Pfc. B. Manning has now spent more than 1,000 days imprisoned without trial. The legal limit for military court is 120 days.
Manning allegedly released classified cables to Wikileaks, including the Collateral Murder video, the Afghan War logs, the Iraq War logs, State Department cables & Guantanamo Bay files.
The soldier has been imprisoned in conditions which Juan Mendez, a UN Special Rapporteur on torture deemed “cruel, inhumane & degrading”. Manning faces 22 charges. The most significant charge is that of “aiding the enemy.” If convicted of “aiding the enemy,” they would serve life in prison without parole.
The leaks have revealed indiscriminate murder of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, the murder of two Reuters journalists among a group of unarmed civilians in Baghdad, prisoner abuse & torture in Iraq, US officials covering up child abuse by private contractors, such as DynCorp, in Afghanistan, hundreds of innocent people are being held at Guantanamo, an official account of civilian deaths in Iraq & Afghanistan that the Obama administration previously maintained didn’t exist (between 2004 and 2009, the U.S. government counted a total of 109,000 deaths in Iraq, with 66,081 classified as non-combatants), the inner-workings of Obama’s then-secret drone campaign in Yemen among other incidents of corruption & crimes against humanity.
Manning has become the face of Obama’s war on whistleblowers, an attempt to shield the government’s war crimes & human rights violations.
Close Guantanamo Bay now!
- 779 persons have been imprisoned in Guantanamo since January 11, 2002.
- 166 prisoners are still detained in Guantanamo.
- 603 prisoners have been released.
- 1 Guantanamo prisoner has been convicted by US federal courts (Ahmed Ghalilani).
- 9 have died in Guantanamo, 6 allegedly by suicide and 3 of “natural causes.” (3 from Afghanistan, 3 from Saudi Arabia and 3 from Yemen).
- Only 6 of the 779 prisoners have been put before a military commission.
- 4 prisoners eventually agreed to plea bargains.
- 1 prisoner has been convicted in a military commission.
- 1 prisoner is still at trial.
- 87 prisoners of the 166 (one-half) have been “cleared for transfer” by senior officials six US government agencies, but have not been released.
- 90 of the 166 are from Yemen, 18 from Afghanistan, 8 from Saudi Arabia, 7 from Algeria, 6 from Pakistan, 5 from Tunisia, 4 from China, 4 from Libya, 3 the Palestinian Territories, 3 from Syria, 2 from Mauritania, 2 from Uzbekistan, 2 from Malaysia, 2 from Sudan, 2 from Kuwait and one each from Kenya, Indonesia, Russia, Morocco, Somalia, Bosnia, Iraq and Tajikistan.
- 30 of those cleared for release are from Yemen and are being held until “conditions in the country improve,” which means with US drone strikes in Yemen increasing, they will not be released for a long time, much less the other 60 from Yemen.
- Only 16 prisoners are considered “high value” (3 from Pakistan, 2 from Afghanistan, 2 Saudi Arabia, 2 Yemen, 2 Malaysia, 1 Indonesia, 1 Somalia, 1 Palestinian Territories, 1 Iraq, 1 Libya).
- 36 prisoners have now been designated for trial.
- 46 prisoners have been designated by the Obama administration for indefinite detention without charge or trial.
- 38 prisoners have been determined to be held unlawfully by US Federal Courts.
- $27,251 — yearly cost to US taxpayers of a federal prisoner.
- $800,000 — yearly cost to US taxpayer of a Guantanamo prisoner.
- $150 million — yearly cost to operate Guantanamo.
- Nearly 500 persons have been convicted by Federal Courts since 9/11 on terror-related charges.
- 355 persons convicted in Federal Courts of terror-related charges currently are being held in US Federal prisons.
- 0 persons convicted in Federal Courts of terror-related charges have escaped from any part of the Federal prison system.
- 4 cases involving Guantanamo prisoner rights have gone to the US Supreme Court.
- In all 4 cases involving Guantanamo prisoner rights, the Supreme Court justices have sided with the prisoners.
- During the 11 years of Guantanamo prison operations, hundreds of prisoners have gone on extended hunger strikes for treatment according to the Geneva conventions and reasonable condition such as having clean water bottles with meals. Military personal force-fed hunger strikers through painful nasal tubes.
A protester wears an orange prison jump suit and black hood on their head during protests against holding detainees at the military prison in #Guantanamo Bay during a demonstration in front of the #US Supreme Court in #Washington, DC, on January 8, 2013.
This weeks marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison.
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