Bradley Manning did the right thing: he exposed war crimes and revealed the truth about a war that was based on lies. Nominate Bradley Manning for the 2013 Citizen Medal.
The White House is giving U.S. citizens until March 31 to nominate someone for the 2013 Citizen Medal, which will “recognize ‘citizens of the United States of America who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens.’ Executive Order 11494 (Nov. 13, 1969). It is generally recognized as the second highest civilian award of our Government.”
Who is more worthy to receive the award this year than our whistle-blowing hero Bradley Manning, who informed the public about actions performed in our name in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world?
Bradley Manning has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his actions, yet a U.S. military prosecution threatens him with life in prison. It will be a shameful day in American history if Bradley Manning is convicted of “aiding the enemy,” when the group he aided the most was the American public. Therefore, we are calling upon President Obama to uphold campaign promises with regards to creating the most transparent government in history, and to protecting whistle-blowers, by awarding the Citizens Medal to our hero Bradley Manning.
To nominate Bradley for the award you will need to visit the nomination webpage (link above) and fill out a form.
Bradley Manning is 25 years old, and he is being held at Ft. Leavenworth, KS (use this as his address). Check “Yes” on the box saying his service was “performed outside of his or her regular job.”
Then answer the following questions. We’ve included responses that incorporate points we feel justify Bradley’s nomination:
|Question 1) Bradley Manning should receive the medal:Bradley Manning is the heroic soldier who, at great personal risk, revealed truths of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, exposing military abuse, unnecessary secrecy, and political corruption. His actions have led to intense domestic debate about the nature of the war on terror. For doing the right thing, for exposing war crimes and disturbing foreign policy, he has been in prison for almost three years awaiting trial. Bradley Manning has since been nominated three times for the Nobel Peace Prize, and he has become an icon of democracy around the world. Who else has done so much to motivate worldwide debate, discussion, and reform?||Question 2) Bradley Manning aided the American public.Bradley Manning said he sought to “spark a domestic debate on the role of the military and our foreign policy in general as well as it related to Iraq and Afghanistan.” His actions helped catalyze democratic uprisings in the Middle East, particularly in Tunisia. Here in the United States, journalists have acknowledged the importance of his acts by publishing thousands of articles based on documents he released, in America’s top news outlets. Bradley helped build a better-educated democracy – “because without information,” he said, “you cannot make informed decisions as a public.”|
In addition to nominating Bradley for the Citizens Medal online, we encourage you to call the White House directly. Let President Obama know that in revealing facts about Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, and foreign diplomacy worldwide, Bradley Manning has aided the American public. Please award him the U.S. Citizens Medal for his bravery. Please free Bradley now!
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Related Link: Bradley Manning’s Nobel Peace Prize Nomination