Posted on Jun 20, 2017
1LT Medical-Surgical Nurse
I wonder about the sentiments of the RP military community considering the fact that 4,190 people contributed over 4 months a total of $173,550 to support Chelsea Manning for a year following her release. I would note she is still on active duty pending resolution of her appeals within the military and the civilian courts - which may result in reversal of her conviction. My point IS NOT that anyone should contribute to Chelsea Manning - instead that it may be rather important for us to understand that there are a huge number of people who do not agree with the sentiment that she should have been automatically given her last meal and sent to the firing squad, exiled to die in the desert, or some other similar penalty intended for traitors. Perhaps the American people have more of a heart than we give them credit for - or perhaps like the US Congress they believe there is too much overclassificatiion of information for which there is no justification other than to conceal our own service member and foreign civilian deaths. We once trusted our citizens to make informed decisions about our policies and operations - now we hide our work behind an impenetrable wall of secrecy. Is so much secrecy really such a good thing? Warmest Regards, Sandy :)

n.b. For those unhappy with prior specific link - I asked admin to modify or removed it. S :)
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