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Take Obama’s Word On It: Bradley Manning Is Totally Fine

“I have asked the Pentagon whether or not the the procedures that have been taken in terms of his condition are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards,” President Obama told reporters yesterday about accusations that Bradley Manning is being tortured and refused even underwear at night. “They assure me that they are.” Oh good, because the Pentagon never makes shit up when it comes to the detainment and punishment of people it deems to be the enemy. And we should completely ignore what PJ Crowley, the assistant secretary of state for public affairs (i.e. Hillary Clinton‘s flack), said at a MIT seminar in what he may have thought was off the record: that Manning’s treatment is “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid on the part of the department of defense.”