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EDITORIAL: Obama’s Latest Torture--Administration hypocrisy over treatment of WikiLeaks prisoner
The Washington Times ^ | March 14, 2011 | Editorial

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 administration’s conduct toward the individual thought to have leaked thousands of classified documents amounts to torture.

Pfc. Manning’s 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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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: fifthcolumn; lavendermafia; leftists; liberals; manning; obama; torture; traitor; treason
Good, Leftists heads are exploding.
1 posted on 03/14/2011 1:29:48 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

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).


2 posted on 03/14/2011 1:33:34 PM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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To: jazusamo

Now that obama owns Bradley Manning’s treatment , we shall see the left lose interest in his conditions.


3 posted on 03/14/2011 1:35:03 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Impeach Obama, then try him for treason. / Homosexuals reject diversity.)
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To: drbuzzard

Absolutely...My vote goes for the daisies but it’ll never happen.


4 posted on 03/14/2011 1:35:53 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Is it really torture if it can be shown that this homosexual has visited sex dungeons for playtime?


5 posted on 03/14/2011 1:41:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: drbuzzard

The punishment for treason and espionage should be far greater than a life sentence busting rocks.


6 posted on 03/14/2011 1:42:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The biggest waste of brainpower is to want to change something that's not changeable. -Albert Brooks)
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To: jazusamo
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

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.

7 posted on 03/14/2011 1:46:25 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Quiet the Idiot)
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To: a fool in paradise

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. :-)


8 posted on 03/14/2011 1:47:04 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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