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Monday, 30 May 2016

CHELSEA MANNING: Victim of American National Security


                                                                       
                       


       

                                                      CHELSEA MANNING (WIKI)



Chelsea Manning
photograph
Manning in April 2012
BornBradley Edward Manning
December 17, 1987 (age 28)
CrescentOklahoma, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSoldier
Known forClassified document disclosures to Wikileaks
Criminal chargeViolating the Espionage Act, stealing government property, violation of theComputer Fraud and Abuse Act, multiple counts of disobeying orders[1]
Criminal penalty35 years in prison, reduction in rank to private (private E-1 or PVT), forfeiture of all pay and allowances,dishonorable discharge[2]
Parent(s)
  • Brian Manning
  • Susan Fox
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service2007–present (on active duty appellate leave)
RankPrivate (E-1)[3]
Unit2nd Brigade Combat Team,10th Mountain Division(former)
AwardsNational Defense Service Medal ribbon.svg National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
Signature
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Chelsea Elizabeth Manning[4] (born Bradley Edward Manning, December 17, 1987) is a United States Army soldier who was convicted in July 2013 of violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, after disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly three-quarters of a million classified or unclassified but sensitive military and diplomatic documents.[5] Manning was sentenced in August 2013 to 35 years' imprisonment, with the possibility of parole in the eighth year, and to bedishonorably discharged from the Army.[2] Manning is a trans woman who, in a statement the day after sentencing, said she had felt female since childhood, wanted to be known as Chelsea,[6] and desired to begin hormone replacement therapy.[7] From early life and through much of her Army life, Manning was known as Bradley; she was diagnosed withgender identity disorder while in the Army.[8]
Assigned in 2009 to an Army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst, Manning had access to classified databases. In early 2010, she leaked classified information to WikiLeaks and confided this to Adrian Lamo, an online acquaintance. Lamo informed Army Counterintelligence, and Manning was arrested in May that same year. The material included videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike, and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan; 251,287 U.S. diplomatic cables;[9] and 482,832 Army reports that came to be known as the Iraq War Logs[10] and Afghan War Diary.[11] Much of the material was published by WikiLeaks or its media partners between April and November 2010.[12]
Manning was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge and could have resulted in a death sentence.[13] She was held at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico in Virginia, from July 2010 to April 2011 under Prevention of Injury status—which entailed de facto solitary confinement and other restrictions that caused domestic and international concern—before being transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she could interact with other detainees.[14] She pleaded guilty in February 2013 to 10 of the charges.[15] The trial on the remaining charges began on June 3, 2013, and on July 30 she was convicted of 17 of the original charges and amended versions of four others, but was acquitted of aiding the enemy.[1] She is serving a 35-year sentence at the maximum-security U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.[16]
Reaction to Manning's disclosures, arrest, and sentence was mixed. Denver Nicks, one of her biographers, writes that the leaked material, particularly the diplomatic cables, was widely seen as a catalyst for the Arab Spring that began in December 2010, and that Manning was viewed as both a 21st-century Tiananmen Square Tank Man and an embitteredtraitor.[17] Reporters Without Borders condemned the length of the sentence, saying that it demonstrated how vulnerablewhistleblowers are.[18]

SONG FOR CHELSEA MANNING (David Rovics)

Private Manning was an analyst if what they say is true 
She was paid to read reports and find the patterns sifting through 
As she read the data the patterns did emerge 
Patterns that were clear both before and since the Surge 
Patterns of abuse of the most horrific kind 
Gunning down civilians out of view and out of mind 
Gunning down the opposition in the middle of the night 
Sending off the scholars to be tortured out of sight 
Sometimes you need desperate measures when you live in desperate times 
And Private Manning saw she was looking at war crimes 
She wondered what to do to allow the dead to speak 
She finally decided to contact Wikileaks 

Now it's all out on the table and everybody knows 
The emperor is naked, he's not wearing any clothes 

Now Adrian Lamo has to live within his skin 
He stabbed Chelsea in the back, called the cops and turned her in 
But not before the soldier took half a million files 
If you printed all the pages they'd stretch on for miles 
Evidence against the state right from the horse's mouth 
Machinations in the west, bombings in the south 
A treasure trove of details for all the globe to see 
How much they need to lie and kill for democracy 
How many drone strikes have hit villages leaving everyone to die 
They blamed on someone else -- the official line, "Not I" 
How many coups have been plotted by ambassadors who say 
That free and fair elections be the order of the day 

Now the Genie's out of the bottle and they're trying to stuff it back 
And stop it from illuminating everything we lack 
Such as the rule of law or playing by the book 
Look you can read it, it's right here, the ship of state is run by crooks 
And they vilify the messengers, call them every name 
For daring to blow the whistle on the nature of their game 
The game of taking lives and endangering the rest 
In order for the wealthy few to do what they do best 
Dominate the world for the corporate elite 
But now their cover's blown from their head down to their feet 
And now the stars and stripes is looking much more like a rag 
The lid is off the box, the cat's out of the bag

                                                                       


                                                  CHELSEA MANNING (AMNESTY)


At Amnesty, we’re calling on US authorities to free Chelsea immediately.
She is spending decades in prison because she shared information that she thought could shed a light on potential abuses and prompt meaningful public debate on the conflict. Prevented from using this in her defence at her tribunal and overcharged as a warning to others, Chelsea has been punished over the odds for actions.
Meanwhile, the US government has not investigated the abuses she exposed – while Chelsea has paid a high price for putting that information in the public realm.
                                                                             



                                                                   BIOGRAPHY


                                          THE WAR YOU DON'T SEE (John Pilger)


                                                                             





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                                                THE TORTURE OF BRADLEY MANNING



"To Keep You Silent"     (RYAN HARVEY)

They'll keep you in solitary confinement
For who knows for how long
It's the only way to keep you silent
But your silence is strong

They who are so skilled at torture
At terrorizing faith
Who striped your body naked
To degrade and humiliate

They who are so skilled at killing
Under the banner of peace
Who killed two million in Korea
And four million Vietnamese

They'll keep you in solitary confinement
For who knows for how long
It's the only way to keep you silent
But your silence is strong

They who rode through the Powder River
With the machine gun and the flame
Who shot Crazy Horse in prison
And stormed the Philippines

They who flew the air of the Condor
Where the Madres dared to talk
Who killed thousands in Santiago
You heard it's echoes in Iraq

They'll keep you in solitary confinement
For who knows for how long
It's the only way to keep you silent
But your silence is strong

They who would have you die in prison
And suffer this life through
They act not without reason,
They know there's other just like you

Who would push back against the killing
For some future greater good
Who would give of themselves, willing
As so many of us should.


                                                                           




Immediately upon his arrest on May 26, 2010, Manning was transferred to an 8’ x 8’ x 8’ wire mesh cage in Kuwait with just a toilet and a shelf to keep him company. He had confessed online to a supposed confidant earlier in the week that he had submitted compromised intelligence to WikiLeaks, only for that correspondence to be handed to the FBI.
“Hypothetical question: If you had free reign over classified networks for long periods of time ... say, eight to nine ... and you saw incredible things, awful things ... things that belonged in the public domain, and not on some server stored in a dark room in Washington DC ... what would you do?” Manning is alleged to have asked in an AOL chat with Adrian Lamo, a hacker whom the private had never met.
“I was the source of the 12 July 07 video from the Apache Weapons Team which killed the two journalists and injured two kids.”
Within hours, the soldier was shackled and succumbing to what he described in court as a complete and total breakdown.


“I just thought I was going to die in that cage. And that’s how I saw it – an animal cage,” he told the judge as he testified for the first time.





The remainder of this blog post was contributed by Scott F,  (Edinburgh, Scotland)









                                                              SONG FOR CHELSEA MANNING



                                                    RYAN HARVEY-TO KEEP YOU SILENT




                                             THE RADICALISATION OF BRADLEY MANNING



                                                           LEAKED RAW VIDEO FOOTAGE      



                                                    REPORTS FROM INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION



                                                     SIXTH CHRISTMAS IN PRISON


                                                      FREE CHELSEA MANNING




Sunday, 29 May 2016

ANDREW McLENNAN; RETIRED MODERATOR, CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

             "Justice must be done for abuse survivors"




                                                               


                                            ANDREW McLELLAN (Wiki)

                   Andrew McLellan, who is a most impressive and empathetic orator, is a retired moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, a position first graced by John Knox in 1562.

                              LIST OF MODERATORS OF THE GENERAL  ASSEMBLY

                  Since the year 2000, Andrew has made several further valuable social contributions, These include his investigation of the historic abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, his critical evaluation of the Scottish prison system, and his service as national chaplain for the Boys Brigade.

                                                               



                                            THE McLENNAN COMMISSION




                                                                           



                                          JUSTICE MUST BE DONE FOR ABUSE SURVIVORS




                                                                         



                                                              FACEBOOK



                                                                   


                                                                 


                   ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ISSUES APOLOGY FOR CHILD ABUSE



                                                                   


                         BOYS BRIGADE APPOINTS NEW NATIONAL CHAPLAIN


                                                                       



                                            PRISON SYSTEM FAILING SCOTLAND


                                                                     

Saturday, 28 May 2016

ANDREW McLENNAN, CHURCH OF SCOTLAND: Justice must be done for child abuse survivors




                                                                 


                                            ANDREW McLELLAN (Wiki)




                                                                 



                                            THE McLENNAN COMMISSION




                                                                             



                                          JUSTICE MUST BE DONE FOR ABUSE SURVIVORS




                                                                           



                                                              FACEBOOK



                                                                     


                                                                   


                   ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ISSUES APOLOGY FOR CHILD ABUSE



                                                                     


                         BOYS BRIGADE APPOINTS NEW NATIONAL CHAPLAIN


                                                                         



                                            PRISON SYSTEM FAILING SCOTLAND


                                                                       

DNA TAPE RECORDER TO TRACE FAMILY HISTORY




                                                                               





                               DNA TAPE RECORDER TO TRACE FAMILY HISTORY






                                                                               

SIX MYTHS ABOUT THE EUROPEAN UNION by SCOTT F.




                                                                             




                                            SIX MYTHS ABOUT THE EU by Scott F.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

DIRLETON VILLAGE, MID-LOTHIAN


                                                                         




                                               DIRLETON VILLAGE HISTORY


 In the mid-twelfth century King David l of Scotland gave the lands of Dirleton to the Anglo Norman de Vaux family who initially settled at Eldbotle, a mile northwest of the current village, and built a church at Gullane. Around 1240 they built Dirleton Castle, one of the early stone castles in Scotland. It was damaged during the Wars of Independence in the late thirteenth century but rebuilt by the Haliburton family and extended by the Ruthvens who also added the dovecote and gardens. Oliver Cromwell severely damaged the castle in 1650. Fortunately the principal parts of the de Vaux castle have survived.

                                                                     



                                                               DIRLETON (WIKI)



Dirleton (Scottish Gaelic 'Duighreach') is a village and parish in East Lothian, Scotland approximately 20 miles (32 km) east of Edinburgh on the A198. It contains 7,500 acres (30 km2).[1] Dirleton lies between North Berwick (east), Gullane(west), Fenton Barns (south) and the Yellowcraigs nature reserve, Archerfield Estate and the Firth of Forth (north). Gullane parish was joined to Dirleton parish in 1612 by an Act of Parliament because "Golyn (as it was anciently spelt) is ane decaying toun, and Dirleton is ane thriven place."[2]


                                         


























HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: LOVELY INSIDE






This is a beautiful path way. In Dirleton walk from the Castle Inn down toward the Church, and take a left AFTER the golf course, The path will take you under a wonderful avenue of trees, with the golf course to the left, and countryside to the right, Then back to the Open Arms Hotel for a pot of tea in cosy surroundings, We were there today after a lovely Sat Nav drive by the Lammermuirs

And here's something I never told you earlier :)
I was telling a friend about our visit to Dirleton today. 

Having a pot of tea in a very old building.
I sat there trying hard to block the noises around me and all I could hear was young kids running around behind my chair.
I was at a window table because I liked the scenery... 
The children were chasing each other and slamming doors because the adults were outside. 
Outside I could see two men fixing a wheel on a black cart, horse carriage type. I was seeing it right outside the window even as cars were going in and out the current driveway. 
It was so peaceful and a tall woman softly letting me know I was welcome to look around.
After my tea, I sat there for about 30mins just soaking up all I just felt then went for a wander around the building.
Wasn't anyone around to ask, but I think the large room I had tea in was a nursery before WW2 but after WW1.
I'll definitely go back since what ever is there is pretty welcoming.



Wednesday, 25 May 2016

THE GREAT WHORE OF BABYLON





                                                                             


                                                      WHORE OF BABYLON (Wiki)



The "great whore", of the biblical Book of Revelation is featured in chapters 17 and 18.
17:1And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
17:2With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. ["Fornication" is interpreted/translated as "idolatry" in the Amplified Bible (AMP), the New American Bible mentions "harlotry"]
17:3So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
17:4And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
17:5And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. [King James Version; the New International Version uses "prostitutes" instead of "harlots"].
17:6And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
17:9And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.[King James Version; the New International Version Bible and the New American Bible use "hills" instead of "mountains"].
17:10And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space.
17:11And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition.
17:12And the ten horns which thou saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.
17:15And he said unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
17:18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth.
— Revelation 17:4–18 (various)


                                                                   


                                              WHAT IS THE WHORE OF BABYLON?

Question: "What is the whore of Babylon / mystery Babylon?"

Answer: 
Revelation 17:1-2 tells us, “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’” Revelation 17:5 goes on to say, “And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Who is this “whore of Babylon” and what is “mystery Babylon”?

Revelation 17:3 gives this description: “Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns.” The beast mentioned in this verse is the same beast as in Revelation chapter 13:1, “And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.” The beast in Revelation chapter 13 is understood to refer to the Antichrist, the man of lawlessness (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4Daniel 9:27). So, the whore of Babylon, whoever it is, is closely affiliated with the end-times Antichrist.

                                                    



                                              END TIMES PROPHECY

   QUOTE : The only people who can be guilty of committing fornication against God today are professed Christians !!!



                                                                       


 

                                                HUNTING THE WHORE


                                                 A Vision in the Wilderness
When John introduces the Whore in Revelation 17, he tells us: "Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who is seated upon many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the dwellers on earth have become drunk.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: ‘Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth’s abominations.’ And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. When I saw her I marvelled greatly" (Rev. 17:1–6). 
This passage tells us several things about the Whore: (1) She is an international power, since she "sits on many waters," representing different peoples (17:15), and she has committed fornication with "the kings of the earth," and she has inflamed "the dwellers on earth" with her fornication. (2) She is connected with the seven-headed Beast from Revelation 13:1–10. That Beast was a major pagan empire, since its symbolism combined animal elements from four other major pagan empires (compare Rev. 13:1–2 with Dan. 7:1–8). (3) The Woman is connected with royalty, since she is dressed in the royal color purple. (4) The Woman is rich, for she is "bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup." (5) She has committed some kind of fornication, which in Scripture is often a symbol of false religion—lack of fidelity to the God who created heaven and earth. (6) She is symbolically known as Babylon. (7) She is a central cause of "abominations" in the land, abominations being a reference to practices, especially religious practices, that are offensive to God. And (8) she persecutes Christians "the saints and . . . martyrs of Jesus."