Chelsea Manning Faces Indefinite Solitary Confinement for Possessing Toothpaste and Magazines

In all cases, whether we agree or disagree with the act, we have to consider justice.

The Progressive Cynic

© Josh Sager – August 2015

Apparently, the US government is not done making an example of whistleblower Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning. Today, Manning’s lawyers revealed that their client is facing numerous “disciplinary” infractions and a hearing on Tuesday will decide whether she is sent to solitary confinement, possibly for the duration of her sentence.

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Remembering Manning’s “Crime”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in August of 2013 after being convicted of 20 different charges related to her leaking of classified information. Her leaks blew the whistle on a variety of bad acts committed by the military during the Iraq and Afghanistan war, including an incident where American soldiers opened fire on unarmed journalists from a helicopter. Additionally, she exposed that the estimated “civilian casualty” numbers being publicized by the US government was intentionally falsified to conceal just how many non-combatants our military had killed.

Obviously, these leaks…

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Comments

  1. Where, indeed, is the justice and fairness? Isn’t 35 years enough? Thanks for sharing this one!

  2. Hey Val, did you hear my palm smack my forehead?

  3. The good news that Manning only actually lost her recreational access for 21 days. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chelsea-manning-toothpaste_55d3bea9e4b07addcb448dfc?kvcommref=mostpopular)
    The bad news, she’s still in for 35 more years.

  4. This is one of the criticisms that I have about President Obama’s administration which is their treatment of whistleblowers. Snowden anyone? How much damage has this administration done to our country’s national security by their treatment of Snowden. This hard line stance has unintended consequences.

    • Yes, indeed. I understand the issues of national security yet, there is an issue of justice and common sense. While I think both Snowden and Manning did not use common sense in their approach, I think they did the right thing thus justice needed to also be observed and we did not do so.

      It is a delicate balance, this administration failed to find it.

  5. Thank you for sharing Val..
    I left this message on the post..
    “The more I read about the American Justice System and those who are supposedly law enforces, the more I see just how corrupt it appears to be.
    I hope more exposure of this kind will enlighten more minds and open peoples eyes to who the real criminals are in this world! ”

    Sending love and thoughts your way xx Sue

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