• I’m preparing an open letter to Sen. Mark Begich, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel. Back in March 2010, a number of us wrote to him, requesting he investigate Manning’s Quantico Brig treatment, and consider joining Rep. Kucinich in seeking to visit Manning.

    He replied. His reply indicates he may have been lied to by a person or people in the military from whom he sought information on Manning’s treatment.

    Manning’s testimony and testimony of others at Ft. Meade indicate strongly that Manning was intentionally tortured, beginning in Kuwait, and not ending until his transfer to Ft. Leavenworth.

    Am I right that if Sen. Begich was deliberately misinformed about the reasons for Manning’s treatment in the late winter and early spring of 2010, the party or parties who misinformed him violated 18 USC ยง 1001?