3.18.2011

greenwald: manning forced nudity = media tipping point

Glenn Greenwald, including links and emphasis:
The forced nudity imposed on Bradley Manning followed by the forced resignation of P.J. Crowley has clearly created a media tipping point in this story. In addition to the scathing New York Times Editorial from Monday (Manning's treatment "conjures creepy memories of how the Bush administration used to treat terror suspects"), editorial condemnation has now come from The Los Angeles Times ("punishment, not protection, is the purpose of these degrading measures") and The Guardian ("There was at least the ghost of an excuse for bullying foreign combatants but no US need for mistreating one of their own"). Perhaps most notably, even the military-revering, establishment-defending Washington Post Editorial Page today emphatically condemns these conditions as "uncomfortably close to the kind of intimidating and humiliating tactics disavowed after the abuses at the Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo prisons that eroded the country’s standing in the world."

The abusive treatment of Manning is indeed now reverberating internationally. Der Spiegel has a long article on the conditions of Manning's detention, noting that "even US politicians believe they're illegal" and highlighting the point I've repeatedly made:
Before he was inaugurated, Obama talked about the importance of whistleblowers, or sources who expose abuses within their organizations. Such "acts of courage and patriotism" ought to be "encouraged, rather than stifled," his website read at the time.

Once in office, Obama underwent a radical shift. His government is currently taking legal action against a number of whistleblowers. The government apparently wants to use the Manning case as a deterrent.
Meanwhile, The Guardian has an excellent article today describing how Physicians for Human Rights is now formally raising objections to the role of brig psychiatrists in enabling Manning's inhumane treatment (just as they once raised objections to the role played by health professionals at Guantanamo).
Plus: Tom Tomorrow: The president consults with General Flustercluck.

3 comments:

CAulds said...

Indeed, I would say the "tipping point" that has been reached is in Obama's credibility on any issue of morality or justice.

Or on any other matter of concern to progressives. How, incidentally, are they going to justify their support for the unprovoked attack on Syria?

Tell me, what's the main difference between Libya and Darfur?

Think hard; it's not a trick question.

allan said...

How, incidentally, are they going to justify their support for the unprovoked attack on Syria?

Justify? ... What's that?

And the bombing has begun: "The U.S. military has launched its first missiles in Libya against Moammar Gadhafi's forces ..."

Yes, every single one of those missiles will hit only Gadhafi's forces. Good point, CNN. Shouldn't take more than an afternoon to wipe them out. Put the kettle on ...

laura k said...

A, feel free to repeat that on the most recent thread.