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Published on Oct 2, 2012
A song I wrote about Bradley Manning, who changed the world when he allegedly released to Wikileaks a massive number of items--including the "collateral murder" videos--none of which should have been kept secret. Manning has been held as a political prisoner, initially in barbarous conditions, without trial, for more than two years. He is due to be tried next year for "aiding the enemy." He is a hero and deserves our thanks and respect.
There aren't many words in this song. The first line is a quote from one of the cockpit videos that Manning allegedly gave to Wikileaks: "When you get on them, just open them up." The second line, "horrible things that belong in the public domain," is adapted from a text message that Manning wrote to Brian Lamo, who turned him in. Later I use a phrase from Julian Assange's speech outside the Ecuadorian embassy--he says that Bradley Manning is an inspiration and that he is a "servant of the public record."
Further information: bradleymanning.org (where you can sign Daniel Ellsberg's petition) firedoglake.com collateralmurder.com Greg Mitchell and Kevin Gosztola, "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning." couragetoresist.org/donate "This Shameful Abuse of Bradley Manning," Daniel Ellsberg, The Guardian www.armycourtmartialdefense.info (lawyer David Coombs's blog)