Moral of the story, joking about hanging yourself with your underwear in a Marine Corps brig is like joking about a bomb in a London airport. AP via Navy Times report on today’s Manning hearing here.

4 Responses to “AP via Navy Times – Jailer: Manning needed to speak up”

  1. Charlie gittins says:

    The testimony of the warrant officers demonstrates, conclusively, why warrant officers are not  command material.  A jailer is not educated nor qualified to act as a psychiatrist and to the extent they choose to disregard the expert opinions, they should be held accountable, just like the CO of a ship who disregards the advice of his navigator shortly before running aground.

  2. Bridget Wilson says:

    CG, not sure I agree. I have had some v good experiences (and bad ones) with USMC brig warrants.  Had at least one case in which the CWO commander bucked a command to get my psychotic client to a mental hospital. So, I won’t blanket judge that. However, I am not sure I trust the Marines in this case.
    Regardless, I sometimes wonder how many members of the press and public have actually seen the inside of any kind of jail recently. The military confinement facilities are the Taj Majal compared to almost any state prison or county jail. I would rather see my client at Club Miramar than San Quentin or the County jail.
     

  3. Soonergrunt says:

    Reposting earlier thoughts:
    I’m not saying the Marines at Quantico Brig were correct in their treatment of Manning, especially in light of their own regulations, but I’ll say this–we all know exactly what would be happening at places like Firedoglake and DailyKos other web locales if Manning had indeed offed himself in custody.
    The screaming about a murder and a cover up would be deafening, and there is no way on God’s green earth you’d ever convince them otherwise.  The Marines here were damned if they did and damned if they didn’t.  Which to my mind means they should have obeyed the regulation to the letter if for no other reason than to protect themselves, but I’m not ready to condemn as avarice that which can more readily be described as stupidity.

  4. Zachary Spilman says:

    Heinlein’s law and the Marine Corps. Rinse, repeat, realize that there are no paper towels.