[World Can't Wait hears special coverage of Brad Manning military trial c/o Kevin Gozstola during teleconference.]
World Can’t Wait (WCW) joined a news and information support rally in solidarity with Courage To Resist, Wikileaks and others amid one of America’s most blatant whistleblower suppression trials in recent history. They have overcome general media and information blackouts by following Bradley Manning’s trial hearing updates, after the first week of June, and promoting the documentation of his pre-trial detention conditions and torture.
One of the only available news sources has been the accounts of Firedoglake’s special coverage reporter at The Dissenter, Kevin Gosztola. Additional direct sources news and information about Manning can be found at the blog of Defense Attorney, David Coombs: armycourtmartialdefense.info.
Gosztola joined WCW’s Executive Dir. Debra Sweet, during a weekly teleconference. After overcoming technical interruptions, he delivered very important developments on the Bradley Mannning military trial commencements in Quantico, VA.
As Bradley Manning was detained at Quantico, VA, a psychologist ruled he “was not a suicide risk”. This claim was the enduring qualifier facing the public for Manning being sent to solitary confinement during his pre-trial dentention at Quantico. SEE:fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2…
David Coombs, Manning’s defense attorney, now has evidence that a detention supervisor was given orders to give Manning retaliatory treatment at the Quantico Brig. This included solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and harsh treatements. “It would shock the conscience of the court,” said Coombs as quoted by Gosztola, of a 100 page motion filed on behalf of Manning documenting instances of direct harassment, cruelties and inhumanity in domestic detention of a US citizen. These allegations became a point of criticism at the US State Dept. and led to the resignations of official, P.J. Crowley : cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162…
Quantico’s Brig Commander, James Averhart, gave orders to put Manning into solitary confinement while detained on charges awaiting trial. Manning spent 23 hours a day in a cell and wore smock so abrasive he aqcuired fabric burns from it, as reported by Gosztola. Manning’s bedding articles, smock and related evidence are being admitted to the court for review of pre-trial punishment conditions levied against the whistleblower.
Pre-trial motion is expected before the court August 27th from David Coombs, Manning’s defense.
“Out of everything coming down the pike here, it is critical that he win everything that he is going after with the pre-trial punishment,” says Gosztola, FireDogLake’s special coverage reporter.
However, the battle over proof is heating up for as UN expert, Juan Mendez, a special rapporteur on torture, was barred from testifying at Brad Manning’s trial hearings.
Nevertheless he issued this statement, found at RT.com. rt.com/usa/news/bradley-man…
“The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence.
I conclude that the 11 months under conditions of solitary confinement (regardless of the name given to his regime by the prison authorities) constitutes at a minimum cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of article 16 of the convention against torture,” Mendez told the Guardian this past March.
If the effects in regards to pain and suffering inflicted on Manning were more severe, they could constitute torture.”
The important need for consistency and accuracy in reporting of the Manning proceedings was reiterated during the call. The status of the case stands to continue jeopardizing the civil liberty at the detention of PFC Manning for conspiracy to commit crimes without relevant evidence of legitimate harm.
“This is not just all legalese. This is really a life and death struggle. It’s a huge political battle that we are seeing unfold over what the government is going to be allowed to get away with,” said WCW Executive Director, Debra Sweet.
“How dare this government prosecute [whistleblowers] for releasing [information] about the monstrous crimes it has committed!”
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