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Alice Walker’s letter of support for Chelsea Manning
« on: November 09, 2013, 15:13:20 PM »
Alice Walker’s letter of support for Chelsea Manning

By the Private Manning Support Network. October 23, 2013.

Alice Walker (click for source)

Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan has the power to reduce Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence to time served, as commander of the Military District of Washington. We need an outpouring of public support for Manning’s freedom to compel Maj. Gen. Buchanan to do the right thing.
Hundreds have already written letters to Maj. Gen. Buchanan, explaining why Manning deserves clemency. Below (and here) is the letter from Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, in which she praises Manning’s humanism. 
Peter Van Buren, State Department whistle-blower, has published his letter of support as well. 
Read here for more information on how to lend your support for Chelsea Manning with a letter to Maj. Gen. Buchanan.
Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan
Commanding General, US Army Military District of Washington 
Dear Maj. Gen. Buchanan,
I write you about the case of US v. Bradley E. Manning, and your chance to overturn an injustice. I write to request that you use your authority to reduce Pvt. Manning’s 35-year confinement sentence to time served, and upgrade his “Dishonorable Discharge.”
As Pvt. Manning wrote in a letter explaining his actions to President Obama,
We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. 
Private Manning was the one soldier willing to speak out against what he thought was wrong. When others silently followed orders, Manning could not. Pvt. Manning is a humanist, meaning he sees humanity before nationality, and values human life above all else. When he released documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, he wanted the American people, and the world, to judge for themselves if the U.S. military was properly valuing human life in Iraq and Afghanistan. As taxpayers who fund that military, we deserve that opportunity.
Pvt. Manning took responsibility for violating miscellaneous regulations covering the use of classified information. For those actions, he has already been punished having spent every day since May 29, 2010, in military confinement.
Pvt. Manning was subjected to approximately nine months of illegal pre-trial punishment at the hands of the Marine command at Quantico, Virginia. Military judge Colonel Denise Lind granted Pvt. Manning 112 days confinement credit for this abuse; however, that is clearly inadequate given the lengthy sentence he was given.
Please, take this opportunity to do what is right. Pvt. Manning has served his punishment and then some. Reduce his sentence to time served, and let him walk free today.

Alice Walker