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We petition the obama administration to:
Free PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower. - Petition Closed (links active)

Using the information PFC Bradley Manning allegedly revealed, media outlets have published thousands of stories, detailing countless attempts by governments around the world -- including our own -- to illegally conceal evidence of human rights abuses.

According to the President, “employees with the courage to report wrongdoing are a government’s best defense against waste, fraud and abuse.”

It appears that PFC Manning acted on his conscience, at great personal risk, to answer the President’s call.

However, he has been subjected to extreme confinement conditions that US legal scholars have said may amount to torture.

Therefore, we also ask the Obama administration to stop blocking the UN's chief torture investigator, Juan Mendez, from conducting an official visit with PFC Manning.
Created: Sep 27, 2011


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White House forced to respond to U.N. request to meet with Bradley Manning
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011, 19:57:01 PM »
White House forced to respond to U.N. request to meet with Bradley Manning

WASHINGTON, DC — Supporters of PFC Bradley Manning have surpassed a 5,000 signature threshold through a new White House online petition interface. According to the website’s rules, the White House must now respond to the issues raised in the petition; including requests to allow a United Nations torture investigator to make an official visit with PFC Manning, and answering supporters’ calls for his freedom.

“Although we should never need to petition our government to respect basic human rights standards, we can now at least expect an answer to Mr. Mendez’s request to meet with PFC Manning,” said Kevin Zeese, a legal adviser with the Bradley Manning Support Network.  “President Obama undermines his professed support for the work of the United Nations abroad when he prevents officials from responding to well-substantiated claims of cruel and unusual punishment at home.”

The White House petition is available at this link:  http://www.wh.gov/40y

Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, has made repeated requests to the Obama administration to conduct an official meeting with PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower. Mr. Mendez is responding to evidence that PFC Manning was subjected to severe conditions of confinement while being held at a Marine brig in Quantico, Virginia. Several hundred U.S. legal scholars have signed an open letter arguing that these abuses may have amounted to torture. So far, the Department of Defense has only offered the option of a monitored meeting, which is not consistent with the U.N. investigator’s routine mandate. PFC Manning has refused this option, because anything he said while being monitored could potentially be used against him later.

“Thanks to the public encouragement of WikiLeaks and many others online, supporters of Bradley Manning surpassed the required signature threshold over two weeks ahead of the White House’s deadline,” said Jeff Paterson, a co-founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network. “We’re giving the White House the benefit of our doubts about their new Open Government Initiative. We want them to prove that this dialogue mechanism can be an effective channel of communication.”

The Obama administration will also be required to go on the record about its justification for continuing to hold PFC Manning in pre-trial confinement for over 16 months. The White House’s new “We the People” petition website was announced by President Obama during his recent visit to the United Nations. Following his unveiling of the new website, the President added:

“We’ll work to reform and expand protections for whistle-blowers who expose government waste, fraud and abuse.”

Supporters of Bradley Manning say that the President’s rhetoric does not match his record of having issued more prosecutions against whistle-blowers than all previous presidencies combined.

http://www.bradleymanning.org/news/white-house-forced-to-respond-to-u-n-request-to-meet-with-bradley-manning


enrica

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Thanks for posting Fanyajuu.

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Official White House Response to Free PFC Bradley Manning
« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 12:09:40 PM »
Official White House Response to Free PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower.

Why We Can't Comment on Bradley Manning

Thank you for signing the petition "Free PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistleblower." We appreciate your participation in the We the People platform on WhiteHouse.gov.

The We the People Terms of Participation explain that "the White House may decline to address certain procurement, law enforcement, adjudicatory, or similar matters properly within the jurisdiction of federal departments or agencies, federal courts, or state and local government." The military justice system is charged with enforcing the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Accordingly, the White House declines to comment on the specific case raised in this petition.

https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/#!/response/why-we-cant-comment-bradley-manning