President Obama, The Time Is Now to #FreeChelsea. She Deserves Her Freedom.

Chelsea Manning, currently in the seventh year of a 35-year court-martial sentence, has already served longer in prison than any other whistleblower in the history of our country.

On Monday, more than a dozen LGBT organizations — led by the ACLU — sent a letter to President Obama urging him to commute Chelsea’s sentence to time served.

Since she was first taken into custody in 2010, Chelsea, a transgender woman who is being forced to serve out her sentence in an all-male prison, has been subjected to long stretches of solitary confinement — including for attempting suicide — and denied necessary medical treatment related to her gender dysphoria. The Army even opposed her request to use her legal name and to be referred to by female pronouns. The U.S. government has vigorously and repeatedly opposed Chelsea’s efforts to be treated with basic dignity, and the ACLU is still fighting on Chelsea’s behalf in court so that she can follow the hair length and hair grooming standards that all other female military prisoners are subjected to.

The longer Chelsea goes without treatment that she needs while being deprived basic dignity, the harder it will be for her to survive.

It is imperative that she be freed.

To quote from Chelsea’s own words to President Obama:

The bottom-line is this: I need help and I am still not getting it. I am living through a cycle of anxiety, anger, hopelessness, loss, and depression. I cannot focus. I cannot sleep. I attempted to take my own life. When the USDB [United States Disciplinary Barracks] placed me in solitary confinement as punishment for the attempted suicide, I tried it again because the feeling of hopelessness was so immense. This has served as a reminder to me that any lack of treatment can kill me, so I must keep fighting a battle that I wish every day would just end.

If President Obama grants her clemency petition, Chelsea will have a first chance to live a real, meaningful life as the person she was born to be. The only relief that she is seeking is to be released from military prison after serving more than six years of confinement.

We hope that President Obama will hear her plea and #FreeChelsea before he leaves office next month.

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Thomas Matthew

The information the soldier provided to wiki was an eye opener. It is time our government, opens up about it policies and answers to the public. They forget it is the public who supports them. It is time for transparency. Let us see if Trump is going to drain the swamp or more likely just become another swamp monster.

Anonymous

His name is Bradley & mutilating him to make him a fake woman with fake name is wrong. Bradley Edward Manning must not be released from prison because he endangered US security, but the ACLU & alot of media is pleading the case for a traitor because he is a transgender.

Most media is either pro-gay & lesbian & or they will write the news to favor homosexuals & transexuals because if a reporter writes somethings which offends gay groups, then gay groups complain to a media’s advertisers & if media loses advertisers, then it is bad business. Homosexual groups have targeted Mission America’s Linda P. Harvey such as trying to censor her book ‘Maybe he is not gay’ (homosexuals have even threatened Linda P. Harvey with violence) because Mission America’s Linda P. Harvey is right about the dangers of homosexuality & Mission America’s Linda P. Harvey is right that they must abolish sex change mutilations. Homosexual groups target any journalist who gives views which offend them & they target Mission America radio hostess Linda P. Harvey because Mrs. Linda P. Harvey tells truth which offends gays.

Anonymous

All government servants, including the military, take a supreme (and superseding) loyalty oath to operate within
the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution [Article VI].

This supreme oath of loyalty is probably the Founding Fathers greatest check & balance on disloyal leaders and disloyal managers. It empowers loyal subordinates to "check" those that are disloyal to their oath.

Manning kept his oath, now it is time for the U.S Supreme Court to rescue Manning - which the justices are oath-bound to do!

Anonymous

HE** (Because no amount of body mutilation or hormone therapy can make a man a woman or vice versa, let's not be stupid) is a traitor to our country,and deserves to rot in prison just like the Anti-American Communist Liar's Union.

Cherez

I can see why you post as anonymous. Very anti-Christian sentiments. And you judge like you're God. Please get help.

Linda

Thank you for the comment about Linda P. Harvey as I was able to research and read up on that sociopath, which made Chelsea Manning's plight all the more sympathetic.

Anonymous

I want to go into women’s bathrooms if there are pretty women in there & if a pretty woman wants to use men’s bathrooms, then that is fine with me. I want a pretty woman to go into men’s bathrooms but I wouldn’t want uglies like Ellen Lee DeGeneres and Rosie T. O’Donnell shitting in any bathroom as they’re ugly so Ellen & Rosie can shit in diapers. Ellen Lee DeGeneres & Rosie T. O’Donnell both probably like to have farting & shitting contests in bathrooms, so Ellen & Rose both want to do battleshits contest in men’s bathrooms since women’s toilets got dirtied by them.

Anonymous

Good luck with that hateful attitude, Ms. Anonymous. It will come back on you seven-fold.

Anonymous

Transexuals are mutilated gays and lesbians. I don’t care what others say but mutilating a man or woman to make them fake members of opposite sex is gay/lesbian. And gay/lesbian groups are apologists for Transexuals which is why the word T is there. They must abolish this surgical mutilation.

Finally, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Most feminists are not speaking against this. 1 would hope that feminists would oppose the mutilation that happened to Chastity Sun Bono as feminists have spoken against Female Genital Mutilation which happens in some nations. Transexuals are mutilations which no Dr. should take part in, yet most feminists are not condemning this female genital and breast mutilation as what happened to Chastity S. Bono where her healthy breasts were mutilated, dangerous hormone shots and her genitals mutilated.

Tiffany

You really do not see the difference between the two? It boils down to freedom. What you are proposing is stripping away the freedom from an individual to make choices in their life. Do you oppose women getting breast implants? Is that not mutilation? What about nose jobs? Pierced ears? I am sure you are 100% against circumcision too? At what point do YOU find it acceptable for someone to have surgery, and why, please tell me, are YOU the person to decide for anyone else?

Women are against FORCED female genital mutilation because it is a practice that is generally forced upon female members of a population by the powerful male segment of the population. We are not against transexuals having surgery because they should have the freedom to make their OWN choices about their OWN body. We also understand that many people endure severe emotional struggles related to their gender identities and are relieved after they transition. Why would YOU want to withhold that relief to anyone who endures a struggle that YOU have never had to experience or impose YOUR beliefs upon someone else. That is not freedom! If you disagree with transition surgery - THEN DON'T HAVE TRANSITION SURGERY!

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