Emphasis Added: the Week in Pieces (7/1)

Erdogan Rallies His Base Mr. Erdogan, in rally after rally … sought to energize the conservative masses who propelled him to power. … His supporters represent a social class that was previously marginalized, and Mr. Erdogan has used his speeches to play on those class...

How Dystopian Secrecy Contributes to Clueless Wars

The prosecution of Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks’ source inside the U.S. Army, will be pulling out all the stops when it calls to the stand a member of Navy SEAL Team 6, the unit that assassinated Osama bin Laden. The SEAL (in partial disguise, as his identity is secret)...
Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Please Don’t Shoot the Messengers

Whistleblowers Suffer woe To tell us what We need to know. When you picture classified documents, don’t visions of spy lists, nuclear ignition formulas, cross-sections of bomber wings, or diagrams of missile trajectories come to mind? Well, those documents...

Is the Pope’s Butler the Vatican’s Bradley Manning?

The story that the personal butler of Pope Benedict VVI, the man who helped dress him and who rode in the front seat of the “popemobile,” was person who provided documents implicating papal figures in corruption to journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi is almost too...
U.S. Torturers are Still Awaiting Arrest

U.S. Torturers are Still Awaiting Arrest

Treat ’em harshly, Go to town! There’s no court To bring us down. Torture isn’t a good subject to fail on one’s moral report card. If you’re an individual, St. Peter is likely to take a dim view. If you’re a nation, it can cost you...
Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

Malice Versus Nobility: Scooter Libby and Bradley Manning

After 9/11, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, a Yale graduate with a law degree from Columbia, and fellow neo cons plotted to twist and invent “intelligence” data to convince the public that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, so as...
Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

Whistle-Blowing Takes Guts

See some cheating Where you work? Keep it quiet, Dangers lurk. As activist Medea Benjamin has said, “You are better off committing a war crime than exposing one” in the United States. No government cares to be accused of a war crime. If you happen to...

Free Private Manning

In April, the Army transferred Private Bradley Manning from solitary confinement at Quantico, Virginia to the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kansas. At Quantico, according to a Human Rights Watch report, the military had shackled Manning, stripped him naked, and...

Bradley Manning: Death by Elastic Underwear Waistband

In an earlier Focal Points post on depriving Pfc. Bradley Manning of his clothing for three days, we quoted the New York Times: First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said. . . . that the step was “not punitive” and that it was in accordance with...

Waterboarding Next for Bradley Manning?

In response to reports that Bradley Manning was deprived of his clothes and forced to sit naked in his cell for seven hours on Wednesday, the New York Times reports: First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said. . . . that the step was “not punitive”...