Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Obama’s Latest Torture--Administration hypocrisy over treatment of WikiLeaks prisoner
Posted on 03/14/2011 1:29:39 PM PDT by jazusamo
President Obama is feeling the heat over the treatment of WikiLeaks suspect Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama took unseemly advantage of the accusation that George W. Bush's administration tortured terrorist detainees. Now even an O Force insider is strongly hinting that the administrations conduct toward the individual thought to have leaked thousands of classified documents amounts to torture.
Pfc. Mannings attorney, David Coombs, last week released a letter in which Pfc. Manning purportedly described the ordeal he suffered in January during a three-day suicide watch at the brig where he is being held at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va. I was stripped of all clothing [at night] with the exception of my underwear, he wrote. My prescription eyeglasses were taken away from me and I was forced to sit in essential blindness. A short time later State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley was asked about why the United States was torturing a prisoner in a military brig during an on-the-record roundtable at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Crowley did not question the premise but said that the way Pfc. Manning was being treated was ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.
Administration officials were obviously not happy with this outburst. In a resignation statement, Mr. Crowley explained his comments were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discrete actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership. Of course he did much more damage to U.S. global standing and leadership with his casual, off-the-cuff remark. He added that the exercise of power must be prudent and consistent with our laws and values, which implies that torture is indeed taking place, but it is not necessarily so.
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The extent to which the definition of torture has been stretched out to cover just about anything these days is flat out ridiculous.
Manning should be in a prison yard breaking rocks for the rest of his worthless life (though I would not object to him pushing up daisies either).
Now that obama owns Bradley Mannings treatment , we shall see the left lose interest in his conditions.
Absolutely...My vote goes for the daisies but it’ll never happen.
Is it really torture if it can be shown that this homosexual has visited sex dungeons for playtime?
The punishment for treason and espionage should be far greater than a life sentence busting rocks.
This is SOP for any inmate under suicide watch in any prison in America. Isolated, Clothes removed, given a paper blanket and have a guard set at the window watching you 24/7, recording in the log every 15 minutes.
Nothing that’s come to light about Manning’s treatment has even approached being torture. Marine brigs are not a fun place to be nor should they be. :-)