On Wednesday, April 20th, Pfc. Bradley Manning—being held as the WikiLeaks whistle-blower for the past 11 months at the Marine brig in Quantico, VA—was moved to the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) in Kansas.
The JRCF is a new facility, built on the USP Leavenworth compound in October of 2010 as part of the Military Corrections Complex. It houses pre-trial inmates and military personnel serving less than five years.
Manning was initially arrested at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Baghdad, Iraq, in May of 2010. He was held under a punitive regimen in maximum-security lock-up, despite not having been convicted of anything.
Pfc. Manning was an intelligence analyst and worked on the US Gov’ts Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SPIRNet). Born in December of 1987, he’s now 23-yrs-old, and is a dual American/British citizen. more…
Democracy is not a ripe fruit that you can pick off a tree; democracy is a seed that you need to plant and nurture.
There are lessons here that future organizing cadre of the more than 10,000,000 prisoners and “felons” throughout the American gulag should be examining for potential application to our own struggle for justice, reconciliation, and democracy.
More of the same?
The opportunity in the current Egyptian example will be in observing the role of the wealthy civilian elite and military forces in charge at the moment, and the emerging role of oppositional democratic elements, in particular, Mohamed Elbaradei.
The watchword on Al Jazeera—easily the most consistent on-site and factual news reporting team–when the news came down of Mubarak’s resignation was, “This is not the end, but the beginning.” The real work of the revolution, the struggle for democracy, begins now. more…
The ideal version of justice is that, before the law, a person is innocent until proven guilty. But for those of us who have any jail and prison experience, the reality is quite different.
The current experience of Bradley Manning puts the lie to that idealism and, indeed, reveals the neo-liberals as little more than political stooges (or otherwise ineffectual before conservative corporate power).
Bradley is the 22-yr-old soldier who is accused–but not charged–with supplying WikiLeaks with the secret documents being distributed around the world.
He spent two months in a military jail in Kuwait, and has now been in the infamous Marine brig in Quantico, VA, for the past five months under extraordinary conditions. more…