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Mon Dec 3, 2012, 12:51 PM

Brig counselor: Manning’s history, behavior outweighed doctor’s opinion of self-harm risk

By Associated Press, Published: December 2

... Jordan maintained that Manning’s unwillingness to converse with him and other brig staff was a warning sign he was at risk of self-harm.

Jordan said under cross-examination by defense attorney David Coombs that besides the mental-health report, he considered evidence that Manning had contemplated suicide after his arrest in Iraq in May 2010. The evidence included a noose Manning had fashioned from a bedsheet while confined in Kuwait, and a written statement he made upon arrival at Quantico in July 2010 that he was “always planning and never acting” on suicidal impulses ...

Jordan said he considered the opinion of the brig psychiatrist, Navy Capt. William Hocter, that Manning was no longer at risk of self-harm. But Jordan said the weight he gave to Hocter’s views was tempered by the fact that another detainee had recently killed himself after his custody status was reduced on Hocter’s advice ...

... Blenis .... said he supported the brig commander’s decision in March 2011 to strip Manning of all clothing at night and place him on suicide watch after Manning told another staffer that if he really wanted to kill himself, he could use the elastic waistband on his underwear ...

www.washingtonpost.com/national/brig-counselor-mannings-history-behavior-outweighed-doctors-opinion-of-self-harm-risk/2012/12/02/be83111a-3cea-11e2-8a5c-473797be602c_story.html



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