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How Is Prison Life Actually Going for Bradley Manning?

There’s been a lot of hysteria over the alleged “abuse” Manning has been forced to endure in a military detention center. The Pentagon has e-mailed the Cable’s Josh Rogin to clarify how Manning has been treated. And considering that Manning is charged with the despicable crime of being a traitor to his own country, it sounds like life is pretty good for him in the brig.

According to the Pentagon, Manning is being kept in a “single-occupancy cell, like all of the other detainees.” He’s being held in the “same quarters section with other pre-trial detainees.” He has access to TV and newspapers and is allowed exercise time; he receives visitors, can write letters, make phone calls, and “routinely meets with doctors and his attorney.” All in all, “PFC Manning is being treated just like every other detainee in the brig,” says the Pentagon.

Yes, he is considered a maximum custody detainee — but that’s in his own self-interest. He’s been charged with aiding the enemy, not exactly something that would endear him to his fellow soldiers in detention. Calling on the military to lower his custody status is akin to welcoming physical attacks against him.

The Pentagon also responded to claims that Manning has been forced to stand naked in his cell:

Also, there is no “daily disrobing and various other humiliations.” In recent days, as the result of concerns for PFC Manning’s personal safety, his undergarments were taken from him during sleeping hours. PFC Manning at all times had a bed and a blanket to cover himself. He was not made to stand naked for morning count … but on one day, he chose to do so. There were no female personnel present at the time. PFC Manning has since been issued a garment to sleep in at night. He is clothed in a standard jumpsuit during the day.

The panic from the left over Manning’s “mistreatment” is nothing more than a pose. His supporters don’t believe he should be in detention in the first place, and the sudden concern about “abuse” in prison is just a way to put pressure on the Pentagon without saying this directly.

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