Also, there is no 'daily disrobing and various other humiliations.' In recent days, as the result of concerns for PFC Manning's personal safety, his undergarments were taken from him during sleeping hours. PFC Manning at all times had a bed and a blanket to cover himself. He was not made to stand naked for morning count but, but on one day, he chose to do so. There were no female personnel present at the time. PFC Manning has since been issued a garment to sleep in at night. He is clothed in a standard jumpsuit during the day. "
. John, I'm not in a position to say your citation is correct or not correct. I would like to know what the source is that it is using as authority. If it is a spokesman for the military, I would have a different reaction than if it were a spokesman for PFC. Manning's defense team, than I would if it were a spokesman for Rush Limbaugh, as you might gather. If it was the same team that gave misdirection about the two military actions in question, for example, I might be forgiven if I were somewhat on the skeptical side.
Lawrence Tribe is a pretty good lawyer who tries to get his facts straight. He's one of the signatories of the petition for examination of PFC. Manning's treatment, and while that is not a guarantee of accuracy, I do take his name to be more of an indication than a source that the magazine excerpt has not named. I'll have a closer look, of course.
Having worked on locked psychiatric facilities with acutely suicidal patients, I can say on the basis of experience that it's pretty difficult to kill yourself with your underwear, and the fact that the underwear was returned to him says a great deal about how necessary it was to confiscate it in the first place was. It also suggests that, if the PFC was being treated like everybody else, all the other inmates were being deprived of bed-clothes, which seems like an unnecessary hardship to me and a touch on the sadistic side, or that the guards were selecting the PFC for special treatment. Not better or more intensive treatment, but more punitive treatment. Underwear tends to be stretchy, and makes very poor rope. If they were doing the five-minute checks appropriate for people on suicide watch, the first time they saw him without underwear would have given the game away.
If there was concern for suicide, it should have been focused on the blanket itself, and sometimes on the mattress cover. In the daytime, a jumpsuit makes dandy material with which to hang one's self, and it's pretty much a snap to fashion if you're serious.