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Sign Our Letter: Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning

UPDATE: We were detained at Quantico trying to deliver our petition. Add your name now!

Bradley Manning Bradley Manning is the 23-year-old Army Private accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. For the last six months, he has been detained in solitary confinement enduring conditions that are cruel, inhumane, and bordering on torture. (More info on Bradley Manning below.)

Bradley Manning deserves humane treatment while he awaits trial.

Please add your name to our letter urging the Marines to lift the heavy restrictions of Manning’s unnecessary “Prevention of Injury” order.

Bradley's friend, David House, will deliver your letter to the Commanding Officer at the Quantico Marine Base brig THIS SATURDAY when he visits Bradley Manning.

Letter to Commanding Officer Denise Barnes, US MCB Quantico Brig:

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been held for five months under “maximum custody” at Quantico Marine Corps Base under your supervision. Pfc. Manning is under a “Prevention of Injury Order” (POI) that puts him in severe isolation and that limits his:

  • social contact,
  • news consumption,
  • freedom to exercise, and 
  • ability to sleep.

The severe isolation is already having negative effects on Pfc. Manning’s health, according to his attorney and a friend. And his psychologist says he is of no danger to himself or others, making the longstanding POI order unnecessary.

The conditions of Pfc. Manning’s detention are cruel, inhumane, and disproportionate for the crime with which he has only been charged.

We urge you to lift Pfc. Manning’s POI order and allow him to exercise, communicate, and sleep as allowed under maximum custody.

Add your name to our letter using the form to the left.

More information about Bradley Manning: (Back to the petition)

US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning was arrested in May 2010 for allegedly leaking classified information to Wikileaks. In July he was transfered to US Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia.

At Quantico, Manning was placed in solitary confinement under "maximum custody" and a restrictive "Prevention of Injury" order while he awaits trial.

Those restrictions include:

  • Detained in his cell for 23 hours a day
  • Guards must check on Manning every 5 minutes, and he must reply 
  • Not allowed to have a pillow or a blanket.
  • Not allowed to sleep between 5am and 8pm, with heavy restrictions when he is allowed to sleep.
  • Not allowed any substantive exercise.
  • No communication allowed beyond a limited list approved by the brig commander. All other letters must be destroyed.
  • Not allowed to watch national news. 

David House, a friend who has visited Manning in Quantico, along with Manning's attorney, have reported Manning's physical and mental well-being are in decline.

Bradley Manning is completely isolated, and he is unnecessarily suffering because of the POI order.

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