14 August 2015

US torture of Chelsea Manning goes on

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Fight For the Future (FFTF) has helped circulate a petition demanding that the US government stop torturing Chelsea Manning with solitary confinement.

From the petition draft circulated to FFTF members by email and social media:
"Dear Boards Branch, Directorate of Inmate Administration: putting any human being in indefinite solitary confinement is inexcusable, and for offenses as trivial as these (an expired tube of toothpaste, and possession magazines?) it is a discredit to America's military and its system of justice. We demand that these charges against Chelsea Manning be dropped, and request that Chelsea's hearing on August 18th be made open to the public, to ensure she is treated fairly."
The appeal to FFTF members also discussed the ridiculous "crimes" being cited to justify the torture of the brave political prisoner who languishes in a jail cell of the American regime. Among these, Chelsea is accused of "sweeping some food onto the floor and then asking to speak to her lawyer when a guard confronted her, having books and magazines in her cell about politics and LGBTQ issues including the Vanity Fair issue with Caitlyn Jenner on the cover, and "improper medicine use" for having a tube of toothpaste that was past its expiration date." FFTF noted that Chelsea's persecution is punishment because she "did something brave [by leaking the Collateral Murder video and other evidence of US war crimes] and now the government is punishing her for it. It's not just Chelsea's basic rights that are at stake, it's all of ours".

The US state ignores the battle cry of freedom from its own most patriotic citizens, and refuses to grant political prisoners like Chelsea Manning their most basic human rights. The specter of such torture contributed to Edward Snowden's asylum in the Russian Federation, itself one of the causes of America's paranoid "new Cold War" against its own people.

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