Government Admits Brig Commander Improperly Put Bradley Manning on Suicide Watch

Quantico entrance. (photo: crowdive on Flickr)

The government has admitted to MSNBC that the Brig Commander at Quantico improperly put Bradley Manning on suicide watch last week.

The officials told NBC News, however, that a U.S. Marine commander did violate procedure when he placed Manning on “suicide watch” last week.

Military officials said Brig Commander James Averhart did not have the authority to place Manning on suicide watch for two days last week, and that only medical personnel are allowed to make that call.

The official said that after Manning had allegedly failed to follow orders from his Marine guards. Averhart declared Manning a “suicide risk.” Manning was then placed on suicide watch, which meant he was confined to his cell, stripped of most of his clothing and deprived of his reading glasses — anything that Manning could use to harm himself. At the urging of U.S. Army lawyers, Averhart lifted the suicide watch.

So Manning allegedly fails to follow an order and the Brig Commander decides he loses his glasses and is stripped of his clothing?

Remember, Manning has not been convicted of anything yet.

The rest of the article describes that the government has been unable to link Manning to Julian Assange. Maybe that’s why they took his glasses away.

Update: This certainly puts the events from Quantico yesterday in a different light. According to MSNBC, government lawyers realized last week Manning had been improperly treated. By preventing David House from visiting Manning yesterday, they made sure that he wouldn’t have confirmation of that from Manning directly. But since Jane and David’s comments said they’d be back next week, DOD realized they’d need to ‘fess up themselves.

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bmaz @AllThingsHLS @robertcaruso @JimmyPrinceton Aso kind of declared war on the citizenry. Also not helpful in the face of such a tragedy.
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bmaz @AllThingsHLS Ima hazard a guess you think this press release was not exactly a good idea.... @robertcaruso @JimmyPrinceton
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bmaz @dmataconis @JimmyPrinceton The author of that should be fired immediately. Jeebus.
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bmaz @adambonin Well, at least you have the Sixers!!
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emptywheel @nickmanes1 Thanks! Happy holidays backatcha. @ryanjreilly
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emptywheel I could take or leave Harbaugh as UM coach, but just to fuck with the state of MI he should announce he's coming after tonight's game.
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emptywheel @PhilPerspective Some of those Iggles fans are my family members. Just as well I mosey my way out slowly.
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emptywheel @PhilPerspective Dunno. Prolly not too long. @ryanjreilly @nickmanes1
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emptywheel WOOT! GOKiTTIES!!! Thanks Washington. You done good.
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