The New York Times ran an editorial a couple of days ago entitled “the Abuse of Private Manning.” You can just imagine David Letterman and all of the other New York liberals opening their newspapers that morning and going into an apoplectic fit at this injustice.
Private Bradley Manning (a open homosexual) is alleged to have passed on thousands of secret files to Julian Assange’s Wikileaks group as a protest at the Army’s failure to implement changes to the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy. He is jailed in a military prison awaiting trial.
The Time’s sympathy for Manning is nauseating. He is facing serious charges, including “aiding the enemy” that could result in the death penalty, although the prosecution have already stated they are not going for this outcome. The Times complains Manning has had unreasonable delay in having his case heard while held in a prison cell at Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia. The delay is actually down to Manning’s own lawyers who have asked for stays while his mental health is evaluated.
The Times say Manning is being totured and made to sleep naked. Manning is on suicide watch, and has been made to remove his undergarments nightly after threatening to use them to kill himself. He at all times had a bed and a blanket to cover himself, and is clothed in a standard jumpsuit during the day.
The Times say Manning is being held in solitary confinement. He is not in solitary confinement, merely a single cell where he is able to converse with other prisoners and mingle with them when outside the cell.
The Times says Manning was forced to attend morning parade naked. He was not forced. He chose to do this of his own accord. He has rights and privileges to food, mental health counseling, medical care, recreation, television, visitors, outside mail, and regular communications with his attorney. Newzreal Blog reports-
If Manning is being mistreated, he has judicial recourse under Article 13 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice which provides protections against unlawful pretrial punishment including the possible dismissal of the charges against him. Until Manning’s defense counsel makes a motion for relief under Article 13 and there are findings of fact to support the allegations of mistreatment, all that the Times can rely on are the whining of Manning, his lawyers’ complaints and the usual anti-American propaganda of the hard Left.
The allegations the left are spreading about Manning’s treatment are completely false, as all things coming from the left always are. If FOX News made such incorrect allegations as the Times has made about Manning’s treatment there would be a deafening outcry. The facts are that Manning is not being treated differently to any other prisoner, except where he has brought things on himself, and the delays in the trial are down to his own counsel. The left’s complaints about Manning’s treatment are just rank propaganda.