December 15, 2010
Just by itself, the type of prolonged solitary confinement to which Manning has been subjected for many months is widely viewed around the world as highly injurious, inhumane, punitive, and arguably even a form of torture.
"prisoners end up locked in their cells 23 hours a day, every day is so severe that people end up completely isolated, living in what can only be described as torturous conditions."
"Psychological effects can include anxiety, depression, anger, cognitive disturbances, perceptual distortions, obsessive thoughts, paranoia, and psychosis."
"EEG studies going back to the nineteen-sixties have shown diffuse slowing of brain waves in prisoners after a week or more of solitary confinement."
At least some preliminary efforts are underway in Britain to explore that mechanism as a means of securing more humane treatment for Manning. Whatever else is true, all of this illustrates what a profound departure from international norms is the treatment to which the U.S. Government is subjecting him.
Lamo: Why didn’t you?
Manning: Because it's public data
Lamo: I meany the cables
Manning: it belongs in the public domain ~ information should be free ~ it belongs in the public domain ~ because another state would just take advantage of the information ~ try and get some edge ~ if its out in the open ~ it should be a public good.