Jane Hamsher


Jane Hamsher, founder and publisher of Firedoglake.com, discusses Bradley Manning’s mistreatment in military custody, where punitive restrictions are justified as “safety” measures necessary for mentally unstable prisoners – a practice reminiscent of Soviet gulags; how Wired’s infamous chat logs fail to make a Manning/Julian Assange connection – much to the disappointment of government prosecutors; the replacement of the Quantico Brig Commander who abused his authority by putting Manning on suicide watch as punishment; Manning’s excitement about the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia; and how custody “preventive” measures can cause the mental health problems they supposedly guard against.

MP3 here. (18:07)

Jane Hamsher is the founder and publisher of Firedoglake.com, a leading progressive blog. Her work has also appeared on The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, AlterNet, The Nation, and The American Prospect. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Al Jazeera, PBS, and the BBC. She is the author of the best-selling book Killer Instinct, and she has produced such films as “Natural Born Killers” and “Permanent Midnight.” Jane currently lives in Washington, D.C.

4 thoughts on “Jane Hamsher”

  1. There's no justification for the government's harsh treatment of Manning. He's no danger to anyone, nor has he been convicted of anything. No, the government's treatment of Manning is purely vindictive.

    Jane Hamsher's a principled woman, and I respect her for it.

  2. But remember Scott, Manning's treatment is NOT punishment. By definition, according to Scalia, punishment can occur only after conviction. Since Manning has not been convicted, he can't be being punished.

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