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The Commutation of Chelsea Manning
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By J.R. Jameson

On Wednesday, President Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning for her role in the WikiLeaks scandal of 2010.  Manning a soldier who was convicted by court martial in 2013 under the Espionage act and under another 22 separate charges to include aiding the enemy.  Originally she intended to leak the information to the Washington Post and the NY Times, but upon their disinterest then decided to pass the information to WikiLeaks in what became known as the Afghan and Iraq War Logs. She wrote in later statements that the more she had tried to fit in the army, the more alienated she felt. The relationship with WikiLeaks had given her a brief respite from the isolation and anxiety.

The veteran community is in an uproar because for them the severity of the crime outweighs the possibility of catching a bigger fish. And the precedent this action may set is very troubling to the community. Manning swore an oath to defend this country and broke it in one of the most heinous ways possible. Manning didn’t just leak classified information to the press, she essentially copied the entire SIPRNet drive and gave it to WikiLeaks to publish. These documents contained the names of informants, interpreters, numerous State Dept. cables, etc. In any other war, at any other time in our history, Manning would have been tried for treason.

Manning was not someone who saw some sort of wrongdoing and went to the press to expose injustice. Those people are called whistleblowers and there are a whole set of laws to protect them. If she thought what she was doing was whistleblowing she would have exposed an item or an agenda.  What she did was hand over an intelligence trove that foreign intelligence agencies only dream of. Aside from all of the military intel on the drive, it also contained State Dept cables containing the thoughts and positions the US held on world leaders. She took no action to safeguard or redact any of the data she handed over.  She was the worst kind of Soldier, sitting in her safe space, stewing in an already grand inferiority complex, she decided that what she needed was attention and this would make her an internet sensation.


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She hoped she would be seen as a social justice warrior, and believed that her actions were brave. All she did was betray her country and the oath she swore to defend it.  Her actions resulted in the deaths of many individuals who were trying to do the right thing and work against the radical Islamic insurgencies in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Because she gave no forethought to what she was doing she handed over reams of intelligence data to enemies of this country.

Throughout this scandal with Manning, this administration has set a dangerous precedent. The government chose not to charge her with treason which carries an automatic penalty of death or life in prison. Manning’s most serious charge, aiding the enemy, carries a possibility of life in prison, but she was sentenced to 35 years in prison instead. Now by President Obama commuting Manning’s prison sentence, he minimizes the severity of jeopardizing national security.

Senator McCain was quoted saying “It is a sad, yet perhaps fitting commentary on President Obama’s failed national security policies that he would commute the sentence of an individual that endangered the lives of American troops, diplomats, and intelligence sources by leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive governments documents to WikiLeaks, a virulently anti-American organization that was a tool of Russia’s recent interference in our elections.”

Apparently needlessly jeopardizing US Soldiers, Statesmen, and our allies’ lives are not as bad as embarrassing a Presidential candidate? No mistake about it, what the President did was commute the sentence of a traitor, not some misguided 18-year-old and set a dangerous precedent for our national security.

 

***** The difference between a pardon and the commuting of a sentence.  A pardon wipes out the record of a conviction making it so it never happened. Commuting a sentence leaves the conviction intact and reduces or ends the sentence of a conviction.

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You can find this brand spanking new mosaic of a gay couple at the new NYC subway line and it’s incredibly sweet

The New York subway system is making headlines this week, with the opening of its long-awaited Second Avenue line. One of the new stations along that line is newsworthy on its own for reasons far beyond New Yorkers’ morning commute. A mural at the 72nd Street station depicts two men holding hands, a depiction of gay partners that’s rare in public art.

Images: NBC News

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I started to write a really long post about this new commute still messing with my routine and how I feel like I’m walking a thin line trying to keep everything together … but I’m too tired to put in all that effort. It’ll work itself out. It will take some time, but we’ll adjust … and then we’ll adjust again when we move out, and so on.

This is life.

You know that adage “don’t waste your time thinking about former lovers; they’re not wasting their time thinking about you” or something like that? Well, sometimes they are. Thinking about you, that is. You’re not sure why or what prompted it, but sometimes they are and they let you know and that’s ok. You’re glad to know it.

The oral surgeon who took out my wisdom teeth last year belongs to a cosmetic practice. They sent me a mass email a few weeks ago with a coupon for 10% off any of the “surgical spa” offerings. Turns out, I’m now at the age where I guiltily scroll through before-and-after photos with only 30% scoff. The rest of me is blatantly thinking, “Fuck. She looks so much younger in the after photo. Maybe I should let them put MY face through that industrial rock polisher.”

I’d rather have a townhouse than a freckle-free face, though, so I might as well trash the coupon.

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Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence
The Army intelligence analyst convicted in an enormous 2010 leak of security documents is set to be freed this May instead of in 2045.
By Charlie Savage

President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to kill herself last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the men’s military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Continue Reading.

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January 9th - Waiting at New Street early in the day it seemed people were not yet about - I saw very few as I loafed idly, waiting for my train. Despite continual work here, little has changed in the last 12 months - the grim 80s exit bridge has had one end tarted up but it remains ugly and badly conceived; likewise the shiny tinfoil covering to the upper floors, covering only the bits that can be seen from outside the station. 

Despite the continual aesthetic tweaks - panelling here, lights there, the odd new bench or seating area - little really changes in this urban, brutalist bunker. It’s a fleeting place, transitory for most. But stand here for any length of time and you’ll realise how little;e has been done to actually improve it.

New Street Station is not new. It’s just now got a retail opportunity on top. The station itself remains as dysfunctional as ever.

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J. Cole still rides the bus, platinum albums and world tours be damned

A fan captured Cole on a bus in Queens over the weekend, grabbing onto that yellow pole like the New York City commuter he was in that moment. Cole was up in New York for a surprise performance at Bas’s Too High to Riot tour on Wednesday, but who knows what led him to hop on the bus. Heading to a friend’s? Buying milk? Picking up dry cleaning? Just taking a ride around his old stomping grounds and seeing how the neighborhood has changed?

Hopefully he was headed to the studio.

Ladies, gentlemen, and those who have yet to make up their minds....

I have news. It’s big.

I stopped speaking to M. Then I deleted all pics of him or us from my phone and facebook. Then I blocked all of his contact – full on blocked him here awhile ago, but now blocked on facebook, sent him to spam in my email, hid our message thread in texts and have all new ones from him sent to spam, auto-rejected his calls… And I packed up everything he’d ever given me (including lingerie lol… don’t care what the hell he does with it) in a box with a few pieces of mail and things he’d left here when he moved to either send to him or have B give to him. Also started looking for a new place with a new job for B (commute issues) so he can’t even show up at my door – not that he would but it’s the principle involved.

Now, I don’t say I’ll NEVER speak to him again. Maybe in a month. Maybe a year. Maybe a decade. Maybe never. I don’t know.

But if I do, it’ll be on my terms. Until then, he’ll just have to live with his own decisions on his own like a grown up.

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robotic underground commute
walking too fast
looking too briefly
antisocially socializing
afraid to interact
focused on the destination
disregarding the journey
and everyone along it
the pretty girl on the train
the beggar on the corner
the voice of the conductor
“stand clear of the closing doors”.
it all changes
when you stop for a second
and slow down
look around and appreciate
the little things
that make this city
great.
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Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Chelsea Manning’s 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction. Credit United States Army

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing.

FULL STORY (It’s the NYT, so beware of taint…):

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/17/us/politics/obama-commutes-bulk-of-chelsea-mannings-sentence.html

sorry ive been pretty inactive,

new job with 1hr commute + gf = no free time

but life is very very good :)

i really want to play Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen… cant wait for alpha testtttt

and i really need to finish TWD3 Episode 2 🤕