The news over Pfc. Bradley Mannings' imprisonment and torture has
been noted by a group of "more than 250 of America's most eminent
legal scholars." Laurence Tribe, a constitutional lawyer who has worked
closely with President Obama, is among those who joined in on the
complaint. The Obama Administration's treatment of Manning appears to
be part of a war on whistleblowers and Manning appears to be serving an
educational purpose for anyone else who wants to expose secrets that
make the US look bad. China notes esecially that the US position on
Wikileaks and Internet freedom for the rest of the world are in very
sharp conflict. They've asked the US to stop judging the human rights
policies of other nations.
Serious problems with distinguishing enemies
from innocent civilians
The Americans were using some of the
most sophisticated tools in the history of war, technological marvels
of surveillance and intelligence gathering that allowed them to see
into once-inaccessible corners of the battlefield. But the high-tech
wizardry would fail in its most elemental purpose: to tell the
difference between friend and foe.
Some cheerful news: Glenn Beck is being released
from his contract at Fox News. Poor ratings, paranoid rants,
less urgent economic situation resulting in less appetite for radical
conspiracy theories and an advertising boycott
all work to convince Fox execs that Beck is expendable.
Florida state legislators inadvertently
reveal their anti-woman views by insisitng on banning the word
"uterus" from being spoken aloud within range of their oh-so-delicate
I though this was just a classic picture
of both of the groups I saw on the march. The determined, serious
peaceniks and the oblivious shoppers.