Darryl W. Perry: A Presidential Pardon for Bradley Manning

A Presidential Pardon for Bradley Manning
August 21, 2013

On August 21, Judge Col. Denise Lind sentenced Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in military prison (minus 1294 days for pre-trial confinement). Three hours after Manning’s sentence was announced, attorney David Coombs said the appeals process will begin in a matter of days. Coombs said, “I will file a request… that the president pardon Pfc. Manning, or at the very least commute his sentence to time served.”

Coombs said, the request includes a statement from Manning himself, “I understand that my actions violated the law. I regret that my actions hurt or harmed the US. It was never my intent to hurt anyone. I only wanted to help people.”

The truth is Manning’s actions caused no actual harm to any of the American troops overseas. The only harm was to the egos of those who want to control other people.

Colonel Morris Davis tweeted that “Manning [will] likely serve about 8 to 8.5 yrs more in confinement.” That means Manning will serve nearly 10 years longer in military prison than the people who commited the war-crimes that he exposed. As of yet, the apache gunner who appeared in the ‘Collateral Murder’ video has never faced criminal charges. Those who slaughtered civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan have never faced criminal charges. Those who ordered the troops into combat have never faced criminal charges.

Bradley Manning is a whistleblower who exposed war-crimes, and for his good deed he is being confined to military prison for at least the next 8 years of his life. I am proud to be among the 4,114 who signed the petition to serve part of Bradley Manning’s sentence, and ask Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan to either allow each of the people who signed the petition to serve 3.1 days in custody so that Bradley Manning may go free or that the Maj. Gen. Commute Manning’s sentence upon review. Regardless the action by Maj. Gen. Buchanan, I formally request that President Barack Obama grant a full pardon to Pfc. Bradley Manning.

In Peace, Love & Liberty,
Darryl W. Perry
2016 Presidential Candidate
Co-Chair NH Liberty Party
Owner/Managing Editor Free Press Publications

Darryl W. Perry is a long-time Libertarian Activist, and frequent commenter here at IPR. His website can be found here.

24 thoughts on “Darryl W. Perry: A Presidential Pardon for Bradley Manning

  1. William Saturn

    Darryl,

    Do you believe taxpayers should pay for Manning’s gender reassignment?

  2. Starchild

    I believe that Chelsea (nee Bradley) Manning deserves the full military benefits to which she would have been eligible upon an honorable discharge, and more.

    As you may be aware, she was stripped of both benefits and honorable discharge.

    I could be wrong, but I suspect the value of those benefits would exceed the cost of hormones and gender reassignment surgery.

    I am close to 100% certain that the cost of incarcerating Manning for 35 years, or whatever fraction of that time she ends up spending locked up, will far exceed the costs of hormones and surgery.

    While I don’t know the military’s incarceration costs, I recall reading that the cost of incarcerating a prisoner in California is upwards of $40,000 per year.

    Funny, no one seemed to be complaining about being forced to pay for THAT greater expense the government has chosen to incur with your money in Manning’s case — yet I’ve already seen multiple comments from people objecting to paying for her hormones/surgery.

    Under the circumstances, I think it is a petty complaint. There are much more deserving targets out there.

  3. Darryl W. Perry

    @1 – First: I do not believe taxpayers should be forced to pay for the incarceration of Manning, or any person who was convicted of a charge that had no identifiable victim.

    Second: I do not believe that any taxpayer should be forced to pay for anything to which he objects.

    Third: if Manning does seek such treatment, I would hope the funds would be privately raised; and yes, I would contribute!

  4. Thomas L. Knapp

    The simplest way of solving the problem of whether or not taxpayers should be forced to pay for gender reassignment therapy for political prisoners is to END ALL TAXATION AND RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS.

  5. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    @2 She? Somebody falsely claims to be female and so you refer to him as “she”. What else can we change on a whim? Race? Blood type? Height? Will it become fact if I claim to be 7 feet tall because in my mind I feel that way?

  6. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Why do you care so much, CLC at 5? Just be glad it isn’t you or your close family we’re talking about.

  7. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    Because I believe in facts and facts are being distorted here. Bradley Manning has a y chromosome and so is male, not female. It degrades femininity when males pretend to be females and expect society to accept it.

    Can a wigger claim to be African despite any African ancestry and take advantage of affirmative action because he is “a black man trapped in a white man’s body”?

    Of course not.

    It’s ridiculous we’ve reached a point in this country where facts can be ignored and history rewritten all in the name of political correctness.

  8. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    CLC @ 7: “It degrades femininity when males pretend to be females.” It sure doesn’t harm my feminity. I realize that’s your opinion, but I don’t share it. That’s as absurd as homophobes saying gay marriage somehow harmed their own hetero marriages.

    “It’s ridiculous we’ve reached a point in this country where facts can be ignored and history rewritten all in the name of political correctness.”

    I don’t think political correctness has anything to do with it. I consider it common courtesy. If someone wishes to present himself or herself as different than we know, who cares? I’ll be happy to pretend if it makes the person happy and doesn’t otherwise cause a problem.

    I’d put this in the “pick your battles” category.

    Do I tell someone she looks pretty when I don’t really consider her a pretty person? Of course I do, if it won’t otherwise cause a problem.

    I’d put this also in the “grow up” category.

  9. Tom Blanton

    Speaking of delusions, does anyone truly believe that Obama will consider clemency for Manning after his statements and actions over the past 3 years in this matter?

    Right from the jump, Obama was proclaiming Manning’s guilt. Then there was the whole psychological torture thing at Quantico, followed by a waiting period of nearly 3 years before the trial which was mired in secrecy. Look at Obama’s history of persecuting whistleblowers – all while claiming to embrace transparency.

  10. George Phillies

    As a non-defense of Obama, he does not pardon people, so there are no grounds for optimism here. However, if he and his predecessor face trial for crimes against civilization and crimes against peace, don;t be surprised if he asks for clemency.

  11. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    GP @ 13: Thanks for your comment. I also hope that CLC just might notice the title of the article–

  12. Steve M

    @15…. well from my treatment here on IPR, I believe it is just to say to them fuck you.

  13. Steve M

    so I wonder if it is ethical for Bradley Manning to accept a pardon from a war criminal on the level of Barack Obama?

    to quote the aclu “When a soldier who shared information with the press and public is punished far more harshly than others who tortured prisoners and killed civilians, something is seriously wrong with our justice system. A legal system that doesn’t distinguish between leaks to the press in the public interest and treason against the nation will not only produce unjust results, but will deprive the public of critical information that is necessary for democratic accountability. This is a sad day for Bradley Manning, but it’s also a sad day for all Americans who depend on brave whistleblowers and a free press for a fully informed public debate.”

    So why would Bradley accept a pardon from a war criminal such as Barack Obama? an individual who has ordered the summary execution of US citizens with no grand jury indictment. We have an expectation of judicial review of executive actions. this expectation has been eliminated under the democan/republicrat administrations.

    We the voters must decide…… do we want constitutionally protected liberties or do we trust the democan/republicrat thugs?

  14. Reality Watch

    Manning’s only hope is for President Paul to grant clemency.

    Rand could spin it as fiscal conservatism, saving taxpayers the cost of the tranny surgery.

  15. Steve M

    Manning’s only hope is for those who distrust government intrusion into their privacy to threaten the Democrats with not voting for them.

  16. Thomas L. Knapp

    @19,

    Nobody who uses the term “President Paul” in a comment should use the word “Reality” in his or her nom de guerre, unless it is accompanied by the word “Alternate.”

  17. langa

    Chelsea Manning is a hero, and deserves our respect. As for whether she deserves for the government to pay for her surgery, I must disagree with Starchild, who claims she is owed military benefits. A contract is illegitimate if the fulfillment of it depends on theft. So she’s out of luck there.

    However, Manning certainly has grounds to sue the government for wrongful imprisonment. Of course, for such a suit to be valid from a libertarian standpoint, the damages would have to be collected from the individuals (from Obama on down) who have actively participated in Manning’s imprisonment, rather than from the taxpayers.

  18. Robert Capozzi

    22 l:Of course, for such a suit to be valid from a libertarian standpoint, the damages would have to be collected from the individuals (from Obama on down) who have actively participated in Manning’s imprisonment, rather than from the taxpayers.

    me: Pleased you say “a libertarian,” not “the libertarian.” I’d agree that an aggrieved person could sue individuals that he or she felt were responsible for a damaging act, but whether the legal system could process such a suit is an open question.

    My guess is No.

    This is not to say that a social structure that allowed for such suits would not be desirable. I do wonder how deep the pockets are of those who made the decision to imprison Manning, and I wonder whether and how discovery would be conducted.

    Of course, should such a system evolve, my guess is government decision makers would get legal defense insurance, paid for by the taxpayers, much like D&O insurance in the corporate world.

  19. paulie

    Darryl W. Perry: A Presidential Pardon for Bradley Manning

    She wants to be called Chelsea, and should be afforded that courtesy.

    Do you believe taxpayers should pay for Manning’s gender reassignment?

    If tax victims are being forced to pay for her confinement, yes. To do otherwise is torture.

    The simplest way of solving the problem of whether or not taxpayers should be forced to pay for gender reassignment therapy for political prisoners is to END ALL TAXATION AND RELEASE ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS.

    Exactly.

    What is the proper form of address for trolls?

    It’s best not to address them.

    “Fuck you” seems appropriate.

    If you can’t control the urge to address them, yes.

    Nobody who uses the term “President Paul” in a comment should use the word “Reality” in his or her nom de guerre, unless it is accompanied by the word “Alternate.”

    Agreed.

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