With Obama‘s Saturday Night Massacre at the State Department, in the words of Andrew Sullivan:

By firing PJ Crowley for the offense of protesting against the sadistic military treatment of Bradley Manning, the president has now put his personal weight behind prisoner abuse. The man who once said that forced nudity was a form of torture, now takes the word of those enforcing it over a distinguished public servant.

Some of us have been asking Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to investigate the treatment of PFC Manning. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the welfare of Manning is Begich’s responsibility. His chief-of-staff, David Ramseur assured constituents Tuesday that “We’ll get you a response shortly.”

Friday the president stated Manning’s torture is “appropriate and meeting our basic standards.” This was in response to multiple reports that his chief State Department spokesperson (after the Secretary of State), had characterized Manning’s treatment as “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.”

Crowley has been replaced by the chief spokesperson for the National Security Council, Mike Hammer, whose role in the intentional destabilization of the Bolivian government in 2008 has yet to be fully investigated.

Will Begich, as did Obama, defer to the bland and highly untruthful statements fed him by Defense Department shills like Geoff Morrell?

Please help us keep up the pressure on Mark to do the right thing in what is daily becoming a more hostile environment to those who seek to tell the truth:

Senator Mark Begich
144 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
phone. (202) 224-3004
toll free. (877) 501 – 6275*
fax. (202) 224-2354



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