Private Manning Remains Controversial

In Chelsea Manning, Gay Rights are Human Rights by Anne Laurie

From the Washington Post: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Army Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who was previously known as Bradley Manning, wants estrogen treatments that would promote breast development and other female characteristics, which she’d be willing to pay for, while she’s incarcerated at the all-men military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., her lawyer said. Attorney David Coombs told The Associated Press on Monday that Manning hoped the military prison “will simply do the right thing” based on their request for hormone treatment so the soldier will not have to sue in military …

Manning Sentencing Open Thread UPDATE Sentenced to 35 years.

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

Judge (COL) Denise Lind is going to issue PFC Manning’s sentence here in the next few minutes (1000hrs Eastern time). A few quick notes–PFC Manning has 1312 days of sentence credit, including 110 days for unnecessarily harsh conditions at Quantico  Marine Base Brig.  That’s about 3.5 years give or take.  Additionally, he will receive 5 days of sentencing credit for every 30 days of good behavior, and this works out to approximately 60 days per year.  Any sentence of less than 10 years will be served at a Regional Confinement …

Manning Trial Update and Open Thread

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

I would have posted something yesterday, but I was busy having a tornado shelter installed in my garage. Again, for the record, I have consulted with Attorneys who practice at the military bar, both locally here in OKC and via email to others.  None of them are associated with the case in any way.  Any errors in my statements are mine and mine alone.  I try very hard to get what they tell me correct, but there’s a reason they are the lawyers and I am the grunt.

Manning Court Martial Update

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

On Monday, the Trial Counsel rested their sentencing phase case in chief.  Yesterday, the Defense began their sentencing case, and then and this morning, the Defense put on two military psychiatrists, an Army Captain (O-3) who treated PFC Manning prior to his fateful deployment, and a Navy Captain (O-6) who interviewed PFC Manning extensively for his RCM 706 (sanity) board.  Both doctors were called by the Defense, and testified about their dealings with Manning as a patient and subject.  Both doctors stated that Manning has gender identity disorder and narcissistic …

Mid-day Balloon-Jobs Thread

In Balloon Jobs, Chelsea Manning, Open Thread, Other by Soonergrunt

We haven’t had one of these in a while.  You all know how it works.  If you need work or know of people who do, post some basic resume/work wanted info and so forth.  If you have work or know of people who do, post that.  Let’s help each other out. As always from me, please check out http:www.usajobs.gov because the US Federal government is a great employer, and we’re still hiring. On a side note, Judge (COL) Lind has approved at least part of the Defense motion to combine …

Well, that was interesting.

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

I’m not sure what was happening here earlier, but not being able to post gave me time to try out the new swing and whips er, lawn mower. What’s up with you all? Thursday was the first day of the sentencing phase of PFC Manning’s court-martial.  He was, you will all recall, acquitted of the Art. 104 specification for “Aiding the Enemy” which could possibly have resulted in his imprisonment for life.  On Thursday, the Government witness stated under direct examination that the Taliban had executed a village elder in …

Manning Verdict Today–Acquitted of Aiding the Enemy, Guilty of all other charges.

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

The Judge, COL Denise Lind announced to the parties that she would have the verdict today.  It should be coming in around 2:00 PM Eastern time, but possibly sooner.  Since PFC Manning has already plead guilty to several charges and specifications as lesser included offenses to the original charges and specifications, there will be a sentencing phase, which will occur immediately after the verdict is passed and the findings phase is concluded. The sentencing phase will be essentially, another trial.  The Trial Counsel will present a case for a certain …

Bert and Ernie, courtesy of The Onion

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

Warning–NSFW/NSFK The Government is has rested their principal case  in US v Manning. http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/state-department-cables-remain-focus-as-gis-trial-in-wikileaks-case-enters-5th-week/2013/07/01/6ee00d90-e21f-11e2-8657-fdff0c195a79_story.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/02/bradley-manning-wikileaks-trial-government-rests I don’t know if the Defense will start to present their case tomorrow, or if they’ll wait until Monday or if there will be a session on Friday. MAJ Nidal Hassan’s capital Court-Martial is set to start soon.  He will be defending himself.  Due to a quirk in the UCMJ, he (MAJ Hassan) cannot plead ‘guilty’ to a capital charge, but can only be found either ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ of the capital charge.  The …

Mid-day ephemera

In Chelsea Manning, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

Unofficial Manning case trail transcripts are available here.  Military courts-martial do not release daily transcripts.  They only release documents on FOIA requests.  The fine people at the linked site are paying a qualified court reporter to sit in the gallery and take transcription, and the Military Judge is allowing this.  If you value this service, you might want to toss them some coin. Yahoo’s coverage is here. The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is going on in Las Vegas Los Angeles. Girl who sparked debate gets lung transplant After scouts lift …

on impure vessels and public discourse

In Chelsea Manning, Let A Thousand Watergates Bloom, Security Theatre, Uncategorized, We Are All Baader-Meinhof Now by Soonergrunt

I’m up with insomnia.  Happens every so often. So here’s a thought- Most of the recent revelations’ good AND bad regarding our government’s covert activities’ legal or not, good or bad, have come to us via “impure vessels.” Bradley Manning isn’t anyone’s idea of a good Soldier.  This other guy has some issues too,  or so it seems. *  The conduits through which these men choose to act are themselves less than ideal.  Julian Assange is a con man who strung his most lucrative source along for months and then …

Mid-day Open Thread

In Chelsea Manning, How about that weather?, Military, Open Thread by Soonergrunt

The Manning Court-Martial is currently ongoing. The SCOTUS has denied certoriari in Behenna v US.  You can read the CAAF ruling in US v Behenna here. SSG Robert Bales has plead guilty to all charges, save one charge of Obstruction of Justice in the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children in their sleep.  He is currently undergoing a Care inquiry (a providence hearing) to ensure that his pleas are full, knowing, and intentional, in order to satisfy UCMJ requirements and by so doing foreclose most avenues of …

Movie Night: “We Steal Secrets”

In Chelsea Manning, Movies, Security Theatre, War on Terror aka GSAVE® by Anne Laurie

Comments now enabled — FYWP! The new review at Mother Jones reminded me I’m looking forward to seeing this, once it goes “on demand”. NYMag‘s movie reviewer, David Edelstein: Before I saw Alex Gibney’s documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, I figured Gibney would be kicking the same government hornet’s nest already inflamed by his protagonist, Julian Assange—or some other nest, there being so many hornets and soul-sucking ghouls and dark subterranean forces in this and the last presidential administration that we’re practically living in Harry Potter World. …