U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Sen. Cardin
We are writing to you as citizens of your state concerned with justice and the prolonged isolated detention of a young soldier who served in Iraq. We are certain you believe in our nation's promise of "equal justice for all" and "innocent until proven guilty."
Pfc. Bradley Manning has been held in pre-trial punitive conditions for more than seven months at the brig in
Mr. Manning has never been convicted of any crime. He is being charged with passing classified information onto unauthorized persons, as well as a few violations of
A recent visit to Mr. Manning by his friend David House reveals that his physical and mental condition is declining. He is appearing increasingly despondent. Surgeons and psychologists have documented that being deprived of social interaction can have a devastating impact, similar to a traumatic injury, upon an individual’s brain.
U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich of
We would like to draw your attention to an action taken by David Coombs, Mr. Manning’s attorney. Mr. Coombs has filed a motion under Article 13 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice. According to Article 13
"No person, while being held for trial, may be subjected to punishment or penalty other than arrest or confinement upon the charges pending against him, nor shall the arrest or confinement imposed upon him be any more rigorous than the circumstances required to insure his presence, but he may be subjected to minor punishment during that period for infractions of discipline."
Furthermore we would be pleased to meet with you, or a senior staff member to discuss this issue further. Please let us know as soon as possible, as this issue has gained the attention of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and even the U.N. Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez. We believe it is vital to act now to insure no lasting harm is done to Mr. Manning.
Pete Perry, MLIS
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