July 06, 2018

Paul Manafort in the Hole; Put in Solitary to Torture Him into Helping Mueller

Timothy Birdnow

Paul Manafort is being held in solitary confinement in an effort to force him to crack and purger himself to aid Robert Mueller. According to Fox News: "Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is being held in "solitary confinement" after his bail was revoked, in an "outrageous violation" of his civil liberties, former Trump lawyer John Dowd told Fox News on Tuesday.

"Paul is in solitary confinement for his own safety from the general prison population," Dowd said. "The warden is concerned that someone would violently attack Paul just for street cred.

"They make all prisoners return to their cells whenever Paul needs to leave his cell," Dowd, who said he is a friend of Manafort's attorney, told Fox News."

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For his own protection my a, er, eye; this is a form of torture designed to force Manafort to sign on with Mueller's witch hunt.

The Oxford Dictionary defines torture as:

The action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something.
‘the torture of political prisoners’

Great physical or mental suffering.

Isn't this precisely what they are trying to do to Manafort?

Article1.1 of the United Nations Convention against Torture states:

For the purpose of this Convention, the term "torture" means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected of having committed, or intimidating or coercing him or a third person, or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind, when such pain or suffering is inflicted by or at the instigation of or with the consent or acquiescence of a public official or other person acting in an official capacity. It does not include pain or suffering arising only from, inherent in, or incidental to, lawful sanctions.

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The U.N. bans solitary for anybody over fifteen days as an act of torture.

There are well documented psychologically damaging effects of solitary, and it is often used to force prisoners to say or do things they would not.

The Center for Constitutional Rights has this to say about the misuse of solitary confinement:

"May 31, 2012

*Updated March 2017*

Download this factsheet as a PDF.
What is Solitary Confinement?

Today, tens of thousands of individuals across the country are detained in near-total solitude for between 22 and 24 hours a day. Their cells—usually about the size of a parking space—contain a concrete bed, an unmovable stool, and a combination toilet/sink. There is a slot in the door just large enough for a guard to slip a food tray through. Prisoners in solitary confinement are frequently denied telephone calls and contact visits. "Recreation” involves being taken, often in handcuffs and shackles, to another solitary cell to pace alone for an hour before being returned to their cell.

Ever since solitary confinement came into existence, it has been used as a tool of repression. While the practice is justified by corrections officials as necessary to protect prisoners and guards from violent prisoners, all too often it is imposed on individuals, particularly prisoners of color, who threaten prison administrations in an altogether different way. Consistently, jailhouse lawyers and jailhouse doctors, who administer to the needs of their fellow prisoners, as well as political prisoners from various civil rights and independence movements, are disproportionately placed in solitary confinement.
Solitary Confinement is Torture

Prolonged solitary confinement causes prisoners significant mental harm and places them at grave risk of even more devastating future harm. These harms may be permanent and persist even after one is released from solitary.

Researchers have proven that prolonged solitary confinement causes a persistent and heightened state of anxiety and nervousness, headaches, insomnia, lethargy or chronic tiredness, nightmares, heart palpitations, fear of impending nervous breakdowns and higher rates of hypertension and early morbidity. Other effects include obsessive ruminations, confused thought processes, an oversensitivity to stimuli, irrational anger, social withdrawal, hallucinations, violent fantasies, emotional flatness, mood swings, chronic depression, feelings of overall deterioration, and suicidal ideation.

Exposure to such life-shattering conditions clearly constitutes cruel and unusual punishment – in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and international laws"

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Retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy was famously opposed to solitary. According to this article in the leftist Mother Jones:

"Citing an 1890 Supreme Court decision, Kennedy wrote, "

his Court recognized that, even for prisoners sentenced to death, solitary confinement bears ‘a further terror and peculiar infamy.'”

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So Kennedy was against this practice, as was the Court in the nineteenth century.

Just last year the leftist Slate bemoans the practice:

"On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit agreed with Walker in a broad ruling that strictly limits the use of solitary in the three states within the circuit: Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The decision marks a considerable victory for opponents of solitary who argue that prisons routinely abuse the practice in violation of the U.S. Constitution. This week’s ruling contributes to a growing consensus among federal courts that the judiciary must curb solitary confinement—a consensus likely to be affirmed by the Supreme Court in the near future."

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Strange how the Left hated the practice until it now is a useful tool for them.

Now that they can try to torture Paul Manafort into turning states evidence against Donald Trump they are happy with it.

This is vile. It is as bad as any banana republic or Islamic hellhole. America is becoming a horrible place, and will be worse if the Left continues the work of remaking America.

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