Chelsea Manning Threatened With Indefinite Solitary Confinement For Expired Toothpaste & Having A Copy Of Vanity Fair

from the really-now? dept

The way the US treats prisoners is often barbaric. The UN has repeatedly highlighted how solitary confinement is a form of torture that should be stopped, but the US regularly uses it on its massive prison population (largest prison population in the world! Go USA!). And even if you don't think it's torture, you should at least recognize that people are thrown in solitary confinement for ridiculous reasons -- such as looking at Facebook. Or, apparently, having expired toothpaste in your cell.

It appears that Chelsea Manning is now facing indefinite solitary confinment for a short list of "infractions" which include having expired toothpaste ("medicine misuse") and having a copy of the Caitlyn Jenner issue of Vanity Fair, along with some other magazines ("prohibited property"). The other two charges may seem slightly less crazy, but not when you look at the details. They are for "disrespect" and "disorderly conduct," but the "disorderly conduct" was for apparently sweeping some food on the floor during a dinner, and the "disorderly conduct" was for asking for a lawyer when Manning was being yelled at over the food incident.
There's a hearing about this on August 18th, and Fight for the Future has set up a petition about this to call more attention to the way Manning has been treated. As the petition says, it's clear that Manning is being "singled out and punished for speaking out." Even if you don't think Manning's actions in leaking State Department cables was just, hopefully you can recognize that indefinite solitary confinement over such minor charges is ridiculous.

Filed Under: chelsea manning, prisons, solitary confinement, toothpaste, torture, vanity fair


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    Anonymous Coward, 13 Aug 2015 @ 2:22pm

    Re: Military Prisons

    An excellent summary of the surrounding issues here. Manning knew what (s)he was getting into when signing up for basic training.

    However, in this case, we've got a situation which should have constituted Manning being assigned mess hall duty for the month, and instead being tortured via indefinite solitary confinement.

    Now there's likely a further reason for this... being transgender, which of course can't be given as an actual reason, Manning is a 24-hour example of non-conformity that goes completely against basic training. ANY success on any level that Manning experiences would be a crack in the entire social order used to unify and strengthen the military. And then you add "whistleblower" -- and "irresponsible whistleblower" on top of that. Scenes from A Bug's Life come to mind.

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