• roberthoskins commented on the diary post A Visitor Watches Bradley Manning’s Mental Health Deteriorate by Ryan Gallagher.

    2011-03-08 09:08:57View | Delete

    I agree the primary purpose of abusing Bradley Manning is to get “evidence” against Julian Assange. The other purpose is to punish Manning’s “treason.” In any case, what this means is that if the US gets its hands on Assange, he’ll never see the inside of a federal courthouse. He’ll go straight to Guantanamo and [...]

  • roberthoskins commented on the diary post The Few. The Proud. The KGB-Like. by Peterr.

    2011-03-07 16:41:53View | Delete

    Oscar Romero

    No doubt Manning is at Quantico because the FBI is also there.

    RH

  • roberthoskins commented on the diary post The Few. The Proud. The KGB-Like. by Peterr.

    2011-03-07 16:26:35View | Delete

    Peterr The answer is, the majority of them. Independent thinking/judgment is not encouraged in the military, especially in the Marines, where recruits are completely broken down psychologically in boot camp and then built back up to become Marines. Of all the armed services, in my experience, Marines are the least likely to disobey orders. Have [...]

  • roberthoskins commented on the diary post The Few. The Proud. The KGB-Like. by Peterr.

    2011-03-07 15:52:37View | Delete

    Peterr

    These are all good questions. But the real answer to “what kind of Marine would do all these things” is “a Marine who has been ordered to do them.” And the orders have come from on high. No doubt in my mind about that.

    RH

  • In response to Gitsum

    Horseshit.

    Yrs
    RH

  • Gitsum

    I’m a former Army Special Forces officer, commanded two A-teams, have been on missions in Africa and the Middle East, and have worked with Marines and generally like them because of their superior tactical proficiency. So I can imagine.

    Bradley Manning’s abuse does not reflect well upon the Marine Corps. It seems to me your attempt to defend the actions of the Brig Commander with a hypothetical “Manning is a suicide risk” begs the question is there any proof? I know the rules too and you need a whole lot more than a jackbooted response to a soldier’s sarcasm or complaints about ill-treatment–in this case, severe ill-treatment. You need a formal psychological assessment, which doesn’t appear to have been done. Also under the UCMJ you have to afford an accused realistic–not kangaroo court–rights of appeal, which also have been denied to him.

    As a military professional who has commanded troops I find the notion that Bradley Manning is going to commit suicide with his underwear waistband to be ludicrous. It is also my professional opinion that his abuse is despicable and deliberate, with the orders for such mistreatment to have come down from on high–really high. That doesn’t mean these continued violations of the UCMJ and the United States Constitution is moral or legal.

    I suggest you remove your head from your fourth point of contact and think this through.

    RH

  • Quite frankly, I think the problem isn’t with the UCMJ but 1) with Manning’s defense attorney and 2) with the military cowards who are abusing Manning in violation of the UCMJ.

    RH

  • Jane

    I know we all realize something’s wrong, but from a military standpoint there is something truly, truly wrong here. There are no historical circumstances I can think of where the UCMJ has been completely thrown out the window like this. Innocent before proven guilty still applies under the UCMJ. It seems to me that future investigation needs to focus on this point. The chain of command has violated all UCMJ requirements here.

    RH

  • Jane

    As a former Army officer, I have been appalled by the abuse of Bradley Manning. This mistreatment violates every precept of the UCMJ as I understand it. Murderers and rapists in the uniformed services aren’t treated this badly.

    What I don’t understand is, why hasn’t Manning’s attorney long since filed complaints in federal court to put a stop to this? I have yet to read of any lawsuit filed in Manning’s name. The federal courts certainly have jurisdiction over military matters.

    Robert Hoskins
    Wyoming