Chase Madar

Chase Madar is a lawyer in New York and a contributor to the London Review of Books and Le Monde diplomatique.


  • No to Solitary, Yes to Clemency for Chelsea Manning

    The latest punishment inflicted on Private Chelsea Manning is not only cruel, it is petty and ridiculous. In response to an act of self-harm by Pvt Manning last July, the US military authorities at Fort Leavenworth will penalize her with 14 days of solitary confinement (with seven days suspended), a punishment that can only aggravate suicidal tendencies. The punishment lacks both humanity and logic. How much more will Manning have to endure in the course of her 35-year sentence for providing government documents, not one of them “top secret” in classification, to Wikileaks?

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  • Ferguson and the normalization of black murder

    Since Michael Brown died at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson, the protests in Ferguson have shone a light on major issues of today: militarization, Gaza, the police state, and the myth of post-racial America. In the media, a battle to control the narrative has shadowed the turmoil on the streets, as sources of news and opinion vie to dominate discussion. The debate develops by the hour, but the essential facts remain unchanged: Michael Brown was an unarmed African-American. In his murder are echoes of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Oscar Grant, Ramarley Graham, and many more.

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  • The Trials of Bradley Manning: Chase Madar's Nation cover story

    Pick up a copy of the August 17 issue of The Nation Magazine, on stands this weekend, for attorney and The Passion of Bradley Manning author Chase Madar's outstanding, exhaustive piece on the trial of the century—that of 25-year-old Wikileaker Private First Class Bradley Manning.

    From the piece:
    The panicky response to WikiLeaks from some liberals has had its opera buffa highlights. WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer and New Yorker liberal hawk George Packer clucked like wet hens in horror at WikiLeaks’ release of a (ludicrously) classified list of world locations of strategic interest to the United States. Can we ever be safe now that the terrorists know there are vast mineral reserves in Central Africa, and that the Strait of Gibraltar is a vital shipping lane? Ambrose Bierce said that war is God’s way of teaching geography to Americans, but have we become so infantilized that grade-school factoids must be guarded as state secrets?

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