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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.

Uniquely You, Divinely One

I’ve had my friend Tania Marie‘s painting and title on the brain: “Uniquely You, Divinely One.”

Painting - Uniquely You, Divinely One

She painted this years ago, but I always remember it when I see snow. I love how each snowflake is gorgeously unique, and yet they all work together to create “the snow.” Each serves its purpose in a beautiful form, but the power comes through community. I’ve increasingly found myself pondering Collectivism, or rather, two seemingly similar yet radically different manifestations of Collectivism.

On the one hand, we’ve got a growing recognition worldwide that, despite all the attempts to ostracize the Other, we are more alike than different. We’ve got a growing movement of Universal Love and interconnectivity as people begin to see the humanity in people of different cultures, religions, countries, dietary persuasions, skin colors, genders and education levels. Concepts like “Namaste” (the Divine in me honors the Divine in you), “In Lak’ech Ala K’in” (I am another yourself) and “Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen” (Reiki distant healing symbol meaning, “the Buddha in me honors the Buddha in you to promote enlightenment and peace”) have become more mainstream. Increasingly, people who love humanity and love the Earth have begun working together to nurture and honor the planet with local farms and farmer’s markets, permaculture, organic principles, actual tree hugging, eco vacations, urban food forests, social justice and community clean-ups.

This kind of Collectivism builds a sense of community, honoring each person as an individual who also exists as an intrinsic part of a larger group. I’m reminded of the movie, “Lost Horizon,” in which residents of the magical Shangri-La each perform work according to their gifts and skills. The community thrives because each person finds dignity and purpose as they work together, not as mindless automatons, but as creative individuals who form important networks of support, love and service.

In permaculture, we see this idea in the deliberate joining together of “plant guilds,” in which each plant serves multiple purposes — attracting beneficial insects, pulling certain nutrients to the soil for another symbiotic plant, repelling pests, providing shade, etc. Each function has multiple backups, just like in Nature, and each individual species, plant or feature fulfills multiple functions, just as in Nature. Permaculture creates a conscious model based on Nature, which helps humans to live in abundant harmony with their surroundings. Barren lawns become self-sufficient food forests, beautiful garden retreats, and Nature preserves, all rolled into one, with minimal work after set-up. The rising interest in permaculture principles has grown along with the growing urge for strong community networks. In permaculture, you start planting guilds in isolated spots, but they eventually grow together as the natural web of life expands. In the same way, local community movements of people can naturally increase their impact as more and more people come to recognize the benefits and joy of working together.

All of this sounds lovely! It’s voluntary, organic, natural, and can be done in any number of ways in order to accomplish any number of specific goals. Ultimately, permaculture and local sustainable communities recognize the unique aspects of each situation and the individual participants; however, they result in stronger overall networks. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts precisely because the whole honors and supports the individual needs and potential offerings of each part.

The opposite of permaculture is monoculture. Think vast tracks of perfectly, uniformly manicured lawn. Think vast fields of MonSatan’s GM corn. Think of the vast tons of pesticides, herbicides, armored tractor wheels, patents, and legal shenanigans of the chemical companies and BigPharma folks who rape our planet and force BigAg “phood” on dumbed down, fluoridated and otherwise drugged masses whom they know would refuse to consume their products if they only knew what was in them. Think of the perversion of Nature, Beauty and all that’s right in the world, forced on planet, people, animals and plants, all in the name of “progress.”

Then think of the newly released DSM-V, the psychiatric listing of disorders, which literally classifies every single human emotion as a disease. Even psychiatrists have begun to cry BS! I recently read that over 50% of the US takes some form of mood altering pharmaceutical drug … and this is before the DSM-V goes into effect. I’m reminded here of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” in which people live on SOMA in order to keep them in a perpetually dulled and quasi-blissed out state. I’m reminded of the first and only time I watched “Bladerunner” for a University of Chicago graduate course in Film Theory and English Literature. I wanted to vomit. Every fiber of my being rejected the professors’ insistence that this future scenario was not only plausible, but preferable.

Turning people into machines has already moved behind Hollywood and into reality. We’ve got super soldiers and video game drone bombers. People so addicted to texting that they can’t converse face to face anymore over dinner without checking their iPhone. We’ve got TV-aholics, twitter junkies and the peculiar syndrome that nothing is “real” until the masses get hypnotized by it on the evening news. People have begun micro-chipping children, and in the UK, they can monitor your body with implants to observe cancer or see if you’re taking your drugs as prescribed. The Affordable Care Act has within it vague enough wording to permit mandatory RFID chipping for all participants, and even though science itself shows that genetically modified organisms cause cancer, obesity, IBS and endocrine problems, Codex Alimentarius mandates GMO’s and RbGH as the only legal foods. International Codex compliance also means no more natural remedies, only BigPharma drugs. Codex Alimentarius went on the books in 1992 — with creeping implementation akin to boiling frogs.

Meanwhile, the US will deploy troops in 35 African countries now, not counting wars in the Middle East. Thirty-five African countries! This Corporate United States of America has gone far beyond self-appointed policeman of the free world; it’s now the Police State of the world, using remote controlled drones to kill any and all dissidents, including the secret, executive ordered and recently affirmed legal murders of any American citizen, without accusation, without charge, without trial, even on American soil. Kafka’s “The Trial” comes to mind: it tells the story of a man, K, “arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader.” At least K gets a trial, though! If things unroll as planned, we can soon expect to see 30,000 drones in American skies. That is a lot of surveillance technology and weaponry — all in the name of “security.” Then we’ve got the UN, NATO and Agenda 21 — all in the name of global “peace” and “sustainability.”

But this ain’t your mama’s “peace” and “sustainability.” Collectivism implemented from the top down is fascism. Faceless, rapacious corporations replace the inherent urge for humans to love and cooperate with one another, and instead give us laws, regulations, civilian police forces, all-seeing-eyes of many types, paid snitch on your neighbor programs, debtor’s prisons, unreasonable searches, secret Presidential kill lists, and mandatory cooperation with a one-size-will-be-rammed-in-to-fit-all totalitarian dictatorship.

On the surface it all sounds so similar, though: peace and sustainability, enough food for all, no need for borders, no differences between nations, states or races. One form of community arises naturally and honors diversity: Uniquely You, Divinely One. Global Collectivism, by contrast, demands a one-world government, one-world religion, forced disarmament, and forced slave labor in which everyone’s equal because no one has any rights or privilege. Well, almost no one. Somebody needs to keep the masses in line! Just like monoculture gardening evokes a war on Nature –nonstop weeding, pruning, spraying, attacking– so does monoculture Collectivism. What could naturally flourish with just a little bit of planning and working with Nature (or human nature), suddenly requires nonstop vigilance in order to maintain order. An artificially imposed order. An order that bucks Natural Law and requires chemicals, weapons, murder, propaganda, and a Police State to maintain.

I’ve been studying Runes again, even more deeply than I have in the past. Some people know that the Nazi’s co-opted Runes, as well as ancient, sacred symbols like the swastika, and the burgeoning German Folk movement, perverting a natural wellspring of humanity and turning that into what most people consider the most famous repressive regime in history. Deeper research into WWII reveals that the same small groups of people who have funded both sides of every single war in the last many centuries made no exception with the Allies and Axis powers. What I find so interesting, is that then, as now, humanity had this upsurge of latent spirituality and empowerment. The puppeteers quickly capitalized on those emotions and perverted the movement, but its initial spark came from a deep soul longing to reconnect humanity and the Divine. Today I stumbled upon the following video that compares and contrasts Hitler and Rudolph Steiner. Both drew from key concepts the Thule, but what they decided to do with those ideas made all the difference in the world! Literally. Perhaps we can learn something from the contrast. Although simplified in the video, the issues do illustrate how noble ideas can quickly turn to something else, unless we remain pure and clear in our intentions and actions.

We live in potent times! Here, in 2013 and beyond, what form of global awareness do we wish to invoke? What type of Oneness do we wish to invoke? What kind of peace and sustainability do we wish to invoke?

(Here’s the link. It won’t let me embed the video anymore. You might want to turn down the background sound on this video. I personally found it quite distracting.)

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Uniquely You, Divinely One," by Tania Marie

“Uniquely You, Divinely One,” by Tania Marie

Madison Rotunda Report From March 18

Another guest blog post by my Uncle Brad! This one covers some of the personal stories of people he’s encountered during his activism. It also shares some interesting tidbits about Karl Rove and some behind the scenes Republican scrambling. As always, thanks so much to Brad Palmer for his passion, great storytelling and general good humor in this microcosm of what’s taking place or due to take place around the country:

Hello, Fellow Truth Seekers (borrowed that from Mike Malloy)–In short, the capitol area turnout was sparse tonight, less than 100 people. I’ve found that Fridays are lightly attended, because people are planning on demonstrating on Saturday. Also, I didn’t arrive there until 7:30 PM. We’ll see what occurs tomorrow. Many of the small towns and cities in Wisconsin are holding their own demonstrations, and working tirelessly on recall efforts of the Republican senators. I’m also going to include some periphery stories that have occurred, some to inform in-staters, some to inform out-of-staters.

I walked the square three times, encountering some fellow marchers. I overheard one of them saying to another, “OK, then, I’ll see you tomorrow.” I’m hoping that means a march, and we’re represented by several thousand. One man had his two small children with him. I thanked him for getting the children involved. He replied, “It’s important.” I then walked up to the capitol building itself, talked briefly with two police officers who didn’t know what Saturday would bring to the square. I re-met the man and his children, made two cycles around the capitol to see many of the window displaying signs like, “Walker, your pink slip is coming,” I purchased a “Stand With Wisconsin” sign from a vendor for $2. I wished him well, hoped that he was making some money. We both mentioned how nice it was that merchants were seeing increased business from this.

The area around the capitol is very clean except for people minding their signs. I stood at one of the stoplights for about 15 minutes with my signs, got some “Democracy” honks, some regular honks, some cheers, some solidarity fists in the air. A large city metro bus came up from State Street and made a circle around the capitol, honking support all the way. Think he’s union?

Kathie and I went to the recall office, which was again busy. I noticed one staffer manning the counter, one in back with papers, two at computers, one assisting as a “go-fer.” I mentioned to Kathie, “This is ALSO what democracy looks like.” The office was fairly busy. We canvassed some apartment buildings that cater to the elderly. A number of the residents there were disabled or retired. We knocked on perhaps 25 doors, half of whom were out. Of the rest, we got eleven signatures. Important stuff coming here….a woman answered the door, and after Kathie stated our purpose, she said she would absolutely sign the petition, yes….and did we have one for Walker? Kathie explained that would be coming in November.

The woman said, “He ruined my life.” She is disabled. She receives $777 per month and doesn’t work. Her daughter is a nursing assistant for a public school. (I did that for two years before graduating as an RN–it is VERY hard physical work, and the average pay right now is around $11/hour). Her daughter was told her health insurance was going to increase by $250 per month because of the “budget repair bill” Walker is trying to force feed us. As tears welled up in the woman’s eyes, she said she had her cable TV disconnected. I looked at the TV, the cords were wound up and dangling. She said she did that to help her daughter pay the insurance, and that she would find a way somehow to pay for her daughter’s insurance out of her $777.

We don’t know her daughter’s circumstances. But this story will play out all over this country if WE don’t stop it. She thanked us for “doing what you’re doing.” I told her she could do more than we could ever do by just sharing her story with everyone she can. She asked if she could hug us. We did, and my heart cracked a little. This kind of thing happens while Koch Industries makes millions at her expense, and Walker gets to be a lobbyist when he leaves office–which WILL BE SOON!

Another couple who were disabled said, “Thank you for doing this. Without you, we don’t have a voice.” We told them they have one now, and they’d have another when we bring Walker’s recall petition around in November.

Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi ruled today that Walker’s union-busting bill was enacted illegally. So that “legislation” ( a term I use VERY loosely) has been at least temporarily stopped. Dane County executive Falk has also filed a legal complaint against the Republican fiasco.

We heard an interesting comment from John Nichols (“The Nation” magazine) on Madison Progressive Radio. An organization (Democracy Now, I think) has been monitoring Walker’s visitors to the capitol daily since the first 50 protesters were out. After week one, Karl Rove sent in his point man, who spent the day with Walker. Apparently, the public face the Republicans put on was VERY different from the private face–that is, according to Nichols, Walker’s administration was in “crisis mode” from the start. Obviously, this has now blown up on him, and the hearts, minds, souls, feet, and VOTES are against him. On Wednesday there was a rally in NYC with signs proclaiming, “I Stand With Wisconsin,” “We are ALL Wisconsin,” and, “We Are
Wisconsin.”

In Washington DC, the Hall of States (where Walker also has an office) had a demonstration, characterized by many, many signs saying, “Stand With Wisconsin.” I am SO proud to be among these people, these hard working Wisconsin residents who, prior to Walker’s regime, we’re pretty much unrelated and uninterested in any common way to each other. Now we are one solidarity movement, growing, organizing, working outside of jobs to right this wrong. Please, my neighbors, keep fighting, we have 40 days left to get all the signatures, and failure is NOT an option here.

In this same regard, Walker has opted NOT to simply re-convene the legislature, modify the court’s objections, and vote again, this time with a quorum, to presumably pass again the end of collective bargaining. Why? Conjecture is that with the massive and continual demonstrations, and the seemingly well-run recall efforts against the Republicans in office, there is a fear that some of the Republicans may break from Walker and actually vote against the bill. Is there dissension in the ranks of the “emperor with no clothes?”

If anyone is interested in seeing the video of Kathie’s interview with channel 3, albeit very short, go to http://www.channel3000.com , go to the video section, then search, then type in “Portage protest.” I don’t know how long it will be on, but it’s there tonight; a previously dormant group of Portage citizens awakened to the common cause of fairness and freedom from corporate domination as dictated by Walker. Rallies all over America are starting to happen, all peaceful, all firm, all with some homage to Wisconsin, where I’m proud to be a resident.

Keep working, talking, reading, watching. Sheri is sending out emails regarding hour to hour information in our progress here, elsewhere, and background on Walker and his gang of thieves. Wisconsin is leading the way, the cause is growing everywhere. Hear this–Wisconsin remains STRONG, and is getting stronger daily.

One day longer, one day stronger, my friends. Solidarity.

Brad