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State Department Spokesman: Bradley Manning Is Being ‘Mistreated’ in Prison
Commentary Magazine ^ | March 11, 2011 | Alana Goodman

Posted on 03/11/2011 9:41:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

It’s hard to believe that the State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley, not exactly one to shoot from the hip, would come out with a statement like this. But the Guardian is reporting that during a lecture an MIT, Crowley had some surprisingly harsh words about the Pentagon’s treatment of accused WikiLeaks leaker Pfc. Bradley Manning:

Hillary Clinton’s spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon for the way it is treating military prisoner Bradley Manning, the US soldier suspected of handing the US embassy cables to WikiLeaks.

PJ Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs at the US state department, has said Manning is being “mistreated” in the military brig at Quantico, Virginia. “What is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defence.”

But how accurate is this report? There were no recordings of the event, and Crowley’s statement was written up by blogger Philippa Thomas, a former BBC correspondent who is now a Neiman Journalism Fellow at Harvard.

While there’s no reason to doubt Thomas’s account, it’s unclear what the context of Crowley’s statement was. He said that “[w]hat is being done to Bradley Manning is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the Department of Defense” — but what exactly was he referring to? Was Crowley unhappy about the treatment of Manning, or about how that treatment was handled from a public-relations perspective? It’s hard to tell from that sentence alone.

Either way, the “Free Manning” movement is continuing to gain traction. Yesterday, Amnesty International slammed the Obama administration over Manning’s alleged mistreatment in prison. This Manning issue, along with President Obama’s recent continuation of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, already seems to be driving a wedge between the administration and the antiwar left.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bradleymanning; hillary; manning; obama; quantico; wikileaks
So Hillary is going to run against Barry from the left? That's interesting.
1 posted on 03/11/2011 9:41:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every anti-American group is throwing a hissy fit because this POS is being “mistreated” in prison? I hope they find him hanging in the shower.


2 posted on 03/11/2011 9:44:22 PM PST by max americana
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That last Code Stink protest out at Travis AFB had them protesting the treatment of Corporal Manning. You can see it at YouTube = Solano Communist County - Peace Creep Protestors!


3 posted on 03/11/2011 9:44:40 PM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s suffering. How? I don’t know either, but he is... sniff,sniff...


4 posted on 03/11/2011 9:45:18 PM PST by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought obamma said on Friday that Manning was being treated appropriately?


5 posted on 03/11/2011 9:50:18 PM PST by rawhide
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I get sick of this crap and Gitmo. There are probably a lot of American men in prison who are not bad people, who may have screwed up, who have to endure hell to do their time. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a bleeding heart but the justice system is far from perfect. Most jail bords are typical criminals but not all.

Maybe these libs should be more concerned with them instead of Bradley Manning and the Gitmo terrorists getting cold food, not enough Korans, etc etc.


6 posted on 03/11/2011 9:56:21 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it’s a ‘gay thing.’ Either Crowley or Thomas probably identifies with Manning whereas they wouldn’t give a tinker’s damn about a straight soldier being ‘mistreated’ at Quantico.


7 posted on 03/11/2011 9:57:39 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Not long ago, his ‘mistreatment’ would come at the end of a rope or at the hands of a firing squad. As far as I’m concerned, Special Warden Jack Bauer should be put in charge of Manning’s personal safety.


8 posted on 03/11/2011 9:58:35 PM PST by bigbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>Hillary Clinton’s spokesman has launched a public attack on the Pentagon

How freaking patriotic of them.
The State department: Just doing the jobs that Russian Communists won’t do...


9 posted on 03/11/2011 10:05:25 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Gee, too bad. I feel just terrible about it.


10 posted on 03/11/2011 10:05:29 PM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of "liberals, Islam and illegal immigration.)
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To: max americana

They’ve been taking his clothes from him to keep himself from committing suicide.

In brig, WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning ordered to sleep without clothing
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2684423/posts


11 posted on 03/11/2011 10:08:19 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You cannot invade the US There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I was the CinC, I’d throw Crowley and Clinton in jail with him. That way they would have firsthand knowledge whether or not their little homo boy is being mistreated.


12 posted on 03/11/2011 10:08:56 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Look for the union label and just say, NO!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Isn’t it about time he be executed?


13 posted on 03/11/2011 10:15:06 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
He'll be pardoned and/or given a villa and his own business in Key West, Savannah or the Castro District. He's about in as much danger of execution or long imprisonment as you and I are. He's an international cause célèbre and if Mr. Obama doesn't pardon him, Hillary or Mitt will.
14 posted on 03/11/2011 10:18:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You cannot invade the US There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Yamamoto)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

They should have shot the son of a bitch. Not a firing squad. That’s an honorable death. Manning has no honor. One to the back of the head, what the SS called a ‘kugel’, would suffice.


15 posted on 03/11/2011 10:46:59 PM PST by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Middle East in going up in smoke and all Clinton and her boy, Crowley, have to worry about is a treasonous little fag? Weird. I wish the adults were in charge again.


16 posted on 03/11/2011 10:50:10 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Look for the union label and just say, NO!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

From what I understand of it, a prisoner mite be required to sleep nude, but with 2-3 G.I. blankets so he wouldn’t get cold etc.


17 posted on 03/11/2011 10:51:22 PM PST by Waco (From Seward to Sara)
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To: Waco

If the Marines go through this punishment than this little POS traitor, who wouldn’t make a pimple on a dead Marine’s ass, can handle it. Semper Fi!


18 posted on 03/11/2011 11:08:09 PM PST by yorkie01
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crowley is a douchebag of the highest caliber. A prime example of the dumbasses Bammy brings onboard.


19 posted on 03/11/2011 11:15:07 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin.)
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To: allmost

So sad... is he crying?


20 posted on 03/11/2011 11:50:15 PM PST by D Rider
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To: D Rider

He was crying before he got caught. Solitary is just about right IMO. For now.


21 posted on 03/11/2011 11:58:01 PM PST by allmost
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Really?

Fine by me....


22 posted on 03/12/2011 12:21:19 AM PST by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sort of confirms what I always thought. The whole leak is this administration’s work.

Next, you’ll see this critter and his MIT helpers ensconced in the Lincoln bedroom ;).


23 posted on 03/12/2011 2:28:55 AM PST by Hardraade (I want gigaton warheads now!!)
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To: allmost

>>He’s suffering. How? I don’t know either, but he is... sniff,sniff...<<

Yeah, tell somebody who gives a damn about a murdering POS. Go tell the widows and orphans of those killed because of his treason.

I hope they hang him, a la Mussolini. There are just some crimes that scream for “cruel and unusual punishment”.


24 posted on 03/12/2011 2:37:24 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Everytime those Code STENCH bastards show up, I wish the ground would open up underneath their foul cadavers and swallow them up.


25 posted on 03/12/2011 2:40:20 AM PST by Levante
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why is this any concern of the State Department? Was he acting on their behalf?


26 posted on 03/12/2011 3:06:27 AM PST by PLMerite (Thanks for fixing the clock.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Crowley's Bio says that he was a Colonel in the Air Force. Was he ever a Commanding Officer? Did he ever send anyone to the brig? Probably not.

Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it. I don't like it any more than you men.

The fag made remarks about suicide. The staff has to take action. If the fag doesn't like the way he's treated, he should mind what comes out of his mouth.

The brig staff is professional and they are responsible for Manning's well being while he's confined there. Manning shot off at the mouth and now he doesn't like the results of his actions.

27 posted on 03/12/2011 3:53:41 AM PST by csvset
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well a lesbian protesting mistreatment of a fairey, how sweet!

This little puke released this data without knowing if it could cause the death of Americans world wide, why should we care how he is treated?

I would have hung the little peckerwood already!


28 posted on 03/12/2011 4:03:58 AM PST by Lessthantolerant (The State is diametrically opposed to our search for a better living.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why hasn't anyone mentioned the obvious solution?

Transfer this traitorous POS to Gitmo.

He will get kid-glove treatment from his jailers. As for the inmates . . . let's just say that we haven't yet supplied them with live goats.

29 posted on 03/12/2011 4:31:35 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This boy, ‘Bradley’, needs some private time with ‘Adebisi’.


30 posted on 03/12/2011 4:50:35 AM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
State Department and State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley your job is foreign affairs. It is not your job to concern yourself with or comment on how the Defense Department is handling its matters falling under the UCMJ.

There that was the polite message, you can guess the more direct Gunny R. Lee style message.

31 posted on 03/12/2011 5:58:59 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I do not see Manning being pardoned nor do I see him receiving the death penalty (pity). I do see him being convicted by Courts-Martial, being reduced to the lowest grade, a Dishonorable Discharge, loss of all pay and allowances, and a very long confinement. Because of the nature of the crimes his confinement will in effect be solitary confinement. He’d better get used to it now.

Far left liberal groups are just using him as a cause of the day. Once he reports to Leavenworth he no longer has any value to them and he will be ignored.


32 posted on 03/12/2011 6:23:38 AM PST by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

First and foremost, the State Department is NOT an ally of the US. They are a bunch of ideological whackos. They recruit fresh out of college from schools that preach that America is the evil empire.


33 posted on 03/12/2011 6:54:16 AM PST by panthermom
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To: csvset
I think PJ was a staff pogue...certainly not aircrew nor in posession of a combat record.

PJ was an HRC devotee when he was on the staff of the Center for American Progress but, like many at CAP, switched allegiances to BHO when he became the 2008 frontrunner.

34 posted on 03/12/2011 11:05:36 AM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Vigilanteman

His Father, an ex-Navy man, on a TV interview(PBS) said that his son was not complaing and was being treated well! The father also said he “twisted his son’s arm to go into the Navy”. The father seemed to think the complaints were coming from other than his son.


35 posted on 03/12/2011 11:17:13 AM PST by GOYAKLA (Flush Congress in 2010 & 2012)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet. Update:
36 posted on 03/13/2011 11:17:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: max americana

I think that is exactly what the treatment that they are complaining about is trying to prevent. He has no clothes with which to hang himself.


37 posted on 03/13/2011 1:03:28 PM PDT by Eva
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