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Much ado has been made of PFC Mannings imprisonment. However, questions have arisen (more so to the light than in general) about the prison system in America as a whole as a result.
"Since his arrest in May, Manning has been a model detainee, without any episodes of violence or disciplinary problems. He nonetheless was declared from the start to be a "Maximum Custody Detainee," the highest and most repressive level of military detention, which then became the basis for the series of inhumane measures imposed on him."
Excerpt from the Salon article about his treatment in military prison.
The basis of the argument on both sides is as such:
CON: Solitary confinement without any amenities such as a pillow or extended interaction (Past the hour for exercise, visits) is in accordance with solitary confinement being torture. The prison system in the US is messed up and is treating prisoners worse than it should, especially the military prison system.
PRO: The conditions for solitary confinement in supermax military prisons does not meet the criteria for torture. In PFC Mannings case, he is a high-profile prisoner accused of releasing documentation classified as "Secret" to an entity known for publishing said information, and while he awaits trial the conditions he has been put in, for his type of crime, are the norm.
This seemed to be a pretty weighty subject in the Wikileaks thread, so I decided to make another OP before the tangent took over the discussion.