The shameful treatment of Bradley Manning: Is Dennis Kucinich the only person in Congress with a conscience?

Update on Bradley Manning:

Follow news about him via the Evri channel:

Check out the latest at,
the Bradley Manning Support Network site, or David Coombs’ site at

For three nights now, Bradley Manning, alleged source of WikiLeaks
documents, has been forced to strip naked. From David Coombs’ website:
“… PFC Manning inquired of the Brig operations officer what he needed to do in order to be downgraded from Maximum custody and POI. … he was told that there was nothing he could do to downgrade his detainee status and that the Brig simply considered him a risk of self-harm. PFC Manning then remarked that the POI restrictions were “absurd” and
sarcastically stated that if he wanted to harm himself, he could conceivably do
so with the elastic waistband of his underwear or with his flip-flops.

Without consulting any Brig mental health provider, Chief Warrant Officer
Denise Barnes used PFC’s Manning’s sarcastic quip as justification to increase
the restrictions imposed upon him under the guise of being concerned that PFC
Manning was a suicide risk. PFC Manning was not, however, placed under the
designation of Suicide Risk Watch. This is because Suicide Risk Watch would
have required a Brig mental health provider’s recommendation, which the Brig
commander did not have. …

The Brig’s treatment of PFC Manning is shameful. It is made even more so by the Brig hiding behind concerns for “[PFC] Manning’s privacy.” There is no justification, and there can be no justification, for treating a detainee in this degrading and humiliating

If there were genuine concern that Manning would hurt himself with his underwear, why then is he allowed to have them back during the day?

Why do we allow this shameful behavior? If another country did this to their citizens, would we not protest?  Only Congressman Kucinich seems to be asking
the right questions. From ‘ “Is this Quantico or Abu Ghraib? Officials have confirmed the ‘non-punitive’ stripping of an American soldier who has not been found guilty of any
crime. This ‘non-punitive’ action would be considered a violation of the Army
Field Manual if used in an interrogation overseas. The justification for and
purpose of this action certainly raises questions of ‘cruel and unusual
punishment,’ and could constitute a potential violation of international law,”
said Kucinich.’

Remember the American (then) teenager Michael Fay who was sentenced to be caned in Singapore for vandalism in 1994? What was the official US reaction then?  From : “U.S. President Bill Clinton called the punishment extreme and mistaken, continuing to pressure the Singaporean government to grant Fay clemency from caning. Two dozen U.S. senators signed a letter to the Singaporean government also appealing for clemency. After Fay’s punishment was carried out, the United States Trade Representative said that he would try to prevent the World Trade Organization‘s first ministerial meeting from taking place in Singapore.”   Wow!

Is Manning’s case not at least as deserving of Presidential and Congressional attention? Why is President Obama silent on this issue? Is Dennis Kucinich the only person in Congress with a conscience?

#Manning #WikiLeaks #Kucinich #torture


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