Bradley Manning and the Naked Truth

Posted on 04/03/2011 by


According to Pfc Bradley Manning’s attorney, the detained-without-charges soldier is facing some treatment which gives an even better window into the sick perversity of the US government than ever before. To wit, from David Coombs:

Last night, PFC Manning was inexplicably stripped of all clothing by the Quantico Brig.  He remained in his cell, naked, for the next seven hours.  At 5:00 a.m., the Brig sounded the wake-up call for the detainees.  At this point, PFC Manning was forced to stand naked at the front of his cell.

The Duty Brig Supervisor (DBS) arrived shortly after 5:00 a.m.  When he arrived, PFC Manning was called to attention.  The DBS walked through the facility to conduct his detainee count.  Afterwards, PFC Manning was told to sit on his bed.  About ten minutes later, a guard came to his cell to return his clothing.

The first person who says that this is “standard treatment for detainees” is seriously risking me blowing my lid. I will not be held responsible for my actions following said lid-blowing. Ye be warned.

To continue, this treatment of Pfc Manning is not uncommon; indeed, it goes on every day, in a lesser form, in airports across the USA. Air passengers are either electronically stripped by scatter X-rays, or have their genitals fondled in a manner usually reserved for prize bulls. This is different from the treatment of Pfc Manning only by degrees: instead of spending hours being humiliated, people can have two different flavours (pornoscan or crotch-grab,) and then only for a short period of time.

I do not say this to belittle the horrible, awful, inhuman and unjust treatment which Pfc Manning is receiving. What I mean to point out is that the average air traveller is regarded with only less suspicion and dislike as Pfc Manning. As far as the US government is concerned, there are only degrees of difference between Pfc Manning and every single air traveller in US airports: their treatment is graduated according to this level of perceived threat.

Neither Pfc Bradley Manning, nor the faceless common air traveller, have been charged with wrongdoing anything at all. They simply exist, and are going about their lives as best they can, but have had the misfortune to have garnered the attention of the US government. It is the degree of the ‘attention’ which they attract which explains the degree of their mistreatment. An air traveller is just one person out of conceptually uniform thousands to cram through the pornoscanners; the process must be relatively quick, and no one person, in the abstract, is singled out for special treatment.

Pfc Manning, on the other hand, has been singled out for very special treatment, by virtue of a seemingly-drugged-out loser named Adrian Lamo. It is not outside of the realm of possibility that the British Pfc Manning is just like the Australian Mamdouh Habib: a person selected at random to fit a charge already decided.

What this shows is that the US government has absolutely no institutional concept of the notion of ‘innocent before proven guilty’. I have been saying this for some time, now, but here is degree of proof which I think is inescapable. Anyone and everyone in within the power of the US government is guilty until proven merely suspicious. There is absolutely no rule of law left in the USA; anything which looks like such a thing is merely a lingering shadow of what has already been dispelled at the highest levels. It is time to accept that the US government is an insane and out-of-control organisation with a fetish for genitals, and that the USA is indeed a dictatorial police state.

Creative Commons Licence
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Posted in: Analysis