Democracy Needs Whistleblowers

She spoke at a rally in Quantico, VA supporting a soldier charged with releasing a video showing the killings of civilians and journalists in Iraq.

A spirited rally was held in a park, on Sunday afternoon, August 8, 2010, in the town of Quantico, VA, in support of Private Bradley Manning. Currently, he is incarcerated in a prison at the Quantico Marine Base. It surrounds the town, which borders on the Potomac River. Private Manning is charged with a releasing a video which showed, "the killing of civilians and journalist in Iraq," by U.S. forces, according to a press release of one of the event's sponsors. One of the speakers was Phyllis Bennis. She is a journalist, and a peace and justice activist. Ms. Bennis said: "Wars Need Secrets. Illegal wars keep illegal secrets...Democracy needs whistleblowers." Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK, served as the moderator for the rally, which was entitled: "Free Bradley Manning. "For background on the "alleged whistleblower Bradley Manning," see: http://www.bradleymanning.org/

About the authors

Phyllis Bennis

Phyllis Bennis is a fellow of both TNI and the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington DC where she directs IPS's New Internationalism Project. Phyllis specialises in U.S. foreign policy issues, particularly involving the Middle East and United Nations. She worked as a journalist at the UN for ten years and currently serves as a special adviser to several top-level UN officials on Middle East issues, as well as playing an active role in the U.S. and global peace and Palestinian rights movements. A frequent contributor to U.S. and global media, Phyllis is also the author of numerous articles and books, particularly on Afghanistan, Palestine, Iraq, the UN, and U.S.