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Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research

Accused whistleblower deserves the prize for casting light on war crimes committed in Iraq, nomination states

The Oklahoma Center for Conscience and Peace Research (OCCPR) announced on Tuesday that it has nominated US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In its nomination, OCCPR stated that it chose Bradley Manning because of his alleged role in leaking documents and other evidence of war crimes, corruption and lies related to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the notorious “collateral murder” video (downloadable online at which US forces firing on unarmed Iraqi civilians, members of the press and children.

“Bradley Manning should have received full whistle-blower protections for his actions but instead has served 19 months in prison without a trial, including 10 months spent in solitary confinement,” said James M. Branum, OCCPR Legal Director.

“We understand that PFC Manning will be placed on a military show-trial, where his guilt will be determined by a ‘jury’ hand-picked by the very command that is accusing him. We have no doubt that, absent international pressure, PFC Manning will be found guilty and sentenced to life in prison or possibly even given the death penalty, without a hint of justice applied in his case. We have made this nomination in the hopes that it might lead to renewed attention and concern given to his plight.”

OCCPR has exhibited its support for Manning since news of his arrest was first announced, holding a number of rallies and advocacy events on his behalf. “Because Bradley is an Oklahoma native, we feel a special responsibility to show that there are Oklahomans who support him, seek his freedom and will continue to work for his cause,” said Rena Guay OCCPR Executive Director. “We have spoken to media from around the world about our interest in the Manning case, because the whole
world is watching what the United States will do to someone who they believe has exposed secrets about war crimes, diplomatic doublespeak and policy hypocrisy.”

OCCPR was founded in 2004 and works to increase understanding of conscientious objection and resistance to war. Its founders include religious and veteran groups; its fiscal sponsor is Joy Mennonite Church of Oklahoma City.

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James M. Branum


Originally posted to jmbranum on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 01:29 PM PST.

Also republished by Oklahoma Roundup and Wikileaks Informationthread.


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  •  Hey, they gave it to President Obama (3+ / 0-)


  •  I think this is a courageous move. (6+ / 0-)

    Finally, someone standing tall for Bradley Manning and shining a light on the complete injustice of our actions in imprisoning that man.  I have been a whistleblower and, let me tell you, they try to persecute you!  They tried to make my life a living hell.  I just gave it back to them, but it wasn't easy and took a toll.  I wouldn't have done it any other way, though.

    Hooray for the Oklahoma Peace Organization.

    love the fetus, hate the child

    by Raggedy Ann on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 02:03:35 PM PST

    •  RA - he has already been nominated (1+ / 0-)
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      by another group who I think was from Finland, but don't quote me on that one. If Manning did in fact release tens of thousands of classified documents he will go to prison for decades. Had he only released one or two documents or videos that were evidence of war crimes he would have a very valid whistle blower defense.  However, the size and scope of the disclosures have sealed his fate. He will be convicted at his court martial and then the appeal process will start. It has three or more steps in the military court system, but the final court of appeal is the SCOTUS and it will be interesting to see how they handle it.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 02:54:42 PM PST

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      •  Well, there are always consequences to our actions (0+ / 0-)

        Now, it will depend on whether he has regrets or not.  He, alone, has to live with his decision to release these documents.  I'm very happy he was nominated, though, and if there are two nominations, more power to it.

        love the fetus, hate the child

        by Raggedy Ann on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 03:26:10 PM PST

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      •  The appeal process can only look at the (1+ / 0-)
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        discovery and documents presented at trial. New evidence does not get to be presented.

        And the US military has refused all the defense's requests with the exception of 2 minor parts. So, no, the SCOTUS review will not be a full and complete analysis of the underlying dynamics of Manning's prosecution.

        And, we don't know for a fact who supplied what documents. There were many leakers and whistleblowers to Wikileaks.

        One may live without bread, but not without roses.
        ~Jean Richepin
        Bread & Roses

        by bronte17 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 04:29:59 PM PST

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        •  bronte - I think that is the challenge (0+ / 0-)

          for the prosecution, to prove that Manning released classified documents. They don't have to prove that he released them to Wiki. only that he released them. There are some possible lesser charges, if they can't prove the big one. I am not holding out much hope. The Army wants to fry Manning and everyone who sits on the panel knows it.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 04:43:22 PM PST

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          •  Well then, he is a political prisoner (1+ / 0-)
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            and everyone knows it. He's been tortured, abused and misused. Because he has a pure heart and the best of intentions.

            So, the Nobel Prize may begin the opening of eyes so that more will speak up against the evil and fear that have incapacitated rule of law and our sense of balance for far too long.

            One may live without bread, but not without roses.
            ~Jean Richepin
            Bread & Roses

            by bronte17 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:28:06 PM PST

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            •  bronte - let's see the evidence first (1+ / 0-)
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              If Manning did in fact release tens of thousands of classified documents he did something very grave and deserves a long prison sentence. However, if he didn't, but is still convicted, then I think you could make a case that he is a political prisoner.

              "let's talk about that"

              by VClib on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:55:39 PM PST

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              •  The argument keeps going around (0+ / 0-)

                but you know the charge has been made... and documented by criminal computer experts... that Adrian Lamo tampered with Manning's chat logs.

                Among other things.

                As for the release of the classified material, it's a matter of selectivity for whom we apply the law and for whom we do not.

                Scooter Libby and Karl Rove walked. And their deliberate evil manipulation and exposure caused decades of work to be destroyed and very valuable lives to be lost. Critical work to maintain world peace was lost.

                Shoulders were simply shrugged over it. Last I checked... another of the consequences from the deliberate Rove/Cheney/Libby slip was an illegal war that had cost us over $6 trillion, 5k dead soldiers, 1M+ dead Iraqis and untold sorrows to yet come.

                Yet, this issue with Manning has been carefully choreographed to build outrage over "national security" and any other feigned "horrible characteristics" that Manning could possibly possess.

                And there is no comparison.

                One may live without bread, but not without roses.
                ~Jean Richepin
                Bread & Roses

                by bronte17 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 08:56:12 PM PST

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  •  dumb move (3+ / 0-)
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    I hate how the bradly manning situation has been handled and how he has been treated while in jail but honestly the guy is just a mentally troubled youth who had top secret clearance and amassed mass amount of information which he didn't really know what he had and released it in order to impress people on the internet.

    •  That is vile spin and is precisely what the (2+ / 0-)
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      perpetrators intended to insert into people's minds.

      We all have our idiosyncrasies and Bradley's have been placed under microscope for the world to see simultaneously while he was tortured both physically and mentally.  

      And the only one on the internet who was "mentally troubled" and in need of authoritarian approval was Adrian Lamo. The felon hacker who set Manning up and manipulated the chat log.

      Lamo had just been released from a mental institution when the FBI hooked him in the chat room.

      Lamo was also one of the names on a list as a supplier to Wikileaks. Not sure why Bradley Manning is the sole antagonist in the whistleblowing of murder and corruption by mercenaries and other thugs in our military. And our banks. And our institutions.

      One may live without bread, but not without roses.
      ~Jean Richepin
      Bread & Roses

      by bronte17 on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 04:25:05 PM PST

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  •  Oh Good (4+ / 0-)
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    peacearena, Sunspots, bronte17, jmbranum

    I have been hoping that Nobel will seriously consider him.

    The man has more balls than the rest of the US military industrial complex put together.

    Which is why he is such a threat to them that they are trying not just to pursue him legally, but to break his mind and spirit, as an object lesson to anyone who is willing to stand up to them.

  •  Umm...they can try, but unless OCCPR is on "The (2+ / 0-)
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    List" of people organizations that the committee will accept, their "Nomination" means nothing.

    Each year the respective Nobel Committees send individual invitations to thousands of members of academies, university professors, scientists from numerous countries, previous Nobel Laureates, members of parliamentary assemblies and others, asking them to submit candidates for the Nobel Prizes for the coming year. These nominators are chosen in such a way that as many countries and universities as possible are represented over time.

    Yes, there is a correlation between President Barack Obama and Neville Chamberlain. (-9.00,-8.86)

    by Jonathan Hoag on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:47:12 PM PST

    •  OCCPR is a peace research institute (1+ / 0-)
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      so it is eligible to nominate. But your concern has been duly noted.

      Oklahoma: birthplace of Kate Barnard, W. Rogers, W. Guthrie, Bill Moyers & Eliz. Warren. Home to proud progressive agitators since before statehood. Current political climate a mere passing dust cloud; we're waiting it out & planning for clearer days.

      by peacearena on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 07:00:03 PM PST

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