I wouldn't say that the press controls the people. But it should inform them. Control is a scary word, and it's more akin to what the government is doing to the press by scaring it into silence.
I agree that the press informing the people is the ideal.
However, control of information is in this era equatable with control of politics. Discuss politics with the average person on the street and 9/10 times you will be listening to the same emotional 'talking points' you read about in the news.
These days, it seems like for those common people who either only have the time to read news from one source or only follow 'TV news' and commentary, objectivity itself is a pariah.
Being an objective human, in my mind, is at least 80% impulse control. The emotional political "conversation" as dictated by the modern press has devolved discussion of government to pre-Stone Age grunting.
The $0.99 app, named after the controversial Patriot Act brought in by the U.S. government after 9/11, is designed to ‘encourage active citizen participation in the War on Terror and in protecting their families and surrounding communities’, its makers Citizen Concepts claim.
Huh, $0.99? I always thought freedom costs a buck-o-five...
As long as everyone is willing to accept the old shaky cam on the big screen, they are good to go. The current pixel resolution for higher end phone cameras / video recorders is good enough to pass the stink test.
These days are simultaneously the best and the most frustrating for videophiles.
Just don't shoot another Cloverfield.
Dear filmmakers and potentials: please, please PLEASE take this advice.
I am an American, but I did not call this treatment torture as it is pretty standard operating procedure. I called it reprehensible, though implied permitted, treatment, especially for accused before trial.
None of my representatives oversee third world countries where daily life carries more deprivations than solitary in a U.S. military prison, so the point is moot and ad hominem. However, I can wish that people serving my country are treated with fair justice by our own standards and appropriate to the military. This they do deserve, and it's not impossible to modify the UCMJ for the better.
Re: Re: Let's suppose they get exactly what they want...
Then they would just define what they did as "not torture" (after all, they did not cut or threaten to cut any part of his body) and it magically becomes admissible.
I think you are correct, this will not be deemed 'torture' in court. On the flip side, I would hope a defense lawyer could point out that Manning was clearly would have made the 'confession' under duress.
As an aside to this article, and follow up to my comments on the original 'torture' article I want to say:
I feel the treatment Manning is going through is reprehensible. However this is far from uncommon in military prisons.
If you feel compassion for Manning's situation, give a thought to the many thousands of military personnel who suffered similar, if not more severe deprivations - no doubt there are many entirely innocent people among them.
It is this kind of partisan mindless crap that makes some of your readers wonder if you can be trusted at all.
I might disagree with Mike sometimes, but I've seen a fairly consistent tone of indifference, or at least universal incrimination, when TD has mentioned politicians from either of the parties in power.