Bradley Manning transferred to Virginia

Bradley ManningFrom BradleyManning.org:

BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. Army officials transferred PFC Bradley Manning from the Theater Field Confinement Facility in Kuwait to the Marine Corps Base Quantico Brig in Quantico, Virginia, on July 29. Manning remains in pretrial confinement pending an Article 32 investigation into the charges preferred against him on July 5. Manning was transferred because of the potential for lengthy continued pretrial confinement given the complexity of the charges and ongoing investigation. The field confinement facility in Kuwait is designed for short-term confinement.

The criminal investigation remains open. Preferral of charges represents an accusation only; Manning is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The case will be processed in accordance with normal procedures under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

With this transfer to Quantico, Manning is now under the General Courts-Martial Convening Authority of Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, the commander of U. S. Army Military District of Washington. Manning will remain in pre-trial confinement as the Army continues its investigation.

An Article 32 investigation is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing or a preliminary hearing. The investigating officer will make findings and recommendations that the chain of command considers in determining whether to recommend the case be referred to trial by court-martial.

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  1. A brig official confirmed Bradley Manning’s conditions at Quantico as cruel and inhumane treatment and establishes that the accused leaker is subjected to detention conditions likely to create long-term psychological injuries.

    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. 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. For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs.

    And the brig’s medical personnel administer regular doses of anti-depressants to Manning to prevent his brain from snapping from the effects of this isolation.

    http://moraloutrage.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/so-what-of-bradley-manning-accused-wikileaks-source/

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