Why is the United States torturing Private Manning?
Ron Smith| Baltimore Sun
Ten months after his arrest on charges of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is systematically being stripped of his humanness by his warders at the brig inside the Marine base at Quantico, Va.
Not yet tried for — much less convicted of — crimes against the state, Private Manning is forced to endure punishment that certainly fits the definition of torture. He is being held in solitary confinement in a tiny cell 23 hours a day, allowed no exercise other than walking around dragging his ankle shackles during the 24th hour.
Every five minutes during waking hours, he must answer the question, “Are you OK?” If his hands aren’t outside his blanket while sleeping, or if his head is turned toward the wall, the young soldier is awakened.
The result is that Private Manning is under more or less constant interrogation, a tactic routinely employed by the notorious NKVD, the secret police of Lenin and Stalin, on Soviet dissidents in the basement of Moscow’s Lubyanka prison.