Monday, September 16, 2013

Pardon Chelsea Manning Now!

Update 9/12/13: Gov’t bypassed 4th Amendment to seize Manning supporters’ electronics

Government bypassed 4th Amendment to seize Manning supporters’ electronics:
The American Civil Liberties Union writes,
We are releasing new government documents that provide rare insight into how the government uses its powers at the border to search and seize Americans’ electronic devices. The documents, obtained by our client David House as a result of his lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security, demonstrate how the government is abusing its border search authority to evade constitutional restrictions on its surveillance powers. (You can see the documents here.). House was stopped at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport coming back from vacation in November 2010. At the time, he was working with the Bradley Manning Support Network, which was raising funds for the legal defense of the soldier who has since plead guilty to providing classified documents to WikiLeaks.
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Benedict Cumberbatch on Chelsea Manning “I think what she did was incredibly brave.”
When asked about Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s case and sentence, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch said, “I think what she did was incredibly brave.” Cumberbatch spoke to Buzzfeed while at the Toronto Film Festival promoting his new movie “The Fifth Estate,” in which he played WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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What will Chelsea’s prison conditions be like?
Margaret Talbot writes for the New Yorker Magazine’s blog about what prison could look like for Chelsea Manning as a transgender woman on a quest to receive hormone therapy:
To many people—those who aren’t crazy about the idea of providing prisoners with health care at all, let alone health care for gender dysphoria, or those who consider Manning a traitor and thus deserving of whatever indignities can be heaped upon her—that’s no surprise and just as it should be. But that kind of blanket denial of treatment is very much at odds with principles established for non-military prisons.
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