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State Dept. Spokesman Quits Over Comments

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Posted on Mar 13, 2011
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P.J. Crowley resigned over his comments about the treatment of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning.

The U.S. State Department spokesman who called the treatment of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning “stupid” has resigned from his post.

P.J. Crowley called Manning’s solitary confinement “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid” at a talk on new media and foreign policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. —JCL

The BBC:

US state department spokesman PJ Crowley has resigned after calling the treatment of the man accused of leaking secret cables to Wikileaks “stupid”.

“Given the impact of my remarks, for which I take full responsibility, I have submitted my resignation,” Mr Crowley said.

He made the remarks about Bradley Manning to an academic audience.

Private Manning is being held in solitary confinement at a maximum security US military jail.

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By RayLan, March 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm Link to this comment

Being in the belly of the Beast whom he enraged with the Truth - Bradley is proverbial dead meat.
In this pathetic excuse for a democracy the truth doesn’t set you free - but subjects you to a death by slow torture.
UberBama can’t hide his twisted face of hyprocrisy from this one.

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By California Ray, March 14, 2011 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

Political prisoner mistreated while in custody, and presumed guilty until trial.
Hey, Obama’s down with it; so don’t worry . . . unless your moral standards derive
from a better source.

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By SarcastiCanuck, March 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry P.J.,the penalty for speaking the truth in politics is death.Now you can wright a book about the bullshitters and make a few million for your retirement fund.Oh how the mighty have fallen…

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By AnnaCatherine, March 14, 2011 at 11:15 am Link to this comment
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Crowley now becomes an outsider. He’ll write a book and tell us what he really thinks and possibly knows. There’s just so much crap we can sweep under the rug. The Administration, the Pentagon, The DoD, the CIA are all blindsided by the fact that we can communicate with each other to and from all points on the globe. They can shut things down but it becomes a game of “wack-a-mole”. Enough people are technologically gifted and will always find a way.

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By Observer, March 14, 2011 at 5:22 am Link to this comment
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Philip J. Crowley as assistant secretary of state for public affairs,should be recommended for higher office for his brave,justified outspoken truth in this case.
Again,it shows that this country goes without doubt
>to shit in a Hand-basket< all because of these
NeoCons running this country - not Obama,who gives in too often - and it shows !

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By glider, March 14, 2011 at 2:10 am Link to this comment

It appears that Crowley did not act as what is known in Corporate parlance as a “team player” in stepping out of line to give his honest opinion on the matter.  This had an “impact” or pissed off some people upstairs who define how an appropriate “team player” must act.  It seems like this story is beginning to mushroom out of control but those in power are very very persistent and reluctant to mend their ways.  It just makes the hypocrisy reek that much more!

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By SteveL, March 14, 2011 at 1:22 am Link to this comment

The U.S. has become a thin skinned giant that cannot stand the sight of itself in the mirror.

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By gerard, March 14, 2011 at 12:15 am Link to this comment

Again, killing the messenger.  I’d like to know just who said Manning’s
treatment was (is) appropriate.  There are thousands of psychologists and
psychiatrists who will disagree if they are honest, and they should be keeping
the phone lines to the State Department and the White House busy day and
night.

Trouble is, if the honchos don’t keep those right wing “Patriotic types” foaming
at the mouth over Manning, they can’t keep them riled up long enough to try to
prosecute Assange,  And if they can’t keep people riled up about Assange, they
might have to clean up their act regarding the dangerous nonsense going on
behind closed doors under the name of “diplomacy”. Furthermore, due to the
inexorable logic of truth, they might have to stop “empiring” in the Middle East.
Then what would they do for contributions from the military-industrial
complex?  And how would they keep all those soldiers and workers employed?

People often refer to “kabuki” going on in DC politics.  That’s an insult to a
Japanese tradition.  Let’s just call it deceit—especially coming from the
people who were “outed"and are now pretending to be “defending the honor
of the United States Government” and “democracy.” 

When whistle-blowers bite the dust you know the end of democracy is at hand.

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By gerard, March 14, 2011 at 12:15 am Link to this comment

Again, killing the messenger.  I’d like to know just who said Manning’s
treatment was (is) appropriate.  There are thousands of psychologists and
psychiatrists who will disagree if they are honest, and they should be keeping
the phone lines to the State Department and the White House busy day and
night.

Trouble is, if the honchos don’t keep those right wing “Patriotic types” foaming
at the mouth over Manning, they can’t keep them riled up long enough to try to
prosecute Assange,  And if they can’t keep people riled up about Assange, they
might have to clean up their act regarding the dangerous nonsense going on
behind closed doors under the name of “diplomacy”. Furthermore, due to the
inexorable logic of truth, they might have to stop “empiring” in the Middle East.
Then what would they do for contributions from the military-industrial
complex?  And how would they keep all those soldiers and workers employed?

People often refer to “kabuki” going on in DC politics.  That’s an insult to a
Japanese tradition.  Let’s just call it deceit—especially coming from the
people who were “outed"and are now pretending to be “defending the honor
of the United States Government” and “democracy.” 

When whistle-blowers bite the dust you know the end of democracy is at hand.

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By glider, March 13, 2011 at 11:17 pm Link to this comment

I do not believe there has been a single voluntary change in behavior or any introspection at all aimed at modifying bad behavior by the U.S. government, with regards to the Wikileaks revelations.  They are only concerned with stopping further leaks and assaulting the messengers and issuing damage control propaganda.  Our democracy is a farce.  The government is clearly rogue and undemocratic in fact.

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By zonth_zonth, March 13, 2011 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

Crowley is not allowed to voice his opinion? The thought police say No Sir.

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By Queenie, March 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment

You do not cross Hillary.

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By frecklefever, March 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

COMBINING THE DEMOCRATS…MORAL SUPERIORITY COMPLEX..WITH THE REPUBLICANS
SUPEREROGATORY BELIEF IN THEIR UNERRING GRASP OF REALITY…RESULTS IN THE MODERN
AMERICAN LEMMING PARTY…ALL ABOARD…

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By James, March 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm Link to this comment
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Assange and Manning are modern day heroes.  They should be getting a ticker-tape parade. We are no better than so-called “terrorist” nations. Free speech?  Of course.  Well, unless it embarrasses a few people in elite positions, or, if it gets in the way of our raping other nations for their natural and human resources, or, (etc. etc.)  “Free speech” my arse.

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By samosamo, March 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm Link to this comment

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I rather think he was given the choice of resigning or being
incarcerated with manning or taking a bullet. Whatever, he sure
stepped on the toes of some very evil people who still get
whatever they want. Don’t remember seeing his objection on the
regular msm venues either which is definitely not surprising.

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By Maani, March 13, 2011 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment

Of course, Crowley is the one who is correct.  So he becomes yet another victim of Obama’s hubris, since he was only forced to resign because he DARED to contradict Obama’s claim - made on the “assurance” of the Pentagon (!) - that Manning’s treatment was “appropriate.”

What a joke this goverment has become…

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