My Relative, Chelsea Manning, May Receive Commutation From President Obama
Chelsea Manning is my second cousin. Today a Justice Department source reports a decision on commutation could come as soon as Wednesday for Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst sentenced to 35 years in prison for swiping 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables and giving them to WikiLeaks. Manning, a transgender woman formerly known as Bradley, delivered an apology to the nation before she was sentenced.
I have never been a huge fan of Manning’s father, Brain, and feel that better parenting in so many ways would have allowed this entire episode to have never occurred had better avenues been presented in lieu of joining the military. How could any parent not counsel strongly that a military path was not best suited to a small framed guy like Bradley, who also had other issues that were being confronted.
I am very heartened by this news and trust that Obama will act as is now being reported.
Previously I have made it clear that action was required on behalf of Manning.
The conditions that Manning so long had to endure was nothing short of shocking. The isolation and quirky, even outlandish regimen that includes being held for 23 hours daily in solitary confinement and being stripped naked every night for a search was degrading and unnecessary. Whatever mental state Manning went into confinement with can not have been enhanced with the unwarranted actions that have taken place. This was mental torture.
Let this horrid story end with compassion.