Archive for June, 2013

Cooper Union Event June 19

Friday, June 14th, 2013

World Can’t Wait is collaborating with the Continuing Education Department at The Cooper Union for a very urgent event:

An Evening of Conscience: The Great Hall at Cooper Union 7:00 pm, Wednesday, June 19.

We Will not be Complicit…We DO NOT Consent!

No Government Spying on Whole Populations.
Hands Off Snowden & Manning.
Close Guantanamo NOW.

See more on the World Can’t Wait website.

 

More On Bradley Manning

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Marjorie Cohn, law professor and former president of the National Lawyers Guild, has this to say about Bradley Manning’s actions:

“Manning is charged with crimes for sending hundreds of thousands of classified files, documents and videos, including the ‘Collateral Murder’ video, the ‘Iraq War Logs,’ the ‘Afghan War Logs’ and State Department cables to Wikileaks. Many of the things he transmitted contain evidence of war crimes.

“The ‘Collateral Murder’ video depicts a US Apache attack helicopter killing 12 civilians and wounding two children on the ground in Baghdad in 2007. The helicopter then fired on and killed the people trying to rescue the wounded. Finally, a US tank drove over one of the bodies, cutting the man in half. These acts constitute three separate war crimes.

“Manning fulfilled his legal duty to report war crimes. He complied with his legal duty to obey lawful orders but also his legal duty to disobey unlawful orders.

“Section 499 of the Army Field Manual states, ‘Every violation of the law of war is a war crime.’ The law of war is contained in the Geneva Conventions.

“Article 85 of the First Protocol to the Geneva Conventions describes making the civilian population or individual civilians the object of attack as a grave breach. The firing on and killing of civilians shown in the ‘Collateral Murder'” video violated this provision of Geneva.

Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions requires that the wounded be collected and cared for. Article 17 of the First Protocol states that the civilian population ‘shall be permitted, even on their own initiative, to collect and care for the wounded.’ That article also says, ‘No one shall be harmed . . . for such humanitarian acts.’ The firing on rescuers portrayed in the ‘Collateral Murder’ video violates these provisions of Geneva.

“Finally, Section 27-10 of the Army Field Manual states that ‘maltreatment of dead bodies’ is a war crime. When the Army jeep drove over the dead body, it violated this provision.

“Enshrined in the US Army Subject Schedule No. 27-1 is ‘the obligation to report all violations of the law of war.’ At his guilty plea hearing, Manning explained that he had gone to his chain of command and asked them to investigate the ‘Collateral Murder’ video and other ‘war porn,’ but his superiors refused. ‘I was disturbed by the response to injured children,’ Manning stated. He was also bothered by the soldiers depicted in the video who ‘seemed to not value human life by referring to [their targets] as “dead bastards.”‘

“The Uniform Code of Military Justice sets forth the duty of a service member to obey lawful orders. But that duty includes the concomitant duty to disobey unlawful orders. An order not to reveal classified information that contains evidence of war crimes would be an unlawful order. Manning had a legal duty to reveal the commission of war crimes.”

The full text of the article can be found here.

Photo Essay from Lucille at Protest for Bradley Manning

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

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Lucille Standing Up for Bradley and for All of Us

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The Iraq Veterans Against the War Were Well Represented

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Viet Nam Veterans Were Also Out in Force

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Veterans For Peace Know Why We Need to Stop Wars

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This Veteran Has A Great Idea

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I am very encouraged by the Younger Generations Standing Up for Bradley and for Peace and Justice

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Code Pink Can Always be Counted On

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This Woman Has Another Good Idea

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Those from the Occupy Movement Still Working for Us All

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Ssomeone From Mexico Supporting Bradley

Did you see this on the major corporate news media?  Thank you, Lucille, for sharing these photographs of this important action.