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Berkeley won’t welcome Guantanamo Bay detainees

Bradley Manning, Photo courtesey of The Telegraph
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Berkeley won’t be offering a home any time soon to former Guantanamo Bay detainees. And it won’t be calling Private Bradley Manning a hero, either.

The City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal to invite two former Gitmo prisoners to come and live in Berkeley. However, the council did approve a resolution calling for an “immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment,” of Manning, who is in prison awaiting trial for allegedly leaking documents to the … Continue reading »

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Berkeley’s Bradley Manning resolution is watered down

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The Berkeley City Council on Tuesday will consider a watered-down version of a bill regarding Bradley Manning, the army private suspected of leaking the WikiLeaks documents.

Instead of declaring Manning a hero, the revised bill calls for Manning to be treated “humanely” in prison.

The switch in emphasis came after there was a huge national outcry from conservatives around the country that Berkeley was once again honoring a man some considered a criminal. Berkeley city officials had also been concerned with the original bill since it declared Manning a hero for a crime for which he has not been convicted nor admitted doing. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley City Council tables WikiLeaks resolution

A resolution to brand Pfc. Bradley Manning a hero brought out both supporters and critics. Photo: John C. Osborn
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The Berkeley City Council voted last night to table a controversial resolution calling for the release of alleged military whistle blower Private Bradley Manning from military prison and to honor him as a hero if he did leak sensitive information to WikiLeaks.

Virtually all council members and Mayor Tom Bates voted to table the resolution, while District 3 Councilman Max Anderson abstained. By tabling the motion, any council member can bring the issue back for consideration at … Continue reading »

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Berkeley bashing: A favorite national sport

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The proposal of the Peace and Justice Commission to name Private Bradley Manning a hero for leaking sensitive U.S. government documents has provided much of the world an opportunity to bash Berkeley.

In the six days since word came out that the City Council would vote on the WikiLeaks matter, there have been hundreds of news articles, tweets, and television reports on the subject.

And the words aren’t pretty.

“I have had it with Berkeley, California, that anti-American bastion … Continue reading »

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When we wrote about the Peace & Justice Commission resolution to honor Pfc. Bradley Manning yesterday, there was a grand total of a single minutes from a commission meeting this year available on the city’s website. It looks like attention produces action. All the minutes agendas from this year’s meetings are now on the commission’s site. Update But there are still no minutes of those meetings.

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Resolution on WikiLeaks private “premature”

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At the moment, there are 308 stories on Google News about Berkeley’s Peace & Justice Commission’s proposal to “support and free Pfc Bradley Manning and proclaim him a hero”. They range from the outraged (“Berkeley Gives America the Middle Finger” on Fox) to the more measured (“GI’s supporters still awaiting WikiLeaks donation” on the Washington Post).

Manning is being held in the brig at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia, on charges of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks and … Continue reading »

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