Bullajami wrote:At other times he is isolated from the other inmates for his own protection, in accordance with standard operating procedures at the detainment facility. These are not special 'Manning Rules' they've developed just for him.
He is in isolation 23 hours a day, deprived of his prescription glasses, his clothing, pillow and forced to sit in his underwear, nearly blind all day every day. He is required to respond to verbal inquiries every 5 minutes and awakened any time he pulls a blanket up to obscure his face or turns toward the wall in his sleep. Do you truly believe that this is just SOP and not intended as punitive? This treatment is motivated by concern for Private Manning's well being?
I find it highly unlikely that everyone in military custody who is on "prevention of injury watch" is awakened like this and quizzed every five minutes. It is also my understanding that he was placed into the suicide watch category by the CO of the brig against the specific recommendation of at least two different psychiatrists. I'm sure that happens routinely as well.