The other thing Chelsea Manning said, and more updates

Bradley Manning: “I am a female.”

By now, we all now that Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was sentenced to 35 years on Aug. 21 for leaking classified U.S. government documents, would like to enter the next phase of her life as a woman named Chelsea. “I want everyone to know the real me,” Manning said in a statement. “I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female.”

But the message on gender identity wasn’t Manning's only public statement the day the sentencing was decided. There was also this, a heartfelt explanation of why the whistleblower did what she did, titled, “Sometimes you have to pay a heavy price to live in a free society.” Manning writes:

“It was not until I was in Iraq and reading secret military reports on a daily basis that I started to question the morality of what we were doing. It was at this time I realized in our efforts to meet this risk posed to us by the enemy, we have forgotten our humanity. We consciously elected to devalue human life both in Iraq and Afghanistan. When we engaged those that we perceived were the enemy, we sometimes killed innocent civilians. Whenever we killed innocent civilians, instead of accepting responsibility for our conduct, we elected to hide behind the veil of national security and classified information in order to avoid any public accountability.”

Meanwhile, Bay Area supporters who rallied for Manning at the San Francisco Pride Parade and every other juncture – including attending the trial in Fort Meade, gathering on the day verdict was announced and most recently launching a campaign calling for the WikiLeaker’s pardon – also gathered at Justin Hermann Plaza Aug. 21 in response to the sentence.


Yesterday, we told you about CommunityCam, a new online mapping platform that displays surveillance camera locations throughout San Francisco. We’d placed a phone call to Sgt. Dennis Toomer of the San Francisco Police Department's Media Relations Unit to ask whether SFPD has an eye toward collaboration on this effort, but didn’t hear back until after publishing the post. In a voice message, Toomer explained the manner in which SFPD utilizes CCTV footage to investigate crimes. He said:

“The SFPD does not own or operate any [permanently installed] cameras. There are some cameras throughout the city, but those are operated by the Department of Emergency Management. Consequently, we don’t monitor cameras either. At events like the Pride Parade, Bay to Breakers, we have put up our own cameras along the parade routes, or along the race routes, just for the purpose of deploying resources.

“As soon as the event is over, those cameras come back down, and we don’t store any kind of video footage. What we do is, we rely on the public, the commercial businesses, banks, stores, you name it, to provide us with video if a crime occurs in that area – but it’s not something that we monitor. We ask the public to provide us with any kind of video tape, or cameras or surveillance that they operate. We don’t maintain our own system. Again, the city cameras that are around in certain areas – like the Tenderloin, Bayview, I believe out in Ingleside – those are all operated and managed by DEM.”

Where the Uber meets the road 

We recently reported that Uber, the smartphone-enabled ride service that does not wish to be lumped in with rideshares or taxis, is facing a class action lawsuit from drivers who claim they were cheated out of hard-earned tips.

Uber spokesperson Andrew Noyes initially declined to comment, but has since emailed an official response (which does not actually contain any answers to the Guardian's questions). Here is what Noyes had to say about the lawsuit, which Uber has not yet received:

“While we have not yet been served with this complaint, the allegations made against our company are entirely without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously. Uber values its partners above all else and our technology platform has allowed thousands of drivers to generate an independent wage and build their own small businesses on their own time. Frivolous lawsuits like this cost valuable time, money and resources that are better spent making cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and providing more business for drivers.”


The military brig is not pleasant but fortunately it is not the gang rape gang murder gang festival that is the CDC.

Posted by marcos on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 1:55 pm

But no picnic either, especially if you insist in dressing like a woman in a man's prison. Or will he demand to be incarcerated with woman?

Lucky for him this wasn't a capital punishment as the Fed's are real efficient at the death penalty.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

It's kind of a moot point now. But what is the motivation here? Was anyone asking to REALLY know the "real" Chelsea? Is the transsexual community now going to rally around Manning despite the fact she's a convicted criminal? Regardless - it's not going to help. America is not kind to convicted spies unless its swapping them for its own spies and unfortunately here Manning is a spy without a powerful patron. She'll be released when she's near 65. By then no one will care.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

reason other than that he is of apparently indeterminate gender and sexual identity.

Like that matters when you are betraying your nation.

Posted by anon on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

Some of what Manning released was info which should have been released earlier and which implicated the military in some pretty awful stuff - including the killing of journalists. That being said Manning was bound by oath to protect the secrets to which he had been entrusted and he (at the time he was a male) chose not to do so - for that Manning cannot get off scot-free.

This is, as usual, a complicated issue but honestly I really don't understand why gender identity comes into it. It's like the case of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. I'm Jewish and a Zionist and I don't support releasing Pollard because he's Jewish and a Zionist and was spying for an ally (Israel). That's no excuse to spy and betray your country whether I agree with the alleged ultimate aims of Pollard (the security of Israel) or not. And American Jews who argue in favor of Pollard's release give credence to the antisemitic canard that they're 5th columnists who are only loyal to Judaism and Israel above all else. Same thing with Manning - trans or not trans he's an American first.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

What about the crimes against humanity perpetrated by U.S. government during the Iraq war? Read the Nuremberg principles:
"Any person who commits an act which constitutes a crime under international law is responsible therefore and liable to punishment. The fact that internal law does not impose a penalty for an act which constitutes a crime under international law does not relieve the person who committed the act from responsibility under international law. The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him".

Manning was faced with a moral choice, and a responsibility to expose war crimes and crimes against humanity. He acted responsibly and in accordance with international law.

Moreover, Manning's gender identity issue has nothing to do with it, except for a few homophobic commenters like Anon. People supported Manning long before she came out for all the reasons stated above. History will exonerate her, just as it has for Daniel Ellsberg.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

I'm going out on a limb here, but I tend to think he'll get it. A lot will change in the next few years. Public opinion is already undergoing a seismic shift on the surveillance issue because of the actions of other heroes who followed in the footsteps of this courageous soldier. People will continue to press the government to release her (and personally I could care less about her sexual orientation), and I don't think that future administrations will want to continue with the embarrassment of having this black mark.

Posted by Greg on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

The entire national security apparatus would threaten to walk out en masse if she were released. That's basically the only thing that stopped Clinton from releasing Jonathan Pollard in a vain quest to "cement" his legacy by getting Israel to sign a comprehensive Middle East peace deal - the heads of CIA, FBI, NSA etc... threatened to resign. She'll be in jail for at least another 20 years - after that I could see parole as being an option.

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 10:08 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

I'm supporting Manning's conviction, and almost everyone I know says the same thing. And that's in San Francisco - imagine what they think in Texas.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:22 pm

is guaranteed to be moronic.

A German invasion of the continental United States would have been extremely unlikely even in the event that the country listened to the Republicans and stayed out of WWII. And the intelligence community had very little to do with the victory, which was mostly due to German overextension on the Eastern Front and the resulting Russian pushback. "Very little" is actually being generous. "Virtually nothing" is more accurate.

To say that there is no mechanism for an Arabic takeover of the United States is to state something that is beyond obvious.

Posted by Greg on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

years - one third of his sentence.

Depends on good behaviour, and I've no idea how much his gender antics may compromise that.

But he'd still be under 40 which isn't bad for him, given the seriousness of his crimes.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

which in and of itself brings it down to 9. But her lawyer explained why it's 7. I'm not a lawyer, you're not a lawyer, so I defer to the opinion of the lawyer. The way things are going, I'm not sure he'll even serve that. Everyone I know wants Manning freed. And I live in America. Imagine what people in the rest of the world think.

Posted by Greg on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 9:53 pm
Posted by empower network on Nov. 19, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

Is still sitting in jail.

He has a fairly large lobby of Quislings on his side.

I have little issue with what manning did, I actually think its great, but he will be doing his time.

Posted by Matlock on Aug. 25, 2013 @ 1:36 pm
Posted by Guest on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

Pollard transmitted military secrets to a foreign nation. Manning exposed illegal acts to publicity. Theres a difference. Manning is a whistleblower. It is the acts he exposed that threaten and damage American constitutional democracy. Pollards act was espionage. Most Americans regard Mannings act as good citizenship. Me too.

Posted by big bear on Aug. 22, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

evidence for the proposition that Manning is some kind of hero except from a few predictable sources on the far left.

If you have noticed, there has been almost no public expressions of outrage at his conviction and sentence. If anything, people think he got off quite lightly, as he (or she) could be out before age 40.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 8:26 am

Now we can focus on the bigger issues like freeing Pussy Riot. Any chance the SFBG will discuss the Christopher Lane murder? No, I didn't think so. He should have had the good sense to get shot at Fruitvale Station.

Posted by Chromefields on Aug. 23, 2013 @ 7:44 am

A former deputy PM, IIRC. He called for a boycott of the United States because of the runaway gun culture, adding that an Australian who visits the US has a 5 times greater likelihood of dying than if they'd stayed in Australia.

I don't know about a boycott, but he's right that the US is a dangerous country. You're right, the Guardian should do an article on the Christopher Lane shooting. It brings the gun control issue back into the spotlight.

Posted by Greg on Aug. 24, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

Pacific Heights type areas, probably only slightly more than in Australia. Chance of being shot in other areas, probably ten times that of Australia.

The gun culture you speak of is actually thug culture, something that gets good reviews in the Bay Guardian music section.

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