Tuesday, March 15, 2011

God Damn, America

God Damn, America

Hey, remember that guy that supposedly leaked out all the information to WikiLeaks? No? damn, I guess you're American. But hey, let's look at what he's gone through..
As Obama's crime of the destruction of Bradley Manning continues to unfold before our very eyes, Manning friend David House now tells us that over 8 months in isolation with movement and sleep restrictions placed on him have been having their intended effect. House has told MSNBC that by the end of January Manning appeared "catatonic" and that he had "severe problems communicating," with it having taken House nearly 45 minutes on a recent visit to engage in any meaningful way (video below.) House said Manning's demeanor was as "if he had just woken up and didn't know what was going on around him." Manning was "utterly exhausted physically and mentally...it was difficult to have any kind of social engagement."

Also, a full month after Congressman Dennis Kucinich formally requested a visit, the Army has stalled on the request.

All for the crime of reporting war crimes and criminal behavior even among the highest-ranking military officials in Iraq.

In 2005, General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: "It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member [in Iraq], if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to try to stop it."
Chase Mader writes in the Huffington Post that soon after deployment to Iraq, Manning:

"soon found himself helping the Iraqi authorities detain civilians for distributing "anti-Iraqi literature" -- which turned out to be an investigative report into financial corruption in their own government entitled "Where does the money go?" The penalty for this "crime" in Iraq was not a slap on the wrist. Imprisonment and torture, as well as systematic abuse of prisoners, are widespread in the new Iraq.
From the military's own Sigacts (Significant Actions) reports, we have a multitude of credible accounts of Iraqi police and soldiers shooting prisoners, beating them to death, pulling out fingernails or teeth, cutting off fingers, burning with acid, torturing with electric shocks or the use of suffocation, and various kinds of sexual abuse including sodomization with gun barrels and forcing prisoners to perform sexual acts on guards and each other...

Like any good soldier, Manning immediately took these concerns up the chain of command. And how did his superiors respond? His commanding officer told him to "shut up" and get back to rounding up more prisoners for the Iraqi Federal Police to treat however they cared to..."

Manning also found a video and an official report on American air strikes on the village of Granai in Afghanistan's Farah Province (also known as "the Granai massacre"). According to the Afghan government, 140 civilians, including women and a large number of children, died in those strikes.

War crimes? What war crimes? This is the point of view of the Pentagon as it destroys Bradley Manning.
Welp, looks like they broke him. Then you have Obama saying some shit that really annoys me.

"I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taking are appropriate and meeting basic standards, they assured me that they are. I can not go into details about their concerns, but they have worries about his safety [from himself]."

Seriously? Seriously? Fuck this fucking country. America deserves anything that happens to it when we have our nation conducting itself in such a manner.

And for those of you who are pointing out that what if we didn't have Obama in the white house, guess what, the other option would have been MacCain. And I would expect that maybe a man who spent years being tortured would be a little bit more reserved about torturing an uncovicted American citizen to the point of insanity. At worse, he probably would have just had him shot in the head.

But then again, that's a better fate than what he's facing. He's already a martyr for the cause. He's nothing more than a body being kept alive so the spinal cord could continue to experience unpleasant sensory input to mirror his crimes against the body of the state.

If I was given a choice between being trapped in that condition or be put to death, you sure as hell know I'd pick being killed. And the scary thing is that the same torture that drove him to the point of insanity is inflicted on thousands of US convicts, often for the entire remainder of their natural lives. Now how many of those men are otherwise innocent or just sucked into the system by chance?

reminder that the same torture that drove him to insanity is inflicted on thousands of us convicts, often for the entire remainder of their lives, many of whom are actually innocent.

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