I see the main page had another article on Chelsea Manning today. And of course the usual cornucopia of commenters appeared; trans-phobia bigots, people who think she's a traitor but don't care that she's trans, people who think anyone who calls her a traitor is a trans-phobia bigot, and of course the fringe element who say fuck anyone in the military, you're all war criminals. Frankly I'm just curious to get other's takes because I don't know where I stand on this case
First off, I'm going to make it clear right now I am not a trans-phob. I will confess I don't personally know any trans-gender people, but even if I did it would not bother me. Now there are a lot of posts on the main page that are from bigots, especially the moron calling her condition a disorder and that she was crazy for wanting to cut off her penis. That dude is a fucking waste of oxygeon. So just to get that clear, if you're main issue with Manning is that she is a trans-gender woman, I have no place for you.
Now that being said, I do believe she is a traitor and that people should be able to express that without accusations from transphobia being flung their way. Here is the definition of treason
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the offense of acting to overthrow one's government or to harm or kill its sovereign.
a violation of allegiance to one's sovereign or to one's state.
the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.
Here is a summary of what happened from Wikipeda( and it's very well sourced and I'm just using it as a summary to make my point)
Assigned in 2009 to an Army unit in Iraq as an intelligence analyst, Manning had access to classified databases. In early 2010 she leaked classified information to WikiLeaksand confided this to Adrian Lamo, an online acquaintance. Lamo informed Army Counterintelligence, and Manning was arrested in May that same year. The material included videos of the July 12, 2007 Baghdad airstrike, and the 2009 Granai airstrike in Afghanistan; 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables; and 500,000 Army reports that came to be known as the Iraq War logsand Afghan War logs. Much of the material was published by WikiLeaks or its media partners between April and November 2010.
Manning was ultimately charged with 22 offenses, including aiding the enemy, which was the most serious charge and could have resulted in a death sentence. She was held at the Marine Corps Brig, Quantico in Virginia, from July 2010 to April 2011 under Prevention of Injury status—which entailedde facto solitary confinement and other restrictions that caused domestic and international concern—before being transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she could interact with other detainees. She pleaded guilty in February 2013 to 10 of the charges. The trial on the remaining charges began on June 3, 2013, and on July 30 she was convicted of 17 of the original charges and amended versions of four others, but was acquitted of aiding the enemy. She is serving her sentence at the maximum-security U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.
Now based on the given definition of treason, I am ok with calling her a traitor. I know that her actions have been called the catalyst that sparked the Arab Spring. But I'm not debating if the ends justify the means. I'm talking about one person's actions and the consequences. I do consider her a traitor. I believe she violated the oath she swore to protect our nation and revealed sensitive material to a man who has no scruples about releasing that data to those who wish to do American's harm. She has taken actions that could put the lives of her fellow soliders at risk. She did this all voluntarily; enlisting, serving and betraying. Again, I'm not saying the ends don't justify the means. I'm reading about the material she released and I can absolutely see where it has done good. But that doesn't changes the fact that she took an action which betrayed the United States Of America, and should pay the full sentence of her crime. And people should be allowed with expressing anger at what she did, separate from her being trans-gendered.
Now that said I would love to know what you all think.