Target: “I Am Bradley Manning” campaign
Goal: Applaud celebrities that are taking a stand in support of Bradley Manning, who has been unjustly imprisoned for releasing information about controversial military practices.
U.S. Army soldier and infamous whistleblower Bradley Manning has been confined for over 1,100 days for publicly releasing information about controversial military practices. In response to his unjust jailing and unfair treatment, some of the most influential celebrities have joined forces to demand that he has a fair trial. While there has been much debate over the charges against Bradley Manning, it’s clear that facing a lifetime in prison or even death is completely unfair for what he actually did, and the celebrities that are standing up for him deserve to know that the public supports their efforts.
In 2010, Manning released video and other information to WikiLeaks revealing a variety of things about U.S. military practices, including encrypted videos of US bomb strikes against civilians. When it was revealed that Manning was behind the leak of information, he was immediately arrested and eventually charged with 22 charges that included communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy. He wound up pleading guilty to 10 of the 22 charges against him, but now he is on trial for the remaining charges, and if found guilty, he could spend his life in prison or even worse, be put to death. Some of the world’s most prominent celebrities have now come together to stand up for Manning, stating that they too are Bradley Manning, acknowledging their belief that the public deserves the truth, and demanding that whistleblowers like Manning be given a fair trial.
These celebrities are incredibly brave by using their public platform to voice their support of Manning, and it’s important that they know that everyday Americans stand behind them 100%. Sign this petition to commend these celebrities for taking part in the I Am Bradley Manning Campaign.
Dear I Am Bradley Manning Campaign,
As you know, Bradley Manning was jailed after publicly releasing information about U.S. military bomb strikes on civilians, along with other evidence that showed the truth about what has gone on during the War on Terror. Manning faces a plethora of charges, including communicating national defense information to an unauthorized source and aiding the enemy, to which he may face life in prison or even death. This unfair treatment and outrageous array of charges are not acceptable, and your campaign to raise awareness of this injustice is honorable and brave.
I am signing this petition to thank you and the countless celebrities that have stood up in support of Bradley Manning for using your public platform to do the right thing. Many people may never do what you’re doing by equating yourself to Bradley Manning in fear of what others may think, but the fact that you can do this and use your unique platform to raise awareness if commendable. It is my hope that by supporting your efforts, Manning and countless other whistleblowers who have been treated unfairly while simply trying to expose the truth will one day have their fair day in court and justice will be served.
[Your Name Here]
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