A campaign was created by Charlotte Scot to tell the Convening Authority in the prosecution of Bradley Manning, Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan, that thousands would openly volunteer to serve part of Bradley Manning’s sentence. The petition, created on Thursday, has gained hundreds of signatures in just hours. Manning’s sentencing began on Wednesday and the whistleblower is facing 136 years. Manning was found guilty of 20 out of 22 charges earlier in the week, although he was found not guilty of aiding the enemy.
We will tell to Major General Buchanan how many have signed up to serve part of Manning’s sentence so he knows that people feel strongly about the important role Manning has played for the people of the United States. By showing the American people how our country has fought the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, conducted military activities and drone strikes in many other countries, managed the prison at Guantanamo Bay and how the country’s foreign policy is conducted, Manning has done a great service the country. People who sign this petition show they are willing to serve part of his his time because he has given the country the opportunity for a much-needed debate on the mistaken direction of US foreign policy.
If we each volunteer to serve part of Manning’s sentence it would bring attention to the amount of time this young man has been sentenced, and the commitment of that many Americans have to him. Perhaps it will help to reduce his sentence to time served.
A United Nations special rapporteur on torture recently declared that the United States’ treatment of Manning was cruel and inhuman while he was held for three years without trial. 24-year-old Manning was arrested in 2010 outside Baghdad, where the young whistleblower was working as an intelligence analyst.