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Bradley Manning's Pre-Trial Punishments May Save Him From Worse

ManningThe miseries suffered by Bradley Manning, the gay Army private and Wikileaker, are well documented. After his imprisonment at Quantico, he was kept in soul-killing isolation, restricted to a 6x8 cell for 23 or 24 hours per day, barred from laying on his rack or leaning against walls during his waking hours, denied toilet paper, and forced to strip naked during cell inspections. Juan Mendez, the United Nation's "special rapporteur" on torture, decreed Manning's treatment "cruel and inhuman."

Manning may yet benefit from his difficulties in the brig. The Guardian reports that Manning's civilian lawyer, David Coombs, has filed an Article 13 motion claiming Manning was cruelly, inhumanely, and illegally punished before he'd been convicted of anything. (Manning still hasn't been convicted of anything.) From Coombs's website:

The Defense is requesting the Court to dismiss all charges with prejudice owing to the illegal pretrial punishment PFC Manning was subjected to in violation of Article 13, UCMJ and the Fifth and Eighth Amendments to the United States Constitution. 

The Guardian explains Article 13 like so:

The defence motion is brought under Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It states that "no person, while being held for trial, may be subjected to punishment or penalty other than arrest or confinement upon the charges pending against him, nor shall the arrest or confinement imposed upon him be any more rigorous than the circumstances required to insure his presence."

Under Article 13, if a judge decides that a member of the armed forces has been illegally punished before trial, he can grant the prisoner credit on the amount of time they have already served in custody, or can even dismiss all charges outright.

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  1. What about Pollard?

    Why does Israel spy and steal so much from the U.S.? How does it get away with it? Pollard and people like him should be executed.

    Yeah, yeah, I know, I'm 'anti-semitic'. Please.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 12, 2012 12:16:41 PM

  2. I still don't understand what he did that was traitorous and unAmerican! Can those of you who do please help me figure it out? Just tell me the things he did that put America at risk.

    Posted by: Tommy | Aug 12, 2012 12:26:41 PM

  3. He had the NERVE to do the entire incompetent military IT and security infrastructure a HUGE favor, by showing how stunningly incompetently their information and security systems were.

    Thousands of chickencrap brass are sleeping easier because of what he did, because the focus is off them and their irresponsibility and incompetency. THEY'LL still retire with full benefits and honorable discharges. THEY will have entirely clear consciouses, as Manning is tortured, and eventually, when they get around to it, found guilty in a kangaroo court.

    And all the fake "patriots" and clones will mouth the inane platitudes, as usual.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Aug 12, 2012 3:32:50 PM

  4. I'm really glad that you're covering Bradley Manning. He has been getting too little corporate media coverage.

    Posted by: Solomon | Aug 12, 2012 6:45:42 PM

  5. @"THE GAY": How about paying attention before you put your foot so far in your mouth that you can rim yourself in the process?
    1) The traitor/patriot argument is not relivant to the comment I made.
    2) GID = Gender Identity Disorder = Bradley Manning has said that he felt more like a female than a male. If you're identifying as female, and sleeping with men, guess what, NOT GAY. Applying the label "gay" to him is inaccurate and simply being used as an easy hook.
    3) Next time, perhaps you might want to know what someone ACTUALLY thinks about a situation before you decide to pummel them with every single thing you can think of. For the record:

    Posted by: Drew | Aug 13, 2012 12:29:04 PM

  6. And America wonders why it is so hated and despised by the rest of the Western World - you drag us, the "allies" in to your illegal wars, you run roughshod over the entire world to meet your own selfish ends, you are bigots, blaggards and selfish buffoons who bring about world financial crisis, wars and give rise to the Occupy Movement.

    USA needs to get a grip on itself because the world loathes it more and more with the passing of every day, and what you're doing to this young man - every single one of you who's responsible for failing him will fry along with GWB for what he did, just as y'all deserve to.

    Stay away from Australia, we're very anti "Spetic-Tank" over here!!!

    Posted by: Dianne | Aug 20, 2012 3:10:42 AM

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