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  •  Yes, so many people just utterly ignore (2+ / 0-)
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    what has changed in the way we treat "suspects" in the name of "national security."

    Daniel Ellsberg was let out on bail while awaiting trial.  That should be the norm for any whistleblower who nominally breaks the law to get the story out.

    Bradley Manning was subjected to forced nudity and kept in isolation, intentionally sleep deprived, subjected to verbal abuse and harassment with any human interaction -- and these abuses continued after all this was publicly known and Manning had a defense attorney.  It absolutely was intentional.

    Any whistleblower on the topic of "national security" today has to expect very harsh treatment at the hands of our own government.

    Obama has two major failures in this area:

    First is his failure to prosecute Bush administration officials for their abuses outside the law.  Torture, black prisons, abductions, etc. Failure to prosecute resulted in the appearance that these actions were acceptable. Thus a number of Bush administration abuses continue.

    Second is his abject failure to end the practice of abusive treatment of prisoners as seen with Bradley Manning.  Even after all this came to light, the Obama administration failed to stop the abuses which continued for months.

    A separate issue with Manning was that Obama declared him guilty before a trial. The Commander in Chief publicly declared Manning guilty before a trial in a military court.  That impacts Mannings' right to a fair trial as all officers in any military court are subordinate to Obama.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 10:49:15 AM PDT

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