Chelsea Manning To Remain In Army, Receive Health Care Benefits After Prison Release

Obama was such a nice guy. All the forgiveness in the world.

Even to terrorists who “transition” in prison.

He forgave a terrorist? Indeed.

According to Fox News , Private Bradley Manning was a former intelligence analyst and “was convicted in 2013 of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents and battlefield video to Wikileaks”.

He was sentenced to 35 years but received a commuted sentence from Obama in his final days in office.

In 2013, Manning,

…[W]as convicted in a military court martial of 20 counts, including six Espionage Act violations, theft and computer fraud. Manning was acquitted of the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

Manning acknowledged leaking the materials, saying she wanted to expose the U.S. military’s disregard about the effects of war on civilians. She also said she released information that she didn’t believe would harm the U.S.

Was that a misprint? The quote referred to a “she” and the person in discussion is Bradley Manning.

After Bradley Manning was sentenced, he “came out” as transgender. He transitioned in prison and now goes by Chelsea Manning.

His lawyers state he faced significant discrimination in military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

She filed a transgender rights lawsuit and attempted suicide twice last year, according to her lawyers.

Her attorneys said Manning was subjected to violence in prison and argued the military mistreated her by requiring her to serve her sentence in an all-male prison, restricting her physical and mental health care, and not allowing her to wear a feminine-style haircut.

The 35 year sentence was commuted by Obama, and Manning is scheduled to be released this month. But now, Manning will receive Army health benefits, according to Army Spokesman Dave Foster. Unpaid, but nonetheless our tax dollars being used for transgender procedures.

Last year, Army officials told her she was eligible for sex reassignment surgery — and the government would pay for it, attorney Chase Strangio of the American Civil Liberties Union told reporters.

Is this real? Sadly, yes.

“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” Foster said.

Yes, that must be hard. A male serving time in a male prison. Abiding by the rules of said military prison and not wearing the haircut you want.

You know what would solve that problem?

Don’t provide our enemies with information from the State.

Don’t leak our intelligence.

Don’t betray your country.

This is like a bad episode of Homeland and Ru Paul’s drag show combined.


Regan Pifer

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Reagan Pifer has taught and researched American history and politics in higher education for ten years. These are her rants.

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