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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 12:58 AM
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President Obama Bullying PFC Bradley Manning? When will we transcend the playground?
Edited on Mon Mar-21-11 01:23 PM by 99th_Monkey
... and just grow the fuck up already.

"If there's one goal of this conference (on bullying)," President Obama told those gathered recently at the White House, "it's to dispel the myth that bullying is just a harmless rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up. It's not." In fact, he added, bullying is "not something we have to accept." The president explained that as a child he had been bullied and so identified with the victims.

All this, of course, is part of the Obama spin op, part of the art of putting a good face on a commander-in-chief of an imperial military machine that is bullying much of the world from 800 foreign bases, that is slaughtering in drone raids the innocent together with those it illegally decides to call guilty, and that is torturing PFC Bradley Manning, perhaps one of the few men in its own military with a conscience having the guts to expose the war machine's criminality. Manning is interrogated twenty times every waking hour, denied virtually all human contact apart from his invasive jailers, denied freedom of movement in his cell, forced to sleep naked and stand naked at morning roll call, and allowed to "exercise" while dragging chains! Not bullying?

One tactic used on Manning the Pentagon seemingly picked up from the Soviets' is to force Manning to sleep with his hands outside his coverlet. If it doesn't sound like torture, read how Nobel Prize winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes this aspect of sleep deprivation in his book "In The First Circle"( Harper Perennial):

"Take your hands from under the blanket!" (the guard ordered the prisoner).


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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:49 AM
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1. K&R. n/t
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:53 AM
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2. There's so much speculation in that piece, I hope it's in the fiction section
of that site!
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99th_Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 01:24 PM
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4. I think the analogy is spot on.
Obama's where the buck stops, he's owned the mistreatment in that he clearly knows what's going on and refuses to do the right thing.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-21-11 02:05 AM
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3. If you think that's something you should hear what they did to my cousin...
.... when he was locked up in the County on SUSPICION of simple possession.

But he's not a cute little white boy accused of a crime celebre .... so no one cares about him.
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