The Dissenter over at has continuing updates from today’s Manning unlawful pretrial confienment evidentiary session (Day 9), here.  From their 11:00 am update:

Government cross-examined CWO2 Barnes and finished. One highlight: when talking about psychiatric evaluations and how she considered them when deciding Manning’s custody/classification, she said, “They would say from psychiatric standpoint there’s really nothing there, but we all know you don’t have to have a mental health issue to want to kill yourself.” She then cited Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher who just killed himself.

We’ll provide a link to any wrap up later.

3 Responses to “Continuing Manning Coverage”

  1. Sgt Dad says:

    If there is “nothing there from a psychiatric standpoint,” then why the onerous confinement?
    And Gunner Barnes is kidding either the court or herself when she says Belcher did not have a “mental health issue.”

  2. Soonergrunt says:

    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.  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.

  3. SgtDad says:

    SoonerGrunt is surely correct on this & I apologize for not thinking of it myself. The WO’s in charge are caught between the devil & the deep blue sea.  That said, I did not mean to imply avarice (another apology).  Rather, I was & am concerned about the abuse of power.
    There is a chicken/egg issue here.   Pay too little attention & the obviously disturbed lad kills himself.  But, if he is not truly suicidal to start with, close confinement can drive him over the edge.  Though it was 40+ years ago, I have seen what a couple of months of solitary confinement can do to a man’s psyche.  At some point, death by any means seems attractive.
    As far as I am concerned, Manning can rot at a SuperMax for the rest of his life.  It bothers me that the politics of the matter prevent Manning being charged with the obvious: treason.