WikiLeaks Source – Where is Bradley Manning?
Bradley Manning is reportedly being held in solitary confinement, seven months and counting, accused of leaking more than 90,000 documents to WikiLeaks, but without conviction of any crime.
The most infamous of these documents was video of a US helicopter mowing down civilians in Iraq. Bradley spent two months in military jail in Kuwait and then transferred to Quantico brig. He’s banned from exercising and spends 23 hours a day in isolation.
Around the world, such conditions are viewed as inhumane, and arguably a form of torture, due to the irreversible psychological damage inflicted, and in this case, on a man convicted of no crime.
In 1890, the United States Supreme Court came close to declaring the punishment to be unconstitutional. Writing for the majority in the case of a Colorado murderer who had been held in isolation for a month, Justice Samuel Miller noted that experience had revealed “serious objections” to solitary confinement:
A considerable number of the prisoners fell, after even a short confinement, into a semi-fatuous condition, from which it was next to impossible to arouse them, and others became violently insane; others, still, committed suicide; while those who stood the ordeal better were not generally reformed, and in most cases did not recover suffcient mental activity to be of any subsequent service to the community.
In Bradley’s case, the brig’s medical personnel now administer regular doses of anti-depressants to combat the effects of isolation.
Meanwhile, Berkley, California’s City Council has postponed a vote to honor Bradley as a hero for leaking the notorious “Collateral Murder” video.
“Manning … has not claimed responsibility, nor has he been proven guilty,” Berkley Mayor Tom Bates said. “I believe it is premature and inappropriate for the city of Berkeley to take a position.”
If we are to speculate why Manning or another would seemingly betray their own country, we might find it difficult to pass judgement, when the evidence of wrong-doing they’ve unearthed is so horrific and damning.
Regardless, Manning continues to rot in solitary confinement, while a U.S. Government, elected by and for the people, struggles to keep videos such as these hid from public view.
Bradley’s Leaked Video