Abuse of an American Soldier

Abuse of an American Soldier

That’s right abuse and by his own country.

In an article in Salon, By Glenn Greenwald, his writes, Bradley Manning’s forced nudity to occur daily.

As part of the tear down of a man’s mind, the military has forced Manning as of the last few days to humiliation. It’s been confirmed by NYtimes, that Manning is to be nude every night from now on. Not only when he sleeps, but also when he stands outside his cell for morning inspection along with other brig detainees. They claim that it is being done “as a precautionary measure” to prevent him from injuring himself.
A bit overkill don’t you think? The guy is monitored every moment of his existence.
If he is such a threat, why isn’t he on suicide watch? What about during the day, could he not use his briefs to kill himself at any time of his choosing?

This soldier has not been formerly charged with anything yet. The last nine months of hell for him included, 23-hour a day solitary confinement; barred from exercising, one hour a day outside his cell where he’s allowed to walk in a small circle while shackled.
If for any reason he stops walking, he’s put right back in his cell.
He’s forced to respond to guards inquiries every five minutes, all day everyday.
They awake him each time he finds some solace in curling up in the corner of his cell.
What no dogs trying to tear him apart?

We have learned our lessons well from the Egyptians, after all up until us they were the best at this sort of torture. It’s designed to erode his mental and physical health.
I’m not an expert, but I’m pretty sure we would protest under the Geneva Conventions if another country was doing it to one of our people. As per always, rules and laws don’t apply to us. While Manning is technically not a prisoner of war, certainly there must be a minimal amount of protection for all detainees.
“The United States Army is so concerned about Bradley Manning’s health that it is WashPost subjecting him to a regime designed to drive him insane. . . . This is a total disgrace. It shouldn’t be happening in this country. You can’t be unaware of this, Mr. President. Silence gives consent.”
This leads to our President, Mr.Obama; you promised to close Gitmo because you were embarrassed that we were doing this kind of stuff. Your silence in this matter makes you just as bad as the Military. You sir are involved with a crime. You are the commander and chief. It is you that is obsessed with destroying and deterring any remnants of whistle blowing.

I want all you Obamittes to think how would you feel if it were Bush and Cheney who stood with a blind eye to all this. I think you would be outraged. Why isn’t this condemnation being applied to this administration? Let some Government high official stand up for Manning. Damn it somebody has too!

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3 Responses to Abuse of an American Soldier

  1. Gwendolyn H. Barry says:

    It makes you angry to realize that this fellow is in the clink on very little good evidence and being tortured. Obama has completely disappointed… .hasn’t he?

  2. oso says:

    part of the crap those military assholes justify by calling it “psy-ops”. Justifying their brutality with a bit of psychobabble, it’s the same kind of stuff uncontrolled sadists have been doing since man first picked up a stick or rock to use against fellow humans.

  3. Krell says:

    If a person commits an act that perhaps changes the direction of the country or at least gets the population to understand better the destructive spiral that’s been going on in secret, wouldn’t he be considered a hero? My fear is that Manning is going to be charged, convicted, and executed.

    If you have read about the circumstances that prompted Manning to expose all those diplomatic messages, the abuses that privateer “soldiers” and hired guns committed against the population, you would think he’s a person that acted on conviction.

    But the sad reality is that a lot of people don’t even consider Iraq or Afghan at all, certainly not as people. It’s “Us vs Them”….out of sight, out of mind.

    Manning probably gave his life for what he believed in. I’m sure he’s experiencing the same torture and sadistic physical abuse that he exposed with those secrets.

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