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Bradley Manning to Be Transferred to Fort Leavenworth

Bradley Manning to Be Transferred to Fort Leavenworth

Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of passing on some 720,000 diplomatic and military documents to the whistle-blower site Wikileaks, is to be moved from a military brig in Quantico, Virginia to a military prison in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. Manning has been charged with “aiding the enemy,” a capital offense.

As the BBC notes, the Fort Leavenworth facility is “better equipped to handle long-term pre-trial stays” as it has better supports for mental health (Manning’s psychiatric condition has come under question). It also has better exercise facilities and more opportunities for prisoners to interact with other detainees, should officials permit these.

Concerns about Manning’s treatment have extended far beyond the US:

Last week, UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez said US officials had blocked his requests for unmonitored visits to Pte Manning, in part aimed at determining whether he had been mistreated.

Ray McGovern, a member of the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Advisory Board, said this was “unprecedented”.

“What it is, pure and simple, is an intimidation technique, lest any of Bradley Manning’s colleagues, any of the other people in the armed forces, be tempted to do what Bradley Manning did, and that was to expose war crimes,” he told the BBC World Service.

Manning’s supporters say that he has been held in his cell for 23 hours and is regularly required to undress.

The week before last, 250 of the US’s most eminent legal scholars signed a letter protesting Manning’s treatment. The  letter was published in the New York Review of Books and written by Bruce Ackerman of Yale Law School and Yochai Benkler of Harvard Law School, says that Manning is being held in “degrading and inhumane conditions” that are not only illegal and unconstitutional, but could amount to torture.

Over the past year, Wikileaks has published a trove of documents, including US diplomatic cables spanning five decades and top secret documents about the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan.

You can take action and sign this petition to end the inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning.

 

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7:07PM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Jebus James J, what kind of a troll are you. You don't execute an American hero for telling people what our scumbags in Washington are doing. He hasn't even been tried. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty. I agree whole heartedly with Cef V. If the criminals in government don't want "we the people" to know they are committing atrocities, they should quit committing atrocities. FREE BRADLEY MANNING!

12:16PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

@ John E.
I'm not sure why you are assuming I'm a christian but it doesn't matter as this is not a religous issue. And from what I'm reading in this article he is being treated no differently than thousands of other prisoners held without bail in this country. His incarceration wouldn't even be an issue if his alleged crime didn't appeal to the anti-war movement.

11:20AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Manning should be executed for treason.

Don't do the crime if you don't want the consequences.

9:26PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

All this is a disgrace. The US is behaving like China does, it's very shameful how this is being handled, disgusting really. Michelle Staples si very right.

8:49PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Free Manning now. Disgraceful.

8:44PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Those are mighty christian sentiments , Michael R... I take it you are unconcerned that Manning has not been convicted of anything , and is being held in inhumane conditions that many think equates to torture.
And as for US military "justice" , anyone who has read a little history knows what that is all about.
Did you ask yourself "What would Jesus say?" before you wrote your piece?
I don't think so.

8:40PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

"aiding the enemy" my foot!
He is guilty of embarrassing the USA by exposing its (our) own atrocities.
Michelle Staples put it best: If he were a New York Times reporter, he'd get a Pulitzer!

5:52PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

If he felt it was that important he should be wiling to accept the consequences. And military justice is different than civillian justice. For instance, you don't have the right to remain silent.

3:06PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

I am copying Mike B.'s post as it says it all:
This IS a war against fascism, and Bradley Manning is a patriot.

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." - Benito Mussolini. 


2:34PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Afraid that, like Leonard Peltier (in jail since 1976) who was at Leavenworth for decades, Bradley will spend the rest of his life inside or until a new American Revolution frees him.

Not convicted of anything? - for the The Deciders, not a problem. But Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton can preach endlessly to others about their human rights failings.

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