35 Years

Bradley Manning


Foxy News:

Manning gets 35 years in WikiLeaks case

The Army soldier who leaked more than 700,000 Iraq and Afghanistan battlefield reports and diplomatic cables while working as an intelligence analyst was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison.

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, 25, who gave reams of classified information to WikiLeaks, faced up to 90 years in prison. He was credited with 1,294 days already served and was and be dishonorably discharged. He could be eligible for parole before he reaches the age of 40.

Flanked by his lawyers, Manning, 25, stood at attention and appeared not to react when military judge Col. Denise Lind announced the punishment without explanation during a brief hearing.

Among the spectators, there was a gasp, and one woman put her hands up, covering her face.

[…]

The former intelligence analyst was found guilty last month of 20 crimes, including six violations of the Espionage Act, as part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on media leaks.

But the judge acquitted him of the most serious charge, aiding the enemy, an offense that could have meant life in prison without parole.

Prosecutors asked for at least a 60-year prison term. Capt. Joe Morrow said in his closing argument Monday that a long prison sentence would dissuade other soldiers from following in Manning’s footsteps.

The defense has suggested a prison term of no more than 25 years, so that Manning, 25, could rebuild his life. Defense attorney David Coombs asked for a sentence that “doesn’t rob him of his youth.”


Well the loony left has a new martyr. Bradley Manning is their hero. He’s also probably gonna be locked up for a long time. I’m not upset or elated. I believe justice was served.

First of all, there is no question of his guilt – he confessed to many of the charges. He cannot claim ignorance of the law nor ignorance of the nature of the information that he gave to Wikileaks. He knew what he was doing.

He received due process of law. He waived trial by jury and accepted a bench trial instead. He had the opportunity to challenge the prosecution’s witnesses and evidence, and to present witnesses and evidence on his own behalf. He had the opportunity to offer evidence in mitigation and/or extenuation.

I probably would have given him less time, but many others think he deserves an even harsher punishment. Some think he deserves execution. We can debate what the law should be, but the courts are supposed to apply the law as it is written.

The laws that Bradley Manning broke do not contain any exceptions for good intentions. His motives are irrelevant to his guilt, although they could (and probably did) mitigate the severity of his punishment.

His due process has not ended. He can still appeal, and he can hope for executive clemency or pardon. I doubt he’ll receive a pardon, although it would not surprise me if at some future date he receives clemency in the form of a reduced sentence.

I feel pity for Bradley Manning. He is young and dumb and he is paying a high price for what he did. He could have gotten a lighter sentence for murder. But like Robert Blake used to say, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.”


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52 Responses to 35 Years

  1. Klown says:

    Who said this about Anthony’s Weiner?:

    Two words: pathetic dork. How sickeningly debased our politics have become that this jabbering cartoon weasel could be taken seriously for a second as a candidate for mayor of New York. But beyond that, I have been amazed by the almost total absence of psychological critique in news analyses of the silly Weiner saga. For heaven’s sake, Weiner is no randy stud with a sophisticated sex life that we need to respect. The compulsion to exhibit and boast about one’s penis is embarrassingly infantile — the obvious residue of some squalid family psychodrama in childhood that is now being replayed in public.

    Answer here.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Wow, she’s spot on about Hillary and I’m a Baby Boomer too 🙂

      • Constance says:

        I also agree about Hillary. 2008 was her year and she won the votes. 2016….she is too old because the Boomer generation has had a long enough turn and we have inflated the debt and caused enough trouble. Younger blood needs to step up. And if Hillary’s age wasn’t enough then Benghazi ended any chance she should have to be President. The Democrats wasted a perfectly good candidate.

      • Constance says:

        I do like the way Hillary is sucking all the air out of the room to screw the Democrat party since they went out of their way to screw her. I hope she keeps them guessing for 2 more years.

        • DandyTIger says:

          I hope she wins the nomination. Screw the new Dem party. I’m not such a fan, esp. after Benghazi, but I don’t want it to be easy for the Dem party either. And for the Repubs, if they’re going to self destruct, might as well have someone we know. And frankly, if the Repubs can’t beat Hillary, they don’t deserve it anyway.

          It would be good for all for the Repubs to have a big shake up and have the libertarian wing come out on top though. That would be very good for the country IMO.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Good read. Very interesting take.

    • helenk3 says:

      sadly I am wondering if backtrack is just a more open Hillary. where she did things with finese and made you feel good , he is like the bull in the china shop and stomps all over you while doing the same things,

      It is like Los Vegas and Atlantic City.
      both are going to take your money but
      one makes you want to say thank you and the the other just makes you want to get out of town

  2. Klown says:

    Okay, it’s time to mow, mow, mow my lawn before it gets too hot.

    (The temperature, not the lawn.)

  3. Klown says:
    • swanspirit says:

      Evidently , they were wannabes , and killing someone was part of getting into a gang , or so they thought. Prison will be such a surprise .

      • Klown says:

        It’s amazing how many lives you can destroy with a single pull of a trigger. Here in Merced I believe the record is five. One dead, four in prison. All because some guy was dancing with the wrong girl. That’s not even counting the secondary damage to family and loved ones.

    • Constance says:

      Good article but I think it is worse than middle class kids with two parents just not having the opportunity in real life to act out rap lyrics. I notice that they also find anyone who does act out Rap values to be very beneath them. And of course the female middle class kids must make the choice of whether they see themselves as some dehumanized sex object or instead view the rappers as inhuman. Thankfully most girls I know chose to see themselves in a positive light and direct their scorn on the purveyors of Rap Culture..

  4. helenk3 says:

    NSA collected thousands of US internet communications over three years with no terror connection – @AP

  5. helenk3 says:

    http://suckersonparade.blogspot.com/

    backtrack seeks help in filling government positions

  6. votermom says:

  7. helenk3 says:

    way off topic
    people here have been talking about their tomato crop.
    this sounds so good

    http://www.12tomatoes.com/2013/08/recipe-tomato-pie.html

  8. votermom says:

    This is infuriating
    http://minx.cc/?post=342706

    In Alabama, there’s now a law that any student in one of the state’s 78 failing schools may be permitted to escape to a non-failing school. $3500 is provided as partial (or full) payment of any costs that might be associated with such a move.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the state to block this scheme.

    Why? Well, actually, because they are simply creatures of the left and are doing a solid for the most important constituency of the left, Government School Union Teachers (and the bad ones, too, because the good ones have less need of union bargaining power).

    But their stated claim is this: They found eight families who say $3500 isn’t enough to get their kids the help they need and hence the law is “discriminatory,” and ergo is unconstitutional.

    So all children must continue to suffer with those eight.

  9. Klown says:
    • 1539days says:

      It’s hard work crossing the desert to get to the border, but it’s only for 48 hours.

    • Carmelo Clandestine says:

      Well, hard work using a vast array of natural resources obtained by murdering the natives and stealing their land… 😈

    • 49erDweet says:

      MC, don’t want to blow your mind but use Google Earth and look closely (15 mins each) at a couple of normal US cities, including the outskirts and industrial areas. Next look closely at a couple of Middle Eastern cities and note where they are similar and where they differ. Then do the same with a couple of Mexican cities. Even the poorer Mexican cities are far more similar to their US counterparts than the others. Do the same with Eastern European. Similar results.

      My point is Mexico is not as backward or poor as we generally assume. Something else is afoot here.

  10. helenk3 says:

    during the zimmerman trail it was on msm all day everyday.

    the guy who shot the 13 month old baby is on trial and his lawyer is trying all sorts of angles to get him off,
    the mother did it for insurance
    all white jury

    at the same time 3 brats are bored and shoot someone who came to this country to study

    msm on these two stories , not so much

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