Bradley Manning and the Dreyfus Affair

Bradley Manning and the Dreyfus Affair

Reblogged from The Jeffersonian – a Journal of Democracy and Public Affairs

29 Saturday Dec 2012

by  in Government and Democracy

Bradley Manning spent his third Christmas in solitary confinement on Tuesday. His imprisonment should trouble every citizen: if the government can detain any one of us indefinitely without bringing charges, it can do the same thing to anyone else.

A constitutional scholar familiar with the Fifth Amendment will say that the military may do what it likes with service members during time of war or public danger. Say what you like, military law does not permit violation of these rights:

  • Prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Solitary confinement is cruel and unusual.
  • Right to a speedy and public trial.
  • Right to due process.
  • Rights of the accused “to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation,” “to be confronted with the witnesses against him,” and “to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.”

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