Let’s call the whole thing off
Here’s the New York Times on the Hamsher/House business:
David House and blogger Jane Hamsher say in a statement they had not had problems previously driving onto the Quantico base. But they say they were detained and unable to visit Army Pfc. Bradley Manning on Sunday.
Quantico spokesman Col. Thomas V. Johnson says the car was towed after the pair could not provide proof of insurance and guards found the vehicle’s license plates had expired. He says both weren’t detained.
Manning’s civilian attorney said Friday he has filed a complaint over Manning’s treatment. The former intelligence analyst in Iraq is being held while the Army determines whether he’ll be tried.
Detained? Not Detained? Turned Away? Oh semantics — how delightful you are.
Given that Hamsher has a credibility problem and given that Quantico has obvious reasons to downplay the incident, I’d be interested to know how and why Hamsher and House were held or detained. Was it the expired license plates and registration? Is the Army trying to further isolate Manning? Did they have to wait for the tow truck to deal with the car? Was it the petition?
These are going to be the important questions as we prepare for Hamsher, et al. vs. The Marines.
I don’t want to speculate, but it would be irresponsible not to.