13 January 2011

Confinement Conditions Update

The defense has raised its objection to the documented confinement conditions of PFC Bradley Manning on multiple occasions with the Quantico confinement facility and the Staff Judge Advocate’s (SJA) Office.  On 5 January 2011, the defense filed a formal complaint with the commander of the Quantico Brig.  On the same day, PFC Manning also filed a formal complaint through the confinement grievance process.  Both complaints requested that the confinement facility remove PFC Manning from Prevention of Injury (POI) watch and that his classification level be reduced from "Maximum" to "Medium Detention In."  The confinement facility did not respond to either complaint.     

Due to the lack of response from the confinement facility, the defense, pursuant to the provisions of Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 305(g), filed a request earlier today with the Garrison Commander to direct the release of PFC Bradley Manning from pretrial confinement.  This request is based upon the fact that the confinement conditions currently being endured by PFC Manning are more rigorous than necessary to guarantee his presence at trial, and that the concerns raised by the government at the time of pretrial confinement are no longer applicable.  Further steps to address PFC Manning's confinement conditions will be taken, if necessary.

24 comments:

  1. So much for the rule of law, any law.

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  2. You rock David! Please keep up the good work!

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  3. Thank you for the update. I'm disappointed by those in charge who believe Pfc Manning is being treated appropriately.

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  4. Thank you for your work.

    Every American deserves to be treated humanely in detention by our government -- which acts on the behalf of the people of the United States. We are responsible for the manner in which Bradley Manning is being detained, which IMP is cruel and unusual. Depriving him of human contact, even the right to exercise is cruel and unusual. They're trying to break him and I'm ashamed.

    When I first saw the New Baghdad video of the battle from the gunship, if you can call it a battle, I thought that's what war is but when I watched it again months later with commentary and additional facts provided by a well-known Australian journalist and two winter soldiers, both of whom were there that day, I knew much better what I witnessed. It's tragic and it's criminal because the US military has an obligation not to fire on civilians and it did -- two journalists, two children and their father. I would interested to know if anyone in the group that was fired upon should have been. I would be relieved to find out there were.

    Bradley Manning deserves the best defense. I'm glad he has it.

    I'm a friend of Sharon Swartworth CW5. I miss her.

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  5. Free this man immediately!

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  6. I know longer consider a nation of free people. It is a fascist state with a republic dress.

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  7. The political system, the command of the US military, is broken. As this particular matter certainly reaches deep into the political system, you will have little, if any, results from addressing the symptoms of the dis-ease. If you want results, stop talking with the janitor about it and go to the boss.

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  8. Manning is an American hero. He should be treated as such.

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  9. We want to prosecute a hero? Private Manning is a hero because his work allowed Americans to find out what Government is doing on their behalf. Governments should be working with full integrity without any secrets and if they don't think they should, they may have dishonest intentions. I am confident that in the future governments of all civilized countries will have to operate in complete openess to public they serve. This how crimes perpetrated by governments will be elominated. World will be a better place.

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  10. We'll be outside Quantico to protest the detention of Bradley Manning on January 17 at 2 p.m. please join us!

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  11. The U.S. Government, Wall Street, and the Military, are obviously being controlled by the Federal Reserve. (Military Industrial Complex). They're out to get the oil and the mineral riches from Iraq & Afghanistan, in my opinion. Now that the truth is being exposed on the web, it's opening up the eyes of millions of people around the world. The video entitled- "Collateral Murder", which is available on the web, proves that we're not over there to defend 'freedom'. This is all about money and taking over more real estate by the Central Bankers, in my opinion. Thank You

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  12. What a country. I was told, as a youngster, that Russia treated their citizens bad, and that we (Americans) were better than that. What a lie. Our beloved country has gotten as bad as any Communist nation. Why is that?

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  13. I hope Bradley knows he has our support, even with the smearing of his name by the US Gov and the mainstream media.

    I want to know if i can do more to help.

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  14. Innocent until proven guilty, yes?

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  15. this man should be freed ASAP!!!!

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  16. We are told frequently by those who seek power over us that we live under the rule of law. This is assumed to be a good thing. When Law is made and applied with compassion to the needs of the population, then it truly is good. A codified set of rules that everyone can understand and is applicable to the current societal conditions is preferable to the whims of Rulers.

    Unfortunately, the "rule of law" as we have it is a sham. It is an illogical con job. It is claimed that the system has suitable checks and balances built in to prevent manipulation. BS. Those who obtain power over us make the laws!! Duh!! If they get in in there collective heads to oppress or deceive or siphon off funds through dodgy deals, they can legitimise their actions quite easily. Yes, sometimes there is some noise from the judiciary, but this can be dealt with. Who appoints the judges? Most of recent histories monstrous regimes operated under the law.

    The Law is a pawn of the belief system.

    The problem we are having at present is that the majority believe the basic tenants of the Militarist/Capitalist system.
    There is discontent because of recent over the top dumb actions by the leading "Free Nations". The Iraq war waged on a fiction by oilmen turned politicians, who not only used 9/11 as a trigger for war, but also as an excuse to savagely curtail the freedoms of it's own and it's allies citizens. The greedy rake off of the general populations wealth through the GFC, when not only did the financial hit squads strip many hard working people of everything through predatory lending practises, they then used their power to force the government to hand over billions more of the taxpayers money as a bail out. I see people struggling with the aftermath. I see the Bankers once again making obscene profits. Screwed both ways.
    And there is the attack on the freedoms of the press and speech. Take the abysmal state of journalism and the rabid attacks on Wikileaks and Julian Assange. In a supposed "Democracy" the people have a right to know!!

    Those that seek power over us, have conditioned our societies belief system. Through constant repetition and distortion they have us believe that the heartless brutality that emanates from our Fundamentalist Capitalism is necessary to maintain our "free" way of life with it's surfeit of useless "consumer goods". They blind us with morally bankrupt TV shows where greed and appalling behaviour are cheered on and promoted. They feed us on the bodies of mistreated animals and poisoned crops. They turn us into slaves with easy credit and conditioning to consume. They mine the labour of sweat shop slaves in foreign countries to not only make immense profits, but strip their own populations of security of wages and conditions.
    It's this belief system that is the core problem of all our somewhat psycotic behavior. We have examples all throughout history and even today, of belief systems leading to extreme behaviours, both bizarre and destructive.

    We need to decondition! Open our eyes!! Think for ourselves.





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  17. Obama and Attorney General Holder are all behind this horrible inhumane facist treatment...Obama is not better than Bush or Palin, in fact he being a Lawyer is obliged to more. SHAME of us US, not a democracy ! FREE THIS MAN ASAP !

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  18. gestapo gov need to build dosens of new quantico
    as soon will be many many Mannings

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  19. Dear David Coombs, I am sad that the army which you served so loyally and so courageously has failed you, Bradley Manning, and other soldiers in such a way. But I am very proud and grateful that you have dared to stand up and fight back! Thank you, thank you for your courage and commitment to your principles. Mike Wong

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  20. The rule of law in the USA has been so subverted that I have to believe the average Joe no longer believes in the mission. He/she knows they have been lied to by Congress and yes sadly, the President as well. US democracy is broken down and rusting in the backyard. The big question is, do Americans give a damn?
    Brusky

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  21. Isn't there a law against prisoner torture? against lengthy solitary confinement? Against holding someone without pressing charges?

    Manning is a hero. History will absolve him.

    Our job is to make sure that we correct everything we see wrong with the system now.

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  22. Terrorism is just bulshit to control everything and everybody it spreads like cancer in human flesh and death is the end.

    Evil governments controls now too much of our lifes, they dont deserv nickle of it!


    its time to rise citizens to protect themselfs from evil spirits which are leading governments to control everything, in realaty they show us theyr afraid of themselfs, they r not sure whats beihind the scence, so why should we be afarid, they must know that citizens wont tolerate hipocracy, lies and legal rabbery at all anymore, so wer strong to fight for our rights to have better future, health, liefs for our children, its paytime for those who sit in government and act like stupid cows with no responsibility to us!

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  23. This is USA? Isn't it a country of law? The dude is dying in confinement, it's wrong, no matter his crime, he is a human. Charge him if you have to, but don't torture him, he is a soldier with morals at worst!

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  24. Can Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Averhart be sued in a civil court? It seems that he would like Bradley Manning to commit suicide. Is Bradley Manning considering a civil suit against the military? I think civil jurors should weigh in on this situation. Is this a criminal cover up? Is that Averhart's motive?

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