It was judged that Bradley Manning was at high risk of suicide, so his possessions were taken away from him.
He then sarcastically quipped that, if he wanted to harm himself, he could do it with his flip-flops or underwear. So they took them away too.
The POL status seems to have legitimized a whole range of confusing or highly restrictive procedures. He was placed under it because of 'erratic' behavior, which included dancing in his cell and playing 'peek-a-boo' through the bars.
While under medication, he had also licked the bars of his cell. Choike finished with stating that 'poor judgment in the past and poor family relationships' had contributed to ruling Manning a POL case.
At night, this involved Manning lying naked, with the lights on at all times. Each morning, he was to stand to attention, feet placed shoulder-width apart, while Quantico's guards filed past. He was still naked. He'd been offered a choice between a blanket or a suicide smock, but when he reached for the blanket, it was snatched away.
The situation appears to have amused one of his captors, who composed a ditty on a theme of Dr Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham.
"I can wear them in a box,
I can wear them with a fox,
I can wear them in the day,
I can wear them so I say,
But I can't wear them at night,
My comments gave the staff a fright."
David Coombs asked Choike if he thought that the circumstances were a joking matter. The colonel replied that he did not.
Cross-examining for the prosecution, Army Major Ashden Fein affirmed that the decision to place Manning on POL status had a little more substance. He told Choike, "You were aware of (Manning) licking the bars at night, that he wouldn't interact with staff, that there were times when he wouldn't be responsive at all, that there was an incident of him crying behind an exercise machine."
It was also mentioned that Bradley Manning had crafted some nooses, in his early days at Quantico. None of this had been revealed earlier, when Colonel Choike laid out his reasoning for the POL status.
Choike added that he had initially advised that Quantico was inappropriate, as a holding bay for Manning, for more than ninety days. Unfortunately, his prisoner was there for nine months.
What are your thoughts on the first day's findings?
My gut feeling is the same, but his lawyer David Coombs has spoken out on this (rarely, as he doesn't usually discuss this with the general public). He says that the military courts are actually the best place for Bradley Manning. The way it's set up is different, but there are also very strict guidelines, which have to be adhered to.
I don't know. It's a case of trusting, because there is no other option, which isn't a great turn of events.
Bradley Manning won with 70% of the vote.
damn i missed the deadline for the vote!
Yes, I did, so thank you for that. He won with 70% of the vote! I wonder how that's going to go down on the other side of the Atlantic?
I voted for him too, and I was pretty sure that if you hadn't already seen the article you'd want the chance to vote. :)
Thank you very much! I've just nipped there and voted. The polls close in 12 hours time.
Guardian taking votes for person of the year- Bradley manning nominated.
You are very welcome. It's a subject which I wanted to raise awareness in, particularly since the mainstream press seem to either be ignoring it or relegating it to a couple of lines on page 3.
Thank you, Jo. I'd seen these articles but was really busy. This is serious stuff and I didn't want to just skim them but read and really think about them. I'm working my way to your other articles on the topic- and I very much admire the time that you have spent bringing them to the fore- we need to be aware of this stuff!
I was so hoping that you'd comment on all of these! I'm happy dancing right now because you have. Your insight is much keener than mine on these things, as I'm coming in from the what-are-they-doing-to-that-Welsh-boy and the human rights angle.
It's all as I suspected.