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PJ Crowley Says Pentagon 'Affirmed' Manning Torture Criticism with Leavenworth Move


The military is moving Bradley Manning to Ft. Leavenworth from Quantico Prison, where it was accused and criticized for its treatment of the alleged Wikileaks source. At Leavenworth, he'll reportedly be treated much more humanely, but it could cause some complications for his lawyer and protesters. MSNBC:

Once at Leavenworth, he’ll be placed in a new medium-security facility. Although locked in a cell at night, he’ll have some freedom of movement in an open day room, have contact and take meals with fellow prisoners, shower when he wants and have access to books and TV. He will also have three hours a day of recreation time.

This will make visits with his civilian attorney, family and some friends more difficult, but it’s the nearest such facility for pre-trial confinement the Army has. Manning will have to return to Fort Belvoir in Virginia for any court appearances.  Putting him back into Quantico is “out of the question,” according to Pentagon and military officials, so the Army may make arrangements with a civilian detention facility to hold him temporarily as needed.

PJ Crowley, the State Department Spokesperson who resigned after criticizing the military's treatment of Manning, told Fox News yesterday that the move acknowledged and vindicated the criticisms of Manning's treatment. Via Think Progress:

CROWLEY: I think yesterday the Pentagon without saying as much affirmed that the situation at Quantico had become unsustainable. The level of solatary confinement and arduous nature of his treatment was inconsistent with how we normally handle soldiers or inmates in a pretrial situation. They’ve now corrected that with his movement to Kansas. So it’s the right step to take. [...]

For us to lead around the world in the future, we have to take aggressive action and to make sure that action is consistent with our laws and our values and in this particular case, we’ve corrected what I thought was a mistake at Quantico.


And while skeptics and protesters might be skeptical at the new higher-security move, it's hopeful that the torture looks like it might be coming to an end.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at April 21, 2011, 7:28am

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