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Barack Obama: You visited Mandela's cell; now make a televised visit to Bradley Manning's-Petition

 
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Barack Obama: You visited Mandela's cell; now make a televised visit to Bradley Manning's-Petition
Bradley Manning is the U.S. Private accused of acting as a whistleblower, using Wikileaks to expose shocking state secrets and atrocities.

After his arrest in mid-2010, Manning was held under an extreme form of solitary confinement in Quantico, Virginia, causing him profound psychological harm.

- After a 14-month investigation, Juan E. Mendez, a United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, published a report saying Manning's detention conditions had been "cruel, inhuman and degrading."

- Mendez concluded: "imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence".

- Amnesty International, in a letter to US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, complained of the "unnecessarily harsh and punitive" conditions Manning suffered, of a kind that "cause psychological impairment, including depression, anxiety and loss of concentration", and breach the USA's obligations under international treaties and standards.

- In April 2011, around 295 academics, most of them legal scholars, pointed out that Manning's treatment violated the US Constitution.

- State Department Spokesperson Philip J. Crowley said that Manning was being "mistreated" in a way he called "ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid". Crowley was forced to resign two days later.

- Manning was held in solitary confinement in a tiny, 6 by 12 foot windowless cell for 23 hours a day. During the other hour, he was allowed to walk in circles around another room by himself.

- Despite the lack of risk he posed, Manning was held as a "maximum security pre-trial detainee", under a "Prevention of Injury" classification, and thus subject to severe restrictions including shackling when meeting visitors, even though these were non-contact visits.

- Manning was kept on suicide watch for nine months - an "unheard of" practice, according to psychology of imprisonment expert Craig Haney; harrassed by guards every 5 minutes; prevented from sleeping; and woken at night if he covered his face or turned away from the cell door. He was also deprived of clothes; forced to sleep in his pants (and later naked) under a blanket that chafed his bare skin; deprived of sheets and a separate pillow; forced to stand naked for inspection in front of his cell; and deprived of his glasses.

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Re: Barack Obama: You visited Mandela's cell; now make a televised visit to Bradley Manning's-Petition
interesting-this only needed 29 signatures when I posted it now its gone to zero-maybe its best not to sign it-maybe they just want to know who we are...
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