Breaking Brown

April 26, 2011

our law school professor president

Bradley Manning Chart

For those who don’t believe that President Obama has veered far and away from his campaign persona, read what he said with regard to Bradley Manning’s detention at Quantico:

“I have to abide by certain classified information,” Obama said on a video that quickly began to circulate among media outlets Friday. “If I was to release stuff, information that I’m not authorized to release, I’m breaking the law. … We’re a nation of laws. We don’t individually make our own decisions about how the laws operate. … He broke the law.”

Somewhere along the road to the White House, our law professor President forgot that the presumption of guilt comes after – not before – a guilty verdict.  If this were really about the law (ant it’s not) Harvard Law School would be cringing at this President’s whimsical understanding of jurisprudence.

Bradley Manning’s treatment by his captors is about his assumed role in disrupting to the stream of propaganda that we’re all inundated with each and every day. He’s being punished for the part he is presumed to have played in the Wikileaks information dump because that sort of thing just can’t happen if the power structure is to remain intact.

But Manning’s physical treatment shouldn’t be our focus right now. Our focus should be on the fact that an American is currently in jail and is presumed guilty by the military, press, and President. It doesn’t get much worse than that. And it won’t be too long before more Americans are in jail and facing  similar treatment. How you and I respond to this overreach matters more than you think…




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