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by Chris Bodenner

As the U.N. begins to investigate whether Bradley Manning has undergone torture, Greenwald relays more unsettling details of his confinement:

In addition to confirming the facts I reported, [Manning's military defense lawyer] Maj. Coombs added several disturbing new ones, including the paltry, isolated terms of Manning's one-hour-a-day so-called "exercise" time (he's "taken to an empty room and only allowed to walk," "normally just walks figure eights in the room," "if he indicates that he no long feels like walking, he is immediately returned to his cell"); the bizarre requirement that, despite not being on suicide watch, Manning respond to guards all day, every day, by saying "yes" every 5 minutes (even though guards cannot and "do not engage in conversation with" him); and various sleep-disruptive measures (he is barred from sleeping at any time from 5:00 am - 8:00 pm, and, during the night, "if the guards cannot see PFC Manning clearly, because he has a blanket over his head or is curled up towards the wall, they will wake him").

Greenwald also lists examples of how the US government routinely condemns solitary confinement ... when carried out in other countries. David House recently had a rare visit with Manning at the Quantico brig and found that "the Pentagon’s public spin from last week sharply contradicts the reality of Bradley Manning’s detainment." Daphne Eviatar provides an example:

Manning is also said to be a threat to himself, given the serious trouble he's in. As a result, he's on "Prevention of Injury" watch, which accounts for the lack of sheets and pillows. But his lawyer thinks that's a ruse. And indeed, it's hard to imagine why prison officials would treat someone who they worry is mentally disturbed by isolating him to the point that, as medical experts have documented, is likely to make him crazy.

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