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Fri, 12/07/2012

Bradley Manning Report

“True patriotism hates injustice in its own land more than anywhere else.” 

- Clarence Darrow


James Averhart – a Chief Warrant Officer and Quantico’s Commanding Officer until January 2011 - was the officer who made the final call on all matters related to the Army’s attempts to ‘break’ Bradley. Averhart stamped  PFC Bradley Manning’s ticket to maximum isolation,  restricted custody in a 6×8 cell for nine months.  It was Averhart who  testified Friday in Fort Meade, to explain his approval of Manning’s treatment. He said that the severity of Bradley’s charges, which carry extremely long sentences, was a major factor in his decision to keep the young Army private on these conditions.

 CWO Averhart also testified about specific incidents in which he kept Bradley on Suicide Risk status for several days against Navy regulations, more details of Bradley’s confinement, and the process by which he approved keeping Bradley on Prevention of Injury (POI) each week.

 CWO Averhart made the final decision on Bradley’s custody and classification each week after receiving the Custody and Assignment (C&A) board recommendations, reviewing psychiatrists’ advice, and speaking with the brig counselor about his impressions.

Add it all up and Averhart’s testimony reveals that Bradley’s confinement status might as well have been preordained before his arrival at Quantico.

"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law. "
Martin Luther King, Jr.



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