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Special Report | Bradley Manning

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Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display
Bradley Manning Supprt Mission

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Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display, Lynn Parramore, new deal 2.0

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  • The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky
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  • Bradley Manning and the Case Against Solitary Confinement
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  • Bradley Manning's Solitary Confinement Rivals the Suffering of Physical Torture
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Why Wikileaks Whistleblower Bradley Manning's Solitary Confinement Rivals the Suffering of Physical Torture, Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, and Atul Gawande, Democracy Now!
The physical and psychological effects experienced by people held for extended periods in solitary confinement, says prison expert Dr. Atul Gawande, are even more damaging than physical torture."

Bradley Manning Supprt Mission, Veterans for Peace (VFP)
We've received a call requesting VFP support regarding the Bradley Manning support petition, as well as the legal defense fund that has been set up for him. There is a grassroots support network that has taken responsibility for Bradley's legal defense expenses... and Bradley could really use their support.

Former Commander of Headquarters Company at Quantico Objects to Treatment of Bradley Manning, David Swanson, WarIsACrime.org
I question the length of confinement prior to conduct of court-martial.
I seriously doubt that the conditions of his confinement—solitary confinement, sleep interruption, denial of all but minimal physical exercise, etc.—are necessary, customary, or in accordance with law, US or international.
Locking Up Whistleblower Bradley Manning in Solitary Confinement Puts America's Depravity on Full Display

Bradley Manning: Journalistic hack-job, Glenn Greenwald, Salon
The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired

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Feb 6/7 - International Callout  - Free Manning! Free Assange! Free Speech! Close Guantanamo! Solidarity! Ciaron O'Reilly, Ciaron O'Reilly Blog

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  • Solidarity Vigils at U.S., British, Australian Embassies/consultes/high commissions & sites of significance in the "War of Terror"
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  • "The poor tell us who we are, /The prophets tell us who we could be, /So we hide the poor, /And kill the prophets."  --Phil Berrigan
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Hogwash, Mr. President

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  • The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment, and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole.
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  • The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room
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  • The State of the Spirit, 2011
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Robert Scheer, Truthdig

What is the state of the union? You certainly couldn’t tell from that platitudinous hogwash that the president dished out Tuesday evening. I had expected Barack Obama to be his eloquent self, appealing to our better nature, but instead he was mealy-mouthed in avoiding the tough choices that a leader should delineate in a time of trouble. He embraced clean air and a faster Internet while ignoring the depth of our economic pain and the Wall Street scoundrels who were responsible—understandably so, since they so prominently populate the highest reaches of his administration. He had the effrontery to condemn “a parade of lobbyists” for rigging government after he appointed the top Washington representative of JPMorgan Chase to be his new chief of staff.

The speech was a distraction from what seriously ails us: an unabated mortgage crisis, stubbornly high unemployment and a debt that spiraled out of control while the government wasted trillions making the bankers whole. Instead the president conveyed the insular optimism of his fat-cat associates: “We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.” How convenient to ignore the fact that this bubble of prosperity, which has failed the tens of millions losing their homes and jobs, was floated by enormous government indebtedness now forcing deep cuts in social services including state financial aid for those better-educated students the president claims to be so concerned about

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The President Ignored the Elephant in the Room, Robert Reich, Huffington Post
The president's failure to address the decoupling of American corporate profits from American jobs makes reviving the nation's "competitiveness" seem somewhat beside the point but also cedes to Republicans the dominant narrative.

The State of the Spirit, 2011, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Network of Spiritual Progressives

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  • Most liberals and progressives will likely spend the next twenty years either supporting political parties that don't even begin to address these issues in a holistic way (and justifying that by pointing out that candidate x is really much less bad than candidate y)
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  • Duty to Warn:  Approaching Spiritual Death
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All the President’s Captors

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  • No one expects Obama to imitate new Republican governor of New Jersey Chris Christie’s in-your-face, bull-in-the-china-shop shtick. But they have waited in vain for him to stand firm on what matters to him and to the country rather than forever attempting to turn non-argumentative reasonableness into its own virtuous reward.
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  • President Obama has seemingly been held hostage by Republican captors, surrendering his once-considerable abilities to act, decide or think.
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Frank Rich, New York Times | NY

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

Barry Blitt

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Those desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ “good side” and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”

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This dynamic was acted out — yet again — in President Obama’s latest and perhaps most humiliating attempt to placate his Republican captors in Washington. No sooner did he invite the G.O.P.’s Congressional leaders to a post-election White House summit meeting than they countered his hospitality with a slap — postponing the date for two weeks because of “scheduling conflicts.” But they were kind enough to reschedule, and that was enough to get Obama to concentrate once more on his captors’ “good side.”

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No Solutions at State of the Union

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Obama will deliver his take on the State of the Union tonight (Jan 25) and while Congress has bickered about bipartisan seating, it doesn't matter where anyone sits because the profiteers who define what’s possible in our politics have already barred any serious solution to what ails us.

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Laura Flanders, The Nation

We know what the problem is: Jobs. 15 million still unemployed. A National Journal piece last week noted that the Great Recession wiped out what amounts to every U.S. job created in the 21st century. And jobs had already been leaving -- for three decades.

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That's a bipartisan problem—remember who passed NAFTA, which first opened the floodgates. As a commentator with the hardly radical Hoover Institute told the Journal -- Instead of reinvesting the gains of globalization in improved plants or a higher quality of life work in the US, private companies privatized the profits and hired abroad. Driving down wages for them, and us.

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Palestine Papers, Peace and Concessions

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  • The revelation of thousands of pages of confidential Palestinian diplomatic records show just how much the Palestinian Authority was willing to sacrifice, and how much more the Israeli government still wanted.
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  • They have shocked the world—all of it except the United States, that is.
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  • The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks
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Laura Flanders, The Nation

The “Palestine Papers,” published by the Guardian and Al-Jazeera, which cover decades of failed so-called peace negotiations, show among other things just how much the Palestinian Authority was willing to sacrifice, and how much more the Israeli government still wanted.

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According to the documents—which the Palestinians say are partly fabricated but they won't say which part—in 2008, Saeb Erekat, the PA's chief negotiator, offered to allow Israel to annex almost all settlements in East Jerusalem with nothing in return—lands which international law recognizes as Palestinian. “This is the first time in Palestinian-Israeli history in which such a suggestion is officially made,” the Palestinian negotiator pointed out, but his Israeli counterparts rejected even that offer saying it didn't go far enough.

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The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Noam Chomsky, truthout
Washington’s pathetic capitulation to Israel while pleading for a meaningless three-month freeze on settlement expansion – excluding Arab East Jerusalem – should go down as one of the most humiliating moments in U.S. diplomatic history.

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Lesson From Europe: Fiscal Austerity Kills Economies

Following faux-reasonable Rubinite advice will only put Americans further into debt.

Marshall Auerback, new deal 2.0

Photo Credit: AMagill

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There’s more evidence that fiscal austerity should never be a government policy objective. The UK has just released its 4th quarter GDP numbers and the results are predictably grim: a -0.5% decline in GDP for the last three months of 2010, versus a market expectation of +0.4%.

This comes as no shock to anybody who understands basic sectoral flows. Taking income out of the private sector in the absence of any countervailing flows from the government or external sector means lower output, slower growth and higher unemployment. The UK economy’s performance is totally consistent with this analysis.

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