A very disappointing sentence

From The Washington Post:

Judge sentences Bradley Manning to 35 years

By , Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 11:17 AM E-mail the writer

A military judge on Wednesday morning sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.

Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. He faced up to 90 years in prison.

Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence, minus three and half years of time served, before he is eligible for parole. That will be in eight years when he is 33.

Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, said Manning was dishonorably discharged. He was also reduced in rank and forfeits all pay.

More at the link.

Your Editor is extremely disappointed. Mr Manning will be eligible for parole at the age of 33 — he is 25 now — and could have along and reasonably happy life after prison. Even if he serves the entire 35 years (including the 3½ years of time already served) he will be freed from Leavenworth by the time he is 56 years old, younger than your Editor is today.

Colonel Lind could have sentenced Mr Manning to 90 years in prison, effectively a life sentence. Had she done so, he would not have even been eligible for parole until he had served 26½ more years, until he was 51 years old. Now, this treacherous scumbag has the possibility of getting out of prison and mocking the country of his birth when he is still relatively young.

I sincerely hope that Mr Manning is never granted early parole, but even being released at age 56 is too early and too easy for him. I do not care if he had a rough life or he is sorry for what he did or that he was, as his defense attorney described him, “a well-intentioned but isolated soldier with gender identification issues.” I care that he betrayed his country! Nothing else is important.
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  1. I care that he betrayed his country! Nothing else is important.

    Indeed – http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/us/manning-sentenced-for-leaking-government-secrets.html?_r=1&

    Private Manning downloaded the materials from a classified computer network to which he had access as a low-level Army intelligence analyst while deployed in Iraq in 2010. The documents he gave to WikiLeaks set off a scramble inside the government as officials sought to minimize any harm, including protecting foreigners identified in some documents as having helped American diplomats or the military. No evidence emerged that anyone was killed because of the leaks.

    Among other things, the files also exposed the abuse of detainees by Iraqi officers under the watch of American forces and showed that civilian deaths during the Iraq war were most likely significantly higher than official estimates.

    It’s difficult to see how the American nation could survive if such information is freely allowed to enter the hands of its primary enemy, the American public.

  2. ‘I am Chelsea’: Read Manning’s full statement

    On Thursday, Bradley Manning made the announcement in a TODAY exclusive that he would like to live out the rest of his life as a woman. Below is Manning’s full statement to the public:

    Subject: The Next Stage of My Life

    I want to thank everybody who has supported me over the last three years. Throughout this long ordeal, your letters of support and encouragement have helped keep me strong. I am forever indebted to those who wrote to me, made a donation to my defense fund, or came to watch a portion of the trial. I would especially like to thank Courage to Resist and the Bradley Manning Support Network for their tireless efforts in raising awareness for my case and providing for my legal representation.

    As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility). I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.

    Thank you,

    Chelsea E. Manning

    Translation: he’s a sick f*** as well as a scumbag. From Ali A Akbar on The Other McCain:

    Where Manning is going — Fort Leavenworth — they do not offer hormone therapy, nor gender change procedures. Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, told NBC’s Today show, “If Fort Leavenworth does not, then I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so.”

    I would hope that the United States government does not ever pay for such sick “conversion” therapies, nor that such would be allowed in prison even if Mr Manning’s whacko defenders raise the money privately. If he wishes to take a knife and emasculate himself, that’s fine with me, his choice, but we shouldn’t pay one red cent to help build him any faux female organs.

  3. Bradley Manning has exhausted his 15 minutes, since the disgusting turncoat puke craves attention, the authorities should drop him in one of the deepest and darkest holes we have, provide the means for him to end his suffering, close the door, and throw away the key. Make sure he never sees the sky, feels the sun on his face, hears birds sing, or feels grass under his feet. Let the treacherous little twit rot, alone and ignored, useless and miserable, while he serves out every single day of his much too lenient sentence.

  4. I would hope that the United States government does not ever pay for such sick “conversion” therapies, nor that such would be allowed in prison even if Mr Manning’s whacko defenders raise the money privately.

    Oh no! Private funding would be okay. Let the twerp turn into a “Girl”, that just gives one more oriface for him to be gang-raped in!

  5. Turn him into someone who appears to be a girl — no amount of surgery and hormone treatment can ever make him into an actual female; the most that can be done is to turn him into a castrated male with a fake vagina and tits — and he’ll have to be transferred to a women’s prison.

  6. “I do not care if he had a rough life or he is sorry for what he did or that he was, as his defense attorney described him, “a well-intentioned but isolated soldier with gender identification issues.” …”

    He is now “Chelsea”, apparently, and will be ever more so as, with the help of a scalpel and hormone injections he emerges from his chrysalis into a radiantly new stage in life.

    As the song, or hisher version of it goes “He enjoys being a girl!

    And remember Dana, it’s not what we do, nor the rightness or wrongness of it but, as progressives constantly remind us, it’s how we non-judgmentally and supportively commit to a shared fate that is important. And through his betraying of the military, Bradley gave us the chance to be loyal to him, to commit to sharing his struggle as Chelsea to emerge as the glamorous and oh so feminine being hesheit feels himherself to be.

    And aren’t you glad he chose the stylish and contemporary name “Chelsea”, rather than say, “Edith”? Chelsea seems a good choice for him. Maybe Lindsay or Brittany would do as well. He might consider them before settling on one or the other for good.

    On the other hand, “Cherry” or “Tiffany” or “Crystal”, while probably reflecting his psyche more accurately than the others, would probably be a little too socially bold.

    Or maybe not. I guess that somewhat depends on what career he sees himself, or herself, pursuing once he or she gets out of prison. Probably not that of a a housewife, unless it becomes a regular theatrical motif during the next 35 years. Are there professional Valley Girls? Will there be 30 years from now?

    Nonetheless we should thank the gods of Hollywood that Bradley isn’t a fan of old movies; or he might have decided to change his name to Ann Margret.

    If he did that, I’d never be able to look at that very last scene in Bye Bye Birdie in quite the same way again.

  7. BTW, it looks like Manning’s attorney has earned himself a first class ass whippin’

    David Coombs wants his client to have an opportunity to be what Coombs has the temerity to describe as someone he’s never had the opportunity to be, and Coombs intends to do everything in (his) power to make sure (Fort Leavenworth is) forced to provide hormone therapy and gender change procedures, so Bradley can become Chelsea.

    What Coombs doesn’t address directly, but indicates obliquely, is he’s demanding the taxpayers pick up the tab for Manning’s sick obsession. It hasn’t been too long ago that identified homosexuals were routinely excluded from sensitive positions because they were easy targets for enemy exploitation, either as a result of blackmail or seduction. As blackmail has declined as acceptance of homosexuals has become more and more mainstream, seduction and befriending has become more prevalent.

    Seduction and befriending remain as easy avenues for enemy agents to enlist the cooperation of homosexuals, of both sexes, and to gain access to our nation’s secrets. It’s time we had an open and forthright debate on the issue, however, there is little or no expectation that will occur under the current corrupt Obama Administration. And, homosexual exploitation is only one small part of the much larger and more dangerous situation we face.

    Our nation is vulnerable at the top, our President is providing aid and comfort to America’s enemies, his Administration is riddled with corrupt officials either in league with our enemies or sympathetic to their cause, and his Attorney General has been caught red-handed running guns to Mexico and coddling terrorists by defining their bloodthirsty attacks as mere workplace violence as if Nidal Hasan’s 13 murders at Fort Hood was the equivalent of an angry employee punching out his boss.

    Obama and his State Department in cahoots with the Joint Chiefs of Staff turned their backs on Americans fighting for their lives in Benghazi and left them to die at the hands jihadi terrorists, then lied about it and are continuing to lie and try to cover up their treacherous betrayal. Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton each and everyone of them lied to the grieving parents of those dead Americans with false promises to bring some obscure scapegoat to justice. And, knowing full well the false narrative they were spreading was designed to deflect the guilt that was theirs alone, Obama, Biden, and Clinton looked those parents in the eye and lied to them as the caskets of the nation’s dead sons were being draped with American flags.

    The stench of murder and corruption originates in the Oval Office.

    The first step in putting things right is to remove Obama from the presidency and to vote Democrats out of government at every level, from County Commissions to Mayors offices to State Legislatures to Congress itself. This political party has proved itself incapable of putting the interests of the American people above the personal and political interests of their office holders and their associated partisan client populations. Democrats are a disease on the American body politic and the cure is excommunication from public life.

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