Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
No comments

OpEdNews Op Eds

Obama Declaring Manning Guilty Before Trial; Can Military Officers Judge Him Impartially And Contradict their Commander-

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 2 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Headlined to H3 4/25/11

opednews.com

  Veterans For Peace   www.veteransforpeace.org 
 

NATIONAL OFFICE:  216 S. Meramec Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63105

PHONE (314) 725-6005    E-MAIL: Email address removed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:    Elliott Adams (518) 441-2697


CAN MILITARY OFFICERS JUDGE HIM IMPARTIALLY AND CONTRADICT THEIR COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF?

President Barack Obama said on April 21 that PFC Bradley Manning "broke the law."  (at :47 http://youtu.be/IfmtUpd4id0 )  This statement casts serious doubt on whether Manning can receive a fair trial from officers subordinate to Obama, their Commander-in-Chief.

"Members of the military are trained to follow orders.  President Obama is the commander of all armed forces," said Elliott Adams, president of Veterans For Peace.  "Any officer who wants to advance in his military career would be wise not to contradict their commander-in-chief, especially after the military's brutal treatment of Manning this past year.  The President seems to have forgotten what he taught his constitutional law classes about being innocent until proven guilty."

The government has already violated Bradley Manning's due process rights by keeping him in pretrial solitary confinement for nearly a year and the President bears ultimate responsibility for the abusive treatment Manning has endured since July 2010 at Quantico Marine Base, and possibly before that in Kuwait.  He has been confined to a 6-by-12-foot cell for 23 hours a day, prevented from sleeping during the day, denied exercise, woken up constantly, given limited access to books and writing materials, stripped at night and forced to endure inspection naked, and deprived of his eyeglasses.  Many mental health professionals characterize this as psychological torture.  President Obama could have stopped this mistreatment at any time with one phone call.

The President made another critical misstatement in his comments.  He claimed that Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, was less culpable because the documents he leaked were "not classified in the same way."    In fact, the Pentagon Papers were classified at the highest level of secrecy while the WikiLeaks documents were at the lowest level.

"It's time to free Bradley Manning and pin a medal on the man," said Leah Bolger, VFP vice-president.  "He has already been punished beyond constitutional limits and now President Obama has made a fair trial impossible.    If indeed he's the one who released those documents, he is a hero for blowing the whistle on war crimes and other misbehavior by U.S. officials."

###

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF OBAMA'S REMARKS from  http://youtu.be/IfmtUpd4id0

Obama: "So people can have philosophical views [about Bradley Manning] but I can't conduct diplomacy

on an open source [basis]... That's not how the world works. And if you're in the military... And I have

to abide by certain rules of classified information. If I were to release material I weren't allowed to, I'd

Next Page  1  |  2

 


Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Idle No More-- The Indigenous People's Revolution Begins

"March Against Monsanto" Planned for Over 30 Countries

Bernie Sanders Blocks Bernanke Confirmation... With Bi-Partisan Support

Bush and Associates Found Guilty of Torture

Statement of 911 Widows In Response to 12/25 Terror Attempt

Occupy & Tea Party Join Forces to Protest NDAA

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
No comments