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      Obama Makes Major Legal Mistake on Manning Case

      President Obama said Pfc. Bradley Manning “broke the law” in a speech last week, interfering with Manning’s constitutional right to a fair trial by pre-judging the evidence. [Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2011]

      The president, as commander in chief, ultimately is responsible for the fairness of court-martial proceeding in which Manning is accused of “aiding the enemy” by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents.

      “Command influence is the mortal enemy of military justice” was the 1986 finding of the chief appellate judge of the US armed forces, according to a Times’ op-ed by Morris Davis, chief prosecutor at Guantanamo from 2000 to 2007. Obama’s remarks would seem to violate that judicial precept.

      Ironically, the Wikileaks cables released this week document systemic abuse in the legal proceedings against some 700 detainees at Guantanamo, casting greater doubt on whether any military proceeding against Manning can be impartial. While Manning is silenced, the mainstream media continues to benefit from the stream of revelations, making Wikileaks “a large player in journalism” despite its notoriety around the White House and Capitol Hill. [Los Angeles Times, April 27, 2011]

      This is the second time the president has gone out of his way to marginalize Manning. When the chief State Department spokesman, P. J. Crowley, was forced into retirement for his harsh criticism of the Pentagon’s treatment of the detainee, Obama commented that Manning was being treated properly, based on Pentagon assurances. Shortly thereafter, Manning was transferred from his isolation cell in the Quantico marine base, Virginia, which was becoming a popular and media-accessible site for anti-war protests. Manning now is imprisoned in the remote Ft. Leavenworth facility in Kansas.

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      Reader Comments (2)

      The day will come when Bradley Manning will be hailed a hero for his courageous act to restore democracy in the United States. That day may not be for decades but it will undoubtedly come.

      April 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ. S. Topper

      The President should give Manning the Medal of Honor for exposing the corruption of Washington. General Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about the Industrial Military Complex in the 1950's, and nobody listened. The IMC is "The Government within the Government " running this country. Remember Presidents and staffers come and go but the money people in the IMC are their for life.

      President Bush and his side kick Dick Cheney pulled off the greatest coverup of their business operations in US history, by declaring Energy Policy a matter of National Security. No one can discuss the real truth about Afghanistan & Iraq and the media was instructed to stay clear as well.

      Afghanistan = The TAPI pipeline, a 42" high pressure gas main from the Caspian Sea to the waiting Plastics Industry in South east Asia. Nothing more nothing less. The truth about 911 is in the pipeline deals beginning with the Clinton Administration. When you send special Ops forces into Afghanistan to kill Taliban members who renege on a business deal and get attacked in return what do you expect ?

      Iraq is just as sick. Karl Rove said "We had to stop Saddam because he was manipulating the oil Market ". That's right he was selling oil cheaper than the Saudis, getting back at George Sr. for Desert Storm. Saddam was hitting them right in their pocketbook and they couldn't stand it. Why do you think the Saudis met with George Herbert Walker Bush at 'Walker Point' in Maine before the Iraq invasion ? It sure wasn't for tea !

      These SOB's disgust me. My heart goes out to all the poor mothers and fathers that lost their children in these wars.
      They were lied to and told that our Freedom depended on it. Biggest line of CRAP ever put against the American people.

      We have our FREEDOM. The troops only function is to protect the contractors and engineers involved in the 'Silk Road' Pipeline known as the TAPI Pipeline. Guaranteeing it's safety was a pre requisite to for funding by the World Bank and others. UNOCAL now hides behind a consortium of Gas & Oil companies participating in the venture. The plight of Iraq hangs in the balance. The competition has been eliminated, Saddam is dead and now the world will pay dearly for oil.

      April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteranthony samsel
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