Bradley Manning Still Held In Harsh Conditions

US Private Bradley Manning is accused of leaking information to Wikileaks. © APGraphicsBank

Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of leaking information to Wikileaks, is still being held in unnecessarily harsh conditions despite the fact that he is an untried prisoner.

We are urging US authorities to review Bradley Manning’s situation. Under international standards, prisoners who have not yet stood trial should be treated in accordance with their right to the presumption of innocence.

In letters to US President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defence Robert Gates, Amnesty International has called for measures to ensure that Manning is no longer held in 23-hour solitary confinement and subjected to other harsh conditions.

Manning’s requests to have his custody assignment downgraded have been denied despite his reportedly presenting no problems to staff or inmates and having a clear disciplinary record while in custody.

Bradley Manning, 23, was arrested in May 2010 in Iraq and charged with transferring classified data onto his personal computer and passing that data to an unauthorized third party.  In March 2011 an additional 22 charges were laid against him, including “aiding the enemy”.

Since July he has been confined for 23 hours a day to a small cell, with no personal possessions and with limited access to writing and reading materials.  All visits, including those with his family or lawyer, take place in a non-contact setting during which Amnesty International has been told he is shackled at the wrists and legs.

Bradley Manning continues to be subject to a Prevention of Injury (POI) classification which means he is deprived of sheets and a separate pillow and must be checked every five minutes during the day.  He is also prevented from exercising in his cell and rarely receives any outdoor exercise, contrary to United Nations rules for the treatment of prisoners.

Prolonged isolation and confinement to a small cell, with lack of adequate exercise and other restrictions, can cause severe psychological impairment, including depression and anxiety.

Amnesty first raised concerns about the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention in a letter to the Secretary of Defense in January.  We did not receive a reply and Private Manning’s conditions have not improved since then.

Earlier this month, Bradley Manning was forced to remove all clothing and to sleep naked for several consecutive days.  This treatment followed shortly after he made a remark to a custody officer when he was told that he would remain under POI status (his remark was to the effect that, had he wanted to commit suicide, he could have done so using the elastic waistband of his undershorts). He has described being required to stand to attention naked and cold at his cell door each morning before his clothes were returned to him.

Bradley Manning is the only prisoner currently at the Quantico Marine Corps Base known to have been confined to a cell under Maximum Custody/POI status for as long as eight months.  Our concerns regarding his treatment are further heightened by the fact that military psychiatrists have repeatedly recommended that Bradley Manning be removed from POI status.

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74 thoughts on “Bradley Manning Still Held In Harsh Conditions

  1. Have to agree with Brent on this one. Treason and aiding the enemy are deserving of execution. Try him and if found guilty execute him. His sharing of classified intel has directly contributed to the death of American military men and women. Explain to their mothers why this guy should walk free!

  2. Bullshite. That war is for gain of the rich elite, as are all wars. Leak it all. Tell us everything.

  3. The accused have the right to a speedy trial. Even the convicted are not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. Those who feel that Manning's treatment is justified by his actions are treating the justice system as a sadistic tool of revenge.

    This is not worthy of us. This is not worthy of America.

  4. I am the most liberal person you will meet. I am a forensic mental health care therapist, have worked in jails. I also am very political. It is very common to keep an inmate on " psych or suicide watch" if he even mentions the thought of it, that does include removal of clothes and in a private cell 24 hours a day on constant watch. If this was not done , many would kill themselves. Then there would be outrage that enough was not done. This man potentially did a very serious crime, hence he is held in max securirty like any other inmate. I am empathethic to his case, but agree we can not make exceptions because even I feel what he did " might " be excusable given the political situation, however, it was NOT his choice to make.

  5. is there any real evidence that he actually leaked the information? anyone could've "borrowed" his personal computer, especially if they wanted to be covert. The UN, US government and military should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. These rights that they violate are their rights as well! beneath the uniforms and titles we are all the same.

  6. Just a note for the geniuses on here. Treason consists of waging war against the United States. Nothing less.

  7. it is almost amusing to me that you are considering this ONE inmate's treatment a human rights abuse. How many jails have you been to in YOUR OWN COUNTRY? i know for a fact this 'inhumane' treatment is commonplace in local jails in richmond, va…but common accused criminals, many of whom have not been sentenced, apparently don't deserve the sort of media attention a accused military traitor does. LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, BEFORE TELLING THE REST OF THE WORLD TO CLEAN HOUSE. if america abuses the human rights of its own people, how can we expect anyone to atttribute us any credulity in world affairs?

  8. Brent and Tiffany

    Thank you for proving that no matter what happens there's always those worthless people who support nationalism and a tyrannical government over the people and their right to transparency and the human rights of prisoners.

    Leave America you anti-freedom and pro-tyranny sheep, the forefathers never wanted people like you, TRUE patriots do not want people like you, and I do not want people like you in the same nation as myself, and I definitely would never claim you as one of my fellow countrymen.

    The government should fear the people and in order for the people to strike fear into their hearts the people must know what is going on. I don't care whether or not he DID leak or "steal" these documents because if he did he was doing his duty as a citizen and patriot of The United States of America. When you see wrong doing you inform the people at all costs, because that's what a true freedom loving patriot does!

    I don't want to hear this nonsense "but it's letting the enemy in on our secrets!" no. The only time it's "aiding the enemy" is if you tell the enemy what the military's tactical plan is. This information had no future tactical plan, it was nothing but information about past occurrences that were morally reprehensible and should be brought to the attention of the people.

    Bradley Manning is either therefore a hero who's learning the lesson "no good deed goes unpunished!" or he's just an innocent who has done nothing.

    You people can continue supporting fascism and tyranny in the US but know that if this kid goes down, he goes down with the mark of the martyr. What Would Jesus Do in this situation? Bestow truth upon the people and if he must he would suffer the wrath of the tyrants and die a pure hero who's only intent was enlightenment, peace, justice, and truth. You people are living proof that the mass majority of human still isn't ready for truth or freedom and that they would beg on their knees for the iron fist in the velvet glove!

    I am disgusted at both of you and all others like you and I spit at the ground you walk on.

    Good day!

    P.S.: Peace be with you Bradley, you are the face of an innocent do-gooder hero.

  9. Paqui: put on a uniform and fight for this country, otherwise shut up. People like you
    With your ignorant do-good attitude without willing to risk your own life or liberty quite simply make me sick.

    If he infact leaked classified material that resulted in even a single american death he deserves to die. Simple as that

  10. Also Tiffany, would you like to provide proof for your statements that the leaked information has directly caused the deaths of any military personnel or are you fine with spewing propaganda you probably heard on faux news?

  11. I fight for the people before I fight for this disgusting nation.

    I fight for the idea of America and not it's fascist government. So no, I won't put on a uniform. I'm not a racist, a fascism supporter, a nationalist, nor an ignorant and undereducated fool. I don't watch sensationalist propaganda on the television and I don't heed the cries of nationalists and global elite bankers.

    Unlike you I support freedom, truth, and justice. I don't hold the belief that killing brown people in another nation that my government screwed up in the first place (by empowering dictators with western interests who then turned against them). I do support lies, I do not support people who support lies, and I do not support injustice. I am a true patriot, a true American, and a REAL freedom fighter. When the foot finally drops and the people get sick of it I'll be at the front of the line in the march to topple the tyrants and fascists. I wont be in someone else's nation..killing women and children and supporting twisted political regimes.

    Live in shame. People like you are indirectly and often directly responsible for the death, torture, imprisonment, and oppression of innocent people all around the world. People like you are the reason tyrannical governments remain in power. People like you would be just as nationalist and ignorant if they were ruled by Kim Jong Il or Muammar Gadaffi. You people are the reason for all oppression in this world and you're holding us back. Please find another planet or celestial body to live on and stop plaguing ours. Thank You

  12. In simplest terms then, get the hell out. Go live someplace that is more condusive to your pathetic livestyle of cowering behind those that are actually willing to sacrifice everything so that you can speak out againt them.

  13. Stick his ass in G'tmo with a couple of the playing cards we collected over the years…TRAITOR

  14. I find the current state of our world to be sad. Some of the comments on here are outlandish. We the people have been given no proof that Bradley has committed the crime for which he is being detained. What gives anyone the right to judge what this young man has or hasn't done. Some of your comments seem to be along the lines of shoot first, ask questions later. Is that really how we should behave as a society?

  15. How about you get out brent? You're not a real American. You support the exact opposite of freedom, liberty, and justice. By definition your support for fascism makes you a piss poor American. The truth hurts, I know, but deal with it.

    I don't hide behind anyone. Who's fighting for me right now? The protesters in Wisconsin? If I wasn't obligated to go to work and pay my taxes and bills I'd be up there with them, protesting myself.

    I know you can't be silly enough to think I believe anyone in the middle east is fighting for me, because they surely are not. I don't have any issues with any brown people in the middle east. None of them people have ever threatened my loved ones, none of them have ever passed bills in my nation's congress that puts more tax burden on me, limits my freedoms, keeps secrets from me, or destroys my nation's economy. There isn't one soldier who's done anything for my nation or it's patriots since at least WW2 and even that one is questionable.

    Unlike you, I know who my real enemies are and they most certainly don't have names that involve Muhammad, Akhbar, Ali, or any other middle eastern name (Maybe Hussein, as that IS Obama's middle name after all). They have names like Bush, Lieberman, Biden, Clinton, Greenspan, Beck, O'Reilly, Hannity, Palin, McCain, Quinn, Barack, Rice, Cheney, Reagan, Koch, Trump, Rumpsfeld, Giulliani, etc. THOSE are the people trying to oppress my fellow Americans. Not Bradley Manning. Not Muhammad Bin Akbhar (or whatever his/her name may be). Not Julian Assange. Not Retired NAVY SEAL Jesse Ventura who is against his fascist government and these unjust wars. Not whistleblowers who expose government and military lies and corruption. Not organizations like Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam veterans for peace.

    No. Those are the people fighting for me and my fellow Americans. Those are the people serving this nation. LT So and So is not a hero, he's just another corporate slave but instead of being a greeter, checkout boy, or factory worker, he fires bullets at other poor people.

    I like how the only thing you can do is respond to me with a bunch of bs about putting on a uniform or getting out of my country.

    Why? because you have no argument. Your "argument" is nothing but a bunch of sensationalist ad-hominems and brain-washed ignorant propaganda. Typical of someone so uneducated and daft.

  16. Paqui- have you forgotten about 9/11? They might not have threatened your loved ones, but they KILLED other peoples. But people like you probably think 9/11 was an inside job, right?

  17. Dear Tiffany,

    Brad's not charged with leaking information that actually resulted in any US soldier deaths.

    Dear Brent, Mr Russell & others,

    What is our duty in a war, if we see a war crime being committed ?

    To provide justice to the wronged.

    Our duty is to the people in whose name we fight.

    The US invaded Iraq to "liberate" Iraqis.

    It invaded Afghanistan to "free" the Afghans.

    You are supposed to be the "good guys".

    If that be so, in reality, then Brad did … the RIGHT thing !!

    He allegedly leaked US State department cables showing US officials COVERING UP widespread child rape by US allies in Afghanistan.

    How can this information be classified ?

    Unless you are trrying to protect the rapists ?

    The 2007 video he allegedly leaked shows US pilots from the safety of their airborne gunship deliberately … & laughingly .. shooting down more than a DOZEN UNARMED civilians in Baghdad ….

    …two of whom were Reuters journalists….

    …. then killing a man who stops to help the victims…

    & severely wounded his two children….

    How can all this be classified information ?

    Unless you are trying to protect the murderers ?

    Do you even agree these serial killings from the air constitute war crimes ?

    What would you have done in Brad's place ?

    Would you expose the hooting & laughing & gloating murderers ?

    Dear Amy MC Pheters,

    You say it wasn't Brad's "choice to make ".

    Whose was it, then ?

    The pilots' ?

    The top US officials who authorized the killings ?

    None of them have been punished.

    **** ****

    Dear Ms McPheters,

    You say you are a "forensic mental health care therapist".

    You say inmates who mention even a thought of suicide ( Brad hasen't ) are kept in a state including being stripped & kept in a "private cell" ( you mean isolation cell, don't you ? ) under constant 24 hour watch.

    The organization, "Psychologists for Social Responsibility", diagnoses that the treatment to which Brad is being subjected is, " at th very least, a form of cruel, unusual & inhumane treatment in violation of US law."

    Brad's been imprisoned like this for 10 months.

    EVERY 5 MINUTES he has to give an affirmative answer when a guard asks if he is "OK".

    He's prevented from exercising in his cell ….

    Exercise as a possible form of suicide bid ??

    He's kept naked under strict surveillance for 7 hours.

    & overall 24 hour surveillance.

    & 23 hours of daily solitary confinement.

    At 5 am he's forced to stand naked in front of his cell.

    He's not allowed bedsheets or a pillow.

    You recommend all THIS as "mental health care" ??

    i am reminded strongly of 2 different things.

    Abu Ghraib.

    & the movie where Louise Fletcher acts as Nurse Ratched.

    That Milos Forman film.

  18. Dear Paqui,

    i see you.

    Without an uniform !!

    How happy that makes me, in these Gestapo times !

    You are riding far ahead of their programmed puppet posse !

    You are not here for false nationstates, or for false nations.

    You are here for the People. Your own, & all others.

    Who fights for you dear Brother ?

    Not crusaders in the Middle East……

    But your own class in Madison.

    You don't argue for invasions.

    You speak the defense of the just.

    You know your real foes.

    & you know your true friends.

    A 100 battles, then.

    & a 100 victories……

    To you.

  19. I keep trying to forget about 9/11 but people like you continue to remind me.

    Also

    Let's just entertain your line of thinking that 9/11 was purely done by "terrorists" and that global elite bankers who run the world had absolutely nothing to do with it.

    In THAT reality

    The whole reason it happened is because of the US supporting zionist and racist Israel who commit genocide, kidknap innocent children, and displace families on a DAILY BASIS. There are Jews who even admit this and abhor the nation of Israel. We get attacked by men who believe we're evil demons in league with satan because we look the other way when it comes to the genocide of Palestinians. Not only that but we put both Bin Laden AND Saddam Hussein into power. Also, the Iraq war has nothing to do with the WTC and there has been no evidence provided that Saddam was ever involved in WTC 'nor was there any evidence provided that he posed a threat to world security or US security. Both of these men were put into power by the US government and supported by the US government until one day, magically, they weren't. Once upon a time we were selling armaments to Saddam and allowing him to kill and torture the innocent people of the country he ran then ALL OF THE SUDDEN we don't like him any more.

    I have no clue what pixie dust fairytale world you live in but here in the real world, there's cause and effect. You do the wrong thing, you'll suffer the consequences.

    Also, your ignorance is showing. Considering most of the people who are now attacking the US in Iraq want the US OUT of Iraq because they've brought nothing but war, death, and destruction. These are no longer Al-Qaeda members and religious extremists. Think of them more so as radicals who want the occupancy to leave their land. These are the people being killed.

    Iraq was invaded with US political and economic interest in mind and anyone with a brain and the ability to intake valid information can see that.

    Now Afghanistan..that was supposedly about revenge. Revenge was sought out because Osama Bin Laden allegedly organized an attack carried out on US soil because he wanted the US OUT of the middle east. He wanted them to stop interfering and using their military to aid Israel in the killing of Palestinians. Do I support him killing many innocent people who had nothing to do with that? No. However, do I believe the propaganda you just spit at me? No.

    I bet you're one of those lovely educated people who was so mad when the supposed "ground zero mosque" was going to be built, am I right?

    Go watch some more MSNBC, NBC, ABC, Faux News, CNN, or whatever biased corporate controlled "news" you get your information from and stop using your loaded catch phrases and psychologically triggering words.

  20. Have to agree with Brent on this one. Treason and aiding the enemy are deserving of execution. Try him and if found guilty execute him. His sharing of classified intel has directly contributed to the death of American military men and women. Explain to their mothers why this guy should walk free!

  21. Bullshite. That war is for gain of the rich elite, as are all wars. Leak it all. Tell us everything.

  22. I love how you can learn so much about me from such a short question. No, I am not one of those who thinks Muslims should not be allowed to build there. They have just as much right as anyone else. You seem to see the world in only black and white. I was simply reminding you that there were in fact some bad people in this world who would like to kill you, your family, and everyone else here.

  23. The accused have the right to a speedy trial. Even the convicted are not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment. Those who feel that Manning’s treatment is justified by his actions are treating the justice system as a sadistic tool of revenge.

    This is not worthy of us. This is not worthy of America.

  24. I am the most liberal person you will meet. I am a forensic mental health care therapist, have worked in jails. I also am very political. It is very common to keep an inmate on ” psych or suicide watch” if he even mentions the thought of it, that does include removal of clothes and in a private cell 24 hours a day on constant watch. If this was not done , many would kill themselves. Then there would be outrage that enough was not done. This man potentially did a very serious crime, hence he is held in max securirty like any other inmate. I am empathethic to his case, but agree we can not make exceptions because even I feel what he did ” might ” be excusable given the political situation, however, it was NOT his choice to make.

  25. is there any real evidence that he actually leaked the information? anyone could’ve “borrowed” his personal computer, especially if they wanted to be covert. The UN, US government and military should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. These rights that they violate are their rights as well! beneath the uniforms and titles we are all the same.

  26. Just a note for the geniuses on here. Treason consists of waging war against the United States. Nothing less.

  27. it is almost amusing to me that you are considering this ONE inmate’s treatment a human rights abuse. How many jails have you been to in YOUR OWN COUNTRY? i know for a fact this ‘inhumane’ treatment is commonplace in local jails in richmond, va…but common accused criminals, many of whom have not been sentenced, apparently don’t deserve the sort of media attention a accused military traitor does. LOOK IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, BEFORE TELLING THE REST OF THE WORLD TO CLEAN HOUSE. if america abuses the human rights of its own people, how can we expect anyone to atttribute us any credulity in world affairs?

  28. Brent and Tiffany

    Thank you for proving that no matter what happens there’s always those worthless people who support nationalism and a tyrannical government over the people and their right to transparency and the human rights of prisoners.

    Leave America you anti-freedom and pro-tyranny sheep, the forefathers never wanted people like you, TRUE patriots do not want people like you, and I do not want people like you in the same nation as myself, and I definitely would never claim you as one of my fellow countrymen.

    The government should fear the people and in order for the people to strike fear into their hearts the people must know what is going on. I don’t care whether or not he DID leak or “steal” these documents because if he did he was doing his duty as a citizen and patriot of The United States of America. When you see wrong doing you inform the people at all costs, because that’s what a true freedom loving patriot does!

    I don’t want to hear this nonsense “but it’s letting the enemy in on our secrets!” no. The only time it’s “aiding the enemy” is if you tell the enemy what the military’s tactical plan is. This information had no future tactical plan, it was nothing but information about past occurrences that were morally reprehensible and should be brought to the attention of the people.

    Bradley Manning is either therefore a hero who’s learning the lesson “no good deed goes unpunished!” or he’s just an innocent who has done nothing.

    You people can continue supporting fascism and tyranny in the US but know that if this kid goes down, he goes down with the mark of the martyr. What Would Jesus Do in this situation? Bestow truth upon the people and if he must he would suffer the wrath of the tyrants and die a pure hero who’s only intent was enlightenment, peace, justice, and truth. You people are living proof that the mass majority of human still isn’t ready for truth or freedom and that they would beg on their knees for the iron fist in the velvet glove!

    I am disgusted at both of you and all others like you and I spit at the ground you walk on.

    Good day!

    P.S.: Peace be with you Bradley, you are the face of an innocent do-gooder hero.

  29. Paqui: put on a uniform and fight for this country, otherwise shut up. People like you
    With your ignorant do-good attitude without willing to risk your own life or liberty quite simply make me sick.

    If he infact leaked classified material that resulted in even a single american death he deserves to die. Simple as that

  30. Also Tiffany, would you like to provide proof for your statements that the leaked information has directly caused the deaths of any military personnel or are you fine with spewing propaganda you probably heard on faux news?

  31. I fight for the people before I fight for this disgusting nation.

    I fight for the idea of America and not it’s fascist government. So no, I won’t put on a uniform. I’m not a racist, a fascism supporter, a nationalist, nor an ignorant and undereducated fool. I don’t watch sensationalist propaganda on the television and I don’t heed the cries of nationalists and global elite bankers.

    Unlike you I support freedom, truth, and justice. I don’t hold the belief that killing brown people in another nation that my government screwed up in the first place (by empowering dictators with western interests who then turned against them). I do support lies, I do not support people who support lies, and I do not support injustice. I am a true patriot, a true American, and a REAL freedom fighter. When the foot finally drops and the people get sick of it I’ll be at the front of the line in the march to topple the tyrants and fascists. I wont be in someone else’s nation..killing women and children and supporting twisted political regimes.

    Live in shame. People like you are indirectly and often directly responsible for the death, torture, imprisonment, and oppression of innocent people all around the world. People like you are the reason tyrannical governments remain in power. People like you would be just as nationalist and ignorant if they were ruled by Kim Jong Il or Muammar Gadaffi. You people are the reason for all oppression in this world and you’re holding us back. Please find another planet or celestial body to live on and stop plaguing ours. Thank You

  32. In simplest terms then, get the hell out. Go live someplace that is more condusive to your pathetic livestyle of cowering behind those that are actually willing to sacrifice everything so that you can speak out againt them.

  33. Stick his ass in G’tmo with a couple of the playing cards we collected over the years…TRAITOR

  34. I find the current state of our world to be sad. Some of the comments on here are outlandish. We the people have been given no proof that Bradley has committed the crime for which he is being detained. What gives anyone the right to judge what this young man has or hasn’t done. Some of your comments seem to be along the lines of shoot first, ask questions later. Is that really how we should behave as a society?

  35. How about you get out brent? You’re not a real American. You support the exact opposite of freedom, liberty, and justice. By definition your support for fascism makes you a piss poor American. The truth hurts, I know, but deal with it.

    I don’t hide behind anyone. Who’s fighting for me right now? The protesters in Wisconsin? If I wasn’t obligated to go to work and pay my taxes and bills I’d be up there with them, protesting myself.

    I know you can’t be silly enough to think I believe anyone in the middle east is fighting for me, because they surely are not. I don’t have any issues with any brown people in the middle east. None of them people have ever threatened my loved ones, none of them have ever passed bills in my nation’s congress that puts more tax burden on me, limits my freedoms, keeps secrets from me, or destroys my nation’s economy. There isn’t one soldier who’s done anything for my nation or it’s patriots since at least WW2 and even that one is questionable.

    Unlike you, I know who my real enemies are and they most certainly don’t have names that involve Muhammad, Akhbar, Ali, or any other middle eastern name (Maybe Hussein, as that IS Obama’s middle name after all). They have names like Bush, Lieberman, Biden, Clinton, Greenspan, Beck, O’Reilly, Hannity, Palin, McCain, Quinn, Barack, Rice, Cheney, Reagan, Koch, Trump, Rumpsfeld, Giulliani, etc. THOSE are the people trying to oppress my fellow Americans. Not Bradley Manning. Not Muhammad Bin Akbhar (or whatever his/her name may be). Not Julian Assange. Not Retired NAVY SEAL Jesse Ventura who is against his fascist government and these unjust wars. Not whistleblowers who expose government and military lies and corruption. Not organizations like Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam veterans for peace.

    No. Those are the people fighting for me and my fellow Americans. Those are the people serving this nation. LT So and So is not a hero, he’s just another corporate slave but instead of being a greeter, checkout boy, or factory worker, he fires bullets at other poor people.

    I like how the only thing you can do is respond to me with a bunch of bs about putting on a uniform or getting out of my country.

    Why? because you have no argument. Your “argument” is nothing but a bunch of sensationalist ad-hominems and brain-washed ignorant propaganda. Typical of someone so uneducated and daft.

  36. Paqui- have you forgotten about 9/11? They might not have threatened your loved ones, but they KILLED other peoples. But people like you probably think 9/11 was an inside job, right?

  37. Dear Tiffany,

    Brad’s not charged with leaking information that actually resulted in any US soldier deaths.

    Dear Brent, Mr Russell & others,

    What is our duty in a war, if we see a war crime being committed ?

    To provide justice to the wronged.

    Our duty is to the people in whose name we fight.

    The US invaded Iraq to “liberate” Iraqis.

    It invaded Afghanistan to “free” the Afghans.

    You are supposed to be the “good guys”.

    If that be so, in reality, then Brad did … the RIGHT thing !!

    He allegedly leaked US State department cables showing US officials COVERING UP widespread child rape by US allies in Afghanistan.

    How can this information be classified ?

    Unless you are trrying to protect the rapists ?

    The 2007 video he allegedly leaked shows US pilots from the safety of their airborne gunship deliberately … & laughingly .. shooting down more than a DOZEN UNARMED civilians in Baghdad ….

    …two of whom were Reuters journalists….

    …. then killing a man who stops to help the victims…

    & severely wounded his two children….

    How can all this be classified information ?

    Unless you are trying to protect the murderers ?

    Do you even agree these serial killings from the air constitute war crimes ?

    What would you have done in Brad’s place ?

    Would you expose the hooting & laughing & gloating murderers ?

    Dear Amy MC Pheters,

    You say it wasn’t Brad’s “choice to make “.

    Whose was it, then ?

    The pilots’ ?

    The top US officials who authorized the killings ?

    None of them have been punished.

    **** ****

    Dear Ms McPheters,

    You say you are a “forensic mental health care therapist”.

    You say inmates who mention even a thought of suicide ( Brad hasen’t ) are kept in a state including being stripped & kept in a “private cell” ( you mean isolation cell, don’t you ? ) under constant 24 hour watch.

    The organization, “Psychologists for Social Responsibility”, diagnoses that the treatment to which Brad is being subjected is, ” at th very least, a form of cruel, unusual & inhumane treatment in violation of US law.”

    Brad’s been imprisoned like this for 10 months.

    EVERY 5 MINUTES he has to give an affirmative answer when a guard asks if he is “OK”.

    He’s prevented from exercising in his cell ….

    Exercise as a possible form of suicide bid ??

    He’s kept naked under strict surveillance for 7 hours.

    & overall 24 hour surveillance.

    & 23 hours of daily solitary confinement.

    At 5 am he’s forced to stand naked in front of his cell.

    He’s not allowed bedsheets or a pillow.

    You recommend all THIS as “mental health care” ??

    i am reminded strongly of 2 different things.

    Abu Ghraib.

    & the movie where Louise Fletcher acts as Nurse Ratched.

    That Milos Forman film.

  38. Proof or lack of proof of a crime is established at a trial, which by U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL standards must be "speedy." However our US Supreme Ct. has ruled that 5 years wait is "speedy." If the gov,t. has proof that he committed a crime, he should be put on trial immediately, and until he is, folks should not be pre-judging the case. "Treason" means giving aid or comfort to the enemy in wartime. This could mean putting up an enemy soldier for the night or giving him a bowl of rice: it has therefore little to do with "warmaking" as in "violent combat."

    PFC Manning is being held in conditions that amount to torture. Suicide watch or what, it is torture. Solitary confinement is absolutely no answer to a possible suicide, though it may indeed accelerate one. Torture is illegal in nearly every country, including ours, and we should be not only ashamed, but punished for committing this crime. The buck stops with Pres. Obama, and he cannot say that he doesn't know. Quantico is only 35 miles away from Washington, and there are enough reports to invoke the President's interest.

    We keep getting involved with wars that never seem to end. Is the idea just to permanently stifle dissent via the treason issue? We have started every war for the past 20 years now. It is time to stop and look at what we're doing, and why it is happening. We are becoming more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union every passing day, and getting closer to their fates as well.

    I have read many of the wikileaks State Dept. files, and there seems almost nothing there to invoke a treason charge. If treason means the government is embarrassed, then Obama, Bush, Rumsfeld, Gates, Biden, Cheyney, Clinton, are the folks that need to be tried, for they have made a laughingstock out of our purported support for worldwide democracy, turning it into support for worldwide American hegemony and empire.

  39. Dear Paqui,

    i see you.

    Without an uniform !!

    How happy that makes me, in these Gestapo times !

    You are riding far ahead of their programmed puppet posse !

    You are not here for false nationstates, or for false nations.

    You are here for the People. Your own, & all others.

    Who fights for you dear Brother ?

    Not crusaders in the Middle East……

    But your own class in Madison.

    You don’t argue for invasions.

    You speak the defense of the just.

    You know your real foes.

    & you know your true friends.

    A 100 battles, then.

    & a 100 victories……

    To you.

  40. I keep trying to forget about 9/11 but people like you continue to remind me.

    Also

    Let’s just entertain your line of thinking that 9/11 was purely done by “terrorists” and that global elite bankers who run the world had absolutely nothing to do with it.

    In THAT reality

    The whole reason it happened is because of the US supporting zionist and racist Israel who commit genocide, kidknap innocent children, and displace families on a DAILY BASIS. There are Jews who even admit this and abhor the nation of Israel. We get attacked by men who believe we’re evil demons in league with satan because we look the other way when it comes to the genocide of Palestinians. Not only that but we put both Bin Laden AND Saddam Hussein into power. Also, the Iraq war has nothing to do with the WTC and there has been no evidence provided that Saddam was ever involved in WTC ‘nor was there any evidence provided that he posed a threat to world security or US security. Both of these men were put into power by the US government and supported by the US government until one day, magically, they weren’t. Once upon a time we were selling armaments to Saddam and allowing him to kill and torture the innocent people of the country he ran then ALL OF THE SUDDEN we don’t like him any more.

    I have no clue what pixie dust fairytale world you live in but here in the real world, there’s cause and effect. You do the wrong thing, you’ll suffer the consequences.

    Also, your ignorance is showing. Considering most of the people who are now attacking the US in Iraq want the US OUT of Iraq because they’ve brought nothing but war, death, and destruction. These are no longer Al-Qaeda members and religious extremists. Think of them more so as radicals who want the occupancy to leave their land. These are the people being killed.

    Iraq was invaded with US political and economic interest in mind and anyone with a brain and the ability to intake valid information can see that.

    Now Afghanistan..that was supposedly about revenge. Revenge was sought out because Osama Bin Laden allegedly organized an attack carried out on US soil because he wanted the US OUT of the middle east. He wanted them to stop interfering and using their military to aid Israel in the killing of Palestinians. Do I support him killing many innocent people who had nothing to do with that? No. However, do I believe the propaganda you just spit at me? No.

    I bet you’re one of those lovely educated people who was so mad when the supposed “ground zero mosque” was going to be built, am I right?

    Go watch some more MSNBC, NBC, ABC, Faux News, CNN, or whatever biased corporate controlled “news” you get your information from and stop using your loaded catch phrases and psychologically triggering words.

  41. I love how you can learn so much about me from such a short question. No, I am not one of those who thinks Muslims should not be allowed to build there. They have just as much right as anyone else. You seem to see the world in only black and white. I was simply reminding you that there were in fact some bad people in this world who would like to kill you, your family, and everyone else here.

  42. Boo-Hoo
    Before you cry too much for Manning consider this:
    Allen Credit – Manning will receive at a minimum day for day credit towards his sentence.
    Additional Credit – Manning will receive additional credit for any unlawful pretrial confinement.
    Additional Credit – Manning will likely receive additional credit for speedy trial issues.
    Additional Credit – Manning will likely receive additional credit for being held in solitaire confinement and other necessary limits to his liberty.

    So – when he likely is found guilty and likely sentenced to 40 or more deserving years – the good news for Manning is he'll get like 4 or 5 days credit for every one day he has spent confined.

    BLUF – I'll bet he is regretting violating the UCMJ and his oath.

    Good riddance.

  43. Proof or lack of proof of a crime is established at a trial, which by U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL standards must be “speedy.” However our US Supreme Ct. has ruled that 5 years wait is “speedy.” If the gov,t. has proof that he committed a crime, he should be put on trial immediately, and until he is, folks should not be pre-judging the case. “Treason” means giving aid or comfort to the enemy in wartime. This could mean putting up an enemy soldier for the night or giving him a bowl of rice: it has therefore little to do with “warmaking” as in “violent combat.”

    PFC Manning is being held in conditions that amount to torture. Suicide watch or what, it is torture. Solitary confinement is absolutely no answer to a possible suicide, though it may indeed accelerate one. Torture is illegal in nearly every country, including ours, and we should be not only ashamed, but punished for committing this crime. The buck stops with Pres. Obama, and he cannot say that he doesn’t know. Quantico is only 35 miles away from Washington, and there are enough reports to invoke the President’s interest.

    We keep getting involved with wars that never seem to end. Is the idea just to permanently stifle dissent via the treason issue? We have started every war for the past 20 years now. It is time to stop and look at what we’re doing, and why it is happening. We are becoming more like Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union every passing day, and getting closer to their fates as well.

    I have read many of the wikileaks State Dept. files, and there seems almost nothing there to invoke a treason charge. If treason means the government is embarrassed, then Obama, Bush, Rumsfeld, Gates, Biden, Cheyney, Clinton, are the folks that need to be tried, for they have made a laughingstock out of our purported support for worldwide democracy, turning it into support for worldwide American hegemony and empire.

  44. Boo-Hoo
    Before you cry too much for Manning consider this:
    Allen Credit – Manning will receive at a minimum day for day credit towards his sentence.
    Additional Credit – Manning will receive additional credit for any unlawful pretrial confinement.
    Additional Credit – Manning will likely receive additional credit for speedy trial issues.
    Additional Credit – Manning will likely receive additional credit for being held in solitaire confinement and other necessary limits to his liberty.

    So – when he likely is found guilty and likely sentenced to 40 or more deserving years – the good news for Manning is he’ll get like 4 or 5 days credit for every one day he has spent confined.

    BLUF – I’ll bet he is regretting violating the UCMJ and his oath.

    Good riddance.

  45. No, Name

    These people do not want to harm me or my loved ones because I don't seek to invade their nation or their culture. I don't seek to force them to do what I want them to do. I do not support racism, genocide, zionism, and the displacement of innocent men women and children for the sake of zionist agendas.

    Also, bong_jamesbong is completely correct. If you haven't read the leaks that he allegedly released, there's nothing in them that puts any military personnel in harms way.

    Also, "Soldier"..if his oath says anywhere in it (which I'm sure it does) that he will protect the people of the United States then informing them of what they have a right to know is more of his responsibility than keeping these secrets.

  46. No, Name

    These people do not want to harm me or my loved ones because I don’t seek to invade their nation or their culture. I don’t seek to force them to do what I want them to do. I do not support racism, genocide, zionism, and the displacement of innocent men women and children for the sake of zionist agendas.

    Also, bong_jamesbong is completely correct. If you haven’t read the leaks that he allegedly released, there’s nothing in them that puts any military personnel in harms way.

    Also, “Soldier”..if his oath says anywhere in it (which I’m sure it does) that he will protect the people of the United States then informing them of what they have a right to know is more of his responsibility than keeping these secrets.

  47. Bradley Manning has more courage, honor and integrity than all the guys in that video "collateral murder" and their CO's and their immediate families combined!

  48. Bradley Manning has more courage, honor and integrity than all the guys in that video “collateral murder” and their CO’s and their immediate families combined!

  49. This is ridiculous, I understand that exceptions should not be made to compromise a possible threat if another soldier was to commit the same act. however, this IS information that should be leaked. The only reason everyone is freaking out about this is because he decided to be the ONE guy to stand up for the ridiculously pointless loss of hundreds of thousands of Americans. can ONE person tell me why we are losing lives for the sake of another country's government? Please and ty.

  50. This is ridiculous, I understand that exceptions should not be made to compromise a possible threat if another soldier was to commit the same act. however, this IS information that should be leaked. The only reason everyone is freaking out about this is because he decided to be the ONE guy to stand up for the ridiculously pointless loss of hundreds of thousands of Americans. can ONE person tell me why we are losing lives for the sake of another country’s government? Please and ty.

  51. Paqui,
    Not everyone who died on 9/11 wanted to invade them or their culture either. They didn't decide to attack just Muslim haters. They decided to attack and kill all Americans. Even the innocent kids who don't even know the difference. Yes, most Muslims are not like this, but there are some, and that is who we are at war with. Do you think they would not have attacked us if they knew you were in the building and that you loved them? That is what I mean when I say they would kill you in a heartbeat if it meant killing a lot more Americans with you.

  52. Dear "Soldier"….

    Brad … & the thousands speaking for him today … don't ask for all the alleged "credit" he'll supposedly get.

    We demand …

    that US leaders & officialdom stop covering up war crimes.

    that ALL people … including all soldiers & officials committing or covering up war crimes … MUST be held accountable, & prosecuted … & punished.

    that Brad MUST be WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY brought into NORMAL conditions of DUE & OPEN PROCESS.

    ***** ****

    Dear "Soldier" ….

    You talk of 40 years of "deserved imprisonment " for Brad.

    But he is not the one getting 40 years of imprisonment today.

    Have you seen the photos published worldwide by "Der Spiegel" ?

    The photos of the team of grinning US soldiers posing with the corpses of peaceful Afghan farmers they have just murdered ?

    The war criminals can no longer be "covered up".

    It's not just Brad revealing them.

    Murder WILL out.

    Even your government has just been forced to convict a US war criminal soldier to 40 years for murdering peaceful farmers in Afghanistan.

    Brad is just the beginning of the unravelling of the cover uppers.

    The REAL war criminals are being forced out into the light.

    & their punishment is imminent.

    & deserved.

  53. Why's Brad being kept in lengthy solitary confinement, & forced nudity, a daily public nudity in the midst of abusive Marines ?

    It's go nothing to do with "suicide watch".

    Or his safety.

    It's to break him down.

    Before his trial.

    ***** ******

    After the Nazis fell, the US brought over Nazi incarceration experts.

    Experts in human mental demolition.

    These experts designed programs for maximum isolation cell confinement.

    In Bush's terror war, the US did this to John Walker Lindh before HIS trial.

    They entombed him.

    At his trial Lindh retreated from his own defense & accepted his own sentence.

    ***** *****

    They did this to the countless Muslim inmates of Guantanamo.

    Many went mad.

    Tried to commit suicide .

    Though some of the alleged suicides were murders ,,,, by the authorities.

    In Guantanamo's isolation cells prisoners howled & screamed away at the top of their lungs, in the pit of this Nazi / US devised purgatory..

    ****** *******

    & there was Jose Padilla.

    He was subjected to extraordinarily lengthy isolation & sensory deprivation.

    To such lengths that, when his "trial" finally did happen, he completely accepted his own prosecutors' positions against himself, turning against his own lawyers & attacking them for defending him.

    **** *****

    This is what they're trying to do to 23 year old Brad Manning today.

    & they seem to be succeeding.

    He is showing signs of breaking down.

  54. Paqui,
    Not everyone who died on 9/11 wanted to invade them or their culture either. They didn’t decide to attack just Muslim haters. They decided to attack and kill all Americans. Even the innocent kids who don’t even know the difference. Yes, most Muslims are not like this, but there are some, and that is who we are at war with. Do you think they would not have attacked us if they knew you were in the building and that you loved them? That is what I mean when I say they would kill you in a heartbeat if it meant killing a lot more Americans with you.

  55. Dear “Soldier”….

    Brad … & the thousands speaking for him today … don’t ask for all the alleged “credit” he’ll supposedly get.

    We demand …

    that US leaders & officialdom stop covering up war crimes.

    that ALL people … including all soldiers & officials committing or covering up war crimes … MUST be held accountable, & prosecuted … & punished.

    that Brad MUST be WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY brought into NORMAL conditions of DUE & OPEN PROCESS.

    ***** ****

    Dear “Soldier” ….

    You talk of 40 years of “deserved imprisonment ” for Brad.

    But he is not the one getting 40 years of imprisonment today.

    Have you seen the photos published worldwide by “Der Spiegel” ?

    The photos of the team of grinning US soldiers posing with the corpses of peaceful Afghan farmers they have just murdered ?

    The war criminals can no longer be “covered up”.

    It’s not just Brad revealing them.

    Murder WILL out.

    Even your government has just been forced to convict a US war criminal soldier to 40 years for murdering peaceful farmers in Afghanistan.

    Brad is just the beginning of the unravelling of the cover uppers.

    The REAL war criminals are being forced out into the light.

    & their punishment is imminent.

    & deserved.

  56. Why’s Brad being kept in lengthy solitary confinement, & forced nudity, a daily public nudity in the midst of abusive Marines ?

    It’s go nothing to do with “suicide watch”.

    Or his safety.

    It’s to break him down.

    Before his trial.

    ***** ******

    After the Nazis fell, the US brought over Nazi incarceration experts.

    Experts in human mental demolition.

    These experts designed programs for maximum isolation cell confinement.

    In Bush’s terror war, the US did this to John Walker Lindh before HIS trial.

    They entombed him.

    At his trial Lindh retreated from his own defense & accepted his own sentence.

    ***** *****

    They did this to the countless Muslim inmates of Guantanamo.

    Many went mad.

    Tried to commit suicide .

    Though some of the alleged suicides were murders ,,,, by the authorities.

    In Guantanamo’s isolation cells prisoners howled & screamed away at the top of their lungs, in the pit of this Nazi / US devised purgatory..

    ****** *******

    & there was Jose Padilla.

    He was subjected to extraordinarily lengthy isolation & sensory deprivation.

    To such lengths that, when his “trial” finally did happen, he completely accepted his own prosecutors’ positions against himself, turning against his own lawyers & attacking them for defending him.

    **** *****

    This is what they’re trying to do to 23 year old Brad Manning today.

    & they seem to be succeeding.

    He is showing signs of breaking down.

  57. I am from Singapore..and i sympathize with what happen to Bradley Manning.. after reading all the comments above.. i still had not change my mind.. Release Him.. or put him on trial immediately. Death to a traitor..yes i agree but how has he betrayed the U.S.A. is beyond me..

    i admire him for what he has done and i applaud his actions. Stop this hypocritical wars…

  58. I am from Singapore..and i sympathize with what happen to Bradley Manning.. after reading all the comments above.. i still had not change my mind.. Release Him.. or put him on trial immediately. Death to a traitor..yes i agree but how has he betrayed the U.S.A. is beyond me..

    i admire him for what he has done and i applaud his actions. Stop this hypocritical wars…

  59. It seems to me,not many of you have ever heard of " human rights " regardless of crime,he should be allowed his rights.They are treating him as though he has none because he told the truth.Im sure you retards that are against him would just love to be treat the same way he is for any given time if you have leaked any "true" information that was probably critical for the public to know.If the ballbags of government didn't keep secrets and spout shit everywhere,they would have nothing to hide.Its obvious they are scared to death of what could possibly be the biggest find of all.And that is the fact that your government has a hidden agenda and lies to you.
    But then,you're retarded,how would you possibly know that?.

  60. P.S if a dog mangles a child to death or kills someone you love.You know that animal is treat with respect and well regarding that don't you,before being put to SLEEP notice i said SLEEP not TORTURED and STARVED and DEMORALIZED.. see what a did there? An animal over in the states is worth 100 people according to statistics.So all you bradley haters go fuck yourselves,you don't have a clue what you are talking about.

  61. It seems to me,not many of you have ever heard of ” human rights ” regardless of crime,he should be allowed his rights.They are treating him as though he has none because he told the truth.Im sure you retards that are against him would just love to be treat the same way he is for any given time if you have leaked any “true” information that was probably critical for the public to know.If the ballbags of government didn’t keep secrets and spout shit everywhere,they would have nothing to hide.Its obvious they are scared to death of what could possibly be the biggest find of all.And that is the fact that your government has a hidden agenda and lies to you.
    But then,you’re retarded,how would you possibly know that?.

  62. P.S if a dog mangles a child to death or kills someone you love.You know that animal is treat with respect and well regarding that don’t you,before being put to SLEEP notice i said SLEEP not TORTURED and STARVED and DEMORALIZED.. see what a did there? An animal over in the states is worth 100 people according to statistics.So all you bradley haters go fuck yourselves,you don’t have a clue what you are talking about.