Bradley Manning and the Abu Ghraib abusers: compare and contrast

July 31, 2013 at 8:47 pm (Afghanistan, Cross-post, Human rights, iraq war, Jim D, Obama, United States)

Amnesty International makes some interesting comparisons:

While Manning could face more than a century behind bars, numerous high-level officials … have been let off scot-free’ – Widney Brown

The US authorities have failed to deliver justice for serious human rights violations committed during counter-terror operations dating back more than a decade, Amnesty International said as the sentencing phase opened today in the military trial of the US Army Private Bradley Manning.

Manning, who exposed potential breaches of international humanitarian law and other violations by US forces, could face up to 136 years in prison after being convicted yesterday of 20 separate charges – including theft of government property and violations of the Espionage Act.

Amnesty pointed out that, for example, high-ranking officials have avoided investigation for the abuse of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison and elsewhere in Iraq in 2003-2004. While 11 low-ranking soldiers were sentenced to prison terms after being convicted in courts martial, they have all since been released. The Brigadier General in charge of the detention facility was reprimanded for dereliction of duty and demoted to Colonel.

Meanwhile, no criminal charges have ever been made in relation to the US secret detention programme where enforced disappearance and torture were authorised at the highest level of government, and details of the programme remain classified.

Amnesty International’s Senior Director of International Law and Policy Widney Brown said:

“There’s a stunning contrast between the extraordinarily severe sentence Bradley Manning could receive and the leniency or complete impunity enjoyed by those responsible for the types of grave human rights violations he exposed.

“It’s outrageous that the USA has failed to hold perpetrators criminally accountable despite credible allegations of torture, enforced disappearances and other crimes under international law in the context of counter-terror operations since September 11, 2001.

“While Manning could face more than a century behind bars, numerous high-level officials have never faced even the threat of investigations – in effect they have been let off scot-free. Even in cases where low-ranking soldiers have been convicted, they’ve received very light sentences.

“The US Attorney General is duty-bound to investigate these serious crimes under international law and bring those responsible to justice. 

“The ongoing failure to do so is a festering injustice and a blight on the United States’ human rights record.”

Before handing down her sentence, the judge will hear Manning’s explanation of the motives for his actions. He was not able to present a public interest defence during the earlier phase of the trial, but he may be able to offer his reasons for the disclosures he made as a mitigating factor now. She will also hear the testimony of more than 40 witnesses brought by the prosecution and defence.

Amnesty will continue to monitor the sentencing phase of Manning’s trial in the coming days and weeks.

3 Comments

  1. paul maleski said,

    Zionist Over-Manning.
    Bradley Manning says nothing new. The Iraq war has little to do with oil. On 9/11, Israel attacked the USA in a massive cowardly terrorist attack. Thousands of innocents were murdered but this was nothing compared to what Israeli proxies inflicted on the decent, secular, civilized people of Iraq; and all in the name of a greater-sized Israel.[Nile to Euphrates]. The jew like the gipsy never built a civilization! Do-gooder Amnesty International was founded by a jew, Peter Solomon. The jews’ objective is to keep your eye off the ball, to muddy the waters.Solomon said nothing of the jewish Bolshevik Commissars’ mass murder of tens of millions of Russian Christians and the destruction of their churches and the wicked extermination of their clergy. And Jewish publishers are guaranteed to keep schtum on the subject. Solomon liked ‘human rights’ soft touches eg Portugal etc. Assange, Manning and Snowden are all frauds and the evidence–The Jewish controlled media can’t stop talking about them. Wise up!

    • jimmy glesga said,

      Hey Maleski did you attend that papist college in Fort Augustus! Taking the favoutite up the erse may be good for the plumbing but can danage the brain. So what is your excuse!

  2. Bradley Manning Succeeds in Getting Sentences Merged | World News Curator said,

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