Jack’s Liberty Underground Newsletter sent this out this morning. The images are fantastic; counter-culture heroes galore, and other great images. Note he doesn’t even feel the need to complete ‘The first casualty of war’…(is The Truth).
From Nash’s website:
“A companion video for “Almost Gone” – a new song by legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash and musician James Raymond (son of David Crosby) – is being released today in support of accused U.S. Army whistle-blower Bradley Manning.
The release is timed to Manning’s first judicial hearing scheduled for December 16th, following more than 17-months in custody, including a year in solitary confinement that Amnesty International has characterized as “harsh and punitive.”
Visually, the Almost Gone video is punctuated with bold graphics, disturbing images and harsh facts. Its release is scheduled to precede Manning’s pre-trial hearing on December 16, which is the day before his 24th birthday. The Bradley Manning Support Network has named the following day, December 17, its International Day of Solidarity (http://events.bradleymanning.org/). PFC Manning, an Army intelligence analyst who had been stationed near Baghdad, was arrested in May 2010 under suspicion of leaking classified information, including a video showing the killing of civilians, to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.”
More information about the video is here. IMO, the song might have been more circumspect about *alleged acts*.
Kevin Gosztola has been live-blogging day 4 of Manning’s pre-trial hearing here.
DD reports that Lt. Dan Choi was wrestled to the ground at the courthouse, his rank patches torn off, and escorted off the base, banned for 24 hours…for heckling some asshole sergeant by asking, “Hey, Sergeant; how’s your dog?”
You may want to read Dan’s tweets after the incident; they’re pretty fine.
To Brad from all of us:
“Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied : and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. The same malignant aspect in republicanism may be traced in the inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and in the degeneracy of manners and of morals, engendered by both. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Those truths are well established.”
~ James Madison
You and Julian Assange, my friend, have been *alleged* to have done more than any others in this nation to blow the lid off the lies our government has told us so cravenly and repeatedly in order to get away with executing multiple wars against constructed enemies for far too long. Stay strong, and don’t the bastards grind you down. They can’t touch the you in you.
[Update]: Glennzilla was on Democracy Now! speaking on: Bradley Manning Faces Life Sentence, While Criminals WikiLeaks Exposed Have Suffered No Consequences; he also thoroughly discredits Manning accuser (remember the alleged correspondence between the two Wired.com withheld for so long?) Adrian Lamos’s contentions in his interview with Amy. Amy, of course, asks all the right questions; Lamos can hardly look at her or the camera; watch his eyes for signs of deception…and maybe a bit of shame, hard to tell with my fuzzy teevee.