Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Quantico brig as a place to sleep

Just a quick note on the Bradley Manning case, because this week they are unfairly heaping charges on the guy in hopes that something will stick.

Where he lives is solitary confinement, with severe restrictions on exercise. Where he sleeps is under blankets said to be "similar in weight and heft to lead aprons used in X-ray laboratories, and similar in texture to coarse and stiff carpet," requiring him to "lie very still at night to avoid receiving carpet burns."

Manning has probably committed some offense. It's reasonable for him to be prosecuted in a fair trial and perhaps convicted of a breach of security rules. However, it is embarrassing to see the buttocks of the U.S. penal system planted so heavily on this man because of his status as a political dissident.

There's a petition about the new charges at Firedoglake.

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