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Thursday, August 29, 2013

The American tale of the Traitorous Tranny


 

 
Bradley Manning is not your average old school spy for money or secret foreign intelligence cell member type traitor. Although ”he” ( Yes I know, I’m breaking the rules of Political correctness) stole and sent hundreds of thousands of documents to WikiLeaks that included  battlefield reports from Iraq and Afghanistan,  along with politically embarrassing diplomatic cables collected from the worlds classified E-mails, along with profiles of Guantanamo detainees,  and not to mention the real  “elephant in the room,” sobering footage of senseless inhumane and unwarranted American military airstrikes that have killed hundreds of innocent civilians.  These facts would have otherwise been buried deep in more governmental cover-ups, blatant  to the  public lies, and other dirty tricks from our nations generals and politicians if not for Manning’s betrayal.  Bradley/Chelsea Manning, according to him/her committed treason out of humanitarian convictions rather than any apparent ill intent towards the American people.

After receiving 35 years in Leavenworth for “his” ethical and moral convictions, Chelsea Manning came out to the world as a woman and cast off his constricting male shell as Bradley Manning, ready to face his impending life at the all-male military prison as a woman while further prolonging the governments embarrassment by legally challenging the Pentagons still ongoing aversion to trannies in the military, let alone in their biggest prison.

 When I was in the military being gay was an instant ticket out of the Armed Services, and trannies were something you played jokes on with the new recruits  on their first R&R leave in sleazy bars and dirty downtown allies. The military’s views on trannies has not changed much since the early eighties when I served; gays in the military have come a long way  but the Armed Forces have not progressed to the point yet where the government is going to grant Manning’s request to have his junk cut off, and then get a pair of hooters implanted in his chest in preparation for basically life in prison. One thing that is very clear in this Tale of the Traitorous Tranny is that unless they put Manning in solitary confinement, someone or everyone is going to get some tail the night Chelsea Manning arrives at Fort Leavenworth.  

According to the Court House News Service -Before his detection, Manning confided in Internet chats with ex-hacker Adrian Lamo, "i wouldn't mind going to prison for the rest of my life, or being executed so much, if it wasn't for the possibility of having pictures of me... plastered all over the world press... as [a] boy."

Text Copy of Chelsea Manning’s letter to President Obama (the Washington Post)

The decisions that I made in 2010 were made out of a concern for my country and the world that we live in. Since the tragic events of 9/11, our country has been at war. We’ve been at war with an enemy that chooses not to meet us on any traditional battlefield, and due to this fact we’ve had to alter our methods of combating the risks posed to us and our way of life.

I initially agreed with these methods and chose to volunteer to help defend my country. It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized that (in) our efforts to meet the risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.

In our zeal to kill the enemy, we internally debated the definition of torture. We held individuals at Guantanamo for years without due process. We inexplicably turned a blind eye to torture and executions by the Iraqi government. And we stomached countless other acts in the name of our war on terror.

Patriotism is often the cry extolled when morally questionable acts are advocated by those in power. When these cries of patriotism drown out any logically based dissension, it is usually the American soldier that is given the order to carry out some ill-conceived mission.

Our nation has had similar dark moments for the virtues of democracy — the Trail of Tears, the Dred Scott decision, McCarthyism, and the Japanese-American internment camps — to mention a few. I am confident that many of the actions since 9/11 will one day be viewed in a similar light.

As the late Howard Zinn once said, “There is not a flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”

I understand that my actions violated the law; I regret if my actions hurt anyone or harmed the United States. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people. When I chose to disclose classified information, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others.