Libertarian Icon defends Bradley Manning
Two days after Farewell speech, Ron Paul condemns "terrible treatment" of Bradley Manning from House Floor
By Martin Hill
December 8, 2012
Ron Paul gave his epic farewell speech to Congress on November 14th 2012, referring notably to "psychopathic authoritarians"- getting in one last subtle dig to the establishment:
"The immoral use of force is the source of man's political problems. Sadly, many religious groups, secular organizations, and psychopathic authoritarians endorse government initiated force to change the world. Even when the desired goals are well-intentioned - or especially when well-intentioned - the results are dismal. The good results sought never materialize. The new problems created require even more government force as a solution. The net result is institutionalizing government initiated violence and morally justifying it on humanitarian grounds." [ Paul.house.gov.]
However, that was not Ron Paul's final speech on the floor of Congress! Paul gave two more speeches, on Friday Nov. 16th. In his Statement opposing HR 6156, the Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (November 16, 2012), Paul stated, in part,
"...By attaching the so-called "Magnitsky" bill to the Jackson-Vanik repeal, Congress will direct the State Department to draw up a list of Russians it believes are responsible for human rights abuses. These people will be denied entry into the United States and have their assets seized by the US government. The implications of this reckless move are stunning....
...If Congress really is concerned about the human rights of prisoners, perhaps they might take a look at the terrible treatment of US Army Private Bradley Manning while incarcerated and awaiting trial. Last year Amnesty International wrote to then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates that Manning's "inhumane" treatment while in custody "undermines the United States' commitment to the principle of the presumption of innocence." Congress remains silent.
... When it comes to human rights, the United States should most definitely lead the world by its own example. On that measure, we still have a lot of work to do."
Paul was one of six Republicans in the House who voted no on the bill. Rand Paul, conversely,
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Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured on LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened, Infowars, PrisonPlanet, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Antiwar.com, IamtheWitness.com, Rense, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Veterans Today, National Motorists Association, WorldNetDaily, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 Los Angeles, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI 640, The Press Enterprise, BlackBoxVoting, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com
Catholic paleo-libertarian from California., promotes limited government and civil liberties