Cruel and unusual: Army will pay for Bradley Manning’s hormone treatments in prison, but s/he can’t grow her hair out

You might recall that Pfc. Bradley Manning was found guilty of violating parts of the Espionage Act of 1917 when he confessed to leaking sensitive government files. Although he was acquitted of “aiding the enemy,” Manning was given a 35-year prison sentence, which he is currently serving at Ft. Leavenworth.

Since 2013, Manning officially changed his name to Chelsea and with the ACLU behind him, has been lobbying heavily for the Army to pay for his gender transition behind bars. Manning and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit in September alleging he was at risk of self-harm, such as self-castration, without more focused treatment.

The Army has finally caved.

A memo obtained by The Associated Press documents the military’s first approval of such treatment for an active service member. Col. Erica Nelson, Commandant of Fort Leavenworth said, “After carefully considering the recommendation that (hormone treatment) is medically appropriate and necessary… I approve adding (it) to Inmate Manning’s treatment plan.”

Currently, transgenders are not allowed to serve in the U.S. military and the Defense Department does not provide such treatment. However, the Department of Veterans Affairs does provide the treatment for veterans. (Never mind the fact that the Department of Veterans Affairs also manages to lose lists of veterans awaiting treatment for life-threatening illness – that’s another story)

However, don’t you think for a minute the Army is completely giving in to transgenderism. No siree. Yes, they’ll pay for hormone treatments, but Chelsea is not allowed to grow her hair out!

The commandant’s memo says Manning’s hairstyle will be revisited seven months after hormone therapy begins. I wonder if she’ll also get a style consultation?

You’ve heard of “white guilt?” Perhaps it was “straight guilt” that led the Army to take this unprecedented move.

During his case, lawyers for Pfc. Bradley Manning argued that his struggles as a gay soldier in an environment hostile to homosexuality contributed to mental and emotional problems that should have barred him from having access to sensitive material,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

According to Charisma’s Jennifer LeClaire, Manning’s defense attorneys essentially argued that he leaked the critical intelligence because he was a gay soldier serving in the age of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and because he felt like a woman trapped in a man’s body.”

There’s no word from the Army on when she’ll be allowed to wear lipstick. But that time may come sooner than you think.

Just last December, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced she was in favor of letting cross-dressers and transgenders serve openly. “Times change,” she said. “From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve.”

Just bear in mind, that statement is coming from someone who has never actually had any military experience. Details, details.

[Note: this article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]

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i'm from missouri
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If Manning were not in prison, she/he would have to find a way to fund his own gender reassignment. Since he’s a guess of the USA, any health issues an inmate has, must be attended to by the government. Prisoners have no access to medical care of their choosing, but it is the governments job to look after these people once they are in jail. Be it a dentist, an oncologist, or a surgeon. Even diabetics get their meds in prison. I’m not saying it’s right that this guy gets his treatment, when so many soldiers are waiting for treatment… Read more »
Fthenewworldorder
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California is paying for sex changes for prisoners. Many prisons are doing this….and yep we are footing the bill. These idiots have a psychological disorder that has been studied and ignored. It is a perception problem…like trying to convince an anorexic that they are too thin. THIS IS NOT A MEDICAL HEALTH ISSUE. He needs a psychiatrist….they all do. Read: http://www.wsj.com/articles/paul-mchugh-transgender-surgery-isnt-the-solution-1402615120

Chris Rog
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Being transgender is not a “medical condition”. No more so than being gay is a medical condition. Or being straight is a medical condition. There a thousands of transgender Americans who cannot afford “treatment”, and have to live without the change. No sense in saying that this guy/gal should have his/her “treatment” paid for while in prison. The point of jails/prisons being responsible for medical costs is to provide the ability to remain healthy while inside. Withholding this “treatment” does not put his/her health at risk. The only risk to his/her health would possibly be psychological. In this case, the… Read more »
rdlynn
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What’s the treatment for transgender? I don’t think there is one at this time. Probably in the future with some kind of genetic engineering it will be possible to change an insane person of one sex into a sane person of either sex.

Hilda Reed
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Chris Rog…you said it so eloquently…psychologist is what he’s entitled to. Treatment for gender reclassification, is not life threatening. He doesn’t have cancer and not getting hormone treatments, will not kill him.

zoomer
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Book hoo

zoomer
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I meant boo hoo

Renee Dugan Timpe
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It’s elective surgery, not for a life-sustaining illness!

johnnythunder
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thats ridiculous

Annette Yeary Topits
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OMG!!! What is this world coming to? Comparing this guy to a diabetic? One is a life or death situation. Manning’s is not!!!

urbanvrwcmom
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As a diabetic, I take issue with the comparison of being denied consensual mutilation to being denied insulin.

Nahnah
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Agreed!

urbanvrwcmom
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I’m also of the thought that one or some of the unborn children lost through abortion, would have discovered a cure for diabetes, cancer, AIDS, Ebola and other maladies.

Curly Bill
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Good evening m’lady. (-:

urbanvrwcmom
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Same to you and the Missus!

VikVega!
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Treatment?

Turning yourself into Frankenstein is hardly ‘treatment’.

undem
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One thing you don’t hear about is how many have the surgery, then commit suicide because they changed their mind after it was too late.

James Hampton
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if hesheit wants to be treated as a female , turn him loose in gen. population, i’m sure there are those willing to take him as a “girl friend” in there.

Donald McKenna
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Veterans all over the country are literally dying from the wait for healthcare that was promised to them, and now you’ve got this twinkle-toed little c***sucker getting away with this crap. Un-flippin’-believable.

Uncle Ruckus
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Republicans block bills to help veterans but yet you still vote for them!!!

Andy Martin
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Hey slob……………. http://tinyurl.com/mg5gj26 Obama first told of VA problems in 2008 Obama chose to not act for years, even as veterans died Obama wasn’t ‘mad,’ did nothing for five years, until media discovered scandal WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) issued the following statement Monday following reports the Obama administration was first told in 2008 of record falsification by Veterans Administration personnel: “New revelations that President Barack Obama has known since 2008 about delayed care and record falsification at Veterans Administration facilities, but did nothing even as veterans died, call into question his personal role in the scandal. Appearing… Read more »
JohnBreland
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Absolutely not. This former College Republicans President is utterly disgusted with the simpering, cowardly, spineless heap of steaming manure that the once proud GOP has become. I would rather that Hillary Clinton, Donald Duck or Peewee Herman be elected President than to give one of the establishment Republican hipocrites the satisfaction of claiming my vote. The recent Congressional election and its aftermath proved conclusively that putting them into office serves no good purpose.

disqus_mo8ewPYVck
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Watch out. The bill you could be referring to had so much pork attached to it, they had to deny it. That’s why they write them like this:

Homeless and Destitute Veteran’s Aid Fund Bill

Buried deep in the legalese are things like, will provide some aid to Planned Parenthood and the Southern Poverty Law Center will administrate the funds…

Naturally, the Republicans vote it down and it is brought out, Look what the Republicans did…

Don’t fret though, the Republicans write Bills that way too.

Uncle Ruckus
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well this is the FIRST i’ve heard of this….research time! Also, why was the reason republicans said they blocked it was “WE CAN’T AFFORD IT”????
Please post a link

Andy Martin
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Hey arse, where’s your research? Obama first told of VA problems in 2008 Obama chose to not act for years, even as veterans died Obama wasn’t ‘mad,’ did nothing for five years, until media discovered scandal WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX 36) issued the following statement Monday following reports the Obama administration was first told in 2008 of record falsification by Veterans Administration personnel: “New revelations that President Barack Obama has known since 2008 about delayed care and record falsification at Veterans Administration facilities, but did nothing even as veterans died, call into question his personal role in the… Read more »
Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick
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Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

Of course if you follow democrats it’s the first you’ve heard of it. Justin Amash posts on his page, every bill, what he votes and explains why, and also who else voted on it. Yes, sneaky Dems stick all kinds of things in bills, then Republicans get blamed for not passing them.

you can check his page and keep up to date on bills here: https://www.facebook.com/repjustinamash

disqus_mo8ewPYVck
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https://www.votetocracy(DOT)com/ If I don’t write it that way, they hold it. This is where I review the Bills at.

Camotim
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proof please?

Leslie
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UR is merely a troll, he never has proof.

zoomer
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I thought transgender people were not gay, but feel as they are the wrong sex. So is he attracted to men (gay) or a woman wanna be? Does he even know? Either way, the treatment should not be allowed, as it is elective and non-essential. When there are huge numbers of service men and women with legitimate concerns, this should be the absolute LOWEST priority.

Cynthia Rogers
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I am on Tricare and I don’t like myself because I am getting older. Botox, lyposuction, and fillers would make me feel so much better. I think the government should pay for it. Elective surgery is not necessary so if I or anyone else wants it—–have at it and pay for it yourself. He is in prison and is trying to blame it on not feeling good about himself. get some therapy before you hand out classified documents.

OBAMAHATER4SURE
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Bradley Manning doesn’t deserve any special treatment in prison. He was born with a dick he should be required to keep his dick.

MrsEdwardJCullen
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if he didn’t have it when he went it and they didn’t issue him with it in boot camp then he don’t need it until he is out!

disqus_mo8ewPYVck
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“If you like your d***…” Sorry, I had to. 😉

dragonflash
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So let himheit do hishersits castration. Why should it get special treatment? There are plenty of transgenders who can’t afford treatment and they don’t expect the rest of us to pay for it.

Rafael X
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LOL that “editor-in-chief” just can’t go above the belt.

Andy Martin
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The librul scum can’t address the topic.

Pamela Cantrell
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This is outrageous!! Odd how it only became cruel, and unusual punishment when he/she could get someone else to pay for it. Why did he join the military when he knew the policy toward gays? Is he still active duty? If he is, he’s not getting paid is he? Once he becomes a woman, will he be moved to a female prison? If he stays in a male prison, and gets hormones that causes him to grow booblets he going to be very popular.

MissDiane47
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Pamela, s/he is in federal prison, which automatically disqualifies him from active duty. DUH!

Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick
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Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

DUH? I think it was a legitimate question.

Pamela Cantrell
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I know he is in a Fed prison. The article stated it is a first for an active service member. That’s why I asked if he is considered active.

19_Kilo
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Under U.C.M.J., I believe It is considered to be on active duty until It is discharged from the military. (B.C.D. or Dishonorable) It is probably forfeiting all pay and allowances. It must still conform to military customs and duties. To the best of my understanding It is still in the U.S. Army. That being said, It is a good argument for not allowing those with mental health issues to serve in the military. It should not have access to sensitive information. It and others like It are part of the reason why many of the exclusionary policies are/were in place.… Read more »
Pamela Cantrell
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Thank you for clarifying.

alanyates
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Yes it is on active duty confinement. It does still show on DOA rosters.

disqus_mo8ewPYVck
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This is what happens when you lower training standards and allow civilians to make military administrative and combat decisions – a recipe for disaster and failure.

Red Fred
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Throwing the BS flag. Tax dollars spent for the bizarre and ridiculous. Don’t want the equipment you were born with, pay for the surgery yourself.

Michael Dulin
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My opinion transgenders are a lot like people with BIID Body integrity identity disorder. I don’t understand why we would help them mutilate their body’s because they think they are a man/woman stuck in the opposite body. We don’t help people with BIID cut off their arms or legs so why help transgenders do it.

Guest
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Yes it is. A public school in Seminole County, Florida, had children reciting the Islamic prayer in clas and gave them a homework assignment to make a muslim prayer rug. There has been public outrage in Florida about it!

undem
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Teachers in NC have been teaching about the 5 pillars of Islam. Pull a bible out in a NC school and prepare for a major freak out. They call it diversity.

JohnBreland
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As a Soldier in the U.S. Army, I sincerely hope that this slimeball’s life at Leavenworth is short and brutal.

urbanvrwcmom
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Thank you for your military service, sir. You are the man that Manning never was, despite the last name.

Jolly Roger
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First, Manning gets his female hormones. Next, he will demand and be granted sex change surgery. Afterwards, he will demand to be transferred to a female prison. After all this, he will then be released to live his life as a woman, all at taxpayer expense.

Hein Bertram
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Alternative scenario: “… a female prison. After all this, he will ditch the hormone pills and live Happily Ever After…”

JohnBreland
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Nah, I say keep him in the male prison. They need entertainment.

Pamela Cantrell
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Put him in with Nidal Hassan. Hassans’ kind love Mannings’ kind.

Gilchrist
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The taxpayer should pay for the knife that he uses to castrate himself, period.

Guest
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How is this POS considered “Active”? Fas as I’m care, he is a enemy of the state, and if he wants to cut his junk off, let him, that way our tax dollars are saved from giving this POS anything else!

JohnBreland
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And by the way, tell me this: when they get through with all of this, will the creep still have a “Y” chromosome? If so, the whole thing is a silly charade enacted at my expense.

RedBeardTattoo
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How is this POS considered “Active”? Far as I care, let he/she cut he/she’s junk off, one less mouth to feed cause he is a enemy of the State. Veterans who need help are fighting to get it, and this POS is getting it handed to him!

Julie Forrest
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Just like Bergdahl

Lou McKellar
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“Just last December, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced she was in favor of letting cross-dressers and transgenders serve openly. “Times change,” she said. “From my point of view, anyone who is capable of accomplishing the job should be able to serve.”
Why do I have the image of Corporal Klinger from MASH stuck in my head??

gestr
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But didn’t this traitor just prove these folks are incapable of doing this job?

Pam
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You know I don’t even know how to start a discussion on that. That is just so far fetched I am speechless.

Lori Jones Rominger
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The only “treatment” this guy needs is a straightjacket and a padded room. The Army could provide that treatment at much lower cost than hormone therapy!

NoNameGiven
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If the inmate/patient is liable to cause themselves harm, they should be placed under 24 hour review. The so called mental health issues this scum bag has is no excuse for the bullshit HE pulled. Because HE is in FACT a HE, you can cut and paste whatever you want on the outside of your body, but that scumbag has a Y chromosome and is thusly a MALE traitor. The military should under no condition what so ever give in this pieces of scums threats. If HE wants to kill himself, let him. Then the money that would have been… Read more »
chuckghutch
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I am about to puke, not because of what he is becoming but more because of what is becoming of my country.

undem
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At the risk of attack by atheists, AMEN!

Sue Hogan
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They will be pay for her sex change but 22 vets die a day without getting the medical treatment they so desperately need. Oh and don’t forget the homeless vets that need help.

Julie Forrest
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His not hers

Jeanne
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So, being in the Army – a TRADITIONALLY homophobic organization – made him mentally ill (because he thinks he’s a she) to the point of espionage. See this is what gets me… You go someplace that you know you aren’t going to be welcomed. But, they have a don’t-ask-don’t-tell policy, so they aren’t saying you can’t serve. But, you know they aren’t friendly about it… You go anyway – knowing that they don’t really want you there. You go anyway and then you start trouble. It’s like the gay people suing churches for not marrying them. No. Those aren’t people… Read more »
Julie Forrest
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Beautifully written. Best answer I’ve read on here! Thanks!!

Brian_R_Allen
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Lost me at “homophobic.” A verbal thug’s non-word, intended only to assault and to batter.

NoNameGiven
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TROLL ALERT!

Jeanne
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It’s easier to type out than anti-homosexual. Yes, I’m lazy like that. And my sweetie is a veteran – served in the Army Infantry for 13 years. I have great respect for the military and those who serve. I’m not a “verbal thug” who intends to assault and batter the Army. But, you can take it (or leave it) any way you wish. Good day, sir.

Brian_R_Allen
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Please don’t Project deeds or words on to me, Jeanne. I did not mention you nor address nor assess your character — and most certainly not to criticize.

I talked only to the word: A thug’s non word, much loved by the homofascists and intended only to assault and to batter! A word you are much too nice a lady to employ!

And please thank my Brother, your Sweetie, for me, for his service! Per Ardua Ad Astra! — B A.:

Jeanne
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I’ve been told that I’m nice, so I do try to maintain that reputation. I don’t get out much and I’m relatively new to social media, so I’m probably not up on all the lingo. Thank you for your explanation and clearing up my confusion about your intention. I certainly did not mean to offend with my use of the word. What would you suggest I use in its place?

Brian_R_Allen
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“Normal.”

Jeanne
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LOL

Rafael X
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Always count on conservatives to be obsessed with what between people’s legs.

Jeanne
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I don’t think it’s actually about what’s between his legs. It’s about his mental health issues. He was obviously not a very well-adjusted human being and shouldn’t’ve been in the Army in the first place. But, he joined anyway and then became a spy (because of his mental health issues). He’s a traitor and he’s lucky he hasn’t been hanged. And it’s a little outrageous that the Army is paying for his sex change – it’s against their policy. And no matter how little it costs – if it’s $5 – that’s $5 that could be spent on someone who… Read more »
Rafael X
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We are also feeding and housing her at taxpayer’s expense. For 35 years. How much hormone therapy and sex-change ops will that pay for? Yes she’s a traitor but the courts did not sentence death. We have those courts because we’re not those ISIS savages.

Jeanne
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My point, exactly. We’re already paying to keep him alive and now we have to pay for more, because he couldn’t decide what sex he was before he entered into service? I’m not okay with that.

Rafael X
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From what I read he enlisted because he wanted to beat back those feelings about being a woman. Kind of a government sponsored gender re-assignment therapy.

Jeanne
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Then when he realized it wasn’t working and he was getting worse, he should’ve said something and gotten the heck out of there.

Rafael X
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That crap never works apparently.

Andy Martin
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Leave it to libtard inbreds to divert from the issue.

Rafael X
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Wut? Private Manning’s privates? I’ll pass thank you very much.

Andy Martin
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Obviously you didn’t pass since here you are chirping about it.

Rafael X
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Isn’t the issue Chelsea Manning’s plumbing?

jstan442
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why not take that money and use it for the vets already having trouble-how much is it costing americans for this insanity–let him pay for it out of his own pocket-not mine-and what about the vets who are suffering pain-you have read about the vet hospital and them letting ppl die right??-why so much spent on one person’s perversion to be something they were not meant to be?? he will not be happy-even with this change–

Rafael X
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First off it’s not that much money. Second medical professionals don’t think it’s a perversion. Third of all you hypocrites have nothing to say when taxpayer money is used for viagra.

Annette Yeary Topits
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1. If it’s not that much money, I suggest you pay for it! Do you have a job?
2. I don’t think we should pay for viagra either! Once again…not
life or death!

Andy Martin
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Our tax dollars paying for the freak’s operation is the topic. Now if you want to stare at his soon-to-be-removed joint, go ahead.

Rafael X
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LOL that seems to be your cup of tea.

Andy Martin
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You stomped into the thread talking about his junk. Don’t blame others for your perversions.

gestr
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Jeanne, you would think your scenario would occur, if the situation were entirely honest. But it’s not. A gay/tranny enters the service, engages in espionage because of the stress s/he would have foreseen if s/he were normal. This should prove such people are unfit for service. Instead, the brass changes the requirements to make it easier for such folks to serve. It’s like letting the inmates run the asylum.

Jeanne
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Well, people really should be more honest – with their chain of command, but most importantly, with themselves. I just don’t understand why people enter into these situations; the only thing I can think of is that they intend to start trouble. It’s sad, really. Obviously this guy has some pretty serious mental-health issues. The military really needs to take a good, hard look at the screening process. We don’t need crazy people in the military. We need well-adjusted people.

Brian_R_Allen
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…. It’s like letting the inmates run the asylum ….

We already did.

Hence a Woodrow Wilson, two Roosevelts (one of them the definitive un-and-anti-American traitor) and a Kennidy, a Johnson, a Nixon, a Cahtah, a crime family of Cli’tons and a Sayyid-Haji Soetoro.

Brian Richard Allen

Brian_R_Allen
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…. United States of America’s Taxpayers/The Army will pay for Bradley Manning’s hormone treatments in prison, but it may not grow its hair out …. He! He may not grow his hair. The species: Man; has two sexes, male and female. Bradley Manning is a male. That he has trouble accepting he’s a male is not reason to bastardize the English Language nor to gaslight the normal 98.85% of Americans into believing there is something wrong with all of us if we recognize the fact of only two sexes and that “gender” (eg feminine and masculine) applies to only inanimate… Read more »
undem
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All that maggot deserves is solitary confinement until his time is up. This is a clear indication of how far we’ve devolved as a nation. ACLU needs a shut up or die ultimatum. They’ve done so much damage to this once great nation. My biggest hope right now is that America does not fall in my lifetime. It is not looking good.

Diego Robles
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Just let “he/she” commit suicide and good riddance.

John O'Sh
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A Dishonorable Discharge disqualifies anyone for any Department of Veterans Affairs benefits.

Patricia Chapman Clark
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Patricia Chapman Clark

Unfortunately, he won’t be dishonorably discharged until he’s released from prison. Until then, he’s still on active duty.

pappap42
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There is only one thing sicker then him is the fools in government that think this is a good use of taxpayer money. When he has the sex change will he get out of prison because she was not found guilty? He was. And don’t tell me some lawyer will use this.

John Keatts
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I say the inmates gets their hands and feet on this Trader first.

Julie Smalley
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Why not treat our injuries vets first fix them first before this post gets his sex change. This is just a slap to our vets.

Dana Brown
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Give me a dull steak knife, two water balloons + a dirty needle and thread. I would gladly perform that sicko’s surgery in exchange for a stick of gum.

Rafael X
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I wonder where Michelle Hickford military experience comes from?

Basset Mom
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Cant blame her/him for why Veterans arent getting the help they need. Blame the many heads of the Veterans Hospitals, the ones that hand down the rules to each hospital or clinic office. Remember the scam last year on the months, years or never Vets did not get the tests they needed or Doctors appointments or proper care..Thank Your government officals in the VA……

GLap
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So by the Army, Col. Nelson means I and my fellow taxpayers will be paying for this convicted felon’s “treatment.” Alas.

Righthere
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I’m thinkibg the Army knew this guy had psychological defects before enlisting him. That, or maybe his last mission really pushed him over to the edge. Why else would they pay for this? Forget the ACLU.

Kat50
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The problem is with all this gay, or trans stuff, is getting the psychiatric come to terms that homosexuality and transgender should fall under mental illness. That is the problem. Back in the 70’s they changed it that it wasn’t. Either way, hormonal treatment is cancer.

iprazhm
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Sickening.

robocop33
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These are OUR tax dollars and by God we should a say so about how they are spent and I damn well do not want tax dollars to go for a sex-operation for an individual who committed this type of crime. Doesn’t matter what some liberal Court said, this guy committee treason.

RayOne
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This is bigGovernment gone mad, unless this is an intentional effort to destroy the nation it makes no sense.
Humans are born without a choice, male/ female/ both 4some. Change is the responsibility of the individual, only.