Ramrod Five–Stryker Brigade sitrep

Military.com reports:

The soldier who tried to blow the whistle on an alleged plot to kill Afghan civilians for sport has been put in solitary confinement in a windowless cell for 23 hours a day, his family said.

The father of Spc. Adam Winfield is objecting to the conditions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, and wants the soldier moved to a different facility.

Christopher Winfield said his son was separated from other defendants in the case about a month ago after he reported being threatened by one of them. He’s been in protective solitary custody since then, but conditions grew markedly worse last week when he was moved from a cell with access to a common area and television to one he’s locked in nearly all the time, his father said.

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2 responses to “Ramrod Five–Stryker Brigade sitrep”

  1. thinkwell says:

    Why is this man being held this way? This news article does not answer this question. Is he deserving of our sympathy or is he a bad guy? My gut feeling is to be sorry for him, but there are no necessary facts. Hmmm…

  2. SueDB says:

    It explains that he was threatened and the only way the military folks could solve the problem of contact with other prisoners is to put him in solitary. There might be other ways, but the military doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to try them. This way the other folks can’t get at him after he was reportedly threatened. That would seem somewhat reasonable but seems over the top for someone who has cooperated to a degree. He may end up being the star witness in other actions and therefore has value for the government. I interpret this not as punishment, but as protection – at least for the moment.

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