Bradley Manning Cannot Wear Underwear While He Sleeps For His Own Safety

Being forced to sleep nude, and being forced to stand nude outside his cell every morning while guards complete regular inspections, is for Bradley Manning’s own safety, claim officials at the Quantico Marine brig where he’s locked up. That means no underwear, not even the cheap paper tearaway kind you might find at a butt lift plastic surgeon’s office, because apparently underwear could be used by Manning to hurt himself. Manning, who has been charged with 22 criminal counts (including one that has his potentially facing the death penalty), is not on suicide watch. So when Manning asked brig officials what he could to do show to have some of his restrictions loosened, “Manning was informed that there was nothing he could do to have the restrictions removed, because brig officials considered him at risk of self-harm. Manning then made the apparent mistake of flippantly remarking that, if he really wanted to harm himself, he could conceivably do so with the elastic waistband of his underwear or with his flip-flops.” That’s when Quantico Chief Warrant Officer Denise Barnes came up with the brilliant idea to force him to sleep naked. Again, Manning is not under suicide watch.