On July 26, 2013, a group of anti-war activists and supporters of Bradley Manning descended on DC's Ft. McNair, which is the operational base of Major General Buchanan.
According to the Bradley Manning Support group, Buchanan is a powerful figure who can reduce any sentence resulting from a conviction.
They stated when calling for the protest action, "While he reigns over Bradley’s destiny, we’re calling upon him to do the right thing!"
During the rally, Farah Muhsin Al Mousawi, who is Assistant Campaign Organizer for the Bradley Manning support network
and an Iraqi citizen, gave the above impassioned speech.
A series of protests were held in 40 cities across the USA on July 27, 2013.
The following gives background on Farah and what she has been doing so far.
Farah was born and raised in Iraq. She has been living in the United States since 2008. Farah joined the Iraqi Student Project in 2007 and is a member of the Civilian Soldier Alliance. This year she is the recipient of the Martin Luther King Junior award presented by the Human Rights Commission in Marin County. Farah recently graduated with a degree in Political Science from Dominican University and currently is an administrative assistant to Citizens Reach Out and works as a website developer for the Arab American Cultural Center in Silicon Valley translating interviews of Iraqi refugees.
As reported on Digital Journal
, whistleblower Bradley Manning's fate now rests on the verdict of the military judge, Col. Denise Lind, who will decide whether he is a traitor or just a brave young soldier who saw horrific war crimes and wanted to tell the truth.
If found guilty, he could face a lifetime in jail. He already faces up to 20 years of jail time for pleading guilty to some of the lesser charges.