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Obama Gets Pushed Out of His Comfort Zone -- and Pushes Back

Huffington Post - The news on Sunday that State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was forced to resign for his frank comments about the treatment of Bradley Manning is sparking lots of justifiable criticism. The question is, why would the administration do something so "ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid"?

Those are, of course, the exact words that Crowley used to describe the treatment of Manning, the Army private suspected of leaking secret government documents to WikiLeaks, now imprisoned at the Marine Brig at Quantico. Although the Pentagon and State Department have themselves acknowledged that the leaks haven't actually endangered national security, they've been treating Manning as if he's a hardened terrorist.

That's prompted some serious questioning from influential bloggers like Marcy Wheeler, who noted last week the eerie parallels between Manning's being forcibly stripped naked every night and some of the treatment of detainees such as Abu Zubaydah at Guantanamo Bay.

Much has been made in the past week about whether Manning's treatment is yet another form of torture being instituted by the Obama administration in U.S. military custody here at home, after denouncing its use by the Bush administration in U.S. prisons abroad. Read more.


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