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The Guardian UK: "Every five minutes he is required to answer that he is fit and, if he turns his face away while asleep, he is immediately forcibly woken up. In an Orwellian trick, this is dubbed 'prevention of injury' for his own protection. When Manning finally protested, sarcastically, that he could no doubt injure himself with the boxer shorts which are all that he is left with at night, the boxer shorts, too, were taken away."

Bradley Manning. (photo: file)
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+13 # jbookstein 2011-03-15 11:41
Barack Obama: You must become involved in assuring the fully humane and just treatment of Bradley Manning. Bradley Manning seems to be loyal to the truth,a loyalty as worthy as patriotism, a loyalty that should be praised by our government rather than condemned.
+4 # AML 2011-03-15 17:32
Please email to to let this administration know we're watching, and we're disgusted.
+4 # DaveW 2011-03-15 22:27
jbookstein, Barack Obama IS involved. Who's the so-called "Commander-in-C hief?" Manning's miseries are the DIRECT result of the guy giving the orders. His name: Barack Obama Patriotism in the USA has been reduced to the shadow of a gun, loyalty to a Swiss bank account and humanity to the number of shopping carts "people" call home.
+11 # DaveM 2011-03-15 12:12
Mr. Manning is being used both as a scapegoat for an "offense" that has harmed no one and as a warning to anyone who might be considering similar actions. He is, in effect, a hostage.

The Marine Corps, meanwhile, is demonstrating that its intended purpose is to kill, and that its proud motto, "Semper Fidelis", ought to be replaced with "By Any Means Necessary".

Has anyone bothered to ask how a PFC acquired so much restricted information with such relative ease? On top of everything else, Bradley Manning may well be a fall guy.
0 # Foxtrottango 2011-03-19 08:35
Perhaps that is why it's addressed by others as "the proud, the few, the ugly, the insane, the Marine corpses!

Mr Manning couldn't live with a horrible lie and that is the military lying to the American people about atrocities being committed or have been committed in other countries all for the sakes of the almighty dollar! Telling the truth was Mr. Manning crime! He is a shining light in a flood of lies hurled at the American people for the sakes of greed, corruption and power!

And to think that Mr. Obama is now part of those crimes against humanity, even against his own people.
+7 # Bruce Gruber 2011-03-15 12:43
There is NO aspect of Bradley Manning's alleged treatment which comports with the Constitution or laws of the United States of America as conceived and established by the Founding Fathers.

Except for some black ops games and adventures unearthed by Daniel Elsberg re: Viet Nam, the wonders of CIA 'intelligence' creativity with Nicaragua's Contras and bin Ladin in Afghanistan, and WMD fear mongering in IRAQ and the highly profitable, if somewhat unAmerican, Patriot Act response via the WAR ON TERROR, there hasn't been much tinkering with freedom and opportunity in the United States, has there?

Pvt. Manning, your allegiance to truth and justice seems deserving of the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery in the face of overwhelming odds and innumerable enemies of the State. That you may have refused to obey oders of a traitorous nature, dstructive and concealing of acts inimical to the principles on which this country was founded is inspiring.

Of course, you won't get to see or hear my thoughts, nor those of the multitude of us who decry your evil, torturous, back alley treatment at the hands of our government - in which we take no pride.

If there is a future in which to consider
the history of our present, your place will stand much higher than the cowards who purport to lead and protect America today.
+12 # giraffee2012 2011-03-15 13:36
Why doesn't the U.S. government put the "too big to fail" CEO, CFO, heads in a jail until they confess "how they brought our housing market" or "our entire econsmy" to ruin?

Why doens't the U.S. govt put Cheney, Bush, Roger where they have private Manning (stipped too) until they TELL HOW many private deals they made with the Saudi's and Wall Street and "g-d" knows who else they gave our democracy away to.

We have NO idea WHAT they did because they claim "to be above the law" ===

If the governemnt wanted that material protected they should have "locked it up" - as a programmer = I know it is simple to protect data and has been since the 90's.

So put the IT people in jail and those who hired them -- and LET Manning go.

Private Manning is ONLY the messenger -- the ones exposed are the perpetrators of terror (etc).

OBAMA -- it's UP-SIDE-DOWN -- and I know you are smarter than most so YOU KNOW to let this young man GO!!!!!!
+5 # giraffee2012 2011-03-15 13:39
Eqypt used Wiki leaks to "overthrow" their corrupt government. Germany used Wiki to get taxes paid from those who put their money off-shore to dodge taxes.

And on it goes.

Lewt the messenger (Provate Manning) go -- "Don't shoot the messenger"

Obama -- don't let the military (formed uned Cheney's "torture" rules) continue under YOUR administration.

Better yet (Put Cheney in the cell and water-board the truth out of Cheney) - for we have no idea WHAT HE HAS DONE but we feel the results every single day.
+10 # granny 2011-03-15 14:06
This is wrong! Where is President Obama? Why torture Manning for sending true information when The Justice Department doesn't even scold Cheney and Bush for their lies and deceptions that have cost trillions here and abroad and cost more lives than anyone can count. This is WRONG!!!!
+6 # Torvus 2011-03-15 15:04
President Barak Obama, "The Chief', is obviously powerless to do anything about the disgraceful treatment of Bradley Manning, and is being led by the nose by the frightened, malicious and spiteful US military bullies whose cowardly behaviour in the field of so-called battle has been exposed. As the saying goes 'They don't like it up 'em.' Instead of crying 'mea culpa' they, the US military, are glorying in their savagery, making a total laughing stock of themselves by their desperate enraged pettiness, presumably in the hope that Bradley will in time have his brain turned into jelly, as a warning to all conscientious people that military wrong is all right so long as it isn't exposed. Is there no way to lock up these military loonies or send them on their way, and set Bradley free? Right-minded young men and women of America - DO NOT ENLIST. And for heaven's sake, keep your military to yourselves and don't let them loose on other countries to further corrupt their military and police with these Quantico practices. Is it not shameful that Wall Street is not in Quantico for their deliberate immoral avaricious and indifferent ruination of the global economy, and yet one right-minded young man is undergoing the stupid wrath of some military meatheads. America? Justice? Glory? No no no.
+4 # angelfish 2011-03-15 15:15
There are no more safe havens. The United States is merely a shell of it's former self, having been decimated financially and morally by the likes of George "the shrub" Bush and "Dick" Cheney. Emma Lazarus would NEVER write her poem with the lines, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." today. Today, the "huddled masses" languish in Guantanamo or Quantico, without trial or conviction, all the while suffering indignities NO human being should have to endure in a CIVILIZED society! Hopefully, our dark days may be coming to an end as people wake up to the facts of what has been done to our, once great, nation's reputation in the eyes of the World. I wonder when and IF those who REALLY need to be examined for their crimes against our Nation, our Constitution and our People will EVER see Justice served? One can hope.
+10 # LizR 2011-03-15 16:30
Remarkable that the USA has become what it affected to despise about the USSR during the Cold War: a monolithic state controlled by a small elite that uses torture, prison camps, imprisonment without trial, and the death penalty to remain in power.
+6 # Kerry Ridgway 2011-03-15 17:41
I wish that Bradley were allowed to read Howard Zinn's "A Peoples History of the United States." He would even better understand why he is a true patriot and a brave person. He will likely suffer the fate of so many who stood up for the "people" instead of the establishment and the puppet government we live under.
+5 # PGreen 2011-03-15 18:35
The forced resignation of PJ Crowley is very telling of the administrations stance on freedom of speech and secrecy. As Mark Benjamin wrote on, "Free speech advocates are shocked, concerned over Obama's record as the most aggressive prosecutor of suspected government leakers in U.S. history." Obama doesn't look like much of a progressive.
+2 # photonracer 2011-03-15 20:26
Nikita Khrushchev once said, "We will bury you." He wasn't 100% accurate but he had the premise. The U.S. has become politically, economically, and philosophically like the old U.S.S.R. One acceptable political party, one religion, the military over extended, private security and secret security agencies in control, not responsible to and abusive of the citizenry, disproportionat e distribution of wealth. Does any of this sound familiar?
Time for pitchforks, torches, nooses, guillotines, firing squads or obliteration of our, less than civil, civilization.
+1 # tomo 2011-03-16 13:20
This is, believe me, an extremely important article. I long for the time when this issue becomes so prominent that it cannot be ignored by Obama or anyone else in our government. As a side point though, isn't it a little sad that it's written by a Brit? Shouldn't the New York Times and the Washington Post, and ABC, and NBC, and CBS be
SCREAMING THEIR HEADS OFF over this flagrant violation of human rights and human dignity (rights and dignity our "innocent till proved guilty," "due process," and "no cruel and unusual punishment" principles promise to protect)?

In a recent article in RSN, Joe Sottile wrote about our bizarre pre-occupation with Charlie Sheen. Isn't it strange that the unfortunate meltdown of this public figure is all over our media (we can't get enough of him), while Bradley Manning languishes naked and in solitary confinement--al most completely invisible to the same media?

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