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Update 2/23/12: How to attend Bradley’s arraignment Thurs., Feb. 23rd at Ft Meade

Accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower Army PFC Bradley Manning will be Thursday, February 23, at Fort Meade, at 1pm. While we are not organizing a protest for this brief hearing, we are asking Washington DC and Maryland area supporters to attend the arraignment–which is open to the public–in solidarity with Bradley, who will be present.

If you are able to attend, please go to the Fort Meade Visitor Control Center by 11am to ensure you’ll have time to get a base access pass, make your way to the courtroom area, pass through security, and wait to be seated in the courtroom. If driving, you will need your drivers license, registration, and proof of insurance. If walking on to Fort Meade, you’ll need a government issued ID. Unlike media representatives, you do not need to have made prior arrangements to attend the hearing as a concerned member of the public.

The Fort Meade Visitor Control Center is located at Maryland 175 & Reece Rd, Fort Meade, MD 21113.
The courtroom on Fort Meade is located at 4432 Llewellyn Ave, Fort Meade, MD 20755 (this is one mile from the Visitor Center).

Electronic devices, including cell phones, computers, cameras, will be barred from the courtroom area. The military will use metal detectors to enforce this ban. If driving, please leave these items in your vehicle. You may or may not be allowed to wear political statements on t-shirts, buttons, etc. depending on the military judge’s desecration.

This arraignment marks the formal beginning of the court martial process. The actual trial is expected to begin in May and last 4 to 6 weeks.

Jeff Paterson - Courage to Resist project director
Bradley Manning Support Network steering committee

Bradley Manning to be arraigned Feb. 23rd. Join our call-in to gov't representatives.

Please call your congressional representative today to express your support for whistle-blowers and to demand justice for Bradley Manning. Drop all the charges now! Find contact information for your local representative here:

Pfc. Bradley Manning, an alleged WikiLeaks whistle-blower, will be formally arraigned on the 23rd of February. While his presence in the courtroom will be brief, the arraignment sets in motion Manning's court martial, which is currently expected to begin in May. With this in mind we are requesting that supporters write, email, and call their local representatives to express their outrage over the charges against, and the treatment of, Pfc. Bradley Manning. The military court proceedings have thus far been for show, but we can still ask our elected officials to protect whistle-blowers and to pressure the Obama Administration to drop all the charges against Bradley Manning.

1. It took a year and a half to get to the pretrial hearing, and once there the military selected an Investigating Officer from the same department investigating WikiLeaks. This is not justice.

2. Military officials are refusing to allow access to key witnesses and evidence. The only witnesses called by the defense who will be allowed to testify are those who have also been called by the administration. They have blocked critically important evidence -- such as internal administration WikiLeaks impact assessments -- from being considered in open court. This evidence could have contradicted the government's ridiculous "aiding the enemy" charge.

3. Whistle-blowers are essential to a vibrant democracy. Secrecy is not the answer. Laws must be implemented to protect whistle-blowers. Blowing the whistle on war crimes should not be a crime. Why was this material classified in the first place? The classification of government documents should not be used to cover up crimes.

4. Eight months of solitary confinement is torture. The Obama administration has repeatedly denied the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, from access to a private visit with Bradley Manning. Why has Bradley Manning’s treatment been so severe? Why is Bradley Manning being denied a confidential visit with Juan Mendez?

Stop the retaliation against whistle-blowers. Drop all charges against PFC Bradley Manning! Call your local representative and ask them to raise the issue of Pfc. Bradley Manning's unjust treatment. Tell them justice is not being served. Please write, tweet, email, call, and otherwise share your experience. Let us know how your representatives have responded. Bradley Manning's supporters are listening, and it's time for the government to do the same.

The phone number and contact information for your representative can be found by following the link below,

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