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Bradley Manning slowly tortured catatonic in US custody

Bradley Manning’s friend, David House, now tells us that over 8 months in isolation with movement and sleep restrictions placed on Manning have been having their intended effect.

House told MSNBC that by the end of January, Manning appeared “catatonic” and that he had “severe problems communicating,” with it having taken House nearly 45 minutes on a recent visit to engage in any meaningful way. House said Manning’s demeanor was as “if he had just woken up and didn’t know what was going on around him.” Manning was “utterly exhausted physically and mentally…it was difficult to have any kind of social engagement.”

Congressman Dennis Kucinich formally requested a visit with Manning in Quantico, and the Army has stalled a full month on the request.

All for the crime of reporting war crimes and criminal behavior even among the highest-ranking military officials in Iraq. And this when in 2005, General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: “It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member [in Iraq], if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to try to stop it.”

Chase Mader writes in HuffPo that soon after deployment to Iraq, Manning: “soon found himself helping the Iraqi authorities detain civilians for distributing “anti-Iraqi literature” — which turned out to be an investigative report into financial corruption in their own government entitled “Where does the money go?” The penalty for this “crime” in Iraq was not a slap on the wrist.

Imprisonment and torture, as well as systematic abuse of prisoners, are widespread in the new Iraq. From the military’s own Sigacts (Significant Actions) reports, we have a multitude of credible accounts of Iraqi police and soldiers shooting prisoners, beating them to death, pulling out fingernails or teeth, cutting off fingers, burning with acid, torturing with electric shocks or the use of suffocation, and various kinds of sexual abuse including sodomization with gun barrels and forcing prisoners to perform sexual acts on guards and each other…

Like any good soldier, Manning immediately took these concerns up the chain of command. And how did his superiors respond? His commanding officer told him to “shut up” and get back to rounding up more prisoners for the Iraqi Federal Police to treat however they cared to…”

Manning also found a video and an official report on American air strikes on the village of Granai in Afghanistan’s Farah Province (also known as “the Granai massacre”). According to the Afghan government, 140 civilians, including women and a large number of children, died in those strikes.

On the Haditha killings, a recent Counterpunch article by Medea Benjamin and Charles Davis recounts: “Consider what happened to the U.S. soldiers who, over a period of hours – not minutes – went house to house in the Iraqi town of Haditha and executed 24 men, women and children in retaliation for a roadside bombing. I watched them shoot my grandfather, first in the chest and then in the head,” said one of the two surviving eyewitnesses to the massacre, nine-year-old Eman Waleed. “Then they killed my granny.” Almost five years later, not one of the men involved in the incident is behind bars.

Now nine Afghan children have been killed after what the Army says was mistaken identity after a nearby rocket attack on American forces.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates once said people like Bradley Manning have “blood on their hands” for releasing documents which might identify Afghan informants. But look down Robert, and don’t flinch. They are dripping.

Ralph Lopez, who penned the above, suggests:
You can comment on the White House FaceBook page. Also demand your congressman speak up and castigate this administration for the treatment of Bradley Manning, or leave a voicemail if it is after-hours (24/7): Capitol switchboard: 202-224-3121

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2 Responses to “Bradley Manning slowly tortured catatonic in US custody”

  1. […] Manning has been held for 11 months, since March at the Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. […]

  2. […] an active blogger. He’s been posting about the Manning case, including his client’s alleged mistreatment at Quantico, since taking the case in […]


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