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Bradley Manning Seeks Plea Deal

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"This general, and those who obeyed his orders to mistreat whistle-blower Bradley Manning while he was held in pre-trial confinement, must be held accountable. If not, the entire military justice system fails all members of the military."

Manning was subjected to the following harsh treatment:

  • isolation for 23 hours a day;

  • one hour alone outside in an isolated room; he was shackled, allowed to walk in circles, and returned to his cell the moment he stopped;

  • extremely limited activities overall;

  • prohibited from exercising;

  • directly and by video surveilled constantly;

  • barred from accessing any news or other information;

  • forced to respond to guard inquiries almost every five minutes all day;

  • awakened at night for being out of full view; he was curled up under very uncomfortable blankets;

  • denied a pillow and sheets; and

  • for weeks subjected to forced nudity; he was kept that way at night and outside his cell mornings for inspection; military officials lied; they claiming it was to prevent him from injuring himself.

The Pentagon exerted great pressure to break Manning emotionally. He hung on courageously throughout his entire ordeal. Obama threw Manning under the bus. 

He defended his lawless treatment. He said it met basic standards. He left unexplained gross human rights violations. Coombs said Manning's constitutional and statutory rights were "trampled on with impunity."

On November 7, Coombs posted the following information on his web site:

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His only chance now is a Presidential pardon. They... by Swamper Tom on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:57:25 AM
We can always give him the one awarded to our illu... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:19:12 PM
Ain't it the truth... I wouldn't expect Obama to p... by Swamper Tom on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 7:21:38 PM
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This past week, American hypocrisy was on grand di... by Sister Begonia on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:17:44 PM
When do these traitorous 'leaders' of ours get the... by Don Caldarazzo on Saturday, Nov 10, 2012 at 6:52:19 PM
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