Things are worse at Quantico brig than I ever imagined:
Manning is being treated no differently than any other detainee at the Quantico facility, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said on Wednesday.
“I think the manner in which he is being held is completely appropriate and completely consistent with how any and all detainees at the brig are treated,” Morrell said.
Bradley Manning is on Prevention of Injury (POI) watch and MAX custody, which means he’s being held in his cell for 23 hours a day under solitary confinement-like conditions for his own good, so he will not injure himself. This despite the fact that three psychiatrists have said he is not a suicide risk, and have recommended that he be removed from POI watch and that his confinement classification changed from MAX to Medium Custody In (MDI).
Manning’s attorney David Coombs has said that Manning is the only one in the Quantico brig who is on POI watch and MAX custody. And BevW, who worked at U.S. Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) for 20 years, says Manning is being treated more like a Supermax convict than a pre-trial detainee. But according to this DoD spokesman, everyone in the place is being held in conditions just like Bradley Manning, and would attempt to personally injure themselves if they weren’t being watched round the clock.
My god, no wonder they replaced the brig commander. The place is a disaster.