Help end the inhumane treatment of
Bradley Manning Support Network. 22 December 2010
The Marine Brig at Quantico, Virginia is using “injury prevention” as a vehicle to inflict extreme pre-trial punishment on accused Wikileaks whistleblower Army PFC Bradley Manning (photo right). These “maximum conditions” are not unheard-of during an inmate’s first week at a military confinement facility, but when applied continuously for months and with no end in sight they amount to a form of torture. Bradley, who just turned 23-years-old last week, has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest in late May. We’re now turning to Bradley’s supporters worldwide to directly protest, and help bring a halt to, the extremely punitive conditions of Bradley’s pre-trial detention.
We need your help in pressing the following demands:
End the inhumane, degrading conditions of pre-trial confinement and respect Bradley’s human rights. Specifically, lift the “Prevention of Injury (POI) watch order”. This would allow Bradley meaningful physical exercise, uninterrupted sleep during the night, and a release from isolation. We are not asking for “special treatment”. In fact, we are demanding an immediate end to the special treatment.
Quantico Base Commander
Quantico Brig Commanding Officer
the wake of
an investigative report last week by Glenn Greenwald of
Salon.com giving evidence that Bradley Manning was subject to “detention
conditions likely to create long-term psychological injuries”, Bradley’s
attorney, David Coombs, published an article at his website on Saturday
“A Typical Day for PFC Bradley Manning”. Mr. Coombs
details the maximum custody conditions that Bradley is subject to at the
Quantico Confinement Facility and highlights an additional set of
restrictions imposed upon him under a Prevention of Injury (POI) watch
What can you do?
1. Contact the Marine Corps officers above and respectfully, but firmly, ask that they lift the extreme pre-trial confinement conditions against Army PFC Bradley Manning.
2. Forward this urgent appeal for action widely.
3. Sign the “Stand with Brad” public petition and letter campaign at www.standwithbrad.org – Sign online, and we’ll mail out two letters on your behalf to Army officials.
4. Donate to Bradley’s defense fund at www.couragetoresist.org/bradley
Media: +1 (202) 640-4388 or Press@bradleymanning.org