Victor Davis Hanson defends the despicable treatment of Bradley Manning:

Given the severity of the charges against him, given his ability to use electronic media, and given the large network of sympathetic supporters who in the past have facilitated his alleged treasonous actions and in the present are on record as supportive of his actions, it hardly seems cruel and unusual punishment to keep such an alleged felon in solitary confinement and away from as many visitors and electronic appurtenances as possible, pending trial. Under current detention, Manning can be monitored and prevented from harming himself or being hurt from irate military inmates, cannot get near a computer, cannot further his cause of leaking sensitive information by talking to sympathetic journalists and bloggers, and can serve as an example to others that there will be severe and immediate consequences to this sort of action.

That last sentence gives away the game: they're making an example of Manning. Why else the forced nudity that Hanson neglects to mention? What President Obama doesn't seem to realize is what this example actually shows the rest of us: that treating American citizens as innocents until they're proven guilty is no longer a guiding principle of the United States government.

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