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Bradley Manning's lawyer details prison abuse
Sat Jan 22, 2011 |
Bradley Manning, who is accused of being responsible for the WikiLeaks releases, was placed both under "maximum security" conditions and suicide watch.
Growing public concerns about the mistreatment of detainee Bradley Manning were confirmed… when David E. Coombs, Manning's lawyer, announced that he had filed a complaint with the Quantico brig accusing them of abusing Manning. Antiwar
Coombs insisted there was absolutely no legal reason for Manning's classification, and that the treatment amounted to unlawful pretrial punishment, a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Quantico spokesmen insisted that Manning's treatment was perfectly legal, and that he was placed in maximum security because of the threat to "national security."
They added that Manning was "being treated the same as anybody else" in the same classification, which probably wasn't meant to sound nearly as ominous and unreassuring as it came off.
The details of Manning's declining condition under these restrictions have been detailed in the past, and the UN is also said to be investigating. Antiwar
FACTS & FIGURES
In recent years, U.S. prison inmates have been beaten with fists and batons, stomped on, kicked, shot, stunned with electronic devices, doused with chemical sprays, choked, and slammed face first onto concrete floors by the officers whose job it is to guard them. Inmates have ended up with broken jaws, smashed ribs, perforated eardrums, missing teeth, burn scars-not to mention psychological scars and emotional pain. Some have died.
Between 2007 and 2009, the number of prison inmates that were subjected to sexual misconduct by prison staff in the country's 93 federal prison sites doubled.
In 2008 an estimated 60,000 cases of prisoners were being raped across the United States.