Bradley Manning ~ ‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

I’m still sending and requesting much love, gratitude, protection, prayers and Reiki to, for and around Bradley Manning. May those in positions to make a difference find their conscience and their sleep severely troubled until they make things right. May those who do act to follow their conscience enjoy the blessings, relief and protection of the Divine finally shining through them.

Can’t imagine what that looks like? Observe the hero who graces your courtroom and prison with his presence. Much respect, Bradley Manning. Thank you for walking your talk and living your heart. May you be showered with the blessings you’re too humble to seek; may you feel the love and honor of those who truly see you.

Thanks, Ann: “At approximately 10:14 AM EDT this morning, Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. This afternoon, his attorneys met the press.”

Manning invoked that late Howard Zinn, quoting, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

Manning invoked that late Howard Zinn, quoting, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

by Bradley Manning

The following is a transcript of the statement made by Pfc. Bradley Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on Wednesday:

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown our any logically based intentions [unclear], it is usually an American soldier that is ordered to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy—the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, the Japanese-American internment camps—to name a few. I am confident that many of our actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law, and I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intention to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.

If you deny my request for a pardon, I will serve my time knowing that sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society. I will gladly pay that price if it means we could have country that is truly conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all women and men are created equal.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you for sharing this, Laura. I am sad that my country still chooses to punish people who take moral actions but deeply inspired by Bradley Manning’s courage and strength in facing such retribution. I pray that those in power will wake up to the evil they are participating in, pardon Manning and turn our country away from this insane path.

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  2. Posted by Damon on August 22, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Reblogged this on Awakestate.

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  3. Posted by Cheryl on August 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    So sad. Sending Reiki.

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    • It is truly an indictment on all Americans that most people don’t even care. At least he got much less time than the government thugs were going for. Some of that protection’s helping, and I am serious about haunting the dreams of those in position to make a difference. I’ve requested that other times in outrageous lawsuits, and people have come forward — judges, jury members, witnesses — eventually turning the tide. When people play nasty, I am not above cooking up a magickal brew of requests and protection for the innocent, courageous and true…

      and personally … I would not want to be on the wrong side of the Morrigan (Goddess of Sovereignty and the Land). She’s a badass protectress, and she is ALL around Bradley Manning. His mother is Welsh, and he is very popular with the faeries, who are not the fluff bunnies Disney would have people believe. Those who are afraid to come forward to do what’s right should really grab a clue and realize it’s much safer right now to do the right thing than it is to support tyranny. Karmically, cosmically … it’s time to step up and do the right thing. There are choice points and time’s a’tickin’ …

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