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Call-in Day Today – Wednesday, July 27

The Bradley Manning Support Network has put together a call-in day for those who wish to show their support for the accused whistleblower to WikiLeaks, Pfc. Bradley Manning. The Manning Support Network, an international grassroots organization that for months now has been organizing in support and for the legal defense of Manning, is urging supporters to call President Obama at the White House and also call the Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

Why do the organizers want supporters to call the President of the United States and the Secretary of the Army? Both are currently failing to respect the UN Convention Against Torture. They are also both refusing to allow UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez an official unmonitored visit with Manning.

Almost two weeks ago, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez condemned the US for seeking to impose restrictions on a planned visit with Manning and even prevent him from meeting with Manning. Thus far, Mendez has not met with Manning, and he now questions whether the US would allow him to visit any of the country’s detainees.

Documents obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Request reveal on multiple occasions Manning was recommended for removal from “prevention of injury” (POI) status by psychiatrists and psychologists but was not removed. Having a “POI” status meant Manning was held in his cell nearly twenty-three hours a day. It meant he was not allowed to eat his meals in his cell and he was not permitted to have a pillow or sheets. It meant every five minutes brig staff were to check if Manning was “okay” and Manning had to respond in the affirmative.

Kevin Zeese, attorney with the Manning Support Network, the released documents showed that military officials had “violated their own standards of detainee treatment” when they opted to hold him in “abusive pre-trial confinement conditions at the Quantico brig.”

Co-founder of the Bradley Manning Support Network Jeff Paterson said, “President Obama can no longer hide behind his subordinates in claiming that the treatment of PFC Manning has met ‘basic standards’ of conduct. Clearly, by the government’s own admission, the treatment of PFC Manning has fallen far short of the standards demanded by the Constitution.”

Please make two phone calls for Bradley:

  • Call President Obama at the White House switchboard: 202-456-1414
  • Call Secretary of the Army Public Affairs Officer Lt. Anne Edgecomb: 703-697-3491

(If you live outside of the United States, you can call the US embassy or consulate in your country and ask them to note your request. You can find US embassies here.)

For more on the call-in day, the Manning Support Network and Pfc. Bradley Manning, click here.

And, please share this among your circle of friends. Make sure your Twitter followers and Facebook friends see this and get a chance to participate in this important call-in day.

If you find your friends, family or colleagues that you want to support Manning have no idea what you are talking about, show them this video: