So what are your thoughts on his detainment? If you don't know who he is, Wikipedia has a pretty good summary: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Manning
Yesterday I got linked to this WL website protesting his incarceration, calling it cruel and unusual punishment:After his arrest, Manning was flown out of Iraq and detained in a military jail in Kuwait. He was transferred to the United States in July 2010, and since then has been held in "maximum custody" solitary confinement at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico, Virginia, awaiting medical reports and a pre-trial hearing. Amnesty International expressed concern in January 2011 about the conditions in which he is being held, calling them harsh and punitive."
If so, Manning has done the public an inestimable service, and for this, he is enduring vindictive and harmful pretrial treatment, and severe criminal charges at the hands of the United States government.
This is not how a democracy should act towards those who exemplify - or who are alleged to exemplify - our core values. Bradley Manning's cause is the cause of all advocates of democracy, of justice, truth and liberty, and of all opponents of torture and the cruel and inhumane treatment of human beings. If you find Bradley Manning's story troubling, please use the materials below, and act today, and together we may alleviate his situation, and vindicate the good name of democracy, in whose interest we all share, and for which Bradley Manning has sacrificed so much.
What are your thoughts? Is this guy a patriot and a hero? Is he a criminal? Is his solitary confinement cruel and unusual?