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“Lawless America” 900 days and counting: How many “Laws” will the government break before convicting Political Prisoner Bradley Manning?

2012 December 6

Or the torture of those that expose it!

Bradley Manning faced harsh incarceration, pretrial court told

By PAUL KORING,The Globe and Mail -Hero or traitor, Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier accused of leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents and video of U.S. helicopter gunships killing civilians in Baghdad, is still waiting for his court-martial – more than 900 days after the fresh-faced private was arrested in Iraq.

At pretrial hearings this week in Ft. Meade, Md., a military court heard about the harsh conditions in which Private Manning was held after his arrest, first in Kuwait and later on U.S. military bases. He had been designated a suicide risk and kept in solitary, forced to sleep naked without covers, and put in maximum custody at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico, Va.

 

His backers say the conditions were designed to break, not protect, the young soldier. Pte. Manning has admitted that he fashioned a noose out of peach-colored sheets. At one point, he choked up, testifying in court that he didn’t tell anyone about the conditions because, “I didn’t want my family to be worried.”

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His band of supporters extol Pte. Manning as noble whistle blower. Others regard him as a misguided and gullible young Army soldier armed with a dangerously wide-ranging security clearance and access to digital archives containing military and State Department documents. Pentagon prosecutors want him put behind bars for “aiding the enemy” – in this case, al-Qaeda – a conviction that could end with a hanging, although prosecutors have said they would not seek the death penalty.

But Pte. Manning is also a pawn in a bigger game. In it, the real target is not the young soldier deployed to Iraq, but Julian Assange – the fugitive Australian now holed up in Ecuador’s embassy in London – whose Wikileaks website published the material Pte. Manning is accused of stealing.

As Pte. Manning’s trial date was pushed back again last week (this time to March, 2013) there came hints of a deal – a plea bargain – that could result in his release after years, not decades.  Read more…

WikiLeaks hearing focuses on brig commander

FORT MEADE, Md. – A hearing on the pretrial confinement of an Army private charged with giving classified information to WikiLeaks will hear from the commander of a Marine Corps brig where the soldier alleges he was mistreated. The hearing for Pfc.

Marine official: Manning held improperly in brig

(AP) — An Army private charged with sending reams of classified documents to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks was wrongly kept on suicide watch for at least seven days of his nine months’ confinement at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., the 

Marine denies mocking Manning’s ‘panties’

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A former supervisor of the Marine Corps brig that housed an Army private charged with sending US secrets to WikiLeaks has denied mocking Bradley Manning’s homosexuality. Biggest PR fails. READ: Biggest PR fails · Celebrity attacks caught on video ..

Marine: Improper procedures used in Manning case

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The Marine Corps’ top correctional administrator says brig officials at Quantico, Va., used improper procedures to recommend that an Army private charged with giving U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks be held in maximum custody.

The Times Should Have a Reporter at the Bradley Manning Hearing

In failing to send its own reporter to cover the fascinating and important pretrial testimony of Bradley Manning, The New York Times missed the boat. Over the past several days, as compelling testimony over the harsh treatment of this 24-year-old Army private 
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