Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Blow for Bradley Manning

Praise to whistle-blowers,
we need good referees,
penalising dirty play,
more disclosures please.

Blow for Bradley Manning, blow your whistles blow.
That's the only way that we ever get to know.

Praise the whistle-blowers,
eyes as sharp as owls,
whistles at the ready
blowing up on fouls.

Blow for Bradley Manning, blow your whistles blow.
That's the only way that we ever get to know.

Blow for Julian Assange,
and Cathy Massiter
blow for Mr Murray
a true ambassador

Blow for Bradley Manning, blow your whistles blow.
That's the only way that we ever get to know.

Blow for Sarah Tisdall
and Doctor Kelly too
for all the whistle-blowers
who risk themselves for you.

Blow for Bradley Manning, blow your whistles blow.
That's the only way that we ever get to know.

© John Goss

Bradley Manning: MEPs' open letter to the US government

WikiLeaks accused Bradley Manning 'should never have been sent to Iraq'

Author's Note: Today (13 Dec) there will be a small vigil outside the US embassy in London at 2 p.m. On Friday a pre-trial hearing starts at Ford Meade in Maryland which is expected to last 5 days. After 18 months in prison his mental state is said to be 'fragile'.
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John Goss has a degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. He is a lyricist and playwright.

5 comments:

  1. Fantastic poem - yayayayayay! He has been treated disgracefully and who knows what will happen in the future.

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  2. Good poem, John

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  3. Thanks Gabrielle and Anonymous. It is particularly worrying that the real criminals, those gloating over ordinary civilians they have just killed and wounded from their helicopter, are free, while Bradley Manning who allegedly leaked the footage is in prison. Am I missing something? Comments are always welcome on this site as you will see from other poems.

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  4. It's so hypocritical isn't it - they are so scared of the truth getting out, and anyone who delivers the truth gets sacrificed (whereas they should be getting a medal). Let's hope they don't get their dirty hands on Julian Assange.

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  5. Couldn't agree more Gabrielle.

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