Friday, March 11, 2011
The torture of Bradley Manning as a perfect symbol of the real USA
Yep, you read that right. Seven hours standing naked. And it get better: "According to First Lieutenant Brian Villard, a Marine spokesman, the decision was 'not punitive' and done in accordance with Brig rules".
What is amazing here is not only that this type of torture is apparently legal, but that it is not even a disciplinary punishment.
The list of US and international conventions, law, and treaties this kind of barbarity violates is too long to list here, let's just say that stripping naked is clearly a form of abuse and standing to attention for seven hours a form of torture. No civilized country on the planet would deny that.
But then, this is the USA were even climate change and evolution are considered highly disputable.
The US corporate Ziomedia, of course, doesn't give a damn about Manning. They are too busy covering Biden's discussions with Russian human rights groups in Moscow, I suppose.
In the meantime, Bradley Manning is reportedly 'catatonic'.
Remember how Abu Ghraib was considered the result of the actions of a "few bad apples" (only privates and NCOs, of course)? If anything, the Bradley case proves that the entire US basket is rotten to the core.