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Bradley Manning’s ‘Unlawful Pretrial Punishment’ Hearing, Day 2
By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 28, 2012 9:38 am

UPDATE – 6:40 PM EST Coombs asked Dr. Hoctor if reasons why Manning was on POI status were transparent. Hoctor answered, “It became clearer over time what was going on. … I think they were really very worried about his safety and I don’t think they trusted any doctors.” He also mentioned suicides had been a problem in the military in general. There’d been suicide on base and a suicide in the brig.

He also said the commanding officers of the Brig decided “they were going to run the risk management aspect of this case. I just wish they would have told me that in more certain terms that was what they intended to do.”

UPDATE – 6:35 PM EST Another hearing extending late into the evening. And much to catch up on.

Navy Captain Dr. William Hoctor, the psychiatrist who was seeing Manning, took the stand. There was a lighter moment in the proceedings when Hoctor said dancing in his cell did not bother him. “He’s sitting in his cell all day,” he said. He’s “got to do something to amuse himself.”

This and “peek-a-boo” he was playing with the bars is conduct the commanders who have taken the stand – both Choike and Oltman – have cited this activity when justifying keeping him on prevention of injury status.

UPDATE – 2:25 PM EST Defense finishes cross-examination of Col. Oltman. Oltman grew increasingly disgusted with Coombs during questioning. Coombs kept going up to hand him a document (emails) to read. He became agitated at one point: “Again, you’re going to hand me something to look at” and flipped his hands. He was tired of Coombs asking if he recalled something only to be handed a document minutes later confirming he did say what he could not recall.

UPDATE – 1:35 PM EST Oltman was asked about what he knew happened in the March 2 incident where Manning jokingly or in a matter-of-fact manner stated if he wanted to kill himself he could with his underwear waistband or flip-flops. He said this to a master sergeant who was talking to him about his POI status. (Papatke? We don’t get access to court records so guessing.)

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