"The revelation that a Lieutenant General would order the mistreatment of a fellow soldier in violation of the UCMJ leaves me aghast."
"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."