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This diary will be light on links to other diaries and articles if it contains any at all, no this is more of a personal account of realization I have just had that I feel must be shared!

Why the urgency? anyone who logs into the DailyKos even once a week is aware of the anti-Obama diaries, and the endless sanctimony emanating out of the mouths of privileged bigots. The demand for ponies seems to escalate with each passing hour, and the uppitiness of the gays has cast a deep shadow over the President's parade - a real bummer.

Hippies are hugging trees and terrorists; progressives are howling shrill howls at the moon over free health care for illegal immigrant child murderers, and white college students are complaining about spilled drops of oil. It is truly, a sanctimonious time.

Worse still is the conspiracy amongst the moon-worshiping extreme left. Traceable to a 'Glenn Greenwald' this conspiracy involves the entire infrastructure of the Professional Left and the deception of the greater Public. Central to this conspiracy is a Bradley Manning.

Now I do not need to explain who Bradley Manning is; there are many diaries, blog posts, and web articles written about this man every day.

Details about his confinement; alleged abuses by those acting under the President's supervision; alleged torture based on his sexual orientation, and something about being a whistling hobbyist.

The articles are almost endless.

But lost in this torrent of information is one key point, one key factor that has been buried under mounds of disinformation and mal-intent.

Brace for it.

Bradley Manning, is not real!

That's right folks. Bradley Manning is an artificial construct born out of a combination of rough hippie-fucking, privileged jealousy, and Progressive racial angst.

How else can you explain the extent to which the Manning story damages to President's credibility on the issues of civil liberties?

I do not need to remind anyone here that the President is a constitutional law professor, who ran solidly against the abuses of the previous administration in the area of civil liberties and Justice. That Bradley Manning's story could so perfectly contradict the President's campaign stances and core-beliefs only proves that the story is a fake, precisely designed to erode Obama's support amongst his base and the minority of people in America that have heard of Justice.

How can this conspiracy be combated so that 2012 is not a disaster? The answer all along has been to clap louder. Currently the noise from the minority of Obama-bashing SuperBigots is interfering with out glorious hand clapping and effusive praise. This is creating the image of a fractious Democratic party that has the audacity to dissent with the President's God-Blessed policies and powers. The only solution is solidarity, the only solution is a lockstep march towards ObamaNirvana with our hands running red with blood from the fury of our glowing clap-based praise; until our hands THROB around a SINGLE, PENETRATING vision of progress, ready to BURST with our WHITE HOT enthusiasm on the POUTING LIPS of our backwards enemies!

Friends, do not be taken in by a figment of your imagination, because the Republicans are worse. Always remember, the Republicans HATE YOU MORE. Have no sympathy for the progressive unicorn that is Bradley Manning.

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  •  I Bet He's Wishing He Were Imaginary These Days (3+ / 0-)

    Don't choose treason kids.  :/

    Rough road.  Hopefully the transfer that's happening will put him in a better situation.

    •  Treason? (2+ / 0-)
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      daveusf, aliasalias

      Stupidest comment I've seen today. But it's still early!

    •  Telling the Truth is not Treason (1+ / 0-)
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      unless that was snark.

    •  TFGR - Treason, look it up it's in the (1+ / 0-)
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      constitution. The bar is set very high for Treason. In the history of the US only a handful of people have ever been tried for Treason.  Manning is accused of many serious crimes, but none of them rise to the level of Treason.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 10:33:48 AM PDT

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      •  Touche (2+ / 0-)
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        I was using it as shorthand for everything he was charged with, making it sound sort of "After school specially."  But he was definitely not charged with treason.

      •  Here's the relevant part of Article III (1+ / 0-)
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        Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

        Note that people sending humanitarian aid to places like Afghanistan or Iraq or groups like Médecins Sans Frontières could fit under that blanket definition of "giving Aid and Comfort". So to single out Manning and claim he gave them aid for his actions (in the form of giving them information) is ridiculous.

        As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

        by ontheleftcoast on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 10:45:03 AM PDT

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  •  Actually, he's not. (1+ / 0-)
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    You're all a figment of my imagination. I knew I shouldn't have drunk that milk before sleep.

    Iuris praecepta sunt haec: Honeste vivere, alterum non laedere, suum cuique tribuere. - Ulpian, Digestae 1, 3

    by Dauphin on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 10:38:55 AM PDT

  •  For whatever reason, I don't know... (4+ / 0-)

    ...the answer to the following question. Perhaps some here does:

    Are other service members who have been arrested and are being held until trial at Quantico subjected to the same conditions of confinement as was Manning? I know that not all are, but I would assume that some are. Anyone know the answer?

    Daily Kos: It's like high school, but with better beer and less making out.

    by turnover on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 10:39:19 AM PDT

    •  An intelligent request for relevant (2+ / 0-)
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      information?  I'm not sure that sort of thing belongs in a Manning thread.

    •  The United States Court of Appeals for the (2+ / 0-)
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      FG, turnover

      Armed Forces has made several rulings on this issue.

      A March 6, 2006, ruling seems relevant. Although, it is notable that the appellant in this case had been a US Marine Corps commissioned officer, captain, 0-3 paygrade. The case is United States vs. Crawford, No. 05-0266/MC.

      Read it and weep for ex-PFC Bradley E. Manning.

      Although this post-trial clemency submission referenced Article 13, UCMJ, and made reference to the fact that Article 13, UCMJ, prohibits “unduly onerous conditions of pretrial restraint”, the crux of that complaint was that Crawford was punished prior to trial, not that he was subjected to conditions more rigorous than necessary to assure his presence for trial.
      According to Crawford’s declaration, every cell he occupied was eight feet by eight feet by ten feet in dimension and furnished with a steel rack, single foam mattress, a combination sink and toilet, a student desk, and a plywood lockerbox.  As stated above, Crawford was initially placed in an observation cell for one week.  During this initial one-week period he was stripped to his undershorts, checked by a guard every five minutes, given only a booklet of brig rules to read and allowed only a ten-minute cold water shower each day.  He could not exit the cell without handcuffs and leg irons. Crawford claims he was required to sit on the mattress and not lay down during the  day, to stand whenever he was checked by the guards and to wrap himself up in a blanket whenever an officer checked on him. Crawford notes that he was not allowed phone calls until Sunday evening the week of his arrest.

      Interested readers can go through the rest of this decision and determine whether Manning's treatment differs from the "norm."

      If a reader wants to know how bad guys experience real pre-trial confinement outside the Beltway, take a look at the conditions for Marines (many of whom have since been cleared at court-martial) in the Camp Pendleton brig.
      Leatherneck has an entry:

      The prisoners remain in the one-man cells they were assigned to when booked into the 34-year-old facility.

      Each cell is 8-feet-by-9-feet, with a 10-foot ceiling, and is furnished with a bed, mattress, toilet, sink, desk and storage locker. The door is 4 feet wide and made of steel mesh that allows for fresh air and sunlight.

      Their shackling as maximum-security inmates when they first arrived at the brig drew nationwide attention and raised the ire of the men's relatives and attorneys. It also quickly became a hot topic on talk radio.

      Marine Corps officials explained the shackling was the norm for inmates classified as maximum security and was done according to the secretary of Navy's and Department of Defense regulations for military prisoners.

      In mid-June, after a review of their status, the men were reclassified to medium-custody, and the shackles came off.

      Manning's pre-trial confinement was rather ordinary.

      We're all just working for Pharoah.

      by whl on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 12:32:54 PM PDT

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    •  according to DOD General Counsel Jeh Johnson... (2+ / 0-)
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      "As Dr. Westphal said, Quantico is a place where pre-trial confinees reside for one month, two months, three months. It is rare if not unprecedented that somebody is there for as long as nine or 10 months."

      In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.

      by daveusf on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 12:50:06 PM PDT

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      •  forgot the link. (0+ / 0-)

        In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.

        by daveusf on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 12:50:43 PM PDT

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      •  Pre-trial confinement was quite lengthy because (1+ / 0-)
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        PFC Manning and his defense counsel, David E. Coombs (Lt. Colonel, Judge Advocate General command, US Army Reserve) requested what is termed a "706 Hearing" in accordance with the "Rules for Courts-Martial."

        The prosecution was ready to proceed months ago. The 706 Hearing was to determine whether Manning was/is mentally competent to stand trial and whether he was mentally competent at the time of his reported violations of several articles in the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

        American Forces Press Service offers a concise summary of the reason for the confinement in the Washington, DC, area and the long delay. The actual quotation from Jeh Johnson was:

        “At the request of Private Manning's defense counsel, an assessment is under way to determine whether Private Manning is mentally competent in this case in the event it goes to trial,” he said. “On Saturday, April 9, the inquiry phase of that process, known in military justice terms as a 706 board, was completed, and Private Manning's presence in the Washington, D.C., area is no longer necessary for that purpose."

        There are many other procedures, medical and mental, to be completed before Manning can appear at a court martial. His pre-trial confinement will continue, at the new Leavenworth facility.

        The delay is and has been very much at the request of the defense counsel.

        We're all just working for Pharoah.

        by whl on Mon Apr 25, 2011 at 02:36:18 PM PDT

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  •  Bradley Manning is certainly real but (0+ / 0-)

    the image of him some people seem to have does appear to be the figment of their imagination.

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