Lance Corporal Joshua Tankersley and Lance Corporal Jonathan Cline individually, via telephone link up, told their versions of an incident involving Bradley Manning.
On January 18th 2011, the two men had escorted Manning to an exercise room. Both were later removed from active duty for what happened next.
For a while, it seemed that they simultaneously gave conflicting orders to the young private, who was standing to attention before them. An example given was one lance corporal yelling, "Turn left!", while the other shouted, "Don't turn left!"
During the course of the session, Private Bradley Manning either fainted or fell. Manning scrambled to his feet and raced behind a weights machine. He later claimed that it was because the guards were 'lunging' at him, as if to hurt him.
He apparently became very upset, crouched in the corner there and sobbing. This incident was used to further prolong the restrictive POI status, under which Manning was held.
Tankersley and Cline both testified that Manning was acting agitated from the moment he was collected from his cell. Cline explained the procedure. First Manning's wrists would be handcuffed, then he had to turn around, while they fitted a restraining belt. Finally, Manning had to kneel, as leg restraints were added.
In this way Bradley Manning could leave the 6ft x 8ft cell, wherein he remained for all but an hour of his day. He had a choice between an hour of exercise, in the indoor fitness facility, or 20 minutes of sunshine and 40 minutes of exercise.
But on this occasion, Cline testified, Manning had to keep being 'corrected', as he was 'moving his hands when we put on his restraints.'
This was supported by Tankersley, who maintained that '(when) we put him in restraints, he did not respond in a correct manner.' Manning had to twice be told to stop moving, both in his cell and when the restraints were removed in the exercise room.
Cline stated that, "(Manning) fell down on his butt. We tried to catch him, he went hiding behind a weight machine and he began to cry."
Neither man could understand why they'd been stepped down on charges of intimidation. Cline added, "I spoke to him basically like to a normal human being. They're in the facility, that's their punishment. They don't need to be screamed at or yelled at."