I hope that President Obama
commuted Manning’s unjust sentence not as a sop to transgenders, but as a sign
that a bit of humanity still remains in the outgoing war criminal president.
Manning did his duty and reported US war crimes by releasing the astounding
video of US troops murdering innocent people and journalists walking along a
street and then murdering a father and his two young children who stopped to
help the wounded left on the street by the US helicopter gunship or drone or
whatever the murder device was. The video reveals US troops playing video kill
games with real people.
Manning’s reward was to be
held for two years in solidary confinement in torture-like conditions, which
little doubt left Manning fundamentally impaired. This illegal and unconstitutional
treatment was followed by a kangeroo trial in which Manning was convicted and
sentenced to 35 years in prison for doing his duty.
Julian Assange, also
falsely accused and mistreated, must not turn himself over in exchange for the
commutation of Manning’s sentence, or he will suffer the same fate. Any
truth-teller who falls into the hands of the US government is doomed. The US
government hates nothing worse than it hates the truth.
Obama’s failures as
president would fill an encyclopedia. Obama might have destroyed the Democratic
Party by his failure to commute the sentence of falsely charged and falsely
convicted Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Indeed, Obama could have ordered a US
Justice Department investigation that almost certainly would have resulted in
prison sentences for the Republican Alabama politicians, Republican US
attorneys, Republican federal judges and Republican operative Karl Rove who
participated in one of the most obvious frameups in human history.
More than 100 Democratic and
Republican former attorneys general and officials condemned the prosecution of
Siegelman as politically-inspired prosecutorial misconduct. Yet Obama did nothing.
By doing nothing for
Siegelman, Obama demonstrated to every Democrat that they were on their own if
they won elections in Republican political strongholds.
Don Siegelman is the only
person in the history of Alabama to have been elected to serve in all of the
top four statewide elected offices. He was very popular and did extraordinary
good for the people and state of Alabama. That the Republicans were able to
remove from office and imprison the most decent man in Alabama public life
despite eight years of a Democratic President and Department of Justice is a
surefire indication that no Democratic politician can trust the Democratic
Party to come to his aid when he comes under attack from the Karl Rove Gang.