This story was interesting. P.J. Crowleyworked for the State department. He said "Bradley Manning was mistreated. That was a mistake." He was "forced to resign".
That's amusing. When an insider tells a forbidden truth, he isn't fired. He's "forced to resign". It would be nice to see someone with the balls to say "I'm not resigning. If you want to fire me, then go ahead and fire me." Unfortunately, most insiders are spineless cowards. Even after being "forced to resign", he'll get a cushy job somewhere else. The incentive is for him to not rock the boat and ruin the gravy train.
It is offensive, that insiders are fired whenever they say a forbidden truth. "Bradley Manning was tortured. It makes us look bad." is pretty obvious. Insiders had two choices:
- Sentence Bradley Manning to a couple years in prison, but otherwise treat him decently.
- Torture him.
Bradley Manning's captors are treating him as less than human.
Bradley Manning's biggest mistake was signing up for the military. His father talked him into it.
Bradley Manning doesn't get a jury trial. It's a military trial, with generals as judges. How can Bradley Manning get a fair trial, when the prosecutor and judge are both soldiers? Almost every criminal trial has this defect. Both the prosecutor and judge work for the State.
The Guantanamo Bay detainees have the same problem. It's going to be a farce of a trial, instead of a fair trial. Bradley Manning's defense is "This is evidence of crime! I leaked it because my bosses were covering up crime!" That won't work when the judge is a parasite/psychopath general. Bradley Manning doesn't get the opportunity to argue "jury nullification" in front of a civilian jury. He doesn't even get the farce of "due process" that most criminals get.
The point of torture is punishment and to set an example. If Bradley Manning were tortured with no public disclosure, there's no point. With high-profile torture, that sets an example for other leakers and others who would disobey orders.
According to natural law, Bradley Manning isn't a criminal. He's a hero. He didn't "leak State secrets". He leaked evidence of criminal activity. The State has no legitimate claim to any property, including "secrets". Insiders use secrecy to control the slaves. Insiders use secrecy to cover up crime.
By torturing Bradley Manning, he's been turned into a folk hero. Once he gets out of prison, he'll be a high-profile and credible critic of the State and war.
Therefore, State thugs can never release Bradley Manning. If they do release him, he's going to be publicly criticizing them. Therefore, they must keep him in prison for the rest of his life.