Breanna Manning seeks dismissal of charges

| November 26, 2012

The Baltimore Sun reports that Breanna Manning (hey, it’s not my fault that he preferred that name and the media isn’t abiding by his wishes) and his lawyers are planning on asking that the charges that he released hundreds of thousands of pages of classified material to the world be dropped;

At Quantico, where Manning was held from July 2010 until April 2011, he was singled out for punishment before his case had been heard, his lawyers say. At Fort Meade this week, they plan to ask a military judge to dismiss all the charges against him.

During Manning’s first five months at Quantico, the lawyers say, he was held in “the functional equivalent of solitary confinement:” Confined to a six-by-eight-foot cell, with no window or natural light, for more than 23 and a half hours each day.

He was awakened at 5 a.m. each morning and required to remain awake until 10 p.m., his lawyers say. He was not permitted to lie on his bed or lean against the cell wall. He was not allowed to exercise in his cell.

Guards were required to check on his well-being every five minutes. If they could not see him _ if he was asleep under his blanket or turned to the wall _ they would wake him.

It sounds to me like they had reason to suspect that he was a suicide risk, and if he’d been successful, we’d still be hearing about it. Funny thing about basic training, though, they woke me at 5 AM and wouldn’t let me sleep until after 10 PM. I wasn’t allowed to lie in my bed or lean on the wall. But they did PT the living shit out of me, so I guess it wasn’t really punishment.

I guess if he gets a life sentence for his treason, Breanna can ask for the time served to be subtracted from his sentence.

Category: Military issues

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  1. RandomNCO says:

    I wish they’d blur out that 10th Mountain CSIB whenever they take pictures of him (her?).

  2. NHSparky says:

    5 am to 10 pm? Oh, the horror of it all! Hell, that’s what I call a normal day. Granted, I get home just before 5 pm and have a beer and watch some TV and knock around with the family before 10 pm, but I’m guessing if I was found asleep at work, I’d be waken up just long enough to be handed my pink slip.

    Poor Breanna–still doesn’t realize that actions have consequences.

  3. Dai Uy says:

    Jonn Lilyea says, “I guess if he gets a life sentence for his treason, Breanna can ask for the time served to be subtracted from his sentence.”

    Great line! Spilled my coffee.


  4. UpNorth says:

    Meh, sounds like rules for administrative segregation and for suicide watch.
    Don’t play stupid games, Breanna, don’t win stupid prizes.

    And, for your peace of mind, Breanna, just imagine how much you’re going to enjoy living in the general population when you get to prison.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like the PEHA at NTC/JRTC

  6. Lucky says:

    Why is he/she complaining? You pays your money, you takes your chances! He committed treason, sedition, espionage and all kinds of other offenses. He’s lucky he isn’t summarily SHOT! Personally, I think they should grant his sex change, cut something off, and the whole operation, if he wants, just minus anesthetic, or pain killers of any kind! Then release him into the male GenPop of the worst federal superman in the system!!

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    If he doesn’t like her prison cell, just put it on an old, empty hull that the Navy uses for target practice. Let the good times roll. Target sinks. End of story.

  8. CSE CSC says:


    (**with purchase of second Bradley Manning of equal or greater value)

    He’s just another twit that will never get it. So he’s unhappy and people don’t understand him and they hurt his feelings…blah blah blah. That happens to a lot of people, then they get over it and figure out how to adapt and/or fix the problem. They don’t go and sell classified info on the internet.

    It’s really an easy lesson: commit crimes, get caught, face consequences. Simple.

  9. Hondo says:

    Personally I’d have no heartburn with seeing Manning get a free ride on a UH-60 to 10000′ AGL followed by a forcible exit sans parachute. After a conviction, of course.

    Unfortunately, the Army took the death penalty off the table. And carrying it out that way would probably be deemed “cruel and unusual” anyway.

    But it would give Manning a good 35 seconds to contemplate his crimes and/or pray before . . . the end.

  10. El Marco says:


  11. Mr. Blue says:

    Kids these days! Sure, they’ll do just enough to become a left wing media martyr, but when it’s time to endure the punishment phase, they start bitching and moaning about how “unfair” or “hard” things are.
    Sure, they want the lefty street cred that comes with going to jail, but don’t actually want the prison time.
    Look, princess, what did you expect when you broke the law? A ticker tape parade and a dream date with Robert Patterson, mixed with just enough “bad boy” cred to make you seem cool at parties?

  12. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    Sounds exactly like SEA DUTY:

    If I can do it … he can do it too!

    During MCPO’s first five months on his first ship, he was held in the functional equivalent of solitary confinement. He was confined to various six-by-eight-foot compartments, with no port holes or natural light, for more than 23 and a half hours each day.

    He was awakened at 0500 each morning and required to remain awake and on deck all day long. He was not permitted to lie on his rack or lean against the bulkheads. He was not allowed to exercise in his workspace because there were pipes and valves EVERYWHERE.

    So whats the problem? Like I said, sounds exactly like SEA DUTY.

  13. Lucky says:

    MCPO, My cousin is enduring that now, with his first sea duty aboard a carrier. He has gone to the point where he is requesting TEAVANA crap in care packages… Leaving me to wonder, did sea duty turn my cousin Gay, or is this cabin fever talking?

  14. Nik says:

    Apparently I’m a broken human being. I find myself incapable of giving a shit about how horribly Manning is being treated.

  15. COB6 says:

    10:00pm to 5:00am? That’s like a week worth of sleep in Ranger School!

    Why don’t we just shoot this whiny little bitch in the head and move on?

  16. malclave says:

    I wasn’t allowed to lie in my bed or lean on the wall. But they did PT the living shit out of me

    I distinctly remember in Basic being allowed… nay, forcefully encouraged to lean on the ground, alternately at arm’s length and then quite close to it.

    And we would also repeatedly sit on the ground, then lie on it, then sit, then lie, etc. etc. in quick succession.

  17. DaveO says:

    Manning is only part of the equation. What happened to his alleged co-conspirators? Those that formed Anonymous are currently supporting Hamas and Hezbollah by hacking Israeli websites.

  18. Ex-PH2 says:

    45 years after hearing “reveille, reveille, 0500 reveille, get up!” for 10 long weeks, every freaking morning, I still wake up at 5AM with no alarm.

    Do I feel sorry for this species of birdfood? No. Let the crows have him for supper. Send him to crows’ court. Let them punish him. I hear being pecked to death by crows is murderously painful.

  19. 2-17 Air Cav says:

    He gets out 30 minutes a day? Why?

  20. streetsweeper says:

    @ #19- So she can his dainty legs….

  21. Anonymous says:

    @ 13 Lucky ,,, No … he is definately Gay!


  22. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    21 was MCPO

  23. lucky says:

    Haha MCPO, he IS a bodybuilder and a LT

  24. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    I love this crap. Here in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe runs his “tent city” for dirt bags sentenced to time in jail and when the prisoners bitch about it I think about the fact I spent over a month living in a “shelter half” (pup tent) and I volunteered! Screw the little princess! Put her in recruit training where that’s a way of life. Not counting the nights a Drill Instructor would show up at 0200 to play “fork fork” games!

  25. NHSparky says:

    @ Lucky 13 (wrap your head around that one, kids)–

    What is this “care package” of which you speak?

  26. OWB says:

    Oh, The little princess doesn’t like it?


  27. RandomNCO says:

    The Army needs to return to have a tougher Basic training environment…especially for the pogues to keep “guys” like this out. He obviously never should have joined the military, and yet he made it through Lost in the Woods with no problem apparently.

  28. Joe Williams says:

    Are all the Services this slow to mete out justice? What happened to the right to a speedy trial? Joe