bradley Manning in prison including almost a year of torture by the US authorities that was condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has to be seen in the context of the vast, 'secret' Grand Jury conspiracy and espionage investigation into WikiLeaks and the pressure that must have been exerted on Brad in a sustained but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to persuade him to testify against Julian Assange, who the US authorities very badly want to get their hands on.
Read or listen to Bradley Manning's statement to the court (extracts below) and his chat logs to see why he felt that the information he found himself in possession of should be shared with the world and what he hoped might happen as a result of risking his life and liberty to do this.
There are 22 charges against Brad including 'Aiding the Enemy' that potentially carries the death penalty although the prosecution has said it will not seek this sentence. Brad has already pled guilty to 10 lesser charges that could themselves result in a 20 year jail term and the government has accepted his lesser plea on just one count but not on any of the other lesser charges, for which it will still bring evidence. During the final pre-trial hearing on 21 May, Judge Lind announced that portions of the trial dealing with 24 witnesses, including US Ambassadors, will be held in closed session, with redacted transcripts provided afterwards.
The US, aided and abetted by Britain, is pursuing a permanent 'War on Terror' and continues its project of creating and escalating conflict around the globe at terrible cost to human life. The significance of the anti-war actions of Bradley Manning and Julian Assange can be judged by reference to the zeal with which both are being persecuted by the US authorities and the extent to which they have been variously misrepresented, vilified, smeared, ridiculed or ignored in the mainstream media. As anti-war activists or war resisters, they deserve our support and solidarity.
Join existing or create your own solidarity actions on Saturday 1 June and throughout Brad's trial, expected to last into August unless there's an early plea deal. 1 June solidarity is currently planned for London and Cardiff.
Previous features: December 2012 (Torture hearing) | April 2011 (Call-out for solidarity)
On the newswires (recent): Thanking Bradley Manning in Kabul | Bradley Manning's in jail for us, We're on the streets for him | 1 June call-out for Cardiff | Vivienne Westwood supports Brad | London solidarity in run-up to trial | Solidarity at Chester May Day | Downloadable flyers for 1 June | London solidarity/Report from Fort Meade | Brad nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (again) | Wrexham solidarity on 1000th day of detention
Accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning, the young American military intelligence analyst with Welsh and Irish roots, gave evidence in person for the first time at Fort Meade, Maryland in a hearing on the Defence's Article 13 unlawful pretrial punishment motion. The court sat for eleven days between 27 November and 11 December to hear the case that Brad was subject to unlawful pretrial punishment at Quantico brig where he was held for nine months before being transferred to less punitive conditions at Fort Leavenworth in April 2011. Brad's mistreatment at Quantico has already been condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez. On the strength of evidence of mistreatment, the Defence is calling for all 22 charges Bradley Manning faces in connection with the biggest anti-war whistleblowing act in history to be dropped or, failing that, for any sentence imposed if he is convicted to be substantially reduced. Judgment has been reserved and the ruling of military judge Denise Lind is unlikely before January.
12 Jan: This feature (below) now finalised
12 Jan: Verdict from this hearing Judge declines to dismiss all charges; finds some unlawful pretrial punishment but ignores most; only 112 days sentencing credit awarded.
On the newswire - Notes from the courtroom: Verdict | 11 Dec | 10 Dec | 7 Dec | 6 Dec | 5 Dec | 1-2 Dec | 30 Nov | 29 Nov | 27-29 Nov | London vigil: 27 Nov Report | Call-out | Previous feature: April 2011
This feature has been compiled from the sources listed in the posts above. Read the full article for a summary of the hearing and links to articles by independent journalists and supporters of Bradley Manning.
Early on Saturday morning 18 June 2011, veteran peace protester Brian Haw, 62, passed away just after the camp he established right opposite the Houses of Parliament had celebrated its tenth anniversary of highly visible opposition to the wars being waged on ordinary people. Brian had been suffering from lung cancer, diagnosed less than a year ago.
Brighton's Smash EDO campaign are holding a mass demo at EDO/ITT on Wednesday 13th October. Anti arms trade campaigners plan to lay seige to EDO/ITT and shut them down for the day.
Info for the Day:: The meeting place for the demo is Wild Park Cafe (directions here) at 10am on Wednesday, but people are being asked to arrive on the evening of the 12th. Convergence space will be available. There will be a meeting about the demo at 7pm at the Cowley Club on Tuesday 12th. There will be a timeline on Indymedia and a twitter feed: @smash_edo
Local contacts for ITT's Hammertime: Birmingham - hammertime-brum [at] riseup.net | Bristol - bristolagainstarmstrade [at] gmail.com | Cambridge - hammertime-cambridge [at] riseup.net | Cardiff - val.swain [at] yahoo.co.uk | Cornwall - kernowaction [at] gmail.com | London - hammertimelondon [at] dsei.org | Manchester - info [at] targetbrimar.org.uk | Notts - alex.dable [at] ntlworld.com | Swansea - d [at] undercurrents.org
Previous features:They Think It's All Over ...ITT Is Now | Smash EDO Solidarity in Nottingham | Hammer Time: The EDO Decommissioners go on trial | Indymedia Coverage of Remember Gaza | Anti Militarists take on Barclays | Support the EDO Decommissioners | Mayday! Mayday! | EDO Smashed | Anti-Arms Protesters Shut ITT | Smash EDO Carnival Against the Arm Trade - Timeline | Carnival Against the Arms Trade | Marie Vesco RIP | On the Verge - The Film They Tried to Ban | Singers Arrested Outside Arms Factory | Smash EDO Action Camp: Shut down the Brighton bomb builders | Lebanon War protesters - Not Guilty! | EDO CORP: 2006 Alternative Report | 2007 Is The Year To Shut EDO Down | EDO MBM Injunction crumbles | EDO MBM desperate to stop protests as resistance increases | Smash EDO Take On The Law | Harassment Law Used Against Anti-War Campaigners | Campaign to Smash Edo | Arms company shut down
No Borders Camp 2010 in Brussels kicks off this Saturday (25th) til the 3rd October, so get yourself to the continent to make a start on creating a world where no one is illegal. Among the objectives of the camp are the denouncing of European migration policy; showing the links between this policy and the structures of capitalism and repression; the blocking of Brussels' deportation system and the organisation of an autonomous safe space for the voices of migrants and activists to be heard.1
The second Sheffield Indy Radio Show, Deportations, The EDL and Divide and Rule, features a discussion about the recent EDL confrontation at a Sheffield Indymedia meeting [MPEG video], the campaigns to oppose the deportations of two women from Sheffield, Odette Sefuko and Lem Lem Hussein Abdu, a listing of upcoming events from Alt-Sheff, news about the BP gulf oil spill via Democracy Now.
Read on to listen to the show and more details about what is in the show, Intro, Deportations, the BP Oil Spill, the EDL and some Chat. If you missed it the first Sheffield Indy Radio Show came out on 17th June 2010.
"I told many people in Gaza about the people's strike on EDO MBM... When I recounted this action to people, I saw an expression come over their faces that I hadn't encountered before when talking about international solidarity. It was a kind of respect, a sense of surprised pride at a tiny move towards a leveling between the blood sacrifices and living hell of so many here, and sacrifices made by people in comparative comfort zones on the other side of the world - for them" - Ewa Jasiewicz - human rights activist/journalist eyewitness to Operation Cast Lead
In the early hours of 17th January 2009, during Israel's 'Operation Cast Lead' offensive against Gaza, six people broke in to the EDO/ITT weapons' components factory in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, and caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage to the production line. (see SchNEWS 663 and also check out the local paper's video of some of the damage)
In SchNEWS: 721 | 663
AS REPRESSION INC ARRIVES IN LONDON TO PEDDLE ITS WARES.....
Roll up, roll up, one and all for the ‘Counter Terror’ Expo 2010. Kicking off at London’s Kensington Olympia on April 14th, the two day event will showcase the surveillance and ‘security’ technologies of 250 companies hoping for a slice of the paranoia dollar. Also on the Big Brother bandwagon are NATO, the MoD and other representative associations from the police, military and private security industry. There are several good reasons to show up at 12pm, Wednesday 14th April (at Olympia Way W14) and counter the terror expo.
Symbolised by the wearing of a red poppy, every year at this time there is a brief period of remembrance for those who have given life and limb in conflict on the behest of the British state apparatus. Every year that period is itself marred by a war of words between those who see it as a chance to glorify those conflicts under the umbrella of patriotism and those who hope that remembrance might be an opportunity to learn and advance. In previous years the conflict has mostly centered on arguments over whether or not TV personalities and politicians are wearing red poppies predominantly enough, or occasionally over the rights and wrongs of wearing white poppies. The poppy appeal has become effectively sacrosanct with no dissenting views allowed. This year the predictable arguments have broadened as the Legion has 'modernised' it's appeal, adopted an 'Afghanistan Generation' campaign which focuses on the current conflict there.
A week ago reports emerged of poppy appeal billboards being subvertised to call for Tony Blair to be prosecuted for war crimes and for British troops to be bought home. Mainstream media reported outrage and the act was condemned by the Legion. The subvertising spread with reports of sightings in Norwich, Basingstoke, Bristol and London. Not long after, an open letter of apology was issued and reproduced in full or in part in the media. The Legion replied through the media saying it accepted the apology. The Afghanistan occupation has now cost 229 British soldiers lives, and thousands more injured (not to mention the tens of thousands of Afghan civilians killed since the invasion began 8 years ago). In an apparently intolerable act of remembrance, three people held a 229 minute vigil at the Cenotaph in Downing Street but with less than a week now till remembrance day the repression against dissenting voices stepped up a notch and all three were arrested under the controversial SOCPA laws.
Links: 229 Minute Afghanistan Vigil, Cenotaph, London | 3 arrests at 229 Minute Afghanistan Vigil, Cenotaph, London | New rash of subverted poppy appeal billboards across London. | Poppy appeal poster 'vandal' apologises | Support for poppy poster defacement | DIY guide | Subertising hits the big time | Bring 'em Home - first report and photo of poppy poster subvertising | Poppies poem Background: Afghanistan: Dying For OIL…..Unicol Corporation Feeding On Blood!
Around fifty people protested on 14th October against the deportation of more than forty people to Baghdad. The demonstration was called to stop the first mass deportation flight to Baghdad, and demanded that "the first mass deportation flight to southern Iraq, expected to leave on Wednesday, is suspended and the detainees threatened with forcible removal are released immediately." Activists from International Federation of Iraqi refugees and Stop Deportation Network spoke and called for an end to all deportations to Iraq and to free the detainees. Also on 14th October an early day motion was tabled by 4 MPs in the House of Commons which "calls for the deportation of Iraqi refugees to Iraq to be halted and for the Iraqi detainees threatened with forcible removal to be released immediately". Despite this the first deportation to Baghdad took place, 39 people were flown out early on Thursday the 15th October on a specially chartered plane provided by Air Italy. Sadly UKBA were able to deport the first ten people to Baghdad. The other detainees were not accepted by the Iraqi government and were flown back to detention in the UK. Update: the returned Iraqi detainees have announced a hunger strike from 19th October 2009 and have said that they and will strike until they are released. In addition a French / UK deportation flight to Afghanistan was due to leave Lille-Lesquin on the 20th October but was cancelled at the last moment.
A model letter has been produced by NCADC for people to use as part of their campaign against Air Italy over this issue. A further demonstration, was held on Saturday October 17th in Parliament Square and it was addressed by two deportees, who had been returned to Brook House detention centre, they spoke on the phone and told protesters, via a megaphone, of the violence and mistreatment they had experienced during the deportation at the hands of immigration officers and private security guards.
A protest has called, No Deportations to Iraq - Release the hunger strikers now! for Monday, 26th Oct, 4:30-6:30pm at the Home Office: 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF
Ambulance Targeting Was Based On Turkish Disinformation
Abu Sayyaf Release Australian Alternative Therapist for Good
The Blair Bridge Project (& solidarity with Manning & Assange)
NATO decisions in Warsaw
VCVG Presents Instant Fake Detector
Basque Leader in Westminister (OTEGI IN LONDON)
Turkey was about to open second front vs. Armenia.
SHUT DOWN THE BANKS #OpIcarus
OccupyLondon and Occupy WallStreet
Is Indonesia employing ISIS to get a leading role in the Islamic world?
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Mindanao, Philippines: Stop ‘Lumad’ killings, harassment - UN
Chris Spivey rushed to hospital.
Secret Kurdistan’s ally
True reasons of the recent attack on Su-24
Emotional funeral for drowned Iraqi family
Sheffield #DontBombSyria Protest
Who Funds ISIS? Bilal Erdogan, Son Of Turkey's President
Iran Using Chumbawumba Trick To Defuse Car Bombs
Iraqi Minorities in Peril
Bob Avakian's New Synthesis
03-11-2015 20:30 | 1 comment
Reinvestigate 9/11: The sudden death of Michael Meacher MP
24-10-2015 20:56 | 1 comment
Chinese Hackers Sink British Aircraft Carrier
Arms fair's cyber security breached
19-09-2015 13:41 | 4 comments
John Pilger at Edinburgh Festival Fringe `Power and Propaganda`
13-08-2015 15:01 | 3 comments
MANILA – ‘Morong 43’ arrest, detention illegal — CHR
A Peace Tree in Oxford
20-04-2015 21:18 | 1 comment
Charlie Hebdo 10 weeks on
Philippines: The fate of peace in Mindanao hangs in the balance
Open letter to Philip Hammond demanding the release of Shaker Aamer
24-01-2015 23:59 | 1 comment
Julian Assange should be free to go where he wants
08-01-2015 16:09 | 2 comments
UG#699 - A Country with A Military or A Military with A Country?
Chelsea Manning demo US Embassy, London
The Greatest Mistake in the Existence of „NSA“ and its Counterparts
05-12-2014 12:47 | 1 comment
Brisbane G20 - Ciaron O'Reilly prohibited then arrested speaking out for Assange, Manning, Snowden
16-11-2014 21:46 | 1 addition | 1 comment
A Sheffield-based Death Squad?
Isreali Ambassador Greeted by Protest During Cambridge Visit.
Glasgow anti-war demonstration Saturday October 4th 2014
1000s break border to march to Kobane, anarchists join in!
26-09-2014 12:53 | 4 comments
Wrexham: Protest outside MP's office in advance of Iraq vote
26-09-2014 10:08 | 2 comments
The Anarchist Guide to IS Psychology
Documentation of Cameron Message
14-09-2014 11:25 | 1 comment
From petty criminals to murderers
Photos/reports from days before the NATO summit in Newport
04-09-2014 11:27 | 1 comment
Pity the Syrian Children
Philippines - On the arrest of “The Butcher” Jovito Palparan
Free Palestine Demo in Cambridge Market Square.
Growing numbers attend Cambridge Gaza Demonstration (02/08/2014)
Giant "Gaza" artwork appears on Parkers Piece, Cambridge.
Sheffield Protests against the Gaza Genocide
02-08-2014 16:14 | 1 addition
Free Palestine Demo in Cambridge 26/07/2014
26-07-2014 17:26 | 1 comment
Wrexham: Naming the Gaza Dead at Barclays Bank
19-07-2014 22:32 | 2 additions
Wrexham: Standing in solidarity with Gaza & protesting Barclays Bank
18-07-2014 08:00 | 2 comments
Beautiful but wounded Gaza
12-07-2014 00:15 | 1 comment
4th July - Independence From America - NSA Menwith Hill
04-07-2014 23:08 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Unthinkable Thoughts in the Debate About ISIS in Iraq
The ‘revolutionary’ face of the Syrian conflict
War preparations between Ukraine and Russia – Show or reality?
Espionage & Brain-Computer Interfaces - Modern Warfare Series
21-04-2014 13:32 | 1 comment
UG#679 - The New Pearl Harbor 3 (The Exploding Towers)
Support vigils at HMP Wandsworth for jailed war resister Fr Martin Newell
18-03-2014 09:29 | 3 comments
Fr Martin Newell jailed for unpaid peace protest fines
16-03-2014 12:14 | 2 comments
Half-Crimean single mum in Bristol discusses Ukraine crisis
UG#677 - The New Pearl Harbor 1 (Air Defence, Hijackers & Aircraft)
Overthrowing other people’s governments ...
03-03-2014 11:19 | 1 comment
From Riyadh to Beirut, Fear of Syria Blowback
Moazzam Begg arrested for uncovering Western complicity in rendition and torture
26-02-2014 00:08 | 1 comment
The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program
16-02-2014 13:08 | 1 addition | 1 comment
David Satter - an NSA shill among the Caucasian insurgents exposed
Playing Al-Qaeda Card to the Last Iraqi
bristol & bath suv's loose air
07-02-2014 13:15 | 1 comment
GCHQ: Failure Acknowledged
29-01-2014 17:33 | 2 comments
"The American dream is not in a coma"
29-01-2014 09:34 | 1 comment
Ill Health and Social Corruption in Edinburgh.
The Saudi Bull in Arab China Shop
Is Canada Guilty of War Crimes?
Statement from Sarah Harrison of WikiLeaks
Public sector cuts
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