Bradley Manning tortured?
Manning did the same thing "Deep Throat" had done - reveal the government scandal. He was punished to intimidate other whistleblowers.
I used the dress code as an example of how life in the armed forces is not necessarily "constitutional". The UCMJ itself has a fair number of UNconstitutional restrictions on personal actions (going AWOL for instance) and freedoms of speech (Article 88). Uniforms, at least in the armed forces, are a way to foster a......well.....uniform and disciplined unit. Makes some sense.There's a difference between uniforms and dress codes. Requiring women to wear dresses, while shopping in taxpayer-funded facilities, was just plain sexist and IMHO, authoritarianism run amok. Civies (military dependents aside) would certainly balk and likely invoke the Constitution at some point in the appeals process!
You ascribe much power to the ACLU.
Huh. You and I both know that some of the stuff in the UCMJ is NOT constitutional, particularly freedoms of speech. Manning is a PFC, for crying out loud. How on God's green earth he was given access to reams of secret/top secret information ought to be the main issue; and is an indictment of his superiors, every bit just as much as of Manning himself. There are higher-ups in the chain of command who should be taking the fall too, but if they have, it certainly has been far less public than Manning's treatment has been. I tend to agree with P.J. Crowley on this one. "......the Pentagon’s treatment of Manning at the Marine brig at Quantico, Va., was 'ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid'.”Edited to add that IF the earlier post is legit and not sheer hysteria or spin taken out of context, Rand Paul is shamelessly fearmongering.