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In December of last year I wrote about the torturing of U.S. Army private Bradley Manning. Held at that point for 7 months without a trial for allegedly stealing and leaking classified information, Manning had fallen victim to the "everything has changed since 9-11" American paradigm.
Today, Manning is still being tortured just as he has been for almost one full year......yet still no trial, no due process.
Who's responsible for this barbaric, unAmerican behavior?
Just recently, State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley responded to a question regarding Manning's treatment.
...one young man said he wanted to address "the elephant in the room". What did Crowley think, he asked, about Wikileaks? About the United States, in his words, "torturing a prisoner in a military brig"? Crowley didn’t stop to think. What’s being done to Bradley Manning by my colleagues at the Department of Defense "is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid" .
During the Q&A, Mr. Crowley stated that he felt Bradley Manning, who has been in military custody since May 2010 for his connection to WikiLeaks, is being "mistreated" while in custody.
When Mr. Crowley said that, people in the room applauded. He was later asked by a BBC reporter in the room if everything he said today was "on the record," to which he said yes
And for his candor and honesty, P.J Crowley was
CNN reports, Crowley has "abruptly resigned" under "pressure from White House officials because of controversial comments he made last week about the Bradley Manning case."
Telling the truth equals "controversial comments."
In his resignation letter, and to his credit, Crowley was blunt and reasonable....
"My recent comments regarding the conditions of the pre-trial detention of Private First Class Bradley Manning were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership.
"The exercise of power in today's challenging times and relentless media environment must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values,"
Straight talk.....and yet in today's post 9-11 America....forbidden talk. America is now a place, similar to the old Soviet Union, where truth spoken openly never goes unpunished.
What did our Grand Inquisitor President have to say about all this? On Friday, President George W. Obama was asked about Manning's treatment and Crowley's evaluation of that treatment....
Obama revealed that he had asked Pentagon officials "whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of (Manning's) confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards."
In a comment that drew howls of protest from liberals, Obama added that Pentagon officials "assure me that they are. I can't go into details about some of their concerns, but some of this has to do with Private Manning's safety as well."
As a side note here....it's interesting to see CNN's characterization..."a comment that drew howls of protest from liberals." Were there no protests, or howling from conservative Americans? Why is that?
Obama, like Bush before him, simply regurgitated what Army leaders told him about Manning. Even though military psychologists had determined that Manning was not a suicide threat....Obama repeated the lie that Manning's mistreatment was for his own "safety."
It's a sad state of affairs, especially so after Rumsfeld, Cheney and Tenet had "assured" President Bush there were WMD in Iraq.
The objective of our Emperor here is not the torturing of Bradley Manning....that is simply a means to an end. That end is getting Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.....getting him by hook or by crook. Assange has embarassed U.S. leaders through his release of state department cables and military video. Military authorities believe...but cannot prove....that Manning conspired with Assange to blow the whistle on egregious behavior by branches of Obama's Empire.
Obama's purpose in having Bradley Manning tortured is to coerce a confession.....truthful or not....which implicates Assange with Manning's theft and distribution of previously secret information. Once that confession was extracted....it was Obama's goal to extradite Assange to the U.S. where he most likely would never be seen or heard from again.
All of this is symptomatic of presidential lawlessness. Lawlessness which was rampant following 9-11 has now settled in as our new status quo. The American president can now order torture, eavesdropping, assassination, or the indefinite detention without trial of any one.....U.S. citizen or not....without fear of any legal consequences.
As Commander in Chief, Barack Obama is a miserable failure. A man who campaigned often and loudly about the unConstitutional actions of his predecessors has, by his continuation and expansion of them, institutionalized those same unConstitutional actions.
No change.....and no hope.
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