Feb 17 2011

Update – Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks, Torture

Published by at 8:30 pm under Bradley Manning,torture,Uncategorized

There has been no change for over seven months in the conditions under which Bradley Manning has been held, solitary confinement in Quantico, VA. “Twenty-five thousand other Americans are also in prolonged solitary confinement, but the conditions of Manning’s pre-trial detention have been sufficiently brutal for the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Torture to announce an investigation,” according to this article.

Thus far, despite worldwide actions and concerns, there has been no movement at all in the position of the government with respect to Manning. Among the developments:

  • Congressman Dennis Kucinich has been unsuccessful in his efforts to visit Manning. “In a letter to Defence Secretary Robert Gates, Dennis Kucinich, the maverick Democrat congressman from Ohio, demanded – so far unsuccessfully – to visit Pte. Manning. ‘The Army must explain the justification for confining someone with mental health problems under conditions that are virtually certain to exacerbate those problems,’ Mr. Kucinich wrote”.
  • The Berkeley city council passed a resolution calling for the “immediate end to the cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment” of Bradley Manning. This was watered down from the original language calling Manning an “hero.”

For an excellent account of the entire Bradley Manning affair, view on the online video clips “The Forgotten Man” put together by the ABC Australian investigative journalism site Four Corners. It includes the voice of Manning and multiple interviews – well worth a look.

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