Bradley Manning is set to be moved to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. The Pentagon is expected to announce the move tomorrow.
Manning has been held in torturous conditions at Quantico Marine Base’s brig since July, just south of Washington, DC. The Army’s intention to move to Fort Leavenworth is questionable. It puts Manning in the middle of America, away from the spotlight of DC.
It remains to be seen what facility at Fort Leavenworth Manning will be held at, as the fort hosts two: The United States Disciplinary Barracks, the nation’s only maximum security military prison and home of death row; and the new Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility, a military prison that holds convicted military members for 5 years or less, as well as those awaiting trial.
Moving Manning to Fort Leavenworth serves to further isolate Manning, and makes it easier for the Pentagon to continue its abuse of Bradley Manning. It is hard to see any good that comes out of this move.
If the Pentagon was getting serious about treating Manning well, they could lighten up at Quantico. Are they admitting Quantico is out of control? They already replaced the brig commander once. It seems the solution to Manning’s abuse isn’t to move him, it’s to control the people in charge of his treatment.