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Bradley Manning was forced to strip and stay naked for hours in his cell at Quantico Brig, says his lawyer David Coombs. A Marine spokesman said he couldn't explain the move "without violating the detainee’s privacy,” like getting stripped naked wasn't, right? Like several other observers, we have to ask: What's next, waterboarding? A petition hereto protest 22 new charges against Manning of aiding the enemy - who has yet to be identified. A chilling look here at how closely all this mirrors Bush interrogation techniques of forced nudity as a means of instilling "learned helplessness" in detainees.