Chelsea Manning Should be Charged, but Probably Won’t Be
Chelsea Manning Should be Charged, but Probably Won’t Be
I’m sure you’ve heard that the creature formerly known as Bradley Manning – a convicted felon now known as Chelsea, who stole hundreds of thousands of classified documents from the military and fed them to that unwashed, arrogant megalomaniac Julian Assange, and who spent some time in the pokey for it before being set free on the world by Barack Obama – has decided he hasn’t gotten enough attention of late, so he has filed paperwork to run for the U.S. Senate as a Democrat. Will Chelsea be the newest Senator from Maryland?
I still assess that Manning will never make it to the Hill, and that the only reason he is running is a) attention, and b) money, but there may be another snag in that sniveling yambag’s plan to be the first transgender Senator (quite a lofty goal for someone who has never held public office, is guilty of leaking classified information to our adversaries, and is a convicted felon): it’s illegal for him to run.
It’s against regulations, and even though he’s not working in uniform, he’s still on active duty, and he’s still receiving government health care, which I’m assuming also involves hormones to help him pretend to be a woman.
Sorry, dude, but you can’t have both.
As part of the coverage of Manning’s filing with the FEC and state board, virtually every media organization has declared that Manning is a former Army private. In fact, as the Army confirmed to The Daily Caller News Foundation in September 2017, Manning remains an active-duty soldier, albeit on excess leave and in a non-pay status while his appeal of a general court-martial for violating the Espionage Act and other orders is underway. And as ABC News noted in May 2017, Manning must remain in an active-duty status while the appeal process continues.
Manning was originally sentenced to 35 years in prison, but then-President Barack Obama commuted the sentence as one of his last acts in office, freeing Manning from a military prison in Kansas.
The Army further stated that Manning holds an active-duty identification card and acknowledged his status and access to government health care prior to his release.
This is a problem, because active duty members of the U.S. military are not allowed to participate in partisan political activities. And since Manning is still technically an active duty Soldier, he is a no-go at this station.
According to [Dru Brenner-Beck, retired Army judge advocate general and president of the National Institute of Military Justice], the regulation in question is DOD Directive 1344.10 Directive 1344.10, Political Activities by Members of the Armed Forces, dated Feb. 9, 2008, para. 4.2.2.
“That paragraph is punitive and violation of it subjects her to courts-martial for violation of a lawful order or regulation under Article 92,” Brenner-Beck told TheDCNF. “Her activities campaigning for herself and fundraising for herself may also violate other provisions of the DoD Directive, themselves separately punishable under the UCMJ, art. 92.”
As much as I’m cheering for Manning to be prosecuted for his violation, unfortunately I doubt it will happen. The decision to pursue charges is at the discretion of Manning’s chain of command, and from what I can see, the Army can’t wait to rid itself of this embarrassment and just wants him to go away.
The Army doesn’t seem to want to waste time and resources holding stubborn, entitled little schmucks accountable for their political activities in uniform. Spc. Jesse Thorsen was given little more than a slap on the wrist – a letter of reprimand – for appearing at a televised Ron Paul rally in 2012.
Also, Manning is technically on excess leave, and not serving in uniform, which doesn’t really present a conflict of interest. And frankly, Manning is so outrageously weird and outlandish (no, I will not post that disturbing campaign video – you can see it here, if you so choose, but I recommend copious amounts of brain bleach after you’re done), that he has little to no chance of winning the primary against two-term Senator Ben Cardin, so chances are he will just fade back into obscurity where he belongs, and this is simply another plea for attention bound to end up in failure, which he will then use to condemn society for rejecting his transgenderness, rather than his felonious, traitorous behavior.
On the other hand, we’re under a new administration that’s unlikely to forget that Manning is a repulsive criminal, so there may be pressure from above to prosecute the slimy little shit weasel.
Manning’s political positions are as absurd as he is with his man hands, his five o’clock shadow, and his pathetic sense of fashion, if you can even call it that. According to the DC, he wants to close down all prisons (leaving violent criminals to roam the streets and victimize innocent people), provide free health care (without specifying at whose expense, and open U.S. borders to all immigrants (inventing the “right” to enter a sovereign nation without so much as a security check), demonstrating his lack of understanding about what constitutes an orderly society and a country of laws, economics, and national security. Basically, Manning lacks everything that is needed to be a Senator: common sense, economic knowledge, experience, understanding of national security, and a sense of decorum.
Do we want time, resources, and effort spent on prosecuting this smarmy, pathetic loser, when there’s little to no chance of him ever occupying a Senate seat? As much as I’d love to see him tossed back in PMITA prison, somehow it doesn’t seem worth it. We have bigger fish to fry – issues he has no hopes of comprehending.