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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:09 PM
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Statement of Events: Bradley Manning’s Primary Visitor Detained at Quantico - FDL
{b]Statement of Events: Bradley Manning’s Primary Visitor Detained at Quantico
By: Michael Whitney
Sunday January 23, 2011 1:23 pm

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At roughly 1:00 pm, upon driving onto the base at Quantico, David House and blogger Jane Hamsher were detained by military guards. House, who is on the Quantico Brig’s visitation list, has been visiting Bradley Manning in confinement since last September.

In December 2010, House came forward with testimony that he witnessed a deterioration in Manning’s physical and mental state due to the conditions of solitary confinement. House traveled to the Quantico brig to check up on Bradley’s well-being after a week in which Manning’s lawyer filed an Article 138 complaint over Manning’s mistreatment at Quantico. House and Hamsher also planned to deliver a 42,000 signature strong petition calling for an end to the inhumane conditions that Manning is being held. Upon arriving at the main entrance at Quantico, House and Hamsher were stopped and detained by military police who provided no explanation of detainment aside from a statement from one MP that his orders to detain had “come from the top.”

From 1:00 – 1:30 MPs took their IDs and made them sign a form that they could not deviate to the brig or else they would be trespassing. At this time, one of the MPs asked for Hamsher’s auto insurance card. Hamsher attempted to produce a digital copy of the card, at which point MP Gunnery Sgt. Foster informed Hamsher that her car would be towed. House and Hamsher offered to drive away off the base but were denied, despite being detained only ten feet inside the base’s perimeter. The MPs took the Social Security numbers, phone numbers and addresses of House and Hamsher.

Around 1:40 the tow truck arrived and MPs instructed House and Hamsher to leave their vehicle, informing them that their vehicle would be searched. At 2:00 pm House observed military officers arriving and entering the MP outpost which oversaw his detainment. House expressed concern that he would miss Manning’s visiting hours but was informed that he could neither exit nor move forward to the base. No explanation for House and Hamsher’s detainment was provided until at 2:50 when they were informed they could leave the base. They were detained for two hours up until Manning’s visitation time period was set to expire at 3:00.

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More: http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/01/23/statement-o... /

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kenny blankenship Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:18 PM
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1. Please, please, no comparisons or references to "Papieren, bitte!"
I think just mentioning their arbitrary detention should be stricken from the record as the kind of comparison responsible serious Democrats no longer make. Please ask the mods to disappear your post!
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:20 PM
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2. Hey Man... That Was 70 Years Ago... Could NEVER Happen Again, Or Here, Or Whatever...
:evilgrin:

:hi:
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:23 PM
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3. What? No American style fascism???
I guess you did say, "Whatever". Pfui.


K&R anyway. whatever.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:32 PM
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4. Well... I'm Sure We'd Excel At It If We Wanted...
I've seen all sorts of modern day Americans that would have been fantastic little Germans in the 1920's, 30's, and 40's.

:shrug:
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:46 PM
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5. I'm of the opinion that the argument is not lost by discussing this
Given so many blatant signals since Bush43 I think we need to pay attention and especially engage ordinary folks we meet who think it would be peachy to go that way.

But this morning I just finished reading The Eliminationists : how hate talk radicalized the American right by David Neiwert. Whew.
Here are his articles that lead to the book --> http://cursor.org/stories/fascismintroduction.php
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 06:07 PM
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9. And all they had was radio and rallies to let 'em know how terrific "national togetherness" is.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:48 PM
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6. How utterly bizarre. n/t
PB
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boston bean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 05:57 PM
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7. maybe Manning wasn't looking healthy today....
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 12:29 AM
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12. Took me a sec to get your drift. Now that I think about it, that's a sharply-observed possibility.
Yeah, I could see that.

PB
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 06:02 PM
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8. Kick.
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WillyT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 06:46 PM
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10. Kick !!!
:kick:
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Catherina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-23-11 06:54 PM
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11. Fascist trash. Rec'd n/t
Edited on Sun Jan-23-11 06:55 PM by Catherina
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