State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley resigned over the weekend after opining at an MIT student forum, that the Defense Department’s treatment of 23 year-old Private Bradley Manning was “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid.” Manning, a former intelligence analyst in Iraq, has been charged with 34 counts for leaking classified military material to the activist web site Wikileaks. According to Manning’s lawyers, for the past nine months, he’s been kept in conditions close to solitary confinement and has been forced to sleep and stand at attention while naked—a precaution, authorities claim, for suicide watch. Asked about Manning’s treatment at a news conference on Friday, President Obama said, "I have actually asked the Pentagon whether or not the procedures that have been taken in terms of his confinement are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards. They assure me that they are." The United Nations announced in December it was launching an inquiry into Manning’s treatment and no trial date has been set. Is the alleged treatment of Manning appropriate and necessary as a national security measure?
Richard Grenell, former director of communications & public diplomacy for the United States Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the 8 years of the George W. Bush administration
Daniel Ellsberg, former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation in 1971, gave the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study of US government decision-making in relation to the Vietnam War, to The New York Times and other newspapers