Greenwald: Accused WikiLeaks Leaker's Confinement Akin to Torture
This morning, Glenn Greenwald reportson the horrendous conditions of the imprisonment of Private Bradley Manning, the brave soldier who allegedly leaked a large quantity of classified material to WikiLeaks, including the infamous video of a US Helicopter gunning down civilians in Iraq.
Manning has yet to be convicted of any crimes but is kept in inhumane solitary confinement.
From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day -- for seven straight months and counting -- he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he's barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he's being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch).
Greenwald notesthat Manning, unlike the violent criminals usually subjected to solitary, has been a "model" prisoner. He adds that many who have personally experienced solitary confinement, including John McCain, have described its deleterious psychological effects which are essentially torture.
Read his full column at Salon.