President Obama reduces Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence

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The White House announced Tuesday that President Obama has commuted whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence, allowing her to be released from Fort Leavenworth on May 17, 2017.  Manning’s sentence, wrote the New York Times, was “the longest ever handed down in a case involving a leak of United States government information for the purpose of having the information reported to the public.” (more…)

Finally, Bradley Manning tells his story

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For three years, Bradley Manning has been jailed while the world speculated about his guilt or innocence in the release of classified material to WikiLeaks.  On Thursday, the Army Private finally had the opportunity to tell his story at a pre-trial hearing at Fort Meade, Maryland.  In a 35-page statement that he read aloud, Manning acknowledged sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, He said he wanted to show Americans the “true costs of war.”

“I felt I accomplished something that would allow me to have a clear conscience,” said Manning, who spoke under oath for more than an hour. (more…)

Breaking the chain of command

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Michael Nagler has given the world much to think about in his excellent commentary “Breaking the Chain of Command.”  With the Bradley Manning case as an example, Nagler gives us a quick tour of the practice known as “scapegoating,” stops for a bit at the rabbit hole cohabited by Commerce and War, and ends at an illegal dump site for society’s sins.

One of Girard’s more brilliant discoveries was that to maintain the fiction of its efficacy, the scapegoating system must conceal the inconvenient fact that the victim had nothing to do with the problem. Scapegoat literature never allows the victim to speak…