As I recall, a long, long time ago there was a man running for the presidency of the United States who had taught constitutional law and we all expected once he was elected to witness changes in treatment of prisoners of war. Technically speaking, Bradley Manning is not a prisoner of war, but he sure is being treated like one. His heinous crime was participating in Wikileaks which allowed the world to delve into the thinking and actions of American and world leaders. Sgt. Manning is currently in solitary confinement for his “crime.” He sits alone 23 hours a day, is checked on every five minutes, denied access to normal activities of prisoners and shackled hand and foot when someone comes to visit him. In effect, he is treated as though he was a monster capable of violent crimes even though Bradley is simply a mild mannered man with a passion for the truth. Amnesty International, that noted terrorist organization, terms his treatment “harsh and punitive.”
It turns out that Bradley’s mother was a British citizen which means he can request assistance from the English government regarding his treatment in prison. I wonder what the former constitutional lawyer would tell his students about this case?