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  •  And - I may be mistaken - but if memory serves (4+ / 0-)

    Calley ws not subjected to pre-trial imprisonment, and certainly not too torturous conditions in solitary confinement.

    The Uniform Code of Military Justice calls for trial within 120 days of arrest and/or confinement in order to satisfy the constitutional right to a speedy trial.  Manning has been held in excess of 1,100 days without conviction.

    While some of the delay is attributable to the defense, violation of Mannings rights seem self-evident

    Not to mention the findings of the UN rapporteur on torture:

    The special rapporteur concludes that imposing seriously punitive conditions of detention on someone who has not been found guilty of any crime is a violation of his right to physical and psychological integrity as well as of his presumption of innocence,"

     "I conclude that the 11 months under conditions of solitary confinement (regardless of the name given to his regime by the prison authorities) constitutes at a minimum cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in violation of article 16 of the convention against torture. If the effects in regards to pain and suffering inflicted on Manning were more severe, they could constitute torture."

    I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. ~Thomas Jefferson

    by bobdevo on Tue Jul 09, 2013 at 12:08:13 PM PDT

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