Michael Whitney

About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.
About Me:
My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.

UK to Pressure US on Treatment of British Citizen Bradley Manning

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 2:45 pm

In a debate last night in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons, British Foreign Office minister Henry Bellingham said that the UK Government will renew its pressure on the US State Department concerning the abuse of PFC. Bradley Manning. Bellingham also confirmed that Bradley Manning can be considered a British citizen.

One Year Ago, “Collateral Murder” Opened the World of WikiLeaks

By: Tuesday April 5, 2011 9:31 am

It was one year ago today – April 5, 2010 – that Wikileaks released a video it titled “Collateral Murder,” that the organization described as “shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers,” and the injury of two children. None of us had heard the name Bradley Manning one year ago. Indeed, 365 days ago, PFC. Manning was in Baghdad, serving as an Army intelligence specialist. Today, Manning sits in almost total solitary confinement at the Quantico Marine Brig, having been charged with allegedly leaking the Collateral Murder video and other documents currently in Wikileaks’ possession.

Gov. LePage Orders Removal of Labor Mural from Maine Department of Labor

By: Wednesday March 23, 2011 2:05 pm

It ain’t John Ashcroft ordering the coverup of Lady Justice’s bare breast, but it’s close. The Tea Party-backed Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, has ordered his state’s Department of Labor to remove a mural depicting moments in labor history from its walls. LePage also demanded the state rename the Labor Department’s conference rooms, currently honoring labor icons like Frances Perkins and Cesar Chavez.

Video: Police Brutality Against Col. Ann Wright at Quantico Rally for Bradley Manning

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 11:40 am

Watch this shocking video of dozens of Virginia State riot police using far excessive force against peaceful protestors at Quantico Marine Base rallying for humane treatment of Bradley Manning. Starting around 7 minutes into the video, you can see and hear Ret. Col. Ann Wright screaming in pain as police are putting on handcuffs,. One officer in particular crushes Col. Wright with his riot shield. Daniel Ellsberg goes to the ground before he is picked up and arrested.

Live from Quantico: Protest for Bradley Manning

By: Sunday March 20, 2011 11:08 am

At 2pm EDT we’ll begin broadcasting live from Quantico Marine Base in Virginia, where a protest for accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning will take place with veterans and supporters, including former Pentagon whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Quantico Marine Base Issues “Threat Advisory” for Bradley Manning Protest

By: Saturday March 19, 2011 10:53 am

The director of operations at Quantico Marine Base issued a “threat advisory” last weekend in advance of tomorrow’s rally in support of accused Wikileaks whistleblower Bradley Manning.

Hundreds of people are scheduled for a peaceful protest at the base, including Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Rallies for Bradley Manning This Weekend: RSVP Now

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 1:28 pm

Bradley Manning supporters will rally around the world in a series of events to call for an end to the soldier’s inhumane treatment. With at least 20 events this weekend and a dozen more scheduled, thousands of people will take to the streets to protest the “ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid” treatment of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning at the hands of our government. Check out the events and RSVP for a rally today.

FDL Membership: Countdown to 100

By: Tuesday March 8, 2011 1:59 pm

The first 7 hours of the Firedoglake Membership Program are a resounding success. So successful, in fact, that we’re starting a countdown to 100 members. Already 93 people have become annual recurring members of Firedoglake – if you haven’t joined yet, can you help us reach 100 and join now?

As Jane stated this morning, and Blue Texan reiterated this afternoon: we don’t have a sugar daddy to keep us going at FDL. Well, correction. We’re now lucky enough to have 93 sugar daddies, each contributing at least $45 a year to sustain the incredible work we do at FDL.

Bradley Manning Forced to Strip Naked… Again

By: Friday March 4, 2011 11:39 am

For the second night in a row, Pfc. Bradley Manning has been forced to strip naked in his cell and spent the night in humiliation in his cell at Quantico. Manning’s lawyer writes on his blog that Quantico’s new brig commander, CWO-2 Denise Barnes, directly made the decision to strip Manning without consulting the brig’s mental health specialists.

Did Protestors Call Walker’s Bluff? No Arrests in Wisconsin Capitol

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 4:15 pm

We just spoke with David Dayen in the Capitol – from all appearances, Capitol police are NOT removing the protestors who remain in the building. For the moment, 35 minutes after the supposed clearing of the Capitol Building, the police have no orders to move people, and the protestors aren’t going anywhere.

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