Concerns, Protests Grow Over Wikileaks Soldier Bradley Manning

More concern over the conditions of Wikileaks soldier Bradley Manning, which has been called "torture" by Salon's Glenn Greenwald. Now, a psychologists group concurs:

Manning In the latest public pronouncements calling attention to Manning's plight, the Psychologists for Social Responsibility this week sent an open letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates saying it is "deeply concerned" about Manning's confinement conditions at a military prison at Quantico, Va.

"As an organization of psychologists and other mental health professionals, PsySR is aware that solitary confinement can have severely deleterious effects on the psychological well-being of those subjected to it," the group said. "We therefore call for a revision in the conditions of PFC Manning’s incarceration while he awaits trial, based on the exhaustive documentation and research that have determined that solitary confinement is, at the very least, a form of cruel, unusual and inhumane treatment in violation of U.S. law."

The letter deplores the "needless brutality" of Manning's conditions and says they undermine his right to a fair trial.

According to his lawyer, "Manning is confined in a 6-by-12-foot cell with a bed, a drinking fountain and a toilet for about 23 hours a day. On a " typical day," he is awakened at 5 a.m. and is not allowed to sleep between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m.; if he tries to sleep during those hours, guards will make him sit up or stand. He eats all his meals in his cell. He is allowed one hour of "exercise" daily outside his cell, consisting of walking in figure eights in an empty room, according to Coombs. When he goes to sleep, he is required to strip down to his boxer shorts and give his clothing to the guards. He is not allowed to have any personal items in his cell.

David House at FireDogLake, visited Manning, and agrees with the assessments above. Read his extensive report here.

Some have said that Manning's conditions are an effort to get him to name Julian Assange as a conspirator in order to get Assange on espionage charges.

Manning has not been convicted of any crime.


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Is The Today Being Too Sympathetic Toward Lady Gaga-Loving Leaker Bradley Manning?

Bradley Manning, the possibly gay or trans private first class accused of trafficking secret documents out of the military to Wikileaks on a Lady Gaga CD, was described yesterday by NBC's Today as an "outcast" who joined the military to impress his father. That lamestream media defending the queers again!

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Pastor James David Manning Doesn’t Need ‘Evidence’ To Know Oprah Is a Big Lez

Pastor James David Manning, the crackpot head preacher at ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, has realized the power of web video. He's attacked President Obama (some sort of CIA conspiracy theory). He's explained why the Bible entitles him to call people faggots. And now he's out to prove Oprah is a lesbian — not by any actual evidence, mind you, but by gut feelings.

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Mike Manning Provides Cover for Richard Simmons

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Real World D.C.'s Mike Manning tweeted this photo over the weekend, right before he started sweating to the oldies with his new trainer.


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Watch: Gay Kansas Candidate Dan Manning Discusses Death Threat

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Earlier this week, I posted about the death threats posted to the front door of gay Kansas House candidate and Army veteran Dan Manning’s home. Manning spoke with local station NBC2 about the threats:

“It was very scary. I wondered if there was still someone waiting at the house, someone who was waiting for me to come home. I checked the doors, checked the locks and called the police right away. It clearly has to do with my campaign and my sexual orientation. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to talk about this during this campaign, because it really is a distraction from what’s important.”

Manning’s opponent, incumbent Brenda Landwehr, has been using Manning’s sexual orientation to stir up her constituents.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP


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