Wednesday, January 19, 2011
On 17 Jan 2011, On Martin Luther King Jr. Day about one hundred rallied outside the J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building to protest the detainment of Bradley Manning and the "criminalization of dissent." Manning is believed to be charged in connection with the unauthorized release of two Iraq War helicopter attack videos and 250,000 State Department diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks. Participants at the rally included FBI whistleblower Coleen Rowley and retired CIA officer Ray McGovern.
Jotman blogged the protest outside the FBI building in Washington D.C. (above photo). More photos here.
William Hughes (website) interviewed Ray McGovern and Coleen Rowley outside the FBI building:
After short speeches by defenders of the First Amendment, protesters joined a caravan to Marine Corps Base Quantico where military authorities have been holding Bradley Manning for eight months in solitary confinement.
Civil libertarians have described the conditions of Manning's detainment as inhumane and unlawful, particularly in view of the fact Manning has not been convicted of anything. The new United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Mendez, has submitted a formal inquiry to the Department of State about Manning's treatment.
On July 5, 2010 Manning was charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice for transferring classified data onto his personal computer and communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source. Chat logs disclosed by Adrian Lamo, a former hacker and convicted criminal who has recently received psychiatric treatment, suggest that Bradley Manning had admitted to being the "leaker" of materials obtained by WikiLeaks.
The following video from the Quantico base in Virginia (about an hour from DC) was produced by David Swanson. Swanson, who blogs at warisacrime, comments: "It is a crime to witness felonies and stay silent; Manning didn't."
Location: United States