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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2011, 10:31:27 AM »
PJ Crowley ousted as state dept. spokesmen for telling the truth about Manning

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He was shocked to learn that there were new rules this week. Crowley serves as an example of the new kind of White House we are getting with Daley in charge.

 Obama’s whole “act” last night at the Gridiron is now up.  While his minions were forcing Crowley out, he was spewing this:
 <blockquote>But whatever challenges we face and however history unfolds, we rely on all of you — the press — to tell the story. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be in positions of power may have our gripes about how the media covers us, but that’s only because your job is to hold us accountable. And none of us would want to live in a country without that failsafe — without a free press and freedom of expression. That’s what people all around the world are fighting for as we speak. In some cases, they’re dying for those rights. And that’s what many reporters risk their lives to uphold — from Kandahar to Tripoli.</blockquote> tee hee, oh my sides! s/
extra bonus: FDL got a shout-out early on: 
 <blockquote>And while I know I have my share of critics out there, I don’t focus on the negative stuff. I just don’t pay much attention to it. Most days I barely skim through the comment section of Huffington Post — Daily Kos — Fire Dog Lake — The Daily Dish — boingboing.net. (Laughter.)
Emptywheel  :applause </blockquote>
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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2011, 04:10:42 PM »
He's like The Manchurian Candidate.  :mad2
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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2011, 04:40:53 PM »
Yeah, he is. Bricklefritz -- that's all we need -- to have a truly crummy empty suit turned into a martyr. But it's possible.

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2011, 06:07:31 PM »
Chris Floyd on PJ Crowley :
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the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate forced him from office for the high crime of causing the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to face the momentary discomfort of having to publicly address his torture of an American soldier.

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2011, 06:17:29 PM »
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Seriously though: Why has Obama been such a pussy? Was he a complete liar? Is the power of the military-industrial complex so great? Is it Zionist Christians and AIPAC? Something else? Some of the above?

Why has he disappointed in every single way?
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2011, 07:34:16 PM »
Seriously though: Why has Obama been such a pussy? Was he a complete liar? Is the power of the military-industrial complex so great? Is it Zionist Christians and AIPAC? Something else? Some of the above?

Why has he disappointed in every single way?

Well he certainly has not been a disappointment to 'defense' contractors.
Yearly overseas sales of military systems under George Bush - $13B
Under Obama - $100B
 
Economic aid to Egypt in 2010 - $250M
Military aid - $1.3B
 
etc. ... etc ...

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #21 on: March 14, 2011, 07:58:38 PM »
It's worth remembering that he is a Chicago machine politician -- he was trained in a certain kind of deal-making, so that's what he's been doing, since about a week after the inauguration. He hired a vicious guy from the same background as his first chief of staff, an early bad sign. On top of that, he just seems to be proof that it would be an unusual president who walked into that office and rolled back its powers on his own. He has extended some of the powers Bush arrogated to himself, and he just plain seems to like it. He likes being c-in-c, Hail to the Chief whenever he walks into a room, etc.

He and Holder may have retreated a bit on justice issues b/c of right-wing pressure -- they sort of weakly tried to make the GTMO trials legal, eg, but gave up very fast in the face of paranoid xenophobia. I don't think they've tried for justice since then.

He's a careerist, an empty suit.

Remember how we used to say in the early days of the women's movement that we'd have equality when women could be as mediocre as most men are? Obama has kind of played that out for US blacks, I think.

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2011, 08:01:56 PM »
Not to mention NO progress on the high-speed rail network. I was actually hoping for that one - it would have actually boosted business, while protecting the environment.

I don't think I'll live to see the revival of the Montréal - Boston line. :crying
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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2011, 09:13:02 PM »
He's Chauncey Gardener.
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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2011, 09:29:42 PM »
RT @AntoniaZ         RT @Tosfm Soldiers take note: You're better off committing a war crime than exposing one. #Manning #p2 #wikileaks
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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2011, 09:24:16 PM »
Ok, that settles it. Bradley Manning is a UK citizen. If the parliamentary rep of the Foreign Office says so, it's so:

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However, Henry Bellingham then acknowledged that Ann Clwyd’s “understanding of the British Nationality Act is accurate.” A child born abroad after 1983 to a British citizen “not by descent” automatically acquires citizenship at birth.

This was in context of a parliamentary debate asked for by Ann Clwyd (Labour-Cynon Valley [Wales]), which we knew might be interesting b/c she had earlier received moderately positive responses from the foreign secretary and the leader in the Commons.

Does this matter? I think so. Every bit of pressure that can be brought to bear on Washington about horrified reactions overseas to Manning's treatment has a political impact. The UK FO may even be stiff and minimal in their approach, but they have to do it, and that in itself tells the Merkins how much popular sentiment in the UK is behind what they're doing. I really trust in that factor. I'm amazed it is working so well in the UK.
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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2011, 06:28:01 PM »
Manning is being transferred from Marine base at Quantico to army base at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Do not know whether this is anything but optics, but it is definitely that. The UK and German interventions have obviously had some effect. Will link when something useful comes up.

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #27 on: April 21, 2011, 10:32:31 PM »
Greenwald : Lessons from Manning's transfer out of Quantico
 
as he says, a potent antidote to defeatism

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2011, 11:48:31 AM »
This is all over the place on Twitter, but worth registering here: Obama says Manning "broke the law."

This man is supposed to be a lawyer? A constitutional expert?

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Re: Bradley Manning
« Reply #29 on: October 07, 2011, 12:44:14 AM »
Manning is a contender for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, also top choice of Guardian poll.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/poll/2011/oct/06/nobel-peace-prize?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487


I just want to remind everyone today is his 500th day in jail without trial.
If you have not signed the petition demanding all charges dropped, please consider it.
http://www.standwithbrad.org/


It would do the WORLD a lot of good will if he won, perhaps a bit more respect for the Novel Committee after Obama has squandered his. Betters are calling Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the winner.

oops - links and hints http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/10/05/8170031-top-contender-for-nobel-peace-prize-social-media


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Re: Bradley Manning
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