Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Samantha Castro on Bradley Manning - Revolution News Exclusive

Wikileaks Australian Citizens Alliance WACA’s Samantha Castro Speaks About
 Detained Whistleblower US Army Private Bradley Manning.

(Revolution News Exclusive)

Bradley Manning returns to Ft. Meade for another pre-trial hearing beginning on the 8th, and continuing again January 16 and 17, 2013.

 "Government prosecutors will argue their motion to block both any reference to the lack of harm caused by the released documents, and any reference of Bradley Manning’s whistle-blower motives, from the merits portion of his trial. … Judge Lind will rule on the defence motion to dismiss all the charges based on the abusive and unlawful pretrial treatment Bradley Manning endured at the Quantico Marine brig prison” 

We learned recently that during Bradley Manning's 11 month incarceration, he was held alone in a dark, tent-sheltered cage for 2 months in Kuwait. Bradley described his torment as a “shark attack environment” where guards would give him conflicting orders so that everything he did was wrong. Once delivered to Quantico, after being cleared by military psychologists for general population, Bradley was wrongfully kept on a extended suicide watch by Military Officials. They often kept him naked for long periods of time; forcing him to plead for every basic human need, like soap and toilet paper. Bradley endured months and months of this textbook CIA no touch torture technique.

As Julian Assange noted in his Sept. 2012 address to the UN, all of this inhumane treatment was an attempt to punish Bradley Manning before his trial in order to break him down to the point where he would give damning testimony against Assange and Wikileaks.

Is there any justification for such inhumane treatment of an American Soldier?

SC: The short answer in my opinion is no. But I guess the question is: is there any justification for such inhumane treatment of anyone, especially considering Manning is clearly a whistle-blower who has revealed war crimes, human rights abuses, corporate and government collusion and geopolitical manipulation. The same question could be asked of America’s treatment of Jeremy Hammond and of all of those men/teenagers who have passed through Guantanamo or remain there without charge. From an outside perspective it appears that the American military and Government are taking USA exceptionalism to a new level (such as with enhanced interrogation techniques which, lets face it, is a nicer word for torture, Drone assassinations of your own citizens and the NDAA) and with such behaviour the American people should be aware your Government is eroding your countries standing as a beacon of democracy in the eyes of many around the world.”

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