Are Psychologists Guilty In Manning Case?

Bradley Manning stands accused of revealing the Wikileaks which shocked the world when it was learned how American diplomats thought about people and events in other nations of the world. During the past ten months, he has been kept in solitary confinement and each night compelled to strip naked before going to sleep. Physicians For Human Rights, an advocacy group in America, is raising questions to psychologists and psychiatrists as to whether their participation in questioning this young man violates ethical standards of conduct. Author Christy Fujio, argues: “even if they do not officially approve it, buy continuing to examine him and report back to the government on his condition, they are effectively taking part in security operations. Their failure to call it what it is, cruel and inhumane treatment, constitutes a violation of their ethical duties as doctors.” Yesterday, Manning’s father added to criticism of treatment by saying: “it’s shocking enough that I would say, ‘No, you’ve crossed a line. This is wrong.”

The issue is no longer whether or not Manning violated military regulations. The issue is treatment of a man CHARGED with a crime, not a man who has been convicted of a crime. State Department official, P.J. Crowley, a former military officer, was forced to resign his post for claiming the military was guilty of stupidity in its treatment of the soldier. Our question is failure on the part of President Obama, a former professor of constitutional law to speak out.