Treatment of Bradley Manning was cruel and inhuman

So says the UN special rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez.

Mendez told the Guardian that he could not reach a definitive conclusion on whether Manning had been tortured because he has consistently been denied permission by the US military to interview the prisoner under acceptable circumstances.

The Pentagon has refused to allow Mendez to see Manning in private, insisting that all conversations must be monitored. “You should have no expectation of privacy in your communications with Private Manning,” the Pentagon wrote.

The lack of privacy is a violation of human rights procedures, the UN says, and considered unacceptable by the UN special rapporteur.

Of course, such niceties as human rights only apply to countries the US opposes, never to itself or its allies.


  1. unbound says

    I thought the only human rights the US government recognizes anymore are the corporations…

  2. left0ver1under says

    These sorts of “Who, me?” games never end.

    For example, the US criticizes China’s human rights abuses, and China criticizes the US’s human rights abuses. And both countries “think” that pointing fingers at one another could absolves itself of blame.

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