Defense: Amazing Bradley Manning’s Spirit Wasn’t Broken While He Was Confined at Quantico

By: Wednesday December 12, 2012 11:20 am

CWO2 Denise Barnes believed she had the authority to take Manning’s underwear from him each night after a comment he made on March 2 when he was expressing his frustration with being held on prevention of injury status (“if I really wanted to kill myself, I could do it with the elastic waistband of my underwear”). A top correctional official in Marine Corps Headquarters, CWO5 Abel Galaviz, disagreed and found she could not just take his underwear and should have placed him on suicide risk status if she had wanted to take his clothing.

Veteran’s Day 2012

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 7:00 pm

So what is my point with all of this? It is to remind folks that the veteran is the man or woman you grew up with, attended high school or college with. We’re the person who grew up down the street from you or that you saw everyday at the drug store or fast food joint. Most of us had a variety of reasons to sign our names and take the oath of enlistment. We weren’t and aren’t making a big production of our service. We mostly served and came home, no matter the time.

Late Night FDL: In Defense of Dana Loesch

By: Monday January 16, 2012 8:00 pm

This is a war. Which is why you don’t start them in the first place. Which is why you don’t start them unless you absolutely have to. Unless you know you have no other choice. Unless you know how to end them as quickly as possible. Unless you’re ready not only for what will be done to your enemies, but what doing that will do to you. Unless you think you can carry that, because you sure as hell can’t prevent it all.

That’s not what Loesch meant, but it is what she said, however unintentionally.

This is a war.

Big Urinalism

By: Monday January 16, 2012 2:50 pm

Last Friday we pointed out that Andrew Breitbart’s yappy little purse-nitwit Dana Loesch, of the ironically titled Big Journalism, went totally TMI on the air when she expressed her deepest darkest fantasy: tinkling on dead people. Fearing the loss of her job as the resident Teabagger rodeo clown on CNN, she’s instructed her staff to go all Dana all the time.

Marines in Afghanistan Urination Video Identified

By: Sunday January 15, 2012 6:45 am

The Defense Department has identified the four Marines who urinated on dead Taliban soldiers in an infamous video that turned up this week. The military may charge the Marines with war crimes, though a final decision has not been made.

OMB Trying to Stop Pentagon Slush Funds

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 12:50 pm

There are several ways in which the Defense Department’s extended whine about automatic sequestration cuts to their base budget is a joke, but the White House has apparently sniffed out one of those ways. The Overseas Contingency budget has quickly become a slush fund for the Pentagon. Many earmarked to go toward operations in Iraq and Afghanistan often ends up paying for cherished Pentagon programs. The White House wants to put a stop to this.

FDL Movie Night: “Hell and Back Again”

By: Monday October 24, 2011 5:00 pm

“Hell and Back Again” Danfung Dennis’ hypnotic, compelling documentary follows the return of a badly injured Marine from Afghanistan, inter-cutting footage from the battlefield with scenes from 25-year old Sgt Nathaniel Harris’ life back in North Carolina.

Marines Boot Commander Ordering Abuse of Bradley Manning

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 11:46 am

The Marines have replaced the commander in charge of the Quantico base, where Bradley Manning has been held in severe isolation for more than seven months. Commander James Averhart, as commander of the Quantico base, had authority over the conditions of Manning’s detention. Last week Averhart punished Bradley Manning, ignoring the advice of military psychiatrists, by putting him on suicide watch for 48 hours.

Military Officials Admit Bradley Manning Put on Suicide Watch to Punish Him

By: Tuesday January 25, 2011 8:30 am

Military officials admitted today that Quantico Brig Commander James Averhart improperly classified Bradley Manning as a “suicide risk” in order to impose harsh conditions on him as punishment for failure to follow orders. Averhart’s order overruled the opinion of three brig psychiatrists who said Manning was not at risk.

The statement comes one day after David House, Manning’s only regular visitor, was detained for two hours by military police and prevented from seeing Manning until visiting hours were over.

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