Bradley Manning Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Source: Abode of Chaos (CC)

Source: Abode of Chaos (CC)

It’ll be fascinating to see how this plays out because it’s such an unusual choice. Normally you have to commit tens of thousands of armed troops to Afghanistan before you go home with one of these babies. From the blog of Birgitta Jónsdóttir:

[On] February 1st 2012 the entire parliamentary group of The Movement of the Icelandic Parliament nominated Private Bradley Manning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Following is the reasoning we sent to the committee explaining why we felt compelled to nominate Private Bradley Manning for this important recognition of an individual effort to have an impact for peace in our world.

Our letter to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee:

We have the great honor of nominating Private First Class Bradley Manning for the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. Manning is a soldier in the United States army who stands accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of documents to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The leaked documents pointed to a long history of corruption, war crimes, and imperialism by the United States government in international dealings. These revelations have fueled democratic uprising around the world, including a democratic revolution in Tunisia. According to journalists, his alleged actions helped motivate the democratic Arab Spring movements, shed light on secret corporate influence on our foreign policies, and most recently contributed to the Obama Administration agreeing to withdraw all U.S.troops from the occupation in Iraq.

Bradley Manning has been incarcerated for well over a year by the U.S. government without a trial. He spent over ten months of that time period in solitary confinement, conditions which experts worldwide have criticized as torturous. Juan Mendez, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, has repeatedly requested and been denied a private meeting with Manning to assess his conditions.

The documents made public by WikiLeaks should never have been kept from public scrutiny. The revelations – including video documentation of an incident in which American soldiers gunned down Reuters journalists in Iraq – have helped to fuel a worldwide discussion about America’s overseas engagements, civilian casualties of war, imperialistic manipulations, and rules of engagement. Citizens worldwide owe a great debt to the WikiLeaks whistleblower for shedding light on these issues, and so I urge the Committee to award this prestigious prize to accused whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Sincerely,
Birgitta Jónsdóttir
Margrét Tryggvadóttir
Þór Saari
Members of the Icelandic Parliament for The Movement

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  • Gergith

    I doubt the group who nominated Obama will also nominate Manning. One can only hope though!

  • Andrew

    Great news!  I doubt he’ll win though.

  • Auntikrist

    Yet another reason I love Iceland and its people.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    If Bradley Manning wins the Nobel peace prize then they will have saved a lot of face. How could they be anything but humiliated for give the prize to Barack Obama.

    • Anon

      This is why they practically have to – why wait to get on the right side of history (or at least away from the wrong side)?

  • http://fruitbattv.com/ Solar

    You just know the American Government going to be pulling strings in the background to make sure Bradley Manning doesn’t win…  On the other hand – Deepest respect for Iceland.

  • Redacted

    I hope he wins it before they hang him.

  • Tuna Ghost

    This may be a stupid question, but how exactly are we sure of what his motives were when he leaked the information?  It’s not as if he’s had a real chance to talk about it.  

    • mammal

      Maybe he thought it unsettling, that Apache helicopter pilots casually liquidate random groups of people for the offence of acting and looking suspicious. And then failing to disclose the blunder.

    • sonicbphuct

       I’m still not certain it was even him who leaked the stuff. Its not as if there’s been a public trial where we can sort out facts and rumors.

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Good point.

      If nothing else, this symbollic gesture should convince the authorities of the necessity to stop the black prison bullsh*t and give the man a public trial.  Sort of impairs the judiciary’s integrity to hold a suspect incommunicado for months under inhumane conditions and hold unsupervised hearings in secret.

      Not much to be gained by getting all Skull-and-Bones now.  That sh*t’s been freely accessible to the public for years now.

      • Tuna Ghost

        I’m worried that whatever the truth may be, right now his only salvation–because he is almost certainly going to jail for the rest of his natural life–is to be seen as a martyr. So many people opposed to the war have painted him as a hero, which I hope him to be and which he may very well be, but when pressed I don’t think I can point to something that speaks of his motivations.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Well, I wouldn’t compare myself to him, yet I, too, have been a cog in a large global organization of dubious morality.  I can easily understand why a person might be tempted to say:

          “Enough B*S* already.  Too many good, innocent people, women and children, have died and been maimed to cover up this organization’s rank incompetence and malfeasance.  We’re not achieving anything by continuing to reward these vile imbeciles behind the wheel.  We’re only breeding further contempt and incompetence.  The world deserves to know, has to know, and NOW.”

          Of course, I wouldn’t have had the guts to do what Manning did.  That’s no badge of honor, but it is a common enough condition.  Even Frederick Douglas had his doubts about John Brown’s sanity, though he clearly admired the man and was prepared to work with him up to a certain point.

          • Tuna Ghost

            I have the consolation of knowing that whatever the motivations, it was a batshit crazy thing to do, which is something I can usually respect.  I want his motivations to be honorable because he’s going to be severely punished for them regardless.  I’m really really interested to know how much if any of the trial is going to be public.  I want to read those transcripts.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDRGDAV7HOVMVSRJPJC6TYJMGE Kancho

    it’s not unusual in the least. In fact it’s a certainty he will be awarded it.