John Hanrahan: From Private Chelsea Manning to General David Petraeus to Edward Snowden and now to Hillary Clinton, the president has sounded off with his opinions on guilt or innocence — and on any alleged damage to national security — in advance of either a trial, or an indictment, or completion of an investigation.
Robert J. Burrowes: ‘We do not torture’ is endlessly repeated while victims are waterboarded, hung from the ceiling with their hands bound behind their backs until their chests are crushed and they die, or they are raped with chemical light sticks. But ‘is this really torture?’ politicians ask.
Joseph Palermo: Our political leaders and courts are clearly incapable of providing the needed “check” on the inevitable abuses that will occur when the government chooses to keep a domestic spying behemoth behind a veil of state secrecy.
Joseph Palermo: It’s as if the baby boomers, having gotten their own quality schooling for a fraction of the price students pay today, are kicking the ladder out from under their children and grandchildren and substituting it with a shoddy, privatized product to which they, in their youth, never would have succumbed.
Andy Love: Issa’s relentless pursuit of the president, culminating in this investigation of a trumped-up scandal is nothing more than cynical political theater.
Tom Hayden: Why is the United States pursuing Assange as the conspiratorial mastermind of WikiLeaks, when his reputation, credibility and organization have been so damaged?
Sherwood Ross: Whatever Manning has done, if anything, the Pentagon has no right to reduce him to a vegetative state. Yet that is what it is doing, using methods similar to those for punishing dissidents under Stalin.
Marian Wang: U.S. foreign assistance to Egypt has averaged just over $2 billion every year since 1979, when Egypt struck a peace treaty with Israel  following the Camp David Peace Accords.
Sherwood Ross: It is no surprise that two writers closely tied to U.S. spy agencies appear to be advocating covert action against Assange, but it is a bit of a shock that the Miami Herald would publish this seeming call for blood.
Brent Budowsky: Prediction – Sarah Palin will issue a Sherman statement declaring she will not run for president in 2012, and will instead host a one-hour political talk show on network or cable television that will become the highest-rated political talk show in TV history.
Jonathan David Farley: What’s surprising about the U.S. State Department/WikiLeaks scandal is that there is a scandal. As a friend reminded me, these days it’s really quite easy to make sure no one can read your messages, unless you want them to.
Jonathan David Farley: I have felt for years that the last defenders of our freedom would be the cyber-anarchists. We are not at freedom’s end yet, but cameras capture the average Briton 300 times daily. The Lord of Flies even wishes to invade our minds, to determine when we are lying to him.
David Love: Some people are calling for the arrest and prosecution of Assange for espionage, and the branding of WikiLeaks as a terrorist organization. Rather than condemn Assange, we should commend him for doing all of us a great service.