Alex Blaze

Gay soldier being tortured in prison

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 16, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: bradley manning, solitary confinement, torture, transgender, WikiLeaks

There's been some talk about Dan Choi's mental health issues (hope he takes care of Brad-Manning-in-uniform.jpghimself first and gets better), but there's another gay* soldier whose mental health we should be talking about.

Private Bradley Manning, the whistleblower who gave, among other things, the diplomatic cables to Wikileaks that everyone's discussing now, is being held in solitary confinement. Glenn Greenwald writes:

From the beginning of his detention, Manning has been held in intensive solitary confinement. For 23 out of 24 hours every day -- for seven straight months and counting -- he sits completely alone in his cell. Even inside his cell, his activities are heavily restricted; he's barred even from exercising and is under constant surveillance to enforce those restrictions. For reasons that appear completely punitive, he's being denied many of the most basic attributes of civilized imprisonment, including even a pillow or sheets for his bed (he is not and never has been on suicide watch). For the one hour per day when he is freed from this isolation, he is barred from accessing any news or current events programs. Lt. Villiard protested that the conditions are not "like jail movies where someone gets thrown into the hole," but confirmed that he is in solitary confinement, entirely alone in his cell except for the one hour per day he is taken out.

More after.

In sum, Manning has been subjected for many months without pause to inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions of isolation similar to those perfected at America's Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado: all without so much as having been convicted of anything. And as is true of many prisoners subjected to warped treatment of this sort, the brig's medical personnel now administer regular doses of anti-depressants to Manning to prevent his brain from snapping from the effects of this isolation.

Just by itself, the type of prolonged solitary confinement to which Manning has been subjected for many months is widely viewed around the world as highly injurious, inhumane, punitive, and arguably even a form of torture. In his widely praised March, 2009 New Yorker article -- entitled "Is Long-Term Solitary Confinement Torture?" -- the surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande assembled expert opinion and personal anecdotes to demonstrate that, as he put it, "all human beings experience isolation as torture." By itself, prolonged solitary confinement routinely destroys a person's mind and drives them into insanity. A March, 2010 article in The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law explains that "solitary confinement is recognized as difficult to withstand; indeed, psychological stressors such as isolation can be as clinically distressing as physical torture."

Greenwald points out that Manning hasn't been convicted of anything. Even if he had, this sort of treatment shouldn't be allowed. There's no legal reason for him to be in solitary confinement as he has no history of violence, but then that's not the real reason he's there.

These sorts of techniques aren't about maintaining order in prison, nor are they, directly, a form of punishment. The goal is something more concrete - to keep him from doing anything with his life afterwards and to make an example of him to other potential whistleblowers, to other soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan who might realize the incredible cruelty and inhumanity of what they're doing and speak out about it.

These sorts of torture techniques like solitary confinement, sensory deprivation, sleep deprivation, and extreme disorientation are about changing the way the brain works and displacing one's identity. They don't actually end up making a new person out of someone; instead they render people completely dysfunctional with paranoia, depression, uncontrollable anger, and psychosis, even after they're released from prison.

That's part of why they have to do this to Manning before he has a trial: if he's eventually found to have done nothing illegal, then they won't have any control over what he does outside of prison. But when they get through with him, he won't be able to do much more.

*There is some evidence that he's transgender from chat logs that Wired hasn't even completely released. I haven't read anything about him actually identifying as trans or as a woman, but he does identify as gay and has/had a boyfriend.

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For his sake I hope Bradley Manning is naturally quite introverted. There was an experiment done a couple of years ago on sensory deprivation and the test subjects (all volunteers) who coped best were those with the most introverted personalities. The extroverts couldn't cope at all.

Everyone is making the story about Private Manning and Wikileaks but NOT the MILITARY that allowed this to happen. Based on this post, of course Manning should be treated better, but it's the Military's fault this ever happened.

I'm not sure what Manning's intentions were, but why it was so EASY to copy all this information is a breach in security by, well those in charge of our security. The attention should be focused on our Military's mistakes or are we just waiting for the next batch of "leaks?"

I heard one estimate that somewhere in the millions of people had access to these documents. Manning was a private in the military, so apparently it was really low clearance. They should be more surprised that this hadn't already happened. And perhaps it has and whoever stole documents just sold them to another government and we know nothing about it. Leaking documents to the public sure doesn't pay well.

Richard Laburnum | December 16, 2010 2:15 PM

The totality of Manning's actions are not those of a whistleblower but those of a traitor. Not only did he (allegedly) betray the trust and confidence of the nation whose Constitution he swore to support and defend but he also betrayed the gay and lesbian men and women in our military. Much like this headline, many people don't say he was a soldier but, a gay soldier. For years before DADT, gays were denied security clearances and sensitive jobs because we were 'untrustworthy' and 'deviants.' Now that we are on the edge of making progress with DADT, our opposition has more ammunition to question our abilities, professionalism and allegiances…because Manning wasn't just the soldier who (allegedly) compromised thousands of our nation's secrets but, the gay soldier who did it.

I agree that our government networks should have been better secured and that solitary confinement before conviction may be too harsh; however, Manning is not a whistleblower. If he is convicted of what he is suspected of doing, his actions were not intended to bring light to a governmental wrongdoing but to shake to the core the way governments do business. He is anything but a hero.

I'm not really seeing the negative impact here. We know that the secrets being kept would have killed people since they discuss assassinations, etc., and we know that government secrets have killed over a million people in the past decade in Iraq alone, but even the Pentagon agrees that no one will be killed by these leaks.

The guy's a hero and the fact that he's gay should make us proud.

Feel free to wrap him in a rainbow flag and man the "Free Manning!" booth at the next Pride Parade then, but don't count on all gays supporting you in this. Manning isn't a hero but violated his oath and betrayed the uniform he wore. I find his actions to be despicable. Greenwald can claim the man is being tortured all he likes and I invite the private's attorney to make these charges in open court. It won't do him a bit of good. I hope he enjoys the very long stay he's about to have at Fort Leavenworth and the dishonorable discharge he's going to receive.

And to the motive, here are the parts of his chat logs quoted by Greenwald at the link:

Lamo: what's your endgame plan, then?. . .

Manning: well, it was forwarded to [WikiLeaks] - and god knows what happens now - hopefully worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms - if not, than [sic] we're doomed - as a species - i will officially give up on the society we have if nothing happens - the reaction to the video gave me immense hope; CNN's iReport was overwhelmed; Twitter exploded - people who saw, knew there was something wrong . . . Washington Post sat on the video… David Finkel acquired a copy while embedded out here. . . . - i want people to see the truth… regardless of who they are… because without information, you cannot make informed decisions as a public.

if i knew then, what i knew now - kind of thing, or maybe im just young, naive, and stupid . . . im hoping for the former - it cant be the latter - because if it is… were fucking screwed (as a society) - and i dont want to believe that we’re screwed.[...]

i had an interpreter read it for me… and when i found out that it was a benign political critique titled "Where did the money go?" and following the corruption trail within the PM’s cabinet… i immediately took that information and *ran* to the officer to explain what was going on… he didn’t want to hear any of it… he told me to shut up and explain how we could assist the FPs in finding *MORE* detainees…

i had always questioned the things worked, and investigated to find the truth… but that was a point where i was a *part* of something… i was actively involved in something that i was completely against…[...]

Manning: i mean what if i were someone more malicious- i could've sold to russia or china, and made bank?

Lamo: why didn’t you?

Manning: because it's public data

Lamo: i mean, the cables

Manning: it belongs in the public domain -information should be free - it belongs in the public domain - because another state would just take advantage of the information… try and get some edge - if its out in the open… it should be a public good.

How wrongheaded can you get.

In terms of the wars to steal the wealth of Iraqis, Palestinians, Yemenis, Afghanis and Pakistanis the major criminals and traitors involved are the Bushes, the Clintons, the Bushes and Obama. Add to that list their cabinets, especially the DoD and DoS, the JCS, the NSA, the CIA.

And then add the war profiteers callously making money off the deaths of hundreds and hundreds of thousands of civilians and the wastage of the lives of tens of thousands of GI's.

His efforts will indeed 'shake' the criminals and traitors who started these illegal wars to the core. That's a good thing.

Don't enlist. Don't fight. Don't kill civilians or aid those who do by translating.

Gay or not, Manning is a traitor. Period. I find it absolutely disgusting that some gay men want to defend him or minimize his crime simply because he's gay. If Jeffrey Dommer was gay, would that make him less of a killer in gay men's eyes?

It is also disgusting that people who have never served of have little of no respect for the military want to come to Manning's defense when it appears the military is treating him badly. Poor baby! Military brigs are not known for treating prisoners like they are in a country club. Too fucking bad for him.

The punishment for being a traitor in the time of war is death. I don't support the death penalty, but don't be surprised it that's what happens to him. I won't shed a tear if that's what he gets.

I remember reading somewhere that the army had tried to kick him out, under DADT, not long before the leaks. How can you be a traitor to an organisation that doesn't even want you? So yes, he betrayed his oath - but the army had already rendered that oath meaningless through its own dishonourable conduct.

DADT doesn't even factor into this. Do you see SLDN coming to his aid? They wouldn't even come near him. He is still in, he fucked up and gave secret documents to an outside source, so he has to go by the military rules. He has no rights, because a person in the military goes from what rights they have as a civilian to those the military gives them.

And, it doesn't matter if the people he gave the documents to did anything with them or not. It doesn't matter if people think the documents needed to be seen. That's not the issue. You don't give secret documents to outside sources. There's no gray area in this. He's a traitor and I have no sympathy for him in any way, shape or form. And, this is coming from a person who was responsible for secret documents and information when I was in the Navy and on submarines. What he did makes him dead to me.

"Do you see SLDN coming to his aid? They wouldn't even come near him."

It they don't it'll indicate that they're spineless as well as clueless. None of Obama's wars are winnable. Obama and his military brass will be as humiliatingly defeated in Palestine, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan just as they were in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. And by the same people. Insurgents. Antiwar GI's. Civilian antiwar movements.

SLDN doesn't work for GI's. They're Obama supporters and Democrats interested in the careers of lifers and officers while enabling the wasting of the lives of GIs and anti-civilian terrorism and mass murder by the brass.

Renee Thomas | December 16, 2010 8:25 PM

Alright Monica . . . let's be clear.

Among the essential things that are Armed Forces of the United States of America fights to protect and preserve is the freedom and indeed the right of each citizen to due process and to equal protection (and equal treatment) under the law. For the RECORD - PFC Bradley Manning stands currently convicted of NOTHING. No formal charges have been adjudicated. Indeed, so far as anyone knows, a duly constituted Article 33 proceeding – formal forwarding of charges to courts-martial has yet to take place. Therefore, even under the UCMJ he is innocent until proven guilty. So while you seem intent at the moment on having him drawn and quartered you would do well by him (and more importantly by justice) to keep that in mind.

I will call you (or anyone else) out if in your lust to pass judgement you forget a single one of the rights that YOU swore an oath to defend. If he is found guilty by a jury of his peers, then (and only then) let him be punished. Nevertheless - and until such judgement is rendered - no citizen of this nation should stand for his inhumane treatment.

Okay, this comment really pisses me off Monica.

You as a trans woman, should very goddamn well know just horribly LGBT people, not to mention trans people, are treated in prison. Not to mention the fact that there are numerous sources that indicate that solitary confinement as being used in this case (Manning is not *merely* being held separate from the rest of the general population) is torture. Congrats, in your zeal to act tough, you're on the side of the Soviet Union.

Hey, guess what-I'm trans, was in the Army, and actually came out to the Army and was discharged as trans. We can be all tough woman about this and brag about RAR, we were in the military and were tough and whatnot, but Jesus Fucking Christ-no one gives up their rights to not be tortured when they enter the military.

And I'll ask you, since you're the constitutional expert on what is a time of war, how are we at war again?

Yay, fucking tough guy bullshit.

Amanda Clark,

Sunnyvale, CA

With over 700 bases around the world in over 100 countries the US military brass are the main threat to peace on this planet. Their role in wasting the lives of GIs and civilians in wars to extend the American empire and pirate the wealth of people in neo-colonial countries makes the US military brass and their civilian counterparts the main enemy of the people of the world.

The US military brass and their civilian counterparts in the White House and Congress are traitors and criminals for lying to the American people and sponsoring wars that that utilize terrorism and intentional mass murder of civilians to steal their oil and resources.
Serving in the US military in these wars is indecent and dishonorable and we should do everything we can to discourage it. Manning's more than made up for his error of enlisting.

We should join with the antiwar movement in telling people not to enlist, not to fight and not to kill civilians.

We should defend PFC Manning with all our might. He's a hero, our hero.

This is the most fucked up thing I have read in a long, long time.

If some of you believe people should be imprisoned, let alone tortured or executed, for revealing war crimes... then there are not enough words to describe your support for evil and your hatred of humanity.

Humanity is better than nationalism.

Right action is better than obeying orders.

I don't know what else to say. Debating with those who support war, war crimes, and the coverups thereof is as futile as debating with those who call for the execution of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people, or who support witch-burnings.

Sometimes I wish Bilerico were Facebook so I could "like" comments like Alex Blaze's, Tavdy79's, and Marja Erwin's.

1. Stating that Manning ‘maybe Transgender’ is alarming to me. It opens Manning up to numerous issues and conflates anything else going on. But let’s ask Jerry Springer what he thinks about it.
2. Being military and trained to handle classified materials, there are right ways and wrong ways to bring war crimes or other issues to light. Giving classified documents to agencies outside of our government violates the law and that action does have penalties. Forwarding those same documents to your Senator or Representative with a letter of explanation works and they actually do have legal access to those documents. [You really don’t want to be around a command when that happens, its messy. Very, very messy.]
3. The ability of a Private to access so much material from such a wide spectrum of classified materials really boggles my mind. With today’s computer hardware, software and encoding technologies it should be impossible for someone to access so much classified data from so many agencies. You’d think we would have learned something after the Walker family fiasco.
4. Manning’s current solitary confinement without benefit of arrangement, trial or even having a lawyer being assigned to his case is …well, I guess the Bush DoJ is still alive and well. Who cares about the constitution, let’s just lock up people and ignore that bit of paper that John Hancock slapped his name on big enough so King George could see it all the way in England.
5. Whether or not Manning is Gay or Transgender is moot. It doesn’t matter whether or not a DADT discharge with his name on it was even being thought of. Those are non-players. He gave classified documents to an outside agency, end of story….no
No, I still don’t buy that.
Prove to me in a court of law he HAD the access to all of those documents, that he took those documents, that he gave those documents to an outside agency. That he had motive, that he had means, that he had opportunity. Prove it in an open court of law. Don’t lock up someone and simply say “states secrets” because those secrets are all over the damn place and the shear volume doesn’t speak to a single person.
Explain to me who the hackers were that started cyber attacking so many servers and shutting them down. Do they have means, motive, opportunity? Or, is that the real issue? That your multi-billion dollar shadow web that all of the secure comm’s passes thru is actually HACKED! Because that’s what it looks like from here.
A major system hacked by outside forces and a single Private being used as a scapegoat.

He wasn't a PFC before this started and I can't understand where people all of a sudden think he is trans. His sexual orientation or gender identity have no bearing on this. If he wasn't gay, this article wouldn't exist. Does that mean we're suppose to care about how he's being treated because he's gay? What about the thousands of other prisoners in military prisons? Cry me a river, folks. There are too many other real important things in this world to care about then some youngster in the Army trying to get notoriety.

If he wasn't gay, this article wouldn't exist.

Crazily enough, if no one were gay, then none of my articles would exist.

Pretzel logic at work. You could just as easily say that if there were no human beings, you wouldn't have written the article either. If he wasn't gay, then no one on this blog would give a shit how he's being treated, because they wouldn't know. Why should we give a shit because he's gay?

You use the word "tortured." In who's opinion is he being tortured? Yours? The ACLU? The Geneva Convention? Congress? You decided that how he is being treated (which is how a lot of prisoners are being treated in brigs) is somehow torture, and so many people rally to your cry because he's gay. I don't see it as torture, so wouldn't my opinion be just as valued as yours? I suppose not. I don't work here.

And, you insist that because he hasn't been charged, that he is innocent. Sorry, but he admitted it and Wichileaks pointed him out as their source. Being charged is nothing more than a formality. Even the news media are not using the word "alleged." So, again, you are manipulating public opinion on this blog because Manning is gay. If he wasn't, you would care less and no one on this blog would care.

Renee Thomas | December 17, 2010 9:19 AM

Monica writes:

" . . . If he wasn't gay, this article wouldn't exist. Does that mean we're suppose(sic)to care about how he's being treated because he's gay? What about the thousands of other prisoners in military prisons? Cry me a river, folks . . . "

We're supposed to care because he is a citizen whose rights are guaranteed under the same Constitution and Uniform Code of Military Justice that guarantees your rights Monica . . .

If you found yourself in the brig facing similar charges and I was your defense attorney you can damn well count on me going to hell and back to fight for your rights to due process and equal protection.

If we're not willing to fight for the rights of another than the rights we each enjoy are both imperiled and ultimately meaningless.

So stow the vitriol and the sarcasm and get yourself squared away sailor!

After serving for 9 years myself, how exactly does a private get access to all of that Top Secret info? When did Top Secret Information stop being for only the people that need to see it? Secret or Confidential information was not given to everyone. just those "With a need to know!" How did Manning get stuff that was not for him? Maybe the rules were changed?, but even if Manning had a Top Secret Cripto. How did he get access? Who was overseeing him? Something is wrong with this! Who set him up?
Manning is still a person and we are violating international law and UMDJ law in holding him in inhumane conditions! If he is properly tried under UNDJ law and found guilty then he should expect to be held in the brig. till he dies! Something is wrong!

You assume to much in thinking this little brat is Gay let alone TG confused maybe but not Gay or TG.He is in the stockade so its not the Hilton big whoopie. He will probaly not get his true fate a fireing squad but sentenced to a long time in Fort Levenworth Military Stockade if he was realy gay hed of been out on DADT a long time ago.

As to how he got the info he had access to the govenmnet internet but should have been limited to just his own account. IT messed up royaly by allowing him to install a email sniffer hacker program that should have been caught the first time it was used.So heads besides his will roll then again as I suspect PFC Manning is a fool who fell for a trap that had been set up.Just he sent it to WikiLeaks and didnt try and sell it like any normal traitor would have.

Full disclosure, I am a former Military Intelligence Officer 35D who had a Top Secret (SCI) clearance. In other words I was able to read the same briefing that the President (at that time Regan) received every day. Any 96B (enlisted Intelligence Analyst) had the same access I did.

My understanding is that Pvt. Manning is a 96B. The information that he released was at most classified Secret (from what I understand) which is one of the lowest classifications and if you have a Top Secret (SCI) clearance (the highest that I am aware of) access to Secret information is granted as easily as swiping a card at Walmart. Bad analogy but the best I can come up with at this time. So the fact that Pvt. Manning had access to all this information is not surprising. Why the USB or DVD burners on the machines he was using were not locked down is another question.

The information that I have read and heard on a number of different sites leads me to believe, if true, that Pvt. Manning did violate Article 106 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (Espionage) which can be punished by Death. I can understand why he is held in isolation but his other conditions of imprisonment (if described correctly) do seem a bit extreme to me.

The question of wither he is Gay, Transgender, Bi or Straight has no factual bearing on his actions and should not have any bearing on the conditions that he is being held under.

I'm just going to respond to lots of people all at once here:

1. Bradley Manning hasn't been charged, much less convicted, of anything. Everyone saying he should be punished should at least be willing to wait until a court convicts him. It's not like he's going to be releasing any more documents anyway.

2. The military isn't an oppressed minority and someone not following their rules doesn't inspire hate crimes or discrimination against the military. It's always funny to me how the people with guns, bombs, drones, etc., that they use to kill huge numbers of civilians turn around and want us to cry for them whenever someone makes even a civil criticism of them.

Can I pull the "Some of my best friends are in the military" card? It's actually true because that's a lot of the Americans in Europe, and many of them are cool people in their own rights who know how to party.

3. Our freedom is not advanced through diplomatic secrets like these. The government is protecting far too many secrets and we already know the negative impact of those secrets (like the Iraq War). In a cost-benefit analysis, transparency wins hand-down.

4. Even if he's convicted, he still doesn't deserve solitary confinement. I love how people on this very thread are able to write off their own cruel instincts with "Big woop! His brain deserves to be broken! Everyone knows prison is meant to be hard!" I've been writing for years on these pages about cruelty in prison and I don't think the fact that someone has committed a crime means that we get to do whatever to them, that we get to release whatever tensions are building up from our lives on the body of someone else because it makes us feel better to be violent. That's not what being in a civilization is about and that's why cruel and unusual punishment is banned in our Constitution.

I suppose it's hard to make a logical argument that cruelty is bad, but I was kind of hoping that I would never have to make it. Then again, it's just as hard to make a logical argument that cruelty is good for anything other than the emotional release of the person being cruel.

5. The fact that he's gay, I guess, has no bearing on this at all. It does make me wonder why we see so much "This person is gay!" in our community, and why so many LGBT media folks were blogging about Alan Turing when it really doesn't matter that he was gay when it came to decoding Nazi messages or developing the concept of software.

Personally, I think young LGBT people deserve people to look up to who are LGBT themselves and that sexual identity is still important in our culture. And I also think it's funny that I never have to argue this when writing about, say, Billy Strayhorn being gay (did his music depend on him being gay? Who knows!).

6. The "maybe transgender" comment is a direct reference to Austen Crowder's post. I thought she made a decent argument. Feel free to explain why it isn't a decent argument.

When I first read this and the article it linked I tried to find out more. Unfortunately I can't find anything which either collaborates the conditions of Manning's confinement or denies what is in the article. It could be real or a hoax. If he is really being held as represented then I agree with Renee. How can I be proud of a country which subjects uncharged, unconvicted suspects to sensory deprivation and doesn't even allow him a pillow or blanket? Please tell me it is not true.

"You don't give secret documents to outside sources. There's no gray area in this. He's a traitor and I have no sympathy for him in any way, shape or form."

Classified military and civilian documents get leaked all the time, usually from one gov't agency to another. The difference here is the vast volume of leaks and the quick release to the media. I haven't read all the cables, but I haven't heard of any that gave information on future troop movements in Afghanistan, locations of our nuclear subs, details on how we will take out Iran's reactors, etc. In sum, they are just an embarrassment to diplomats, not a significant military threat. Yes, if Manning violated regulations, he should be punished -- but not tortured. Would we subject Israel's spies or Russia's spies to such treatment? Some day, Manning may be vindicated as another Ellsberg. Let's not hang or torture him just yet.

What I find particularly terrifying about some of these comments is the general thread of "He should be executed by firing squad for revealing that our military is cold-bloodedly murdering civilians in other countries and lying about it."

A little perspective: he posted these documents on WikiLeaks, where anyone could see it. Yes, some of the information contained in the cables could be harmful to the US if used by our political enemies (like the "critical to national security" list of buildings and such), but given that the US government knows all of this information is out there, they will no doubt change as many of their strategies and security measures as they can to avoid negative effects. It's not like he was selling these documents to our political enemies for personal gain. He did this for ideological reasons of government transparency. Calling him a "traitor" is a huge stretch, and he certainly doesn't deserve death for making a democratic government more accountable to its citizens.

@ Monica ... Listen sweet pea I am not gay and I do not condone torture of other human beings period, no exceptions. If you want to be all sanctimonious about state secrets bring it on. In case you have forgotten this country is "We the people". It is not supposed to be "We the plantation owners will run it our way no matter what you the slaves like". If I don't stand up for the rights of Manning then how do you expect me to stand side by side with Gays and Lesbians? I also do not condone abortion but I will never advocate that the state should have the right to decide that issue. From my perspective that is between God and a woman who is pregnant. Can you understand how that works?

So here it is. Start a thread on the government versus people. I'd relish debating you on where we draw the line on liberty, freedom and the right to live our lives free of "big brother". Big brother deserves to be castrated IMHO.

Renee Thomas | December 17, 2010 7:30 PM

If you'll forgive a bit of paraphrasing . . .

"Why do you like them so much? You know, the lawyers who defend our rights?"

"Because they work tirelessly to defend a principle well worth defending. They say that nobody is going to be sold out without a skillful and sincere defense being mounted on they're behalf. Not going to happen . . . not on their watch."

I just posed the question of Manning's treatment to my congressman's military adviser. He told me that if the man were a constituent of our state then Peter DeFazio could make an inquiry for the man under the guise of Health and welfare. That being said Manning deserves to be treated better than the, I'll get even with you for all this. With that said whoever is Mannings congressional representative has the duty to step in making sure that he is being treated humanly.