March 10, 2011

Letter to the Editor re PFC Bradley Manning

While claiming we were fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq in the cause of "freedom," President Bush and now Obama have used the War on Terror to drastically curtail our fundamental rights as American citizens. The slippery slope of torture for terrorists has brought us to the point where an American serviceman can be humiliated by our government with forced nudity and held in solitary confinement for months on end and where's the outrage? Imagine the outcry if PFC Bradley Manning were subjected to this abuse as a prisoner in a foreign country. Yet we've been conditioned to meekly accept such treatment of our own in the name of "security." As Ben Franklin warned, those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither.

Barbara Glassman