Chelsea Manning suing army because she 'feels like a freak and a weirdo' over two-inch prison haircut

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Now growing out your hair is a “basic human right”.
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Daily Mail: Transgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning is suing the army because she ‘feels like a freak’ after being forced to have a two-inch prison haircut. The 27-year-old soldier, who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks, broke down in tears after the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth ordered her to cut her hair.
Manning, who was born as a man named Bradley, claims she has identified as a woman since childhood and had been receiving access to hormone therapy, speech therapy and cosmetics while in prison. But the military ruled that the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst must continue to cut her hair to ‘military standards.’ 
In a blog post from prison, Manning wrote that when she heard the news she was devastated, and felt like giving up. ‘After five years — and more — of fighting for survival, I had to fight even more. I was out of energy. I felt sick. I felt sad. I felt gross — like Frankenstein’s monster wandering around the countryside avoiding angry mobs with torches and pitch forks. I cried, and cried, sniffled a little bit, and then cried some more.’
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., Tuesday, July 30, 2013, after receiving a verdict in his court martial. Manning was acquitted of aiding the enemy — the most serious charge he faced — but was convicted of espionage, theft and other charges, more than three years after he revealed secrets to WikiLeaks. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Manning said that after feeling ‘devastated, humiliated, hurt, and rejected’ she finally found the strength to fight again. She says that the decision is an affront to her human rights and undermines her treatment for gender dysphoria – someone who believes they were born the wrong sex. 
In recently filed court papers, she says being forced to cut her hair to just two inches makes her feel like ‘a freak and a weirdo,’ reported Yahoo News. ‘Not because having short hair makes a person less of a woman,’ the court papers continue, ‘but because for her, it undermines specifically recommended treatment and sends the message to everyone that she is not a ‘real’ woman.’
The documents state that forcing her to keep her hair just 2 inches long was depriving her of being able to express herself in a ‘feminine manner.’ 
Manning, who is transgender, was recently spared solitary confinement when she was caught with the Vanity Fair issue with another famous transgender woman in the cover, Caitlyn Jenner.
The military had agreed to allow Manning access to hormone therapy, but had originally ruled in September that she must continue to cut her hair to ‘military standards.’
‘Even though the military agrees that allowing Chelsea to grow her hair is a critical part of her treatment plan, they continue to deny her basic human and constitutional rights,’ ACLU attorney Chase Strangio said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.
The inmate tweeted via a third party after the original decision: ‘Military continues to make me cut my hair to male standards – I’m going to fit in court.’  In April, Strangio told Cosmopolitan magazine: ‘Her fight continues because the government is needlessly prohibiting her from growing her hair, which will continue to cause her significant anxiety.’ 
In August, Manning lost recreational rights when she was caught with Vanity Fair and an issue of Cosmopolitan that contained an interview with her. Manning told Cosmo that it is ‘painful and awkward’ to be forbidden from letting her hair grow. ‘I am torn up,’ she said. I get through each day okay, but at night, when I’m alone in my room, I finally burn out and crash.’
Manning also recently gave an interview to Paper magazine, in which she said she does not consider herself a ‘radical.’ ‘I believe that we are just at the very beginning of a new epoch,’ she told the magazine. ‘I think that with ubiquitous and total access to highly connected information technology… we are slowly beginning to blur the lines between the concepts that have seemed so separate for generations, such as the relationships between gender, sexuality, art and work.’
The soldier was sentenced to 35 years in prison in August 2013 for leaking almost 750,000 sensitive documents related to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to WikiLeaks. The former intelligence analyst was found guilty of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act, but was acquitted her of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, an offense that could have meant life in prison without parole.
US officials describe Manning’s document dump as the biggest leak of classified files in American history.  The leaked material included video of a U.S. helicopter attack that killed at least two civilians — a Reuters news photographer and his driver.
Manning will be eligible for parole after serving a third of her sentence. She is now working on an appeal which will be filed next year which will argue that she was a whistleblower who exposed U.S. government abuses. The appeal says she was never given the opportunity to present her motives during her court martial.
Days after her 2013 sentencing, Manning made the shock announcement through her attorney that she wanted to live as a woman. ‘As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female,’ Manning wrote in the statement entitled, ‘The Next Stage of My Life’.
‘Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.’

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0 responses to “Chelsea Manning suing army because she 'feels like a freak and a weirdo' over two-inch prison haircut

  1. Whine, whine, whine. Moan, moan, moan. Complain, complain, complain. Bitch, bitch, bitch. How did this biological male, Bradley “call me Chelsea” Manning, ever get admitted into the U.S. Army in the first place?
    To top everything, we taxpayers are forced to pay for Manning’s sex-reassignment surgery castration!

    • Enlisted in the same 2007- 08 recruiting binge where they’d take anyone with a pulse that got Beau Bergdahl… (That, not combat, was the reason for the sharp increase in military suicides afterward, too.) Look how far blaming other people for personal unhappiness with one’s self (projection) can go…

  2. Kevin J Lankford

    Ahhh…..So many feelings……..So over whelmed……I felt sick….I felt sad….I felt gross…. He finally got one right, he felt like a freak.

  3. He/she “feels like a freak” because sadly because that is precisely what this individual is. It is a travesty when so many other good men and women have served this country honorably, and given so much that this piece of _______
    continuously dings at us, the citizens of this nation. I wonder in reality what the exact amount of money it has cost US to incarcerate him. Perhaps it would have been a better choice to have executed him for his crimes. As it is all the rest of us linger under this blanket of cruel and unusual punishment, having to continuously be tortured by his frivolous lawsuits and on-going requests for special treatment, We have far too many noteworthy problems in this country–it is a travesty that our wealth and minds are taken up with his piss-ant complaints.
    DCG . . . this is a great post. Although I wish he would slip into oblivion, it is of interest to note what he is currently up to. I doubt this is the last we will hear from him!

  4. Chas[ing]e Strangio is the name of the ACLU lawyer for Manning, who thinks he’s a girl. What more can I say?

  5. I feel so sorry I could just S#$T! Tax payers on the hook once again for idiots who can’t deal with their own lives. Tee-totally BS. This person is a criminal. No rights involved here.

  6. I agree with those who are saying,”Snivel,snivel,WAAH!” And the writer even calls him a “Her”. You can tell which Party the writer supports…

  7. news flash bradley,
    hair doesn’t make the “woman”…..having breasts, uterus, ovaries, vagina, widened pelvis, vulva, abundance of estrogen as compared to testosterone, menstrual cycles along with cramps, menopause along with hot flashes, never having an adam’s apple, a penis and testicles and prostate….putting on a dress or wig or growing out hair does not make one a “woman”. You feel like a “freak” because you are disguising yourself as a female and taking an abundance of female hormones. Seek Jesus and by accepting His love, forgiveness, and grace you’ll have the strength to rid the demons out your emotional and spiritual life.

  8. I have serious questions about why Manning was allowed into the military in the first place. Be that as it may, I don’t think he should have been prosecuted for leaking classified information re.: a corrupt regime (our own government).
    If ever a (former) man needed God, it is Manning. Yet the Devil has gotten inside of him, egging him on to “rebuke God” in the recent words of a rapper who gets it: God knew what He was doing when He made each and every one of us.
    If I ruled this world with an iron hand, I would have ALL transgendered persons rounded up and they would be given a choice: Life in a monastery on a remote island where they can get the spiritual guidance they need, or life in a maximum security mental institution. And all the doctors who aid and abet this madness would also be put away.
    MAD Magazine could not make this up.

  9. Put it in front of a firing squad and it won’t have to worry about hair length anymore.

  10. AND….this is OUR problem because…..?????????

  11. When I appeared for induction in 1964, I knew what I was doing and what it meant. How did this fellow miss the point of the military? I was delighted to attend ROTC at my first college in Autumn, 1960, and missed it when I transferred on scholarship to another college which didn’t have it.
    I support him [sorry, I can’t do the transgender thing, or whatever it is] for his guts to reveal what [as I understand it] in the majority of instances were NOT classified videos but normative recordings of troop actions in case of lawsuits, legal fracas and other acts of war problems for future resolution.
    He was slammed because they showed a side of the military that was not what his command wanted to project, unlike in VietNam when we had live footage shown on the 6:00 News to go w/our suppers!
    Now, I believe that if we commit to war then we should stand by our troops in any & all of their actions, as supporting true warriors. OK, that may not be a ‘normal’ Christian PoV –especially coming from a Friend/Quaker!– BUT true warriors do not do the despicable acts that some –a SMALL percentage, maybe less than 5%– troops carry out, but they were sickos BEFORE they got in, not BECAUSE OF the military, unless one is referring to non-warrior types such as drone operants, who clearly see their role as akin to non-lethal video games. This last point has been beaten to death for at least a decade.
    WAR IS HELL: can we accept that? If not, then we’d better get the Hell out, ASAP. Did you hear that, Obummer? Or are you ready to enlist along w/yr kids?


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