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Chelsea Manning vows to eliminate US borders, close prisons and abolish ICE

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Manning: A convicted traitor and “ethics” expert who wants to be your next senator…

Remember voters, elections will have consequences. Just a taste of what’s happening in Maryland right now:

From Daily Mail: Chelsea Manning is no longer living as a transgender woman in a male military prison, serving the lengthiest sentence ever for revealing US government secrets. She’s free to grow out her hair, travel the world, and spend time with whomever she likes.

But a year since former President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s 35-year sentence, America’s most famous convicted leaker isn’t taking an extended vacation.

Far from it: The Oklahoma native has decided to make an unlikely bid for the U.S. Senate in her adopted state of Maryland.

Manning, 30, filed to run in January and has been registered to vote in Maryland since August. She lives in North Bethesda, not far from where she stayed with an aunt while awaiting trial.

Her aim is to unseat Sen. Ben Cardin, a 74-year-old Maryland Democrat who is seeking his third Senate term and previously served 10 terms in the U.S. House.

Manning, who also has become an internationally recognized transgender activist, said she’s motivated by a desire to fight what she sees as a shadowy surveillance state and a rising tide of nightmarish repression.

‘The rise of authoritarianism is encroaching in every aspect of life, whether it’s government or corporate or technological,’ Manning told The Associated Press during an interview at her home in an upscale apartment tower.

On the walls of her barely furnished living room hang Obama’s commutation order, and photos of U.S. anarchist Emma Goldman and Anglo-Irish playwright Oscar Wilde.

Manning’s longshot campaign for the June 26 primary would appear to be one of the more unorthodox U.S. Senate bids in recent memory, and the candidate is operating well outside the party’s playbook.

She says she doesn’t, in fact, even consider herself a Democrat, but is motivated by a desire to shake up establishment Democrats who are ‘caving in’ to President Donald Trump’s administration. She vows she won’t run as an independent if her primary bid fails.

She’s certainly got an eye-catching platform: Close prisons and free inmates; eliminate national borders; restructure the criminal justice system; provide universal healthcare and basic income. 

The top of her agenda? Abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency created in 2003 that Manning asserts is preparing for an ‘ethnic cleansing.’

Manning ticks off life experiences she believes would make her an effective senator: a stint being homeless in Chicago, her wartime experiences as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst in Iraq – even her seven years in prison. She asserts she’s got a ‘bigger vision’ than establishment politicians.

But political analysts suspect the convicted felon is not running to win.

‘Manning is running as a protest candidate, which has a long lineage in American history, to shine light on American empire,’ said Daniel Schlozman, a political science professor at Johns Hopkins University. ‘That’s a very different goal, with a very different campaign, than if she wanted to beat Ben Cardin.’

Manning’s insurgent candidacy thus far has been a decidedly stripped-down affair, with few appearances and a campaign website that just went up. In recent days, she approached an anti-fracking rally in Baltimore almost furtively, keeping to herself for much of the demonstration.

But when it was her turn to address the small group, her celebrity status was evident. People who never met her called her by her first name and eagerly took photos.

Manning has acknowledged leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents to activist website WikiLeaks in 2010. She said her motivation was a desire to spark debate about U.S. foreign policy, and she has been portrayed as both a hero and a traitor.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Guess who is speaking about “ethics in public service” at UCLA on Monday?

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Manning: A convicted traitor and “ethics” expert…

Manning knows NOT ONE thing about ethics. This is a disgrace.

From the UCLA announcement:

“Join the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs for the next Luskin Lecture, featuring Chelsea Manning.

As an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense, Chelsea Manning disclosed classified documents to WikiLeaks that revealed human rights abuses and corruption connected to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was convicted and sentenced to 35 years in a military prison, but released in 2017 after President Obama commuted her sentence. While in prison, Manning publicly identified as a trans woman and asserted her right to medical therapy.

Now an advocate for government transparency and queer and transgender rights, Manning will speak about ethics in public service; resistance in the age of artificial intelligence; activism and protest; transgender issues; and the intersection of technology and people’s lives.”

We live in bizarro world…

h/t Twitchy

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Manning files to run for Maryland Senate seat

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Manning: A convicted traitor

Just what we need in DC, another traitor to the American people.

From Fox News: Chelsea Manning, a transgender former Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking classified documents, has filed to run for the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Post first reported Saturday that Manning has filed to run in Maryland for the seat of Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin.

The Federal Election Commission website shows a Jan. 11 filing for “Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate” with the party affiliation registered as Democrat — suggesting a primary challenge for Cardin.

Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, was arrested in 2010 and convicted in 2013 of leaking a trove of sensitive documents to WikiLeaks. Manning’s sentence was controversially commuted by President Barack Obama in 2017 after Manning had served seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Since leaving prison, Manning has become known for controversial tweets, often accompanied with a series of emojis and the hashtag #WeGotThis. Last week, Manning tweeted out the message “f—k the police” on Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, along with the hashtag #DisarmThePolice.

Manning has also referred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement as “literally the new gestapo.”

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Higher education: Chelsea Manning named visiting “fellow” at Harvard

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Harvard: Enabling a convicted traitor

I’m sure students will look forward to the lecture on turning a penis into a vagina!

From Yahoo: Chelsea Manning will be joining Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, according to the school’s website.

Manning will speak on issues of LGBTQ identity in the military, Institute of Politics Fellows co-chairs Emily Hall and Jason Ge wrote in an announcement posted Wednesday.

“We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media,” Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director, said in the announcement.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 for leaking a huge cache of classified and sensitive documents. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of six Espionage Act violations and multiple other charges relating to the dissemination of more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.

Manning was acquitted on the most serious charge of aiding the enemy.

After President Barack Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office, Manning has worked to re-brand herself as an activist for queer and transgender rights. She also speaks on topics related to artificial intelligence through op-ed columns for The New York Times and The Guardian, according to Harvard’s website.

Harvard’s IOP also announced three other visiting fellows: former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, CNN political commentator Robby Mook and Kansas City Mayor Sylvester “Sly” James Jr.

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GAG: Vogue promotes a traitor and transgender

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Pro-tip for transgender men: hide your manly hands!

We certainly know Vogue’s stance on American traitors. Try not to lose your lunch reading through this absolute baloney about a convicted traitor.

From Yahoo: Chelsea Manning — the transgender Army private imprisoned in 2013 for leaking classified information, whose sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama — has been making a splash, albeit a gradual one, since her release from a military prison in May. She began posting flirty Instagrams on her first day in the free world and has now made a quick ascent with her public profile, to the pages of Vogue.

“Guess this is what freedom looks like,” Manning wrote in her Thursday Instagram post, which features a photo of herself posing on an empty beach in a red one-piece Norma Kamali swimsuit.

The glamour shot, taken by none other than Annie Leibovitz, is from her profile in the September issue, in which the 29-year-old New York City resident attends a Lambda Literary Awards party, visits the home of legendary drag queen Flawless Sabrina, and talks about her awkward childhood and tense adolescence, as well as being an “adrenaline junkie” and a Marc Jacobs fan, coming to terms with her transgender identity, and surviving prison.

“There are people who have really put their lives on the line for something, and they come out on the other side of it. You can feel that with her,” Laura Poitras, executive producer of a documentary being made about Manning, said of her subject to Vogue. “Now that she’s free, what is she going to do with her freedom?” She added, “When I first met Ed Snowden in Hong Kong, he had the same sort of eerie power.”

Manning said she’s not quite sure how she’ll harness her power yet, and the Vogue story notes she had been interested in running for political office before transitioning. On whether it’s something she’s still thinking about, she noted, “I’m certainly not going to say no, and I’m certainly not going to say yes. My goal is to use these next six months to figure out where I want to go.”

These days, in addition to regularly posting Instagram pics of herself — whether in a power suit, a fuchsia sheath dress, or a swipe of bold purple lipstick — Manning noted she has been playing video games, teaching herself the programming language Rust, working on her memoir, and just starting to think about dating, declaring, “I’m not planning to be single!”

Finally, she said about her aspirations and where she’s at right now, “I have these values that I can connect with: responsibility, compassion. Those are really foundational for me. Do and say and be who you are because, no matter what happens, you are loved unconditionally.” Manning said she wishes she’d learned that lesson earlier: “Unconditional love. It is OK to be who I am.”

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Xenogenesis: They’re growing vaginas in labs for transplant

The Greek word xenos means “strange” or “foreign”; the word genesis means the origin or mode of formation of something.

Combining the two, xenogenesis may mean strange origin — an apt word for vaginas grown in a lab.

A team of scientists led by Anthony Atala, MD, director of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, succeeded in growing vaginas in a laboratory, then transplanted them into four girls. The study was co-funded by Wake Forest University and Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gómez.

Their findings were published in an article titled “Tissue-engineered autologous vaginal organs in patients: a pilot cohort study,” in the online April 10, 2014 edition of the journal The Lancet.

The study’s subjects were four teenage girls, aged 13-18 years, who were born with vaginal aplasia caused by Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome (MRKHS) — a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus are underdeveloped or absent. The congenital deformation affects between one in 1,500 and one in 4,000 female infants.

To build the personalized vaginas, the researchers took a small piece (less than half the size of a postage stamp) of vulvar tissue from each patient, and then allowed the cells to multiply in lab dishes.

The vagina is made up of two major layers with two cell types: muscle cells and vaginal epithelial cells. To build these layers, the researchers placed one cell type on one face of a biodegradable vagina-shaped scaffold, and placed the other cell type on the other face of the scaffold.

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The cell-scaffold was then placed in a bioreactor — an ovenlike device that has the same conditions as the human body — for about a week.

Once the lab-grown vaginas were ready, doctors surgically created a cavity in the girls’ bodies, then stitched one side of the vaginal organ to the opening of the cavity and the other side to the uterus.

For each girl, the whole process took about 5 to 6 weeks, from the time the vulvar tissue was taken from her to the time the engineered vagina was surgically implanted.

The patients were followed up for 8 years. There were no long-term postoperative surgical complications. The implanted vaginas are working normally, as indicated by the patients’ responses to self-administered Female Sexual Function Index questionnaires, showing normal ranges in all areas tested, such as desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction, and painless intercourse.

The success of the pilot study is promising for the treatment of several disorders that might require vaginal reconstruction, such as congenital abnormalities, injury, or cancer. Current treatments for MRKH syndrome include dilation of existing tissue or, for more severe cases, reconstructive surgery using a piece of intestine or a piece of skin to create a new vaginal organ.

Notwithstanding the success of this pilot study, the researchers caution that the risk of complications is high when non-vaginal tissue is used to lab-grow vaginas because, as Dr. Atala explained, “They are not ideal because they don’t perform the same functionality.”

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)

While Dr. Atala did not include transgenders among expected patients for lab-grown vaginas, that is clearly a possibility. I won’t be surprised if the Obama administration already has plans ready to have taxpayers foot the bill of growing vaginas in laboratories for surgical implantation into men who imagine themselves to be women.

After all, taxpayers are already forced to pay for the “sex change” hormone “therapy” of former U.S. Army soldier Bradley “call me Chelsea” Manning, who is serving a 35-year sentence for leaking more than 700,000 classified document; as well as “sex reassignment” surgeries for Medicare and illegal immigrants.

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

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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