Today Chelsea Manning walked free, and she’s actually kinda hot.
Just kidding — that’s revolting. Manning is homely as fuck, which you have to admit even if you’re one of the bleeding hearts who thinks he was treated unfairly (which could possibly include some of our own flunkies, though we doubt it). Today the former Army intelligence private returned to civilian life after serving seven years in a military prison. His crime is considered to be the largest leak of classified and sensitive material in U.S. history.
Manning, now identifying herself as a particularly ill-favored woman, gave a statement via the American Civil Liberties Union.
“I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now — which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.”
Manning’s attorney later said,
“Through extended periods of solitary confinement and up against the government’s insistence on denying her medical care and existence as a woman, Chelsea has emerged with grace, resilience, and an inspiring amount of love for others.”
One can only hope that “inspiring amount of love for others” is sufficient to atone for Manning’s treason.
Said Amnesty International USA of the release,
“Chelsea’s treatment is especially galling given that nobody has been held accountable for the alleged crimes that she brought to light. While we celebrate her freedom, we will continue to call for an independent investigation into the potential human rights violations she exposed, and for protections to be put in place to ensure whistleblowers like Chelsea are never again subjected to such appalling treatment.”
Manning, formerly known as Bradley Edward Manning, U.S. Army, was convicted in A July of 2013 court martial of violating the Espionage Act (one charge among a total of 22 offenses, including Article 104, Aiding the Enemy). He was found guilty of disclosing over 700k classified or sensitive documents to WikiLeaks and sentenced to 35 years in prison. That sentence was later commuted by President Barack Obama.
The maximum sentence of Article 104 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (Aiding the Enemy) is the death penalty. Manning pled guilty to ten of the charges and was eventually convicted of seventeen others, plus amended versions of four more.
In early 2014 the District Court of Kansas granted a petition to legally change Manning’s name from Bradley to Chelsea. Later that year the DoD approved a request by “Army leadership” to provide “required medical treatment” for gender dysphoria.
Blah blah blah the USDB (United States Disciplinary Barracks, Ft. Leavenworth) approved hormone treatment, blah blah blah. The ACLU says the delay in approving Manning’s hormone treatments came at a significant cost to Manning’s health blah blah blah Amnesty International posted a letter from Manning, blah blah ACLU says the army will grant the request for gender transition therapy. Blah blah blah Cosmopolitan magazine says Manning feels painful and awkward because he/she can’t grow out his/her hair, blah blah blah five day hunger strike, blah blah blah. Fuck that guy.
So, anyway, the DoD paid for hormone therapy and agreed to provide gender transition surgery to a convicted military felon doing time at the USDB, and pursuant to the President’s instruction released that felon after serving seven years of the original sentence of 35.
Yes, we’re aware all of this is perfectly legal. We know we have to accept what the UCMJ and the criminal justice system hands down whether we agree with it or not, or we’re hypocritical. We’re fully aware of (though find it difficult to agree with or condone, not that it matters) the reasons the Obama administration cited for reducing the sentence. It’s a little tougher to find any necessity for the gender change business though, except to avoid negative publicity or political pressure. We also have no sympathy for anyone who, in our opinion, aids and abets the enemy. It’s perfectly legal that Manning goes free.
And it’s perfectly legal for us to think Manning is a loathsome creature. We’re completely within our rights to say,”Fuck that guy, even if he does say he’s a girl, he fucking pled guilty to betraying his country,” just as other folks are completely within their rights to disagree.
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