Over the weekend, Barack Obama made his administration virtually indistinguishable from that of George Bush when he fired PJ Crowley for speaking the truth about the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention. There will be a rally of Manning supporters at the State Department today to protest the treatment of Manning and the firing of Crowley, and a march to the White House.
According to the press release:
Several of the male protesters will be semi-naked and shackled to represent Manning’s humiliation of having his clothing taken from him at night. Others will be dressed orange prison jumpsuits to make the connections between the abuse of Manley and the abusive treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo.
With his firing of Crowley, Obama makes a mockery of his own claim to be a constitutional scholar who supports transparency in government. Moreover, the silence of Democrats like John Kerry — who shrieked wildly over Bush’s firing of General Shinseki when he wanted to score political points for himself, but is now nowhere to be found — reveals them to be little more than unprincipled, self-serving demagogues whose only loyalty is to their own political ambition.
WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2011, 12:00PM – 2:00PM
WHERE: 12:00PM, State Department, 22nd Ave and C St NW, D.C. followed by a march to the White House for a rally at 1:30pm
CONTACT: Blair Fitzgibbon, Fitzgibbon Media, 202 506 7162