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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:10 PM
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Obama adm. blocks official visits to Bradley Manning by UN, Amnesty International and Rep. Kucinich
Quantico Blocks Official Visits by UN, Amnesty, and Rep. Kucinich to Bradley Manning
By: Michael Whitney Thursday
April 7, 2011

Government officials and Quantico Marine base have blocked official visits to PFC. Bradley Manning by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Amnesty International, and the UN Special Rappateur on torture.

According to Mannings attorney, Kucinich, Amnesty, and UN have been trying to get clearance for official visits to Manning at the Quantico Marine brig. An official visit is different from an authorized visit in that an authorized visit one made by family or friends and approved by the brig and Manning is subject to full surveillance by the brig. An official visit would be one conducted by those officials on government business, and would not be subject to monitoring by the brig. So essentially, the government and the brig are saying you can come visit Manning, but were going to watch and record every thing you say, and those recordings could be used as evidence against Manning at his trial.

Mannings attorney stated that Kucinich, Amnesty, and the UN are not allowed to have an official visit because none of these individuals are conducting official government business. This is, of course, ludicrous. Rep. Kucinich is a sitting Member of Congress with a seat on the Oversight Committee, and he submitted official notices to the Department of Defense that he wanted to inspect the conditions of Mannings confinement. Additionally, the UN Special Rappateur on Torture has opened an investigation into Mannings detention and would be visiting in his official capacity.

http://fdlaction.firedoglake.com/2011/04/07/quantico-bl... /

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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:12 PM
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1. Sounds like obstruction of justice to me.
Shame on our government.

What are they hiding?

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Swede Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:21 PM
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2. Only his lawyers and or a priest get official visits.
That is how it works.
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Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:36 PM
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3. The government can grant official visits by others.

"An official visit would be one conducted by those officials on government business, and would not be subject to monitoring by the brig."
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