Update 12/15/12: Media covering the latest pretrial hearing, the unfit Quantico brig, and Amy Goodman on how history will judge Manning
Al Jazeera summarizes Bradley Manning’s case and examines the “sparse media coverage” of his pretrial proceedings. The twenty-five minute Listening Post program features FAIR Media Watch’s Peter Hart, FireDogLake’s Kevin Gosztola, and the Bradley Manning Support Network’s Emma Cape and Nathan Fuller.
The Quantico Marine brig was unfit to hold Manning in the first place, and Marine officials knew it. The Bradley Manning Support Network’s Mike McKee details the ways in which Quantico was unprepared to hold Manning for longer than 90 days, and despite knowing that he would be in pretrial confinement for well over a year, Marine officials put him there:
“Quantico was a curious choice to house a high-profile detainee that military top brass was already aware would attract intense public, political, and media scrutiny. The decision is even more baffling considering some of the correspondence between Col. Choike and Lt. Gen. Flynn, who described Choike’s newest guest as a “young man with a lot on his plate” whose “life has fallen apart,” requiring suicide-watch status. Despite the demanding level of resources this implies, Quantico was getting by on a revolving cast of part-time, visiting mental health care providers. This proved problematic in March 2011 when a simple scheduling issue sent brig officials scrambling in a “full court press” just to secure another of Manning’s regular psychiatrists, Col. Rick Malone. Roughly eight months since Manning’s arrival, Quantico had yet to hire one full-time mental health professional.”
Amy Goodman says, “History will judge harshly the US military’s mistreatment of the alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower, who turns 25 this week.” In an essay shared by the Guardian, Truthdig, and many others, Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman documents Manning’s Article 13 pretrial hearing, quoting Michael Ratner and Daniel Ellsberg:
“Manning turns 25, in prison, 17 December, which is also the second anniversary of the day a young Tunisian set himself on fire in protest of his country’s corrupt government, sparking the Arab Spring. A year ago, as Time magazine named the protester as the “Person of the Year”, legendary Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg offered praise that rings true today:
“The Time magazine cover gives protester, an anonymous protester, as ‘Person of the Year,’ but it is possible to put a face and a name to that picture of ‘Person of the Year.’ And the American face I would put on that is Private Bradley Manning.”