More on PFC Manning’s conditions of confinement as the ACLU writes a letter to Secretary Gates about the “the inhumane conditions under which PFC Bradley Manning is being confined in the Quantico Base Brig.” Amazing how their letter is so clear on their knowledge of the conditions of his confinement. The introduction in the press release states that Manning “is reportedly being held in solitary confinement, which includes being forced to remain in his cell for 23 hours a day, and is stripped naked at night.”
Also, Sgt. Hutchins is seeking clemency, see WaPo here. The report states that Hutchins asked for clemency from the Naval Clemency and Parole Board. The report summarizes some of the clemency request:
In a letter given to the board Wednesday, Hutchins said he is deeply sorry for what happened and suffered nightmares and anxiety because of the death. Hutchins proved to be an outstanding Marine during his release and deserves to be freed, Kaza added. He also argued that Hutchins’ family has suffered enough. Hutchins has a 6-year-old daughter and pregnant wife
Just in case anyone is listening, the NCPB website, possibly the worst DON website I have ever seen.
[T]he United States, out of a sense of legal obligation, will adhere to the set of norms in Article 75 of Protocol I in international armed conflicts. Article 75 sets forth humane treatment and fair trial safeguards for certain persons detained by opposing forces in international armed conflict and was praised by President Reagan’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as “militarily advantageous insofar as it might make mistreatment of captured U.S. military personnel more difficult to justify in future conflicts.”