Soldier suspected of WikiLeaks mistreated, tortured

Bradley Manning: Treated as a terrorist

Detained U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning‘s supporters went public with their concerns about the harsh conditions of his imprisonment — he has no access to exercise or even a pillow and bedsheets during his solitary confinement — only after their complaints to the military over several months went unheeded.

As Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald reported on Wednesday, Manning, who has been accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, has never been convicted of any crime but has been detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico “under conditions that constitute cruel and inhumane treatment and, by the standards of many nations, even torture.”

“We were aware of those situations and we were hoping that they would improve without applying public pressure through the media,” Jeff Paterson, who runs Manning’s legal defense fund, told The Huffington Post. “His attorney and supporters were hoping that this could be taken care of through the appropriate channels.”

Paterson says that Manning is “very annoyed” at the conditions of his confinement, adding that he is primarily upset at his inability to exercise. “He sits in this small box, for the most part only to take a shower – he just sits and eats and four months have gone by.”

According to Paterson, Manning has been examined by Quantico’s mental health officials, who declared that he is not a suicide risk — yet he continues to be held in solitary confinement which is consistent with a suicide watch. His overall mental health evaluation, which was begun in September, is still ongoing and should be wrapped up in a few weeks, says Paterson. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs did not return calls for comment. A spokesperson for the Pentagon did not return calls for comment.

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8 Responses to "Soldier suspected of WikiLeaks mistreated, tortured"

  1. Carl Nemo  December 16, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Seemingly our now terminally corrupt government wants to make both Pvt Manning and Julian Assange “unpersons” in the tradition of Orwell’s 1984.

    Of the two Pvt Manning finds himself in the worst of circumstances due to the fact his case is adjudicated under the UCMJ which for all practical purpose is tantamount to a “kangaroo court” regardless of what military lawyers and scholars in that field might say. Needless to say his case is headed for a court martial proceeding unless they ship him off to GITMO labeling him as a terrorist in order to set an example and instill further fear into the citizenry at large. Although a U.S. Army private he’s found himself thrown in the Marine brig at Quantico, VA which is operated at an entirely different level of discipline and for lack of a better word brutality than the other branches of the service. They like man-handling the prisoners leaving no sign of their activities. If you are a problem case prior to being sentenced for a term in the brig, you’ll definitely be ‘straight’ upon exiting. / : |

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-judicial_punishment

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. JosephConrad  December 17, 2010 at 4:49 am

    The situation Manning and ssane face is a clear indication the US has finally become what it said despises – a totalitarian Banana Republic – desperately in need of a force to impose ‘Demoracy’ from the outside in. More pointedly, this nation has finally begun to distrust, abuse and mercilessly punish those who habitually speak the ruth – their children.

    In my lifetime (I’m 54) I will see he US Military implode and finally break down under the weight of its corruption of Leadership, Ethics, Morality and Integrity.
    What Manning did is what any true, rational patriot would do. He spoke out against purposeful, conrived dishonesty, arrogance, egotism and deceit. For that, he will suffer eggregiously a his fellows and his nation sit as quietly as lapdogs. This nation has become a bottomless pit of sham. And like the Evil Mother in Snow White, it’s trying to destroy all the mirrors in the land…

  3. Bill  December 22, 2010 at 3:17 am

    How strange that Pvt. Manning would be put in solitary incarceration when the criminal George Bush (Pick either, but I refer to the son ) is ensconced in Texas. While some, myself included, might consider having to live in Texas a punishment worse than a solitary confinement cell in a prison, Bush accused like Manning but as yet un-convicted just like Manning is left to wander freely around the world while Manning’s movements are obviously quite restricted.

    I must disagree with Mr. Nemo when he calls this a “Banana Republic.” If this were a “Banana Republic.” George W Bush would have been executed long ago, as well he should have been.

  4. Carl Nemo  December 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    “I must disagree with Mr. Nemo when he calls this a “Banana Republic.” If this were a “Banana Republic.” George W Bush would have been executed long ago, as well he should have been.” …extract from post

    Although I’ve used the term “banana republic” in some of my writings I didn’t do so in this case Bill. It was the preceding poster, Joseph Conrad, that did so.

    I also must inform you that since our nation is devolving into a “banana republic”, the likes of G.W. Bush, Dick Cheney et al. all corpo-fascists to the core would be up on the podium watching a pass and review of their polizei and troops all doing an eyes right as they march by. It’s people like these that run said ‘republics’ maintain their office by force and chicanery; then are held in ‘esteem’ post holding office by a totally compromised press.

    George W. Bush happens to be on the cover of the recent edition of AARP magazine which needless to say hit my trashcan upon delivery. Waves of nausea hit me when I gazed upon his empty countenance and goofy grin, me knowing all the grief he and his PNAC neocon ‘planners’ have caused this nation. Arggggh…! X – (

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. bmclellan  December 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I put the picture on my dartboard along with a few Sharpie expletives for extra bonus points.
    Too bad the nice shiny paper is bust for medicinal purposes.

  6. FMFDOC  December 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    The soldier in question is a traitor and doing time in a USMC Red Line Brig is much deserved punishment.

    Semper Fi,
    Doc Roach

  7. Carl Nemo  December 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Yo Doc Roach…

    I can’t find any reference that the ‘traitor’s’ case as having been adjudicated under a UCMJ proceeding or a General Court Martial as no doubt this would be due to the gravity of the situation, but you seem to gloat he is ‘doing time’ in the brig under solitary confinement conditions for 7 months. Supposedly we live in a nation where one is innocent until proven guilty…no?

    What happened to an American citizen even those serving in the military’s right to a speedy trial?

    You seem to have a hard-on for GITMO style justice…no? Since you are into military prisons and hard downtime, here’s one who’s history should get your rocks off; ie., “Portsmouth Naval Prison” closed in 1974 once known as the “Alcatraz of the East”. Screw up there and the guards would work you over with “sapper gloves” just for giggles.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portsmouth_Naval_Prison

    When they frog marched you down the hall your head was forcibly turned a way from the other cells as in the style of the infamous “Lubyanka” KGB prison in Mother Russia. No eye contact even with fellow prisoners. Or how about “the silence” as maintained on “Devil’s Island” off the coast of French Guiana while doing possibly a year or more at a time in the “tiger cages”.

    No doubt too, you’d ascribe to the moronic saw…”my country right or wrong” euphemism, therefore making solid material for our emerging police state paradigm. The FDA is soon to hire 5000 “enforcement goons”. Possibly there’s job there for you in the event you aren’t already an M.P., S.P., city cop, state bull, or a prison guard…? / : |

    *****

    …”He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone” …John: 8-7

    *****

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. saintvillain  December 23, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I think what many people are missing is why in the hell was such “sensitive” and “crucial” documentation left within the access of a PVT.
    It[‘s odd that no one has mentioned his chain of command, why he was allowed such “high level” clearance and the idea that he’s the ONLY soldier hanging on this one.
    Let’s say he did it and it was his idea alone to hand over the documentation, well sorry, the fact of the matter being there’s no way in hell that he should have been able to lay hands on certain kinds of documents he did without access even with Mil clearance.
    Then take into consideration what other manner of documentation is in the wrong hands if all it takes is to be a PVT and have some clearance.

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