Commend Colonel for Defending Guantanamo Whistleblower


Target: Colonel Morris Davis

Goal: Commend Davis for defending whistleblower Bradley Manning in his trial

As Bradley Manning’s trial progresses, the Obama Administration’s intense persecution of whistleblowers becomes increasingly evident. One of Manning’s many charges is listed as UCMJ 104 (Aiding the enemy), and this carries a potential death sentence. These sentences, accompanied with the Obama Administration’s clear contempt for whistleblowers, poses a serious threat to the well being of Bradley Manning.

However, Colonel Morris Davis, former Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, came to Manning’s defense. Regarding the files that Manning leaked, Davis stated that, “certainly my experience from being the chief prosecutor is that just looking at the detainee assessment really had no value. They’re based on underlying documents, and those documents are important, but just the assessment itself—which we referred to as baseball cards, because it gives you the person’s name, height, weight, place of birth, date of birth, that kind of thing—really had no significant value. And I certainly can’t see how it would help Al-Qaeda in any way to have access to these.”

This statement provides Manning with a chance for life: denying the possibility that Al-Qaeda could use Manning’s information to their benefit would absolve him of the death penalty. Despite the fact that he may still be charged with numerous other violations, perhaps he has a chance of life. Beyond that, Davis’ statement serves as a blow to the incredibly aggressive persecution against whistleblowers, and serves to examine the weight and severity of the allegations that the Obama Administration has been making against whistleblowers in the interests of national security.

Sign this petition to commend Davis for testifying in Manning’s defense. If more political authorities can come forward and use Davis as an example, there would be a chance that whistleblowers will be free to share information with the public that we deserve to know.


Dear Colonel Davis,

Bradley Manning’s future looks grim. The Obama Administration has shown the public that it does not tolerate whistleblowers, particularly with the charges against Manning that involve aiding the enemy. That charge carries a possible death sentence. Allowing Manning to face death for the information he revealed is an affront on the safety of citizens for criticizing their government.

With your intervention, however, Manning has a chance at life. Your testimony regarding the nature of the information in regards to aiding Al-Qaeda is tantamount to saving Manning’s life. An effort to dismiss this charge would place him, and other whistleblowers, in a position where they need not fear for their lives in an attempt to disclose corruption within the government.

I would like to thank you for participating in Manning’s defense. With your example, hopefully others will come forward and defend whistleblowers, prompting more to release information that the public should know without fear.


[Your Name Here]

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