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MPs: We Were Told To Do This (Or: ‘Expired Tabs’ My Ass)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2011

As John Chandley noted in a Tweet earlier this evening, the AP story on the detention of David House and Jane Hamsher at Quantico, which prevented David House from seeing Bradley Manning for yet another week, leaves out a key fact — namely, that the MPs told House and Hamsher that they had been ordered to detain them. As Jane Hamsher tells it:

I am very happy that I went, and could be there to support David, because one of the first things the MPs said to us when we arrived — long before they asked for driver’s license, social security numbers, registration, phone numbers, quizzed us about the addresses on our licenses, etc, etc, was that they had orders to do all of this. Which means they were planning to detain us long before we got there. They were going to use any excuse to keep David from visiting Manning, and try to intimidate him from coming back.

In other words, the “expired tabs” excuse that the Quantico spokesman fed to the AP is beside the point. The MPs had orders to detain House and Hamsher, a detention that magically ended almost exactly when visiting hours did, keeping House from checking up on Manning and his deteriorating mental condition.

Oh, and by the way: I’m not going to post it online because it’s private information, but while Jane’s tabs were indeed a month out of date, she was able to provide proof of insurance, which I have seen.

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The Slow Mental Torture of Bradley Manning

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2011

Quantico brass have apparently decided they’re going to harrass and deny visitation rights to the only person who they haven’t scared away from visiting Bradley Manning in solitary confinement:

Bradley ManningAt roughly 1:00 pm, upon driving onto the base at Quantico, David House and blogger Jane Hamsher were detained by military guards. House, who is on the Quantico Brig’s visitation list, has been visiting Bradley Manning in confinement since last September.

In December 2010, House came forward with testimony that he witnessed a deterioration in Manning’s physical and mental state due to the conditions of solitary confinement. House traveled to the Quantico brig to check up on Bradley’s well-being after a week in which Manning’s lawyer filed an Article 138 complaint over Manning’s mistreatment at Quantico. House and Hamsher also planned to deliver a 42,000 signature strong petition calling for an end to the inhumane conditions that Manning is being held. Upon arriving at the main entrance at Quantico, House and Hamsher were stopped and detained by military police who provided no explanation of detainment aside from a statement from one MP that his orders to detain had “come from the top.”

Manning is incarcerated because of the word of Adrian Lamo. It’s obvious to everyone who’s looked closely at Lamo’s evidence and actions that he is a grossly unreliable witness who cannot be put on the witness stand; therefore, the DOD’s game plan seems to be to break Bradley Manning in the hope that he’ll tell them what they want to hear. However, breaking people in this fashion doesn’t provide truthful testimony, or even coherent lies. Instead, it just wrecks them in such a way that they can’t be put back together again.

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People Advocating Breaking Laws! Shocking!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 23, 2011

Look at this! A prominent figure advocates and encourages dark-skinned persons from south of the border to enter his country without their papers!

Estimates vary widely, but at least 30,000 slaves, some say more than 100,000, escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad.[6] The largest group settled in Upper Canada (called Canada West from 1841,[20] and today Southern Ontario), where numerous Black Canadian communities developed. These were generally in the triangular region bounded by Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Windsor. Nearly 1,000 refugees settled in Toronto, and several rural villages made up mostly of ex-slaves were established in Kent County and Essex County.

Another important center of population was Nova Scotia, for example Africville and other villages near Halifax, see Black Nova Scotians. Important black settlements also developed in other parts of British North America (now parts of Canada). These included Lower Canada (present-day Quebec) and Vancouver Island, where Governor James Douglas encouraged black immigration because of his opposition to slavery and because he hoped a significant black community would form a bulwark against those who wished to unite the island with the United States.

Shocking, I tell you!

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