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Blenis stated that Manning had sent two letters from the brig using the name “Breanna”, and he considered this a reason to place Manning on Prevention of Injury status. Blenis claimed that this was “not normal” and “not stable”.
Blenis was a Sargent given a role as "counselor" being enlisted means the Sargent had no degree that would enable him to make counseling decisions based on fact.

Again the right wing need to place everyone into preformed boxes is being used to justify outright psychological abuse.

1829 - The first experiment in solitary confinement in the United States begins at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It is based on a Quaker belief that prisoners isolated in stone cells with only a Bible would use the time to repent, pray and find introspection. But many of the inmates go insane, commit suicide, or are no longer able to function in society, and the practice is slowly abandoned during the following decades.
Now the Marines have two options regarding solitary confinement.

They can say they are too ignorant of what they are doing thus failing their obligation to protect and defend to the best of their ability.

Or they need to admit they are intentionally driving people insane as psychological torture.

Every day Transgender prisoners are slowly driven insane because our criminal justice system instead of housing them properly places them in perpetual solitary confinement. So Breanna's treatment does not surprise me.

It still sickens me though.

In the treatment of gender non conforming inmates we have miserably failed. This little snapshot is just the tip of a deep iceberg of institutionalized Transphobia

Originally posted to TransAction on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Sluts, Police Accountability Group, Occupy Wall Street, and Anonymous Dkos.

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  •  You don't have to delve into the trans (4+ / 0-)
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    AoT, LaFeminista, Avilyn, crose

    aspect to get sick about the Marine Corps inability to be sane.

    American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

    by glitterscale on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:31:24 PM PST

    •  Perhaps not (12+ / 0-)

      But this is an important part of the B. Manning situation that is very much under reported.  In the chats between Manning and Lamo Manning had mentioned how being famous for this and being referred to constantly as a man would be horrible and almost too much to bear, and now that's exactly what we see happening, even by supporters.

      The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:36:48 PM PST

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    •  Um, YES WE DO! (2+ / 0-)
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      Her treatment IS legally defined as torture, with this revelation, that I, as a transgendered woman NEVER EVEN KNEW ABOUT, changes these torturous acts to the level of CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY!

      Article 1 of the Convention defines torture as:

          Any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in or incidental to lawful sanctions.

          — Convention Against Torture, Article 1.1

      Crimes Against Humanity:
      The Rome Statute Explanatory Memorandum states that crimes against humanity:

      are particularly odious offenses in that they constitute a serious attack on human dignity or grave humiliation or a degradation of one or more human beings.

      They are not isolated or sporadic events, but are part either of a government policy (although the perpetrators need not identify themselves with this policy) or of a wide practice of atrocities tolerated or condoned by a government or a de facto authority.

      However, murder, extermination, torture, rape, political, racial, or religious persecution and other inhumane acts reach the threshold of crimes against humanity only if they are part of a widespread or systematic practice. Isolated inhumane acts of this nature may constitute grave infringements of human rights, or depending on the circumstances, war crimes, but may fall short of meriting the stigma attaching to the category of crimes under discussion.

      On the other hand, an individual may be guilty of crimes against humanity even if he perpetrates one or two of the offences mentioned above, or engages in one such offense against only a few civilians, provided those offenses are part of a consistent pattern of misbehavior by a number of persons linked to that offender (for example, because they engage in armed action on the same side or because they are parties to a common plan or for any similar reason.)

      Consequently when one or more individuals are not accused of planning or carrying out a policy of inhumanity, but simply of perpetrating specific atrocities or vicious acts, in order to determine whether the necessary threshold is met one should use the following test: one ought to look at these atrocities or acts in their context and verify whether they may be regarded as part of an overall policy or a consistent pattern of an inhumanity, or whether they instead constitute isolated or sporadic acts of cruelty and wickedness.[1]

      Does anyone really need a history lesson? DADT, the killing of LGBT service members, the "military discipline", the unlawful discharges???

      NO ONE can tell me that the policy and culture promoted by "Officials" both high & low in the Military Chain of Command isn't still ongoing!!!!!!!!!!!

      Life For Some Gay Military Men Has Become Even Scarier After DADT’s Repeal

      What’s worse is that Jones’ story may be more common than even LGBT military organizations would like to admit.
      I think I need to have a fucking drink now!  Dammit and I've been fucking sober for 20+ yrs!!!!!!

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:40:39 PM PST

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  •  The press has turned its back on Bradley Manning (5+ / 0-)
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    All that in mind, the minimal attention to Manning's trial last week tells us how little corporate media care about the mistreatment of a government whistleblower. The revelations about U.S. foreign policy Manning allegedly made possible were news; the military's abusive retaliation against him apparently is not.

    On the other hand, some in the press say it is next to impossible to learn information about Bradley Manning's case.

  •  Solitary confinement, for long periods of time, (9+ / 0-)

    with no or virtually no access to others tends to make people insane. It actually harms them.  This, although the Supreme Court and others have a long history of refusing to look at the affects of such confinement on those confined.  

    And, yes, it's absolutely worse when the confinement is imposed because of gender or sex preference or other factors that don't implicate safety.

  •  This is the first I'd heard (7+ / 0-)

    About Manning being trans.  I was pissed about the solitary confinement to being with, but this adds a whole nother layer of outrage.  

    The Girl Who Loved Stories
    I’m a feminist because the message is still "don’t get raped" not "don’t rape"

    by Avilyn on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 01:50:07 PM PST

  •  Democracy Now! (7+ / 0-)

    is probably the only media outlet that has given substantial coverage to the Bradley Manning case.   An extensive interview with Denver Hicks, the author of the book about Manning's life, is posted below.  Scroll down to read the transcripts if the video is not available.

  •  What the hey??? IS THIS WHY OUR MEDIA (1+ / 0-)
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    has ignored her case????



    It didn't make sense why they were making her stand naked. It does now!

    Over 25 yrs ago I was arrested for a DWAI and was put into a cell naked.  As a transgendered woman prior to surgery, no one can understand the absolute shame and punishment AND TORTURE that is!

    These bastards better be brought up on Crimes Against Humanity!

    This very seriously put President Obama in a completely different light and I don't like it one bit!

    -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

    by gerrilea on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:04:24 PM PST

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