April 5 is the fourth anniversary of Chelsea Manning's leak of the Collateral Murder video of footage from an Apache helicopter which shows trigger-happy soldiers killing twelve civilians. Manning, former US intelligence officer, also leaked massive troves of documents which include details about war crimes committed by US army personnel, such as the condoning of torture and killing of innocent civilians in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Four years after the releases, not one of the people implicated of war crimes in those documents or in the Collateral Murder video has been prosecuted. Rather, Chelsea Manning was arrested on May 29, 2010, charged with 22 crimes, endured a three-month court martial throughout the summer of 2013, and was sentenced on August 21, 2013 to 35 years in prison. As of the writing of this article, she has been in jail 1405 days, or almost four years.
This article contains a listing of links to articles where Debra VanPoolen artwork is featured.
Use these talking points to share TRUTH about the Bradley Manning trial:
1. Bradley was an idealistic soldier who responded in action to what he saw as needless extinguishing and torturing of innocent human beings in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here is a very important quote from Manning’s chats with Adrian Lamo: Hypothetical question: If you had free reign over classified networks over a long period of time, if you saw incredible things, awful things, things that belonged in the public domain and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington, D.C., what would you do?
Other things to reference in support of this talking point: Collateral Murder video release, Iraq and Afghanistan war logs which reveal US knowledge of exact numbers of civilian deaths which contrasted the media reports in which US military claimed it did not have such knowledge.
Bradley Manning's character is being attacked in the media today in response to the testimony given yesterday by Manning's superior Specialist Showman. To understand the context of her comments, it is helpful to read more of the testimony than is commonly quoted in the press. Below is some of the testimony from yesterday. The link to the transcripts where you can read everything that was said in the courtroom is here.
Chelsea Manning's court martial provided a grand opportunity for the world to understand more about the policies of the US military. But cameras were not allowed in the courtroom of the historic trial and the proceedings, which began on June 3 and ended on August 21, 2013, were mostly ignored by world's mainstream media. Van Poolen contributed to the citizen-initiated efforts to get the truth out to the publc. Deb attended each day of the trial and produced drawings of Chelsea Manning, the defending attorneys, the witnesses for both sides, Judge Col. Denise Lind, and members of the attending publc. Deb's drawings and paintings were regularly featured on the Private Manning Support Network website as well as in other publications such as rt.com and popularresistance.org.
Artwork from the Chelsea Manning Trial
About Bradley Manning
Nobel Peace Prize nominee PFC Bradley Manning, a 24-year-old Army intelligence analyst, is accused of releasing the Collateral Murder video, that shows the killing of unarmed civilians and two Reuters journalists, by a US Apache helicopter crew in Iraq. He is also accused of sharing the Afghan War Diary, the Iraq War Logs, and series of embarrassing US diplomatic cables. These documents were published by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, and they have illuminated such issues as the true number and cause of civilian casualties in Iraq, along with a number of human rights abuses by U.S.-funded contractors and foreign militaries, and the role that spying and bribes play in international diplomacy. Given the war crimes exposed, if PFC Bradley Manning was the source for these documents, he should be given a medal of honor.