Jailed war hero Bradley Manning – who has been in jail for the past 2 years due to his part in leaking US war atrocities – was finally given a chance to speak in court today and asked for his case to be dismissed due to “inhumane punishment.”
He is expected to testify in a Fort Meade, Maryland court later this week and his accusation of inhumane punishment – that is, being locked in solitary confinement in Quantico, VA from July 2010 to April 2011 – should allow Manning’s case to be dismissed. From RT.com:
Manning’s lawyers claim he was held in maximum security in a cell so small that it was “the functional equivalent of solitary confinement.” He spent 23 ½ hours confined to his 6-by-8-foot cell with no windows or natural light and was often forced to sleep naked. He was also denied a regular blanket and pillow.
Manning was also woken at 5 a.m. every morning and forced to stay awake until 10 p.m., making it difficult for him to pass the time in his closet-like cell. Prison guards checked on him every five minutes and refused to let him lie on his bed, lean against the cell wall or exercise.
While Army officials say that Manning was kept in solitary confinement due to the fact that he “posed a serious risk to himself and others” – records show that psychiatrists made 16 reports to Army officials to show that Manning was indeed not a threat to himself and others and therefore did not deserve what amounts to punishment before trial, which flagrantly goes against the 8th and 10th amendments of the constitution: that all criminal prosecutions shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by a jury of peers, and that no cruel or unusual punishments shall be afflicted.
Of course, we’ll bring you more when we know more.