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Daniel Ellsberg writes, "President Obama tells us that he's asked the Pentagon whether the conditions of confinement of Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with leaking state secrets, "are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assure me that they are." If Obama believes that, he'll believe anything. I would hope he would know better than to ask the perpetrators whether they've been behaving appropriately."

CodePink activists, including Danielle Greene, right, rally in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside FBI headquarters in Washington, 01/17/11. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
CodePink activists, including Danielle Greene, right, rally in support of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside FBI headquarters in Washington, 01/17/11. (photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) your social media marketing partner


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+17 # wrodwell 2011-03-12 22:32
The Republicans have shown their true colors when they acted unilaterally to push through the bill stripping government workers of their collective bargaining rights. This gives other Republican governors yet another tool to jam down the throats of our citizens.
Then, President Obama lamely claims that the jailers of Bradley Manning have assured him that their treatment of Manning is "appropriate". For the man who promised us "change", all we got was a continuation of our foreign wars, an extension of tax cuts for the super-rich, and a signal to the Republicans he's "willing to listen" to their ideas about cutting Medicare and Social Security. With these "accomplishment s", Obama has now shown us his true colors.
Revolution, anyone?
+12 # giraffee2012 2011-03-12 23:44
I cannot believe President Obama bought the "general's" explanation that keeping Pvt Manning stripped naked or in solitary is legal. Even a blind chicken knows the USA has no right to keep a citizen without charging him of something and "fast arrival" for a decision about guilt is also part of USA jurisprudence. What next?
+6 # spktruth200 2011-03-13 14:18
Frankly, I get more disgusted with Obama and his "generals" everday. Obama is supposedly a "constititonal expert", how can he be such a hypocrit when its come to "rights". He has proven himself to be just another demorat one step above republicrat, and taking this country down the same illegal, path as Bush. They are trying to drive Bradley insane, so they can get him to "make the statement signed sealed and delivered", that he and Wikileaks worked together. I tell you our government services Re: pentagon and armed forces are run and operated by sadists void of consitutional law.
+3 # rf 2011-03-14 07:24
These are the decisions a good Harvard law degree will get you. Shows you something about the state of our countries Law schools!
+9 # gabriel Lori 2011-03-13 00:21
This country is self destructing, When you start deactivating all those safety valves for the citizenry and brake all your promises, and continualy lie to the american people! And all the crime and the shootings going on..It wont be long that no one will believe the bullshit coming out of washington?? But their are many of us that never did?? Good luck to everyone, we are gonna need it!!!
+4 # soularddave 2011-03-13 12:16
Quoting gabriel Lori:
This country is self destructing... ...It wont be long that no one will believe the bullshit coming out of washington

I think many of the people in the Tea Party have the same notions. While differing in some ideas, I think many with differing political ideology have the same notions.

We stand divided, it seems, but should figure out how to act on the common notions about government interference with the expressions of opinion and information, as well as issues like habeus corpus, torture, body scanners, and spying on our civilian population.
+7 # balconesfalk 2011-03-13 00:26
It is President Obama's Pentagon and he is the Pentagon's president. They are in cahoots. The idea that Obama would be a peace president was indeed a fairy tale.
Obama can be a one term president if he allows the neo-cons to make a mess of things for which they intend to heap blame on him come 2012. It looks like something right out of Karl Rove's play book--his fingerprints are all over it. Attack labor and women to foment confusion, blame the resulting social ills on Obama in order to re-take the presidency. The public's memory is short. Absolute greed for power is the Republican's abiding motivation.
+13 # Kay Lockridge 2011-03-13 00:35
Why would anyone believe that Obama would know better than to ask the perpetrators at Guantanamo whether they are behaving appropriately regarding Manning when he (Obama) hired the perpetrators of our economic disaster (Geitner, Summers, Bernacke, et al) to "fix" the mess they created more than 10 years ago? I knew Obama was inexperienced, but I also thought he was a quick learner. I fear for the nation for what he has apparently learned. Fascism is upon us; Sinclair Lewis knew what he was doing when he wrote in the '30s: "It Can Happen Here."
+9 # genierae 2011-03-13 07:25
I think that President Obama was referring to "appropriate" treatment because they are supposed to be keeping Bradley Manning naked so that he won't use clothing to commit suicide. This gives them an excuse to humiliate him and break him down. They want to get revenge on him for making them look bad, and also get him to "confess" and implicate Assange. I don't think that Obama, or any president has the power that we think they do. I think that the "military-indus trial complex" has taken over, and the office of president has become mostly ceremonial. I hope I'm wrong. I agree with gabriel Lori that this country is self-destructin g, but I would expand that globally. We are in transition between worlds and this one is losing its potency to make way for the new one. We need to gather our resources and focus on getting through the coming changes safely.
+6 # Activista 2011-03-13 09:58
AlJazeera - WAR CRIMES - this is how US military "performs":
Bradley Manning is accused of humiliating the political establishment by revealing the complicity of top US officials in carrying out and covering up war crimes. In return for his act of conscience, the US government is torturing him, humiliating him and trying to keep him behind bars for life.
The lesson is clear, and soldiers take note: You're better off committing a war crime than exposing one.
An Army intelligence officer stationed in Kuwait, the 23-year-old Manning – outraged at what he saw – allegedly leaked tens of thousands of State Department cables to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. These cables – cables that show US officials covering up everything from child rape in Afghanistan to an illegal, unauthorised bombing in Yemen.
Manning is also accused of leaking video evidence of US pilots gunning down more than a dozen Iraqis in Baghdad, including two Reuters journalists - and then killing a man who stopped to help them. The two young children of the passerby were also severely wounded.
"Well, it's their fault for bringing kids into a battle," a not-terribly-re morseful US pilot can be heard remarking in the July 2007 "Collateral Murder" video
+6 # soularddave 2011-03-13 12:25
I could have been anyone in Manning's position, but they grabbed him to make an example. Did they stop looking for others who could have done this?

I'd like to see Cindy Sheehan take up this young soldier's defense, as it is the lack of truth behind the politics that drew her son to a battle in which he never should have been involved.
+6 # Archie1954 2011-03-13 11:32
I am bothered by the idea that permeates the American government and military that it is the dissemination to the world that causes problems for the US instead of the evil deeds done by it. In other words you can do all the damage, destruction and mayhem you want to, but don't you dare let anyone know it was you who did it.
+6 # spktruth200 2011-03-13 14:33
I am not shocked at Obama. For two years he has permitted these sadistic generals to do anything they wanted whether in Iraq, or Afganistan. Him saying "we wont torture" led many to believe he meant it. Bradley Manning has not been charged, let alone convicted of anything. This is nothing but torture, pure and simple to drive Manning insane so he will sign documents giving up Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Even Assange said, "he doesnt know who left those documents on Wiki's site. The world watches as America turns itself into a police state. If Obama had real courage who would have thrown every general, every military out of the military who had anything to do with torture, and started over. But he has protected these war criminals, his AG Holder is as bad as previous war criminal protectors. We need Dennis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders to run as independents for the President and VP of this country and lets get rid of these war criminals and war criminal wanna be protectors.
+3 # Activista 2011-03-13 17:12
Military rules - CLINTON jumps:
Clinton's spokesman quits after questioning treatment of WikiLeaks ...

In a prepared statement, Clinton said she had accepted Crowley's resignation "with regret." It was CLEAR whether Crowley offered his resignation first or
+4 # william j gilson 2011-03-13 17:24
We as a country torture- We as a country use extraordinary rendition -we now have indefinite detention-the president can now target you or me for assassination. THIS IS WHERE AMERICA IS TODAY . I AM PROUD TO BE A MEMBER OF Veterans for PEACE- US NAVY Korean War - Free Bradley Manning!
+3 # tomo 2011-03-13 17:47
That Obama has turned out to be playing for the bad guys is, of course, immensely disappointing. What has disappointed me almost equally is the silence of the Democratic Party in the face of this debacle. The voices in comments here are consoling. Even genierae's long time effort to see the good in Obama is showing the strain. But Democrats as a whole have been way too reluctant. It shows what creatures of mere party they really are. We have been lambasting Republicans for a decade now for their indulgence in groupthink and their remarkably unconvincing defense of G.W.

Seems we're just like them. The crimes of Bush and Cheney were heinous and spectacular. When, however, "our guy"-- America's first black President--foll ows their lead and tortures young Bradley Manning, we tend in our zeal for racial equality to give him a pass, and call it "a learning experience," or say "he's doing the best he can." To judge Bush and Cheney by a high standard, and then lower the standard for Obama is, of course, racism pure and simple--unless, worse, it is sheer blind party loyalty.
+6 # othermother 2011-03-13 20:26
@ Tomo
With a touching display of divorce from reality, the Democrats continue to ask me for money, the latest appeal coming over Nancy Pelosi's signature, saying we mustn't let Republicans go unscolded for the Madison massacre of collective bargaining. Meanwhile, military trials of detainees at Guantanamo have resumed because Obama has completely abandoned his promise to close the place down and apply US law rather than Bushlaw to these people.
He collapsed at the first sign of complaint from states like Indiana, which had no difficulty imprisoning domestic terrorists (MacVeigh) but suddenly feared attacks on their constituents from Al Qaeda and its spin-offs if asked to put alleged terrorists in jail in their states.

Meanwhile, the presidential blogs to the citizenry steer wide of anything resembling a hot topic. The White House is busy wrapping itself in cotton wool.

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