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Posted by Bridgier (+9222) 11 years ago
I'm sure we can agree that if anybody deserves to be tortured, it's this guy:

Since his arrest in May, Manning has been a model detainee, without any episodes of violence or disciplinary problems. He nonetheless was declared from the start to be a "Maximum Custody Detainee," the highest and most repressive level of military detention, which then became the basis for the series of inhumane measures imposed on him.

From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day -- for seven straight months and counting -- he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he's barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he's being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch). For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs. Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not "like jail movies where someone gets thrown into the hole," but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the one hour per day he is taken out.

In sum, Manning has been subjected for many months without pause to inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions of isolation similar to those perfected at America's Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado: all without so much as having been convicted of anything....

Just by itself, the type of prolonged solitary confinement to which Manning has been subjected for many months is widely viewed around the world as highly injurious, inhumane, punitive, and arguably even a form of torture.


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Posted by Bill Freese (+481) 11 years ago
I disagree completely.

And a very Merry Christmas to you, too.
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Posted by korky II (+609) 11 years ago
You cannot apply civilian law to the military. Military personnell are subject to the uniform code of military justice.(UCMJ) Under the UCMJ the crime of treason in time of war is punishable by death. In fact he did commit treason by providing wikileaks sensitive information for dissimenation via the internet. Case in point is the whitworth case in the 80's. He was arrested by the military and held in solitary confinement for over a year before being court-martialed and given 356 years plus life at Leavenworth, Kansas. He's still there and still in confinement. There might be some arguement as to whether we are at war, but none the less, it is an act of treason and has put the well being of the United States at risk. All military must abide by the UCMJ, there are no exceptions. Manning knew the consequences before he did what he did and chose to do so anyway. I know all this because I am retired military.
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Posted by Bridgier (+9222) 11 years ago
Merry Chistmas Korky: I didn't realize the military was subject to summary justice. I thought they had to have judges and tribunals and poop like that before rendering a sentence.
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