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Peter Kennard: Private First Class

Claw over the parapet
Voice raised
Is voice gagged.
The world as in fact it is,
Isn't. In a Democracy of liars
Is a lock-up for facts.
Three blows of a whistle:
One in hiding, embassy, London
One in hiding, transit building, Moscow
One in prison, U.S.A., somewhere
The stars and striping
Are bruises and lashes
This is the land of the free -
Where the fee for whistling
Is 136 years.
Bradley Manning is born free and is everywhere in chains.