Manning’s 1,001 day detention ruled “reasonable” length
Last Sunday marked the 1,000th day Pfc. Bradley Manning had spent in military custody without trial. In an argument brought in front of a pretrial hearing in Fort Meade Monday, Manning's defense attempted to see the soldier's charges dropped on the grounds that his lengthy pretrial detention violated his constitutional rights. However, Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled that Manning's detention period has been "reasonable."
As the Guardian's Ed Pilkington reported from the courtroom, Lind concluded "that the exceptional length of the case was almost entirely justified as a result of its uniquely complex and sensitive nature." Firedoglake's Kevin Gozstola, also reporting from the trial, called the judge's ruling (which she took nearly two hours to read) "a mind-numbing list of dates and government agency alphabet soup" -- minutiae as proof of the need to lock up the accused whistleblower for over two and a half years without trial.