PENTAGON TORTURE OF MANNING RECALLS STALIN ERA ABUSES
“Officials have confirmed the ‘non-punitive’ stripping of an American soldier who has not been found guilty of any crime. This ‘non-punitive’ action would be considered a violation of the Army Field Manual if used in an interrogation overseas. The justification for and purpose of this action certainly raises questions of ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ and could constitute a potential violation of international law,” Kucinich said.
“If used in conjunction with intelligence interrogations, prohibited actions include…Forcing the detainee to be naked, perform sexual acts or pose in a sexual manner.”
Under the pretext of seeing that he is okay, Manning’s guards ask him, “Are you okay?” every five minutes and require him to respond in the affirmative. In the course of a 16-hour day this comes to nearly 200 interruptions and is, in fact, a form of continuous interrogation.
“A guard had to peep through every (cell’s) spy hole at least once every three minutes.” The Pentagon’s harassment of Manning goes way beyond the remote spying practiced by the Communists.
And like prisoners of the Communists, Manning is required to sleep with his hands outside his blankets. If he should pull his blanket over his head or turn his face to the wall where it is not visible, guards will enter and awaken him.
According to “Torture and Democracy,”(Princeton University Press), author Darium Rejali writes, “Stalin’s NKVD favored a procedure involving sleep deprivation, continuous interrogation, and positional tortures dubbed ‘The Conveyor,’ and it is reasonable to conclude that it preferred these techniques because it aimed to be stealthy.”
“The Commandant at Quantico has apparently seen fit to turn his brig into a stateside version of one of those infamous black hole detention facilities used by the CIA…in which the Bush gang conducted ‘torture by proxy.’ At Quantico we have decided to torture Bradley Manning ourselves.”
FRONTLINE INTERVIEW WITH BRIAN MANNING