From the Green Shadow Cabinet:
Today the Green Shadow Cabinet calls on President Obama to pardon Bradley Manning for his courageous work exposing U.S. war crimes and State Department deception. Thanks to Manning’s revelations of Iraqi deaths and human rights abuses by the American military, Iraq refused to renew immunity for U.S. soldiers, forcing President Obama to pull out at the end of 2011. Thus, Manning deserves much of the credit for ending the immoral, devastating, multi-trillion dollar U.S. occupation of Iraq.
Continued U.S. funding of the Egyptian military reinforces the old power structure and impedes Egyptian progress toward democracy. The removal of U.S. military funding will only strengthen democratic forces within Egypt, shifting the balance of power toward civil society.
Despite recent events, our hopes remain with the Egyptian people. Too many commentators have underestimated the power of the Egyptian people in the removal of Morsi and Mubarak, as well as ending overt military rule in 2011. The people have demonstrated repeatedly that they are the critical force to be reckoned with and that the existing power structure is not as strong as the people have shown themselves to be. The fact that in the weeks following the ouster of Morsi, millions of Egyptians have taken to the streets in largely non-violent protests speaks to the sense in today’s Egypt that legitimacy and power remains with the people.
The crimes Manning exposed were much more serious than the crimes of which he has been convicted. The “Collateral Murder” video which showed U.S. soldiers slaughtering innocent Iraqis, and two Reuters journalists, with joy and glee is one example of many civilian killings that deserve prosecution.