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UN Expert Calls Detention of Chelsea Manning 'Open-Ended, Progressively Severe, Coercive Measure Amounting to Torture'

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/12/31/un-expert-calls-detention-chelsea-manning-open-ended-progressively-severe-coercive


Chelsea is an example of a heroic volunteer member of the American war crimes organization. Unlike Tulsi, she realized that her “brothers and sisters in uniform” are actively committing or at the very least complicit in war crimes, and she risked her life and freedom to provide documentary proof of that.
The war criminals she exposed got medals, while she has been imprisoned in torture conditions for most of the last decade and is still in prison now. I’m part of her support network and hope you will help her too…
Dear Supporters,

As the year comes to a close, we wanted to thank you all for standing by Chelsea these last 9 months.

Chelsea has been able to stand by her principles and put forth the best defense possible, all because of you. It really means a lot to her. Thanks again!


The petition launched by Fight for the Future on Chelsea’s birthday is now also supported by Defending Rights and Dissent, Media Alliance, Roots Action, Daily Kos, Demand Progress and the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Please sign the petition if you haven’t already: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/sign-the-petition-free-chelsea-manning-now

We also wanted to thank you for writing Chelsea letters. They really make a difference. So keep those letters coming :slight_smile:

Remember that cards are not allowed, but printouts of pictures of cards and colored drawings on paper are ok.

Here’s her mailing address again:

Chelsea Elizabeth Manning


William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center

2001 Mill Road

Alexandria, VA 22314

Thanks so much for your continued commitment to justice.



The Chelsea Resists Support Committee

P.S. If possible, please select ‘Recurring Donation’ to maximize your support.

P.P.S. If you haven’t read it yet, please read Chelsea’s statement for this year’s Aaron Swartz Day, where she explains the serious problems with Grand Juries and why she cannot, in good conscience, participate in them: https://www.aaronswartzday.org/chelsea-manning-asd-2019/


Obviously the powers that be in the U.S. hate truth tellers. They always say how you should work through the system but it is the system that needs to be gutted. The U.S. is being called out internationally for this kind of thing along with massive homelessness and other inequalities. It is time for a big change in the U.S. of A.


In 2019, the federal grand jury exists as a mockery of the institution that once stood against the whims of monarchs. It guts the Fourth Amendment’s protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and the Fifth Amendment’s guarantees of due process. Today’s grand juries do not safeguard such fundamental rights and are easily subject to abuse.

The tradition of using grand juries to jail political dissidents and activists is long. The ability of grand juries to be abused or used for political ends is entrenched and perpetuated by the fact that jeopardy doesn’t attach with a grand jury, so prosecutors can repeatedly bring the same charges.

Statement by Chelsea Manning for Aaron Swartz Day 2019


As we suspected, while we were observing our democracy, our rule of law, slowly come to a boil along with us people and frogs, we were also asleep at the wheel. It’s going to be tough getting back what we have already lost. There will be more Chelsea’s before it ever gets any better. My cynics offering for the day.


“Coercive confinement is widely seen as a violation of human rights. Congress should ban this practice, and Judge Anthony Trenga should release Chelsea immediately, in accordance with international law and basic human decency.”

"Washington does not accept law, neither domestic or international as a.constraint on it’s actions. Washington is the exceptional, indispensable. No one else counts. No law, no Constitution and no humane consideration has authority to constrain Washington’s will. In it’s claims Washington surpasses that of the Third Reich. " Paul Craig Roberts

Chelsea Manning is proof of that cogent quote!


Had some trouble signing the petition – not sure it went through
and will try again later –

Chelsea Manning in her brilliance became an even bigger threat to the right
wing sadists when she decided to run for Congress –

News of Assange and Manning is little and far between –

Who would question what Edward Snowden did in getting out of the US and
finding safety elsewhere?


I hope you’re receptive to the implicit cheerful news from Chelsea’s message, and her splendid example: she’s incisive enough to cut to the chase – to the collective concern with how grand juries are another aspect of sham democracy, and she’s expressive enough to say it so well. Just another inspirational human being. Not much uplift, maybe, but it’s something.


“The tradition of using grand juries to jail political dissidents and activists is long.”

The statement you linked to is something I read a while ago, and I was amazed at the things I didn’t know about grand juries. I highly recommend everyone read it.


From the following article:
‘Significantly, Snowden pointed to the accelerated use by the Democratic administration of Barack Obama of the Espionage Act to charge whistleblowers.’


It is good to hear this, though it will have absolutely no effect on the present regime. All it does is demonstrate that the US presently is a rogue pariah nation that has totally abandoned any semblance of humanity or its founding principles. Although those principles at the time were hypocritical, as many of the founding fathers ( no mothers ?), and 12 of the first 15 presidents, were slave owners.
Chelsea’s only hope is a Sanders or Warren presidency, who immediately pardons her after taking the oath of office and invites her to an inaugural ball. That would be a great kick in the ass to the neo-cons and assorted war mongers.


[quote=“rainshadow, post:11, topic:71782”]
Chelsea’s only hope is a Sanders or Warren presidency,
[/quote]There’s your cue, America. I’d go for Bernie.

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Same here, Warren disqualified herself supporting overtly the Venezuela sanctions and tacitly the coup in Bolivia. Besides she is a lousy speaker, and she used to be a Republican-the only original sin I can believe in.


Hey Greenwich,
Here’s a link directly to the petition. Hope it helps.



Thanks – worked that time!

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The persecution and prosecution of Chelsea Manning is the crime, not her principled stand! If we as a people allow her rights and freedoms to be disappeared, then we all are subject tot he same abuses of power!

When tyrants and their craven flunkies want to destroy opposition the “law” is used and expanded by means that make a mockery of the law and protections of personal freedoms and rights; we saw that when the progressive fraud president, Barack Obama, disappeared Habeas Corpus and enhanced the security/police state; the “grand jury” Star Chamber oppression that gives prosecutors powers they should not hav to abuse citizens like Chelsea, is another tool of the right and corrupt government by both parties extremist “elite” that ignores the law to become a law unto themselves.

The coming “election” and candidate process is also subject to the same politics, corruption, ambitions, extremist views and arrogance both party clubs employ to maintain power for themselves at the expense of our republic,citizens, justice, and honest government.The DINO machine thinks to again ignore the will of the people to deny Bernie Sanders the nomination giving us another fraud or re-election of the trump regime; that must not be allowed to happen!

" First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me" - Martin Niemöller


David, do you think a postcard in an envelope is ok? Just noticed the bit about cards not allowed. Thanks.

Both corporate parties establishments will always push to suppress reports of their wrongdoing, their crimes.

As we’re all witnessing now, 24/7 on MSM, their grip on the minds of the electorate, is far stronger than the electorate’s willingness to use any sense of “right or wrong” to combat the political corruption they support at the polls.


Heroes are imprisoned while the criminals rule the land. Free Chelsea! (And Assange.)


Dictatorships are always very fragile when truth appears –
That’s why Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden
who reported only truth are such a threat to them.

It’s the proof of the pudding -

In all of the nations the CIA/USA has had under attack, think how little
they’ve cared for the children – from napalming the children of Vietnam to
leaving children in Iraq limbless – and threatened with genetic damage from
US weapons with their left-behind depleted uranium which the US has refused
to clean up. If memory serves me, I’m quite sure there were children murdered
in the Chelsea Manning video. Edward Snowden has shown us all Americans
are under constant surveillance and we have not come together as a people to
respond to that outrage. And Julian Assange is being tortured mentally and
physically because he had the idea to bring true reports of world events to the world.

And right now, we’re all eating our New Year’s Day cake?