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Ousted State Dept. Spokesman Stands By Manning Treatment Comments

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Posted on Apr 7, 2011

Former Assistant Secretary of State P.J. Crowley, who stepped down (presumably under pressure) after condemning the treatment of accused whistle-blower Bradley Manning, tells Al-Jazeera English he does not regret his comments.

“I thought the treatment of Bradley Manning was both inconsistent with our values and more importantly inconsistent with our long-term interests.”

Al-Jazeera:

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By California Ray, April 20, 2011 at 10:24 am Link to this comment

PFC Bradley Manning is being moved out of the USMC Quantico Brig.  However,
Pentagon lawyers deny that the relocation of PFC Manning to Leavenworth was
necessitated by the results of focus group polling by President Obama’s re-
election committee, where 52% of Democrats agreed that “Obama was a
loathsome human rights violator.”

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By gerard, April 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm Link to this comment

FRT0thus:  That hard core is getting smaller due to the constant impact of evidence to the contrary. It’s a long tough pull, but truth will out.  At a certain point, suppression actually strengthens truth—in a negative sort of way:  Ie:
If the government, church, power structure suppresses truth, that truth must contain something the power structure doesn’t want you to know. There-fore you want to know what is hidden, and you search till you find it somehow, somewhere. A timely image comes to mind:  The great universal “Easter Egg Hunt”.  What are we looking for?  Where would we hide it if we didn’t want anyone to find it?  Over here?  Over there?  Ah, there’s part of it! Now where’s the rest?

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By FRTothus, April 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm Link to this comment

“There is a hard core of people in the United States
who will not be moved, whatever facts you present, from
their conviction that this nation means only to do
good, and almost always does good in the world, that it
is the beacon of liberty and freedom.”
(Howard Zinn)

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By gerard, April 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

Well, the inadvertent ad certainly stopped comment in its tracks!  Truthdig won’t get an award this year if editors can’t manage to catch this kind of intrusion and prevent it.  Too bad.  This story was worth more thought and comment.

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By gerard, April 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

DenverCougars:  Thanks for that site!  I would have missed it if you hadn’t pointed it out. A fine example of free press people getting their act together.  Here’s hoping they can make themselves heard over and above the fear, the lies and the cruelty so broadly current in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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By denvercougars, April 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

Interesting to see how wikileaks has impacted so many aspects of politics and the media.. Just saw a plenary on it on FreeSpeechTV being streamed online from the National Conference for Media Reform.. if you’re interested, http://www.livestream.com/freespeechtv/video?clipId=flv_af426942-4734-4d3a-b419-386d3e5b6ed8

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By Jim Yell, April 8, 2011 at 10:34 am Link to this comment
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I am glad that Peter Crowley continues to stand by his statements on the torture of Bradley Manning. It is in my opinion the worst of the lawlessness that crept into the behavior of our government under the Cheney/Bush Presidency, that is represented by the current abuse of Bradley Manning.

It should be a cause for extreme alarm to all citizens of the United States that our government would treat an unconvicted “native born” citizen, or anyone holding status of American citizen in such a grusome manner. Bradley Manning should be out on bail, pending his trial.

If we continue to treat him this way, than I think as a citizen I should demand that Bush/Cheney be arrested for the security leak that they authored during their Presidency. They should not be above the law and especially in view of the heavy handed treatment of Bradley Manning.

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By gerard, April 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, well ... yes, no maybe.  Crowley, like all the rest of U.S. officials, insists upon missing the central significance of the WiklLeaks cables.  He insists upon viewing them as a threat rather than as an opportunity—a view which is typically short-sighted and fundamentally mistaken.
  The exposure of the cables opened a windoe of opportunity for American diplomacy to look at itself in the mirror, and instead of being satisfied with its performance, to view the shortcomings—its insularity, its abysmal lack of knowledge about foreign cultures , and its blindness to the vast opportunities for democratic reforms envisioned dimly by the youth of the world—as opportounities to self-correct and change outmoded ways of thinking about dominance and coersion.
  The terrible authoritarianism in punishing Manning and Assange lies in this blindness and the loss of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn to operate openly and to receive corrective feedback which could help take the entire world into a new era of new, and more cooperative and responsible, democratic governments.

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