I wrote a few months back about the treatment Bradley Manning is receiving at the hands of our government. Bear in mind that this is a man who, under our law, is currently not guilty of any crime. Regardless of what you think should be done with him after he’s convicted, the fact that he’s being abused by the system right now should bother you, especially if you’re a right-wing Republican who is concerned about government overreach (and yes, one of my friends, I’m looking at you!).
Now comes word that things are getting even more bizarre in this case. Apparently Manning is being forced to sleep naked.
Pfc. Bradley E. Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking government files to WikiLeaks, will be stripped of his clothing every night as a “precautionary measure” to prevent him from injuring himself, an official at the Marine brig at Quantico, Va., said on Friday.
Private Manning will also be required to stand outside his cell naked during a morning inspection, after which his clothing will be returned to him, said a Marine spokesman, First Lt. Brian Villiard.
“Because of recent circumstances, the underwear was taken away from him as a precaution to ensure that he did not injure himself,” Lieutenant Villiard said. “The brig commander has a duty and responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of the detainees and to make sure that they are able to stand trial.”
That’s… just weird. But, ok, whatever, if you’re concerned about the man killing himself here’s a few things that can be done.
1. Stop trying to humiliate him Abu Grahib style.
2. Let him have access to exercise, phones, TV, etc, like other prisoners have.
3. Get him some mental treatment.
Again, bear in mind this is a man who under our law is not guilty of any crime. But this is how he’s being treated. This is inexcusable. Something needs to be done about this, because it’s not right. We’re a better nation than this, or at least we should be.