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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    GEMont, 14 Aug 2015 @ 3:26pm

    Solitary Confinement - as good as dead.

    I have to wonder just how long this "ruling" has actually been on the books - that is, how long has it been standard punishment policy that someone charged with; say, "disrespect" is punished with "indefinite solitary confinement".

    I suspect that normally only the possession of prohibited property might incur such wrath, and even then "indefinite" seems a tad draconian and "inquisition-ish".

    Then again, I suspect this whole thing was set up just for Miss Manning's "benefit", including the solitary confinement punishment, as that is the government's desired situation - that Miss Manning no longer has access to the public or to any external communications of any sort.

    Well what can you expect from an organization that once held the motto: "Dead Men Tell No Tales", when its no longer able to just shoot the person who embarrassed it publicly, in the back of the head with a 22 caliber pistol.

    Solitary confinement is the next best thing. Look at how well it has prevented all the other incarcerated government scapegoats and patsies from speaking out.


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