21 Jan 2011

Fighting for Equality?

The United States engages in armed conflict around the world to protect its interests, including the wealth, power and prestige of its citizens. Those citizens who have the most wealth, power and prestige possess the most to be protected. The armed forces service-members are expected to put their lives in

11 Jan 2011

Are You In The Dark? Are Your Rulers In The Dark?

What is the take-home from reading The Republic, a Socratic dialogue by Plato? Its message depends on the reader’s interests, attitudes, values and beliefs. The Republic dialogue contains Plato’s analogy of the cave and upper world. The analogy is considered by many to be a metaphor of spiritual development. It

05 Jan 2011

Pfc. Manning Speedy Trial

David E. Coombs Army Court Martial Defense Specialist and Lawyer representing Pfc. Bradley Manning http://www.armycourtmartialdefense.info/2011/01/motion-to-dismiss-for-lack-of-speedy.html?spref=tw 03 January 2011 Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Speedy Trial The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial is applied to military jurisprudence through two separate and distinct provisions– Rule for Court-Martial (R.C.M.) 707

05 Jan 2011

Pfc. Manning: Theory of Defense

I am not a lawyer, but this is what I have learned about criminal defense. According to the standard Theory of Defense, there is a list of six genres from which to choose in any particular case, shown below. DEFENSE GENRES 1. It never happened (mistake, setup) 2. It happened,

01 Jan 2011

Pfc. Manning: Charge Sheet

The original Charge Sheet for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is appended below.  There are two charges. Charge I has four (4) specifications, and Charge II has (8) specifications. The source for this document and comments is: http://www.bradleymanning.org/3163/charge-sheet-html/ Bradley Manning Charge Sheet 2010-07-06 42 comments CHARGE I: VIOLATION OF THE UCMJ,

31 Dec 2010

Pfc. Manning: Hearsay Evidence

Based on the document linked and referenced below, it appears that hearsay evidence and certain other evidence is not allowed at a U. S. military court martial, but it may be allowed at the Article 32 pre-trial hearing, pursuant to  Section D(2) [see  conclusion]. In addition, according to the referenced

30 Dec 2010

Problems Tying Assange to Manning

The alleged Lamo-Manning instant-message chat logs reportedly do not directly connect Army Pfc. Bradley Manning with Julian Assange at Wikileaks.  Nothing appears to have changed on this point since the December 10, 2010, article  appended below. The Miami Herald Wikileaks: U.S. Having Trouble Tying Assange to Manning http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/12/10/1967977/wikileaks-tying-assange-to-manning.html [The first

30 Dec 2010

Pfc. Brad Manning: UCMJ and Miranda Rights

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning reportedly was not arrested until after the alleged instant-message chats with Adrian Lamo from May 21 through May 25, 2010. Therefore, the alleged chat logs and any other communications with Pfc. Manning before he was first offered his Miranda warning and told his Miranda rights,

28 Dec 2010

Manning Detention, Evaluation and POI Order

A Google Search for “Quantico Marine Base psychiatrist” returned the following on December 28, 2010: http://www.quantico.usmc.mil/directives.aspx?Command=MCBQ#tenants COMMAND DIRECTED REFERRALS FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS AND TREATMENT Publish Date: May-20-2010 The Adobe PDF file can be “Downloaded” to either Open or Save. [10 pages total] [excerpts] MCBO 6520.1C B 103 20 May

25 Dec 2010

Manning or Assange: An Enemy of the People?

Is Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, alleged source of confidential government information, an enemy of the people? Is Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, an enemy of the people? For background, the following excerpt is from wikipedia.com: An Enemy of the People (original Norwegian title: En folkefiende) is an 1882 play by