Feb 8 in Tacoma: Whistleblower Thomas Drake

Former NSA Senior Executive turned NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, along with former ethics advisor to the Justice Department Jesselyn Radack who is also a whistleblower, will speak in Tacoma at the Washington State History Museum. Both Drake and Radack are featured in the Robert Greenwald film, War on Whistleblowers. (More about them below) They will speak on:

A Dangerous Act: Blowing the Whistle on Secrecy, Surveillance & National Security
Two Whistleblowers Discuss Speaking Truth to Power and the Snowden Effect’s Impact on Our Society

WHERE:  Washington State History Museum
1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma 98401

WHEN:     Saturday evening, February 8, 7:30 pm

COST:      FREE!

Thomas Drake, 56, is a former senior executive of the National Security Agency as well as a decorated veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.  When Drake turned whistleblower, the U.S. government threw the Espionage Act at him and threatened him with 30 years in prison.  Drake rejected several deals because he refused to “plea bargain with the truth”, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice eventually dropped all ten of its original charges.

Jesselyn Radack, 42, is a former ethics adviser to the U.S. Dept. of Justice who turned whistleblower when she disclosed the FBI’s ethics violations in the investigation of John Walker Lindh, denied an attorney in the aftermath of his capture during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.  An honors graduate of Brown Univ. and Yale Law School, Radack is now director of national security and human rights at the Government Accountability Project.

Both events sponsored by People for Peace Justice & Healing.  Co-sponsors include Veterans for Peace, and United for Peace of Pierce County.

For more info, write www.ufppc.org/ufppc-info.htmlor call 253-535-7219.

Chelsea Manning defense attorney to speak in Seattle Dec 11

Courage to Resist is reporting:

Lead Defense Attorney for WikiLeaks Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Gives First Seattle Presentation -the fight continues!

You’re invited! On Wednesday, December 11th, the attorney who represented WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning (formerly Bradley Manning) during the trial this summer will speak at University Temple United Methodist Church. This is the first public presentation that attorney David Coombs has given in Seattle.

WHAT: Presentation to discuss Army whistleblower PVT Manning’s trial and upcoming appeals, followed by public Q&A with none other than lead defense attorney David Coombs.
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm
WHERE: University Temple United Methodist Church (Fireplace Room), 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle WA 98105 (map it!)
CONTACT: 206-499-1220
RSVP on Facebook

Mr. Coombs, while now practicing military law as a civilian, has been recognized as one of the best trial attorneys in the U.S. Army. He continues to represent the young WikiLeaks whistleblower, who was sentenced in late August to 35 years in military prison. He is pursuing legal appeals on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct, as well as a formal request that President Obama grant clemency. Mr. Coombs is also PVT Chelsea Manning’s primary advocate as she pursues hormone therapy at Ft. Leavenworth military prison for gender dysphoria.

The event is presented by Courage to Resist and Co-Sponsored by Common Good Cafe, Greater Seattle Veterans for Peace (VFP 92), G.I. Voice/Coffee Strong, and Fellowship of Reconciliation, Seattle Chapter. Funds will be collected by the Private Manning Support Network, to benefit ongoing defense efforts, including impending legal appeals.

The War on Whistleblowers must be stopped!

We hope to see you there. RSVP on facebook today!

My letter to the man who now has the power to reduce Bradley's sentence

My letter to the man who now has the power to reduce Bradley’s sentence: Major General Buchanan,

The persecution of Bradley Manning, who honored his duty by reporting war crimes, is a dishonor to the U.S. military and government. The abuse he has suffered in prison is a crime, prohibited both by Geneva Convention and the U.S. Constitution.

The most significant crimes in this case were perpetrated by the U.S. military and the U.S. government. I am outraged and shamed by the violations of our constitution, international treaty and the abuse of the rights of U.S. citizens. Our country and the U.S military must be held to higher standards than this!

Please reduce Bradley Manning’s sentence to time served.

Thank you, Linda Boyd

Call the new general’s Public Affairs Office at 202-685-2900

For and against Bradley Manning

http://iam.bradleymanning.org/ released the following powerful video in support of Bradley Manning:

Somehow I received by email a message from Forward Progressives, containing an article by Alan Clifton:

Like it or Not, Bradley Manning is a Traitor — Not a Hero.

Despite the occurrence of the word “progressive” in the site’s name, Forward Progressives strikes me as astro-turf site devoted to defending the Obama Administration. In the article Clifton says, “What Manning did was violate his oath to the United States military.”  Clifton further says:

Bradley Manning didn’t release this information to be a hero.  He didn’t release the information to see “the truth come out.”  He released this information because he seemed to be seeking validation, not justice, in a life that he never felt comfortable in.

The rest of the article is repetitive.