Now that Chief Warrant Officer Denise Barnes has replaced Commander James Averhart as the commander in charge of the detention facilities at Quantico, outstanding questions still remain. The change comes days after the attorney for WikiLeaks suspect Private First Class Bradley Manning filed a complaint that he is being unfairly treated in detention and after Military officials admitted to NBC on Monday that Averhart abused his authority by putting Manning on an unnecessary suicide watch.

Key Questions that have not been answered by the Pentagon:

1.) Is the military conducting an investigation into CWO4 Averhart’s decision to place Manning on suicide risk?
2.) Is it true that CWO4 Averhart did not have the authority to place Manning under suicide risk?
3.) What specific bases did CW04 Averhart have for placing Manning on suicide risk?
4.) Were these bases shared with the brig’s forensic psychiatrist who recommended that Manning not be placed on suicide risk? If not why not?
5.) Are there any other detainees in the Brig under MAX custody or under POI?
6.) Is it normal for a pretrial detainee to be under MAX custody and POI for this length of time?
7.) What is the longest an pretrial detainee has ever been held in MAX custody and under POI watch?
8.) What factors were considered in determining that PFC Manning needed to be held in MAX custody?
9.) What factors were consider in determining that PFC Manning needed to be held under POI watch?
10.) Were these factors shared with the brig’s forensic psychiatrist who recommended that the POI watch be lifted?
11.) Will CW2 Barnes conduct a complete review of the need for PFC Manning to be held in MAX custody and under POI watch?
12.) Other than the recommendation of the brig forensic psychiatrist, what other factors are considered in determining the need for POI watch?
13.) Does the brig consider in the long-term effects of MAX custody and POI on the pretrial detainee? IF so, how?

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Trevor Fitzgibbon

Trevor Fitzgibbon

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