Obama Commutes The Remainder Of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

Submitted by: fancylad 3 months ago News & Politics

With only a couple days to do it, Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning from her prison sentence for blowing the whistle on some shady government intel. Manning, the former army intelligence analyst was busted and sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking military and diplomatic information to WikiLeaks in 2010.

According to The Guardian, Manning will be free on May 17, 2017 rather than 2045.

If you remember, Manning attempted suicide six months ago in a push to get the Department of Defense to pay for treatment of her gender dysphoria, including sex-reassignment surgery.
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Male 37,273
Obama also pardoned an unrepentant, murderous terrorist who orchestrated a terror bombing campaign in New Your City. (Rather similar to his good friend Bill Ayers, an unrepentant terror-bombing murderer.)
And he's releasing more Gitmo prisoners too, or trying.
Pardoning hundreds of crack, meth, heroin and cocaine smugglers and distributors. (Not some kid with a joint in his pocket, these men were making and selling hard drugs for many years).
While ignoring China's actual hacking of US Military Secrets.
The stuttering clusterfuck is determined to destroy America 'for your own good' like the True Marxist he really is. He cannot be gone fast enough.
Oh! And he awarded himself AND Joe Biden medals to honor himself... zero class.

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Male 4,392
5cats Breitbart, where the misinformed go to be misinformed.
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Male 37,273
markust123 So you DENY that Obama pardoned the FALN terrorist named Oscar Lopez Rivera?
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/obama-grants-clemency-to-oscar-lopez-rivera-puerto-rican-terrorist/article/2612139 
So I'm misinformed to think he did eh? 
Of course Bill Clinton TRIED to pardon him already, but he refused to accept it. Sigh.
Planting terrorist bombs to deliberately kill or wound random American Civilians is not a negative thing for the Democrat Party I guess...
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Male 4,392
5cats "And he awarded himself AND Joe Biden medals to honor himself... zero class."

I was talking about that last lie in the list with the ridiculous notion that Obama gave himself a medal. You believe pretty much anything Breitbart dishes out and parrot the misinformation far and wide. Having that large a whopper there, I just assumed everything above it was a lie too.

Snopes 
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Male 3,293
That's the problem with the idiotic party loyalty we have in the US. Whistleblowers
are hero's unless they come out with something against "your" party, then they are scum.
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Male 4,392
trimble I agree. If Snowden had released his documents during the Bush era conservatives would have blown a gasket. It disgusts me to see either side chose party over country.
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Male 4,029
markust123: Not sure what you mean, a lot of conservatives do think Snowden is scum. The Snowden Issue is not cleanly split by partisan lines democrats such as Clinton and Martin O’Malley criticized Snowden where as others like Chafee think he is fine. Republicans like John Boehner and John McCain were against Snowden where as Justin Amash felt Snowden was a whisteblower. The Angus Reid Global poll found that among Americans Political party affiliation made virtually no difference, when asked if Snowden was a hero or traitor, respondents who supported the Democratic Party in 2012 split 49-52 while Republicans split 48-52.
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Male 3,293
markust123 How much does it disgust you? Did it/will it inference your voting?
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Male 4,392
trimble My response I guess is selfish. I vote for the candidate that looks out for my interests. Right now what could affect me most is losing the health insurance I was able to aquire through the ACA. As a vendor there were limited options to get decent insurance. Having a pool allows workers like me, and entrepreneurs the ability to get insurance.
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Male 3,293
markust123 I appreciate your honesty. Maybe Trump will provide a better option for you, one that doesn't cost me so much, no offence but I don't want to subsidize others insurance.
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Male 6,435
trimble Do you pay Taxes?  I have bad news for you if you do.  ;)
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Male 4,392
trimble I sure hope he does. Health care should not be a partisan issue.
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Male 6,435
trimble It's odd to see the Republican's crying fowl here.  A lot of them were okay with the release of the DNC's e-mails.  Now they are upset that a leaker was pardoned.  The Pretzels we weave.
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Male 3,293
normalfreak2 Indeed and I do realize the content that was made public is like apples and oranges before anyone jumps all over that but it's still phoney as Hell to praise whistleblowers on one hand and slap them with the other.
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Male 37,273
trimble The irony! There were top-secret documents on Hillary's hacked servers, ILLEGALLY there... but blind bats like NF2 cannot admit the truth. 
Or sent by her, on purpose, illegally, to unsecured servers that were hacked. Or given to people without access to such secrets, like her Philippine house-maid... trivial details, it was still Hillary and still all illegal. 

So at least Obama is consistent: only hacks and leaks which harm HIS party are bad, the rest is A-OK fine!
Waiting for him to "blanket pardon" every single member of his administration before he is done... including himself of course.
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Male 6,435
5cats As far as I can tell it wasn't illegal, if it was let's see the court case and let the Justice system work.  If no charges are brought forth (as promised by Trump) We'll see it happen.  Then you can have a wet kitty dream when Hillary goes to prison.
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Male 252
Great news!  If the public is to know the truth about the American Empire and how it works, treating wistleblowers better is the key.  
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Male 6,435
This one shocked me.  I don't believe she should have been let go early.  What she did was wrong on multiple levels.  


Side note, is Snowden getting pardoned?  Because what he did was way less exposing of our Forces and was done much more responsibly.
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Male 321
normalfreak2 In order to get pardoned, you have to be convicted. (AFAIK)
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Male 6,435
7eggert I'll try to find it but I believe because he's been charged he can be.  I thought I read it recently, I'll look again.
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Male 6,435
normalfreak2 I do want to clarify one point.  I believe Chelsea Mannings sentence was too harsh.  She was given the harshest sentence ever for leaking.  With that said I do believe the 7 years served is too short for what she did.  My disagreement is the length of time spent.  
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Male 3,318
He should have let the traitor rot in jail. Just because she's a special little petunia with gender identity issues doesn't mean she should get out early.  What she did was a crime against the government and she was properly tried, convicted and sentenced. He should have let her rot.
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Male 1,332
ricks What the Government was doing was criminal, what Bradley Manning did was patriotic.
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Male 321
ricks She's a traitor to murderers and those aiding to cover it up. These murderers are in turn a traitor to every single decent man in the army. 
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Male 1,410
Agreed. While she should have exposed the abuse and lies of the military, she should not have done so by putting the lives of American soldiers at risk. 35 years was an excessive sentence, but that deserves an appeal, not a pardon.
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Male 321
bliznik How exactly did she endanger soldiers?
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7eggert Detailed logs of front line soldiers' attack strategies. Disclosure of troop positions and movements. Logs of conversations between soldiers. A plethora of other information that Assange held back (thankfully).

She also endangered the lives of locals who were working with American soldiers. Names were divulged and the locals were warned that they may have been compromised, which led to the locals being scared to cooperate with Americans in the future, since they now know that a frightened military officer can out them in a sloppy whistleblowing attempt.

The public won't know all of what was disclosed that Assange held back, but a higher court of law should be able to look at that information and determine how damaging it would have been if disclosed or if the military didn't immediately issue warnings to all troops and local operatives and pull them back. 
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Male 321
bliznik In that case, I agree.
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