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P.J. Crowley Resigns After Criticizing Pentagon’s Treatment Of Prisoner

March 16, 2011 by  

P.J. Crowley resigns after criticizing Pentagon's treatment of prisonerP.J. Crowley resigns after criticizing Pentagon's treatment of prisoner

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley has resigned following controversial comments he made last week about the Pentagon.

Crowley, who announced his resignation on March 13, stepped aside after criticizing the government's treatment of Private First Class Bradley Manning, who is accused of releasing hundreds of thousands of confidential documents to WikiLeaks. During an event at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last week, Crowley was asked about his reaction to reports that military officials have allegedly tortured Manning.

According to blogger Philippa Thomas, who attended the MIT conference, Crowley said the Pentagon's tactics were "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid." Although he added that Manning is "in the right place," his comments were viewed as critical of the government's handling of a prisoner.

During a press conference on March 11, President Barack Obama did not come to Crowley's defense when he was asked about the remarks. According to FOX News, the Obama administration was already unhappy with Crowley following one of his Twitter posts in the midst of the Egyptian uprising.

In his tweet, Crowley said that removing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office would simply "rearrange the deck chairs." The media outlet reported that Crowley's comment was not approved in advance, and White House officials were not pleased with the remark.

In his formal resignation letter, however, Crowley said that his departure is a result of his latest statements regarding the treatment of Manning.

"My recent comments…were intended to highlight the broader, even strategic impact of discreet actions undertaken by national security agencies every day and their impact on our global standing and leadership," he wrote. 

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  • Carol

    The truth shall set you free but that doesn’t necessarly mean in a good way as far as your job is concerned but it makes the person feel better about herself of himself.

  • Ret

    What if Pvt Manning was African American, or Latino, or Muslim, or Asian? We’d have everyone from Earl Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, or the president of Mexico or every Imam, or President Hu Jintao jumping up and down. No, he’s just a white boy, no need to worry about politically correct, everyone knows that whities aren’t going to do squat, just look the other way. Mr. Crowley tells it like it is, we see what happened to him.

    • Dixielee

      You forgot one “protected” group in defining who would show up to “protect” the rights of the prisoner–homosexual activists. Bradley Manning is a disgruntled homosexual and he’s the exact reason why we don’t need open homosexuality in the military. Manning committed treason because he’s homosexual not in spite of it. But of course, since he belongs to one of the protected classes, the MSM didn’t report it. What’s even worse, is that at a time when Don’t ask, don’t tell was being rescinded, this story was totally covered up. Maybe if the media had covered this information like they should have, we wouldn’t see the results of how Congress voted on rescinding this law. It’s just one more example of PC gone berserk.

    • james karalis

      The boy done good he should not be in jail .

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      The little queer bastard needs to spend the rest of his days in Levenworth.

  • Leroy

    That’s right Ret not squat are the caucasian gonna do . Except cry for more politically correct speech and laws to relieve their “white guilt” syndrome. After all, the problem with this country is it’s just too white and too male.

    • RandyH

      Were it not for white males you wouldn’t have the rights you have today dipshit.

      • Allan Halbert

        Not sure you understood the comment you replied to. White guilt is a liberal disease.

        • RandyH

          Don’t know Le’Roy, maybe he was just being sarcastic, but I stand by my declaration.

    • Thamera

      @Leroy: Wow, nothing demeaning, racist or biased about that statement! I thought that was only the tea parties that talked like you! LMAO – and please note the sarcasm!

    • Ret

      Sorry man, no got no white guilt, no gots lotta stuffs. You no like it? Go somewhere else. You part of da problem, try be part of da solution.

    • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Linda


  • LiarsMustBeDefeated

    There is another saying, the truth will find you out. The lies are coming around to haunt the liars. SO BE IT.

  • RivahMitch

    Manning violated his oath of office. As a member of the military, the little scumbag is a traitor and deserves to be executed.

    Crowley typifies the mindset of the striped-pants set at the State department. he has adopted the attitudes of the foreigners and foreign nations with which he works and no longer cares for American interests…. GOOD RIDDANCE!

    • Gallowglass

      Manning more than anyone upheld his oath-he is exposing those in government who do not care about morality, honor or any oath except to their own cause-sounds like Manning is doing a good job off exposing these criminals

      • Eddie47d

        Two extreme sides to the Manning situation. I believe there is a little bit of truth to both.Let a trial sort out the facts. One thing for sure I have read many sources that he is being tortured and abused. (such as forced to be naked in his cell). I feel that Manning (20 yrs old)did this on a lark. Not to harm the USA but to be cool and hip and to let the world know how easy it is to hack other peoples Webb sites. Obviously he his guilty of hacking but not so sure of espionage. The death penalty,execution or life in prison shouldn’t even be discussed.

        • Dixielee

          So what you are saying is that any act of treason is OK if it’s just done “for a lark.” My lord, how stupid can you be. Don’t you understand that the military code does not allow for “useful idiots,” which is exactly what Manning is, to do as they please just for a lark. Maybe you need to go back and find a copy of the Military code of ethics. It does not allow for a low-level enlisted person to have “larks”. Good grief, the discipline necessary for the commitment a soldier makes goes way beyond anything civilians have to sign on to because these are men and women who will lay their lives on the line for foolish people like you who think that being a soldier is really no big deal.

          • Eddie47d

            Man are you getting bent out of shape.I was judging what young adults at that age do and have seen that in the service. That has nothing to do with taking the situation serious and I was only making a judgement call. He still should not be abused in confinement.

          • http://gunner689 gunner689

            or if it’s done by the sacred-cow minorities like this little faggot.
            Either court martial him for treason or make him walk point in Afganistan for the next 10 yrs.

          • Allan Halbert

            The political correcness surrounding a prisoner always concerns LP’s more than the crime that person was arrested for. They also feel society is at fault for what people (who are not conservatives) do , and if that argument can’t easily be made, they’ll think up any reason to avoid accountability. If someone want to commit a crime, they should at least do it in a state with plenty of liberal judges. I can picture one apologizing to Manning sometime next year and thanking him.

        • 45caliber

          Sorry, eddie. He didn’t hack anyone’s web site. He worked in the office that handled the transfer of all international emails, etc. and distributed them to the people they were supposed to go to. He simply copied them all. No hacking to it.

          And it wasn’t done on a lark as you seem to think. It was done because he was angry at the Army and his boy-friend.

          • Eddie47d

            I was misinformed on that so thanks for the heads up.

  • http://personalliberty Confoundmeoncebut nottwotimes

    What this country needs more than anything..Is.. More Real men just like Crowley who see the truth and Says it. Too bad he was forced to resign because he simply Told it like it IS. Because our “leadership ‘ is lacking in the best leadership qualities does not mean a total absence of it, in everyone. What this country needs is honorable, responsible people at our helm who recognize Wrong-doings and does all that should be done to correct the wrong course. Can Obama be one who can ? So far, Quite doubtful. He has let himself become a pawn to be Used by the the Guvmt. Behind our Guvmt. the point it cannot be ignored by The Citizens of this Country A day longer. Thank you, Mr. Crowley for being One who Saw wrong and Spoke out. Until There is a forced change here, at the Leadership positions…we will see no steps in the Right direction. How much longer can we sit back and Wait ? Isn`t Time short ??

    • Larry C.

      You do understand this man is crying over a prisoner that should not even be cared for in the manner in which they were being treated. Get a life, and understand what you are saying. It is a Muslim prisoner for Gods sake. Somebody who would kill you,and your entire family if they could, and you actually defend them this way.

      Larry C.

      • Ret

        Manning is a muslim? First time I heard that.

        • http://gunner689 gunner689

          Muslim, faggot, same thing.

  • Bus

    I’d like to see a comparison between Mannings treatment and the Husan Muslim radical who shot up the place at Fort Hood.

    • Ret

      That precisely is my point. Military justice is military, but holding him naked, in solitary, with no charges, when everyone in washington is up in arms about the treatment of muslim terrorists (or if you want to label him a terrorist, that’s fine too), but no one is up in arms about his treatment.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        If just one person dies in the line of duty because of this azz, he deserves much WORSE!!!

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      Hang them both or put them in the same cell in Levenworth and feed them baloney sandwichs.

      • Marten

        Please gunnerhole, get some help…

        • http://gunner689 gunner689

          I don’t need any help to see or say the truth. The only help I need is a good spotter.

  • Larry C.

    Now that he is out of a job he can cry all the rivers of “TEARS” that he wants to for any and all prisoners any where. What a putz crying over how a prisoner is treated by the pentagon, or was he doing what he was told to do from higher up on the food chain?

    Larry C.

  • 45caliber

    Actually, just what is the Pentigon supposed to have done to Manning? I haven’t heard anything and stripping a prisoner naked is done to insure he doesn’t have any weapons or anyway to hurt himself. Not for torture. Ask any ex-criminal about it. He will tell you the same thing.

    • Ret

      After 9 months in solitary, it would be hard for him to have weapons. Strip search is part of the routine, but sleeping naked, standing at attention outside of his cell naked? According to his attorney, that’s what’s happening. If he were a danger to himself, that would be a medical/psychiatric assessment made by a qualified MD, apparently that has not been done.

  • http://aol Fred

    His clothes and blankets were taken so he wouldn’t attempt suicide.

  • http://com i41

    His mouth again over loaded his mental thinking when he made the statement about offing him self with the string on his chorts. Tough s–t, he should have been shot along with the other clown that sent the material out. Both must be rump rangers of Onumnutts. Queers are always being used more ways than one and are way easier to compro,ise if you check out history. Onumnutts is a classic pasture pool playing queer, too busy knocking white ballls and not attending to business of the USA.

  • mike

    any troop movements disclosed? any secret weapons revealed? I didn’t think so. That wasn’t treason, it was just an embarrassment to a bunch of arrogant, overpaid, government officials who have been using the military to do the work of global corporations at the expense of US taxpayers, Calling everything “classified” then getting their panties all in a bunch when they’re shown for what they are. Treason is giving companies tax breaks to move the nation’s industrial capacity offshore, particularly to China.

  • St. Patrick

    Right on Mike!

    May God (aka Allah btw) help all the haters on here to be more Christian, more humane, and more clear-headed.

    • http://gunner689 gunner689

      And Lord, please grant them a good field of fire. Amen.

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  • jopa

    mike: You are exactly right and I don’t understand why the rest are against the truth.There are even a couple that served in the military and don’t want to know the truth behind Vietnam and Korea.Exposing the liars and cheats in Washington is what this country needs more of.Assange deleted anything that he considered harmful to troops and what was published just caused a few red faces.

  • jopa

    Linda:Did St Patrick drive you here?Isn’t he the guy that drove all the snakes out of Ireland?


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