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By Jonah Bennett

When Chelsea Manning is released from military prison, he will remain in active duty status and be eligible for health care benefits.

Manning, who is widely known for leaking hundreds of thousands of national security documents to WikiLeaks in 2010, will leave Fort Leavenworth on May 17 and be entitled to health care, USA Today reports.

Although Manning initially entered prison as a man named Bradley, he later transitioned to a woman and adopted the name Chelsea in 2013. He attempted suicide multiple times while in confinement and complained of abuse like “routinely forced haircuts.” In 2016, Manning engaged in a hunger strike until the government agreed to provide gender transition treatment.

As one of his last moves before leaving the White House, President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence, which enraged President-elect Donald Trump.

“Ungrateful TRAITOR Chelsea Manning, who should never have been released from prison, is now calling President Obama a weak leader. Terrible!” Trump tweeted January 26.

Manning would have been eligible for parole in six years. While Manning will go back to active duty as a private, he will not be paid, though he will have access to health care benefits.

“Pvt. Manning is statutorily entitled to medical care while on excess leave in an active duty status, pending final appellate review,” Army spokesman Dave Foster told USA Today.

The Army has declined to release details on where Manning will be stationed. It’s also unclear to whom Manning will report.

If Manning’s appeal of his court martial conviction is denied, he may be dishonorably discharged. This would, of course, mean a loss of health benefits and government-funded sex reassignment surgery.

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  • “The Army has declined to release details on where Manning will be stationed. It’s also unclear to whom Manning will report.”

    There’s nothing that’s “unclear.” She was arrested in 2010, probably had leave coming then since she was deployed overseas and accruing it the whole time, would have accrued leave while being held for an illegally long period before the show trial, and possibly even after the inevitable conviction. Now that her sentence has been commuted, she receives that accrued leave (it is presumably “terminal leave” prior to separation and receipt of a DD-214). If she’s “stationed” anywhere or “reporting” to anyone, that’s merely a formality.

    It’s obvious that you don’t like the fact that she’s a she, but it’s pretty piss-poor journalism to implicitly whine about it by intentionally using the wrong pronoun.

    • Redboyds

      Hey, elderly fggot: Is that your face or your assho/e?

      • Hey, juvenile snowflake: Which of those birds do you keep your brain in?

      • Carmine

        This Redboyds is a deeply disturbed individual. Proceed with extreme caution as he threatens those who disgrees with him/her

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    • Al Saulinsky

      “She” is a he. HE still has the piping and HE still has the MALE chromosome so you can stow the science denying stupidity that is the modern transgender fashion trend. It’s piss-poor logic to assume that you, or anyone else, has the ability to warp and transform reality to suit whatever mental and intellectual deficiency that you may have. If you want to argue the point you first have to show how HIS X chromosome was extracted and was replaced with a Y chromosome. Otherwise you are arguing whether we should accept HIS and your feelings, wants, and desires. All of which have absolutely no relevance to reality.

      • 1) Gender identity and biological sex are not and never have been the same thing (there have been, and are, societies which have generally recognized more than two genders; America is becoming one of them; it’s a social reality that happens).

        2) In biological sex here’s no such thing as “the MALE chromosome.” There are in fact, in terms of what you refer to as “the piping,” XX males and XY females.

        Nobody gives a damn what you “accept.” People are who they are whether you (or I) accept it or not. I was just pointing out that the author of this piece hurt his own writing by giving in to the temptation to be a douchenozzle bigot.

        • Al Saulinsky

          1) There is no such thing as “gender identity” there is only gender. Period. Full stop. The fact that the human animal has the mental capacity to delude itself and to confound it’s own understanding does not mean that absolute reality is a fallacy.
          2) “biological sex” is a neologism designed to obfuscate and confuse the issue of sex and biology. Here I will be happy to make a correction. The Y chromosome is actually the indicator of whether an animal is male or female. Females have a pair of X chromosomes (XX), while a male has an XY pair (XY). The fact that I made a typing error does not invalidate the truth. Males are distinct in their chromosome pairing, which makes them distinct from the female animal. So while there may be some “confusion” on some peoples part, this is due to chemical imbalances or psychological factors. Buying into their delusions only deepens and validates that problem.
          Finally, I don’t give a damn what people accept. You can identify as freakin’ rock for all I care. The problem arises when your unscientific delusions and fantasies are given validity by the coercive force of government to the point where it impacts society. When individuals and groups are forced to acknowledge, accept and cater to your unscientific delusions then there is a definitive problem that needs to be addressed. And calling someone a bigot only signals that you hold an untenable intellectual position. What’s next, are you going to start calling people Nazis or racists?

          • OK, if you don’t like the word “identity,” fine: Gender is and always has been a socially constructed phenomenon which changes over time. The USUAL number is two; some societies that I am aware of have constructed as many as six. At present, American society is beginning to accept several. You don’t have to like it. It’s happening whether you like it or not.

            And again: There are XX males (they have male “plumbing” but the chromosome pairing usually thought of as female), XY females (they have the female “plumbing” but the chromosome pairing usually thought of as male), and some trisomies. You don’t have to like that. It’s indisputable biological fact whether you like it or not.

            I fully agree that the force of government should never be used to compel association (there’s a word for forcing someone to bake a cake; that word is “enslavement”), or to compel or forbid thought/speech. As far as I’m concerned, you should be entirely free to revel in your abject ignorance as much as you like and for as long as you like. Just as I should be entirely free to notice that that’s what you’re doing.

          • Al Saulinsky

            “socially constructed,” neologism and gobbledegook newspeak for, “whatever is convenient at the moment”. When the argument is untenable and indefensible then newspeak must be created in order to justify the unjustifiable. Your argument, and the argument of every other science denier is circular and therefore unarguable. The language changes, the “evidence” changes, the dancing partners change, hell EVERYTHING changes so long as it comports to whatever fallacy you want to push. Climate change, gender non conformity, sexuality, ad-infinitum. There ARE universal truths, and they ALWAYS reassert themselves eventually. The only question that will be answered is, how messy will it be and who will pay the bill when it is due.

            “As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn, the Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!”