I had so far assumed that President Obama was unaware of Bradley Manning‘s condition, or chose to stay silent about this. But here’s a sad excerpt about Obama and Bradley Manning from http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/11/state_department_spokesman_calls_treatment_of_bradley_manning_ridiculous_and_counte:
‘UPDATE: President Obama said Friday afternoon that he had personally asked the Pentagon if the conditions imposed on Manning were really necessary.
“They assured me that they are,” Obama said. He wouldn’t go into detail but added, “It has something to do with his safety.” ‘
For more on this, read Daniel Ellsberg‘s (of Pentagon Papers fame) comment at http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/mar/11/bradley-manning-wikileaks . NPR has a related article on Obama’s hypocritical war on terror: http://www.npr.org/2011/03/11/134452755/the-nation-obamas-hypocritical-war-on-terror
President Obama, you said, a few days before you took office in 2009 (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28574408/ns/politics-white_house/): “I was clear throughout this campaign and was clear throughout this transition that under my administration the United States does not torture … We will abide by the Geneva Conventions. We will uphold our highest ideals.” The report said you had given the CIA director and the director of national intelligence the clear charge to restore the United States’ record on human rights and quotes you as saying: “We must adhere to our values as diligently as we protect our safety with no exceptions” (italics mine). This was so inspiring!
From what you said today, it seems as if you have completely forgotten your statements about torture, your great speech at Tuscon recently, and your statements about bullying yesterday. Or you’re being misinformed. Either way, it’s a sad day for the US.
What happened to all these lofty ideals? Would you be OK if what’s happening to Manning happened to someone close to you?
Please Mr. President, please ask for more information. Talk to Bradley Manning yourself and tell us what you found out — and it’s a good guess you’ll find out the conditions imposed on Manning are not necessary for anything.
It is honorable to admit and correct a mistake when you find something wrong. It is never right to torture. It is never right to condone torture.
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