Ciaron | 28.11.2012 09:10
As the group stood in silence and the rain confronting the U.S. embassy the soundtrack of http://collateralmurder.com was amplified.
Manning faces a week long pre-trial hearing at Ft. Meade Maryland USA, in which he will speak publicly for the first time since his arrest 2 1/2 years ago. Manning faces 22 charges accused of releasing footage and cables exposing U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere to WikiLeaks in 2010. He was exposed to long months of torture at Quantico marine base in the hopes he would crack and implicate Julian Assange. Manning has refused to speak to investigators. The main issue of this week's hearing will centre around his treatment at Quantico.
REPORTS FROM FT. MEADE, TUES NOV. 27TH.
****Former Quantico Brig Commander Testifies at Bradley Manning’s ‘Unlawful Pretrial Punishment’ Hearing
By: Kevin Gosztola
Retired Colonel Daniel Choike, who served as the Quantico Marine Brig commander while Manning was imprisoned there for nine months, took the stand to testify during the latest hearing in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning. The defense had him take the stand to testify on the confinement conditions that were imposed on Manning while at the Brig as part of argument over an “unlawful pretrial punishment” motion.
***Military feared independent reviews of Bradley’s treatment: notes from the courtroom, 11/27/12
Quantico’s base commander testified about internal discussions about Bradley’s detention conditions, why Quantico wasn’t fit to detain him in the first place, and the response to Bradley’s complaints about abusive treatment.
By Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network. November 27, 2012.
Despite freezing rain, dozens of Bradley Manning supporters rallied outside Ft. Meade before his hearing.
Quantico base commander Col. Daniel Choike revealed in testimony today that the military barred or delayed independent analyses of PFC Bradley Manning’s abusive confinement, claiming that Bradley’s defense could “exploit” such a review in the press, and instead sought reviews that would confirm and justify the military’s handling of the young private.
FURTHER UPDATES FROM THE HEARING DURING THE COMING WEEK