Marine Officer Concedes Rules Broken In Bradley Manning's Confinement | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Marine Officer Concedes Rules Broken In Bradley Manning's Confinement

Play associated audio
Protesters outside Fort Meade show their support for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been detained, often in restricted conditions, since July 2010.
Elliott Francis
Protesters outside Fort Meade show their support for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has been detained, often in restricted conditions, since July 2010.

The former commander of a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., says he ordered tight restrictions on Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, charged with leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, for the soldier's own good.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Averhart testified Thursday at a military pretrial hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning. Manning claims he was held under conditions so harsh that his case should be dismissed.

Manning testified last week that he was only allowed 20 minutes a day outside of his 6 ft. by 8 ft. cell, and even then, only in full hand leg irons. He was not given a pillow and was not allowed to lie down in his bed. And he had to ask for toilet paper every time he wanted to use the latrine.

Averhart confirmed much of that account, saying that they could have been used in a possible suicide attempt.

He acknowledged that military regulations required him to remove Manning from highly restrictive suicide watch upon a psychiatrist's recommendation, but he said he did not feel comfortable following the mental health evaluation due to a lack of trust with the psychiatrist.

Averhart further cited concern Manning's history of anxiety, depression and suicidal gestures as the reason Manning was kept under suicide watch.

The Marine Corps' chief of corrections testified Wednesday that Averhart wrongly kept Manning on suicide watch for at least seven days of his nine months' confinement.

NPR

Reports: Fashion Icon Oscar De La Renta Dies After Long Cancer Fight

Fashion designer Oscar de La Renta, 82, died Monday after a decade-long battle with cancer, The New York Times and other media outlets report.
NPR

Sandwich Monday: The Primanti Bros. Pitts-burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a sandwich from the famous Primanti Bros. of Pittsburgh.
NPR

Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Joni Ernst, who's an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren't responding to that.
NPR

Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.