More on Bradley Manning’s Treatment

From this article:

…he was put into an inhumane solitary confinement…

…barred from interaction with other prisoners even during his one hour of “exercise” in an empty room.

On Wednesday, Manning was stripped of his clothes and forced to remain naked in his cell for seven hours. He also was required to stand naked during an inspection.

And from this article:

…Manning was held in solitary confinement and forced nudity. He was classified as a “maximum custody detainee” and held under a “Prevention of Injury” designation for nine months until he was transferred in April 2011. A Prevention of Injury order is just short of suicide watch and means that guards check the cell every five minutes with the prisoner not allowed to sleep during the day. Manning was not allowed to sleep between 5 am (7 am at weekends) and 8 pm, and if he tried to, was made to stand or sit up. At Quantico he was detained in a 6 x 12 foot cell, with no window, and only a bed, toilet and sink. He ate his meals in his cell. Manning could walk outside his cell only while shackled and for only one hour. He was allowed to keep only one book and one magazine in his cell.

Now read a synopsis of the US government manual on brainwashing:

According to the general consensus, the Soviets started a new prisoner off by putting him in solitary confinement. A rotating corps of guards watched him constantly, humiliating and demeaning him at every opportunity and making it clear he was totally cut off from all outside support. The guards ordered him to stand for long periods, let him sit, told him exactly the position he could take to lie down, and woke him if he moved in the slightest while sleeping. They banned all outside stimuli—books, conversation, or news of the world.

It wasn’t punitive. It was brainwashing. But why brainwash someone you think is already guilty? They either want him to believe something that he doesn’t or forget something he saw or heard.

Bonus quote:

Their [Wolff and Hinkle’s] secret report to Allen Dulles, later published in a declassified version, was considered the definitive U.S. Government work on the subject. In fact, if allowances are made for the Cold War rhetoric of the fifties, the Wolff-Hinkle report still remains one of the better accounts of the massive political re-education programs in China and the Soviet Union. It stated flatly that neither the Soviets nor the Chinese had any magical weapons—no drugs, exotic mental ray-guns, or other fanciful machines. Instead, the report pictured communist interrogation methods resting on skillful, if brutal, application of police methods. Its portrait of the Soviet system anticipates, in dry and scholarly form, the work of novelist Alexander Solzhenitzyn in The Gulag Archipelago. Hinkle and Wolff showed that the Soviet technique rested on the cumulative weight of intense psychological pressure and human weakness, and this thesis alone earned the two Cornell doctors the enmity of the more right-wing CIA officials such as Edward Hunter. Several of his former acquaintances remember that Hunter was fond of saying that the Soviets brainwashed people the way Pavlov had conditioned dogs.

Included for humor. That the CIA, the agency charged with finding the truth, sometimes takes offense when someone points it out to them and it doesn’t fit with their preconceived notions, is ironic (see 2A and 2B).

(Note: That 1979 book, The Search for the Manchurian Candidate by John Marks, has been added to the links at right. I also added Sleeping With the Devil: How Washington Sold Our Soul for Saudi Crude since that’s what the majority of this is about, as well as keeping mercenaries and contractors in the style in which they are accustomed, and not the safety and security of the 99%.)


  1. […] I remind folks that I believe that Manning was brainwashed after his arrest, after the alleged transfer of data to Wikileaks, while he was at Quantico. Why […]

  2. […] if VT is correct, that Assange is a Manchurian Candidate-type journalist, then that may explain the brainwashing of Bradley Manning. It was to seal up the official story. The leaked video was also about a story that was already […]

  3. […] More on Bradley Manning’s Treatment […]

  4. […] (if the government’s version of events is at all true) and yet they let it proceed, and the brainwashing at Quantico all point to something […]

  5. […] reference to this from early 2012. Standard Soviet brainwashing techniques applied to Chelsea Manning while at the […]

  6. […] previously blogged about the bizarre similarity between what Chelsea Manning’s attorney said happened at Quantico prison and the treatment she received there. Brainwashing, no doubt about it. But why? The original […]

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