After letting us know in recent posts that she would again be driving David House to visit Bradley Manning, just as she has done without incident on several occasions, Jane Hamsher was stopped today by the military policy at the entrance gate to the base where Manning is being held. She appears to under unofficial arrest, for doing nothing illegal.

About an hour ago, Jane Hamsher began sending Twitter messages telling us the military guards at the entrance to Quantico were holding her, but not explaining why. The apparent reason is to prevent her from delivering a petition to military authorities asking them to improve the conditions under which Bradley Manning is being held.

One of the guards indicated they had been told to stop and detain her, and they’ve demand not merely Driver’s license but proof of insurance, Social Security numbers, etc. There is no legal basis for this. [Update: I'm told that authorities can request some ID to visit a prison, but it was David House who visits Manning, not Jane.]

Jane’s twitter feed is here: http://twitter.com/#!/janehamsher
David House’s feed is here: http://twitter.com/#!/DavidMHouse

Michael Whitney has posted some of her messages here.

They are not allowing her to enter, but not allowing her to leave. Usually, she waits in the nearby McDonalds when David House visits Manning. The guards will not allow her to go to the McDonalds.

Now they are impounding and towing her car, for no legal reason other than to harrass Jane. While one must show proof of insurance when stopped by police, what’s different here is the deliberate and selective harrassment of Jane, who has routinely driven House to the base, and David House, a person who has had ongoing permission to visit Manning.

We’ll continue updates as we get them.

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Update IV Jane has an important post discussing why the incident was directed at David House and Bradley Manning. A must read.

Update III: Jane and David House are now “released,” but the Marines prevented House from visiting Manning, even though he had been previously authorized to do so. And they prevented Jane from delivering a petition with signatures from 42,000 people. They harrased both of them for over an hour and will force Jane to pay $300 to get her car back.

Will the Congress read the First Amendment again, the part saying the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition their government for redress of grievances shall not be abridged? Apparently this government does not believe it applies to them.

UPDATE II: At 2:50pm the military released Jane and David, and told David he could go off base and come back on to visit Bradley. But visiting hours end at 3pm, so Bradley won’t get a visit.

UPDATE: Adding a widget which displays Jane’s and David’s most recent tweets.

At Quantico w @DavidMHouse to deliver 42,000 sigs 4 Bradley Maning to brig. Holding us at gate, never happened before: http://t.co/zZS4ZxP
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:06

Called Lt Brian Villiard of Quantico on Friday and again today as courtesy to say we were coming re: Bradley Manning, never called me back.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:08

Demanding my social security number before they’ll let me on Quantico base, but won’t say why. Never happened before.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:11

Quantico guards say I’ll be arrested if I go to McDonalds while @davidmhouse visits Manning. “That privilege has been withdrawn.”
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:24

Guess Lt Villiard better at reading FDL than returning phone calls. For first time, made us sign letter saying we won’t deliver any pkgs.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:21

Now been here at Quantico gate for 30 min. Will not let us leave base, holding us.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:25

Gunny Foster Military Police #1715 writing me ticket for not hving latest insurance card. Sorry to 42,000 people who signed Manning petition
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:27

Can’t leave base, can’t go 2 brig, can’t get my driver’s license, Gunt Foster threatening 2 arrest us. Haven’t done a thing.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:28

Now Quantico guards want @davidmhouse driver’s license back for 2nd time.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:29

Detained for 40 minutes now upon entering base. Advised that cannot leave.
davidmhouse
January 23, 2011 at 13:34

Meanwhile visiting hours are expiring… Hopeful that I get to see Brad today. These visits are his only reprieve from solitary.
davidmhouse
January 23, 2011 at 13:37

We’re literally being detained without any explanation at Quantico 40 min now. Won’t let us leave. #Wikileaks
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:38

When Gunny Foster asked 4 my SS# I said “what if I refuse?” He said he’s Military Police & he can arrest me. Is that true?
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:40

RT @Deongrein: @janehamsher Call the real cops… Tell them you are being held against your will…
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:40

Now Military Police asking @DavidMHouse 4 his SS# AGAIN.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:41

My, that’s a big shotgun.
davidmhouse
January 23, 2011 at 13:41

One of the many MPs around the car says his orders to stop us come from on high.
davidmhouse
January 23, 2011 at 13:44

RT @tomwatson: @janehamsher @Deongrein I believe the technical military term for this is ‘chickenshit’
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:47

I am on approved visitation list; have been visiting since September. Was planning on asking Brad about his conditions today.
davidmhouse
January 23, 2011 at 13:48

Gunny Foster towing my car bc they won’t accept my electronic proof of insurance, demanding paper.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:49

Escorting us off base, hooking my car up to tow truck now.
janehamsher
January 23, 2011 at 13:50

Me “you won’t accept electronic proof of insurance.” SGT: “has to be printed.” Me: “it was printed off that.” “Unless u have a printer.”
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 13:56

Forcing @DavidMHouse 2 go 2 court. Wouldn’t give ticket, gave him a summons 2 appear in court.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 13:57

Quantico guards didn’t give registration back 2 me, but demanding it again.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 13:58

Now guards going 2 inventory vehicle.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 13:59

Military police searching & impounding my car. Won’t let @DavidMHouse on 2 see Bradley Manning, won’t say why.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:01

Vehicle being searched and impounded.
davidmhouse
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:01

It’s 28 degrees, forcing us 2 stand outside.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:03

I am not being allowed to move on-base to see Bradley. The petition is in my lap in a tow-truck surrounded by MPs. Welcome to Quantico.
davidmhouse
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:07

Quantico Guard: “are u leaving anything in your car” Me: “I can’t check when they’re driving it on to tow truck.”
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:08

I called Lt Villard on Friday 2 say we were coming 2 Quantico, give courtesy head’s up we were coming. I guess I know he got the message.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:09

Me: “Can I go 2 store I can see fm here & print out insurance if u won’t accept electronic?” Foster: “No.” 15 min ago, could’ve had by now.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:12

In tow truck, waiting 2 b escorted off Quantico base. No idea how @DavidMHouse & I get back to DC.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:13

Still holding us, my car on tow truck but Quantico guards still won’t let us leave.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:14

Even though @DavidMHouse on approved list 2 see Bradley Manning, Quantico guards refusing 2 let him do so w no explanation. Still detained.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:15

Some offers have now entered guard house.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:16

MPs looking for a reason to arrest us; brass arrives. The US government is like any animal: scare it and it will try to tear your face off.
davidmhouse
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:16

Some officers have now entered the guard house & are talking 2 military police. @DavidMHouse & I detained w no explanation for 1 hr 20 min.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:18

We tried to leave & they wouldn’t let us @JPKalishek.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:19

For whatever reason, Quantico Marine brass don’t want Manning 2 have visitor now. Isolation & enforcement of solitary confinement complete.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:24

BREAKING: Military Harassing David House, Jane Hamsher for Visiting Bradley Manning http://fdl.me/eps4mh
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:25

On phone w Trevor Fitzgibbon @fitzgibbonmedia who is working w Bradley Manning supporters. @DavidMHouse calling Manning attorney.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:29

I blame @Ggreenwald. ;)
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:33

Talking with my attorney, wants 2 know what why being detained: “Either u have clearance 2 b on base or you don’t & they turn u away.”
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:39

MPs still not letting us leave. To clarify I am authorized to be on base; have been on approved visitation list + visiting for 5 months.
davidmhouse
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:41

Nobody knows why Marines are holding Bradley Manning who is in the Army anyway. Manning attorney unable to get an answer.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:43

Marines now say House can’t walk to see House but can go off base, get a cab & come back on. But visitation over at 3pm.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:48

Tow truck driver says we also have to pay 4 time he had 2 wait for Quantico marines 2 release us: $300.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:51

Quantico Marine brass showed up PERSONALLY 2 make sure @DavidMHouse never got 2 see Manning. Next visiting period: next week.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:52

Finally released, right as visiting hours conclude. What’s going on in the brig?
davidmhouse
January 23rd, 2011 at 14:59

Quantico top brass made sure we were held until visiting hours were over & impossible 4 @DavidMHouse 2 see Manning. Message clear.
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:10

Copy of Article 138 Complaint filed by David Coombs, Manning’s Iraq vet atty vs Quantico CW04 James Averhart, abusing discretion re Manning
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:21

Article 138 Complaint: http://bit.ly/ghc5kC
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:22

Last wk Averhart put Manning under harsh conditions against advice of 3 psychiatrists, now harassing visitor 2 deny Manning cleared visitors
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:24

This is 1st time @DavidMHouse visited Manning since he spoke out w @CapehartJ on @DylanRatigan re Manning’s conditions http://fdl.me/dEd2Zv
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:27

I hope people realize Bradley Manning has not had trial yet, hasn’t confessed 2 anything & in America is still innocent until proven guilty
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:33

After tow truck arrived, MPs demanded our driver’s licenses, SS# & registration a 2nd time 2 stall & assure Manning could not have visitor
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:39

Right now @DavidMHouse working w Trevor @FitzgibbonMedia on statement abt what happened & he will have soon
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 15:45

Statement of Events: Bradley Manning’s Primary Visitor Detained at Quantico http://fdl.me/fXyY81
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 16:23

Goal of Quantico Incident Was To Abuse Bradley Manning and Intimidating David House http://fdl.me/gznYkS
janehamsher
January 23rd, 2011 at 21:10