The highest rated comment is this:
As a physician who has worked with prisoners, what bothers me is how many medical amenities Chelsea is getting compared to the average prisoner. Prisoners show up with horrific late stage disseminated cancers because of staff apathy. If a patient shows up struggling to breathe or talk because there's a laryngeal mass in their hypopharynx closing off their airway and they had to wait 2 years to be seen, why should Chelsea Manning get speech therapy? The system is struggling to have life threatening conditions treated, it is not justified to spend resources on elective therapy.(According to the article, Chelsea Manning receives "speech therapy to feminize the tone and pitch of her voice.")
Maybe he shouldn't have committed a crime. We're 20 trillion in debt why are we paying for prisoner sex changes. Real vets, who served with honor and distinction, who are wounded need care, can't get it, commit suicide at alarming rates and we waste money on prisoner sex changes. This is insane. What happened to common sense.The next comment takes the position than Manning shouldn't have been arrested, followed by a comment with an equal number of votes:
Wow! I am not sure I even speak the same language as the Times anymore. He is not a whistleblower. He is a member of the military who knowingly committed treason. His, or her, gender status has nothing to do with his conviction for treason. If military prisons have to make accommodations for every prisoner's personal issues there is no point in prison anymore.5th:
News Flash: "Life in a prison is bleak." Film at 11. Seriously, they are taking away health care from tens of millions of Americans and you are writing front page news that "Chelsea thinks prison is bleak"?6th:
Some what overwrought report by the NYT. He/she was tried and convicted. Perhaps 35 years is extreme, but enough of reporting on Chelsea Manning, please. We are a nation of laws. Rules breakers know what is coming when they violate them. Sure, it is natural for her to try to obtain a reduction in her sentence, but NYT you need to stop promoting the cause.7th:
Manning was Army intelligence analyst who betrayed that roll [sic]. Period. Everything else is superfluous.8th:
Manning committed treason. Thirty-five years is a light sentence compared to the firing squad. If you can't do the time don't do the crime.The 9th comment takes the position that Manning shouldn't have been arrested. The 10th blames the Army for not dealing with the way "some soldiers" are "in over their heads emotionally." Here's the 11th:
I would like to thank the Times for highlighting the suffering of this prisoner. I hope it stands as a stark lesson for others who might consider betraying their country. When you assume a position of trust, that comes with great responsibilities. Betraying that trust comes with grave consequences.12th:
Ms. Manning should serve her full sentence. Her gender issues have no impact on her guilt or innocence.
I cannot get over the fact we are footing the bill for a transition of a traitor.13th:
Mr. or Ms. Manning is a traitor. I really don't care about his gender problems.14th:
Chelsea's crime is for treason and not for being transgender. While she gets the counseling she clearly needs, she also must pay the price for her misdeeds. The president should be more concerned with commuting the sentences of inmates who have truly turned their lives around and not to give Chelsea the opportunity to leave freely as a woman.15th:
I am sure there are mitigating psychological factors at play, but the fact remains that what transpired was a breach of security and trust. Actions have consequences. A reduced sentence perhaps but betraying your nation is a serious offense.16th:
"Plaintiff feels like a freak and a weirdo"17th:
Bradley Manning IS a freak and a weirdo! He had emotional issues and recognized them, so he should have sought treatment for them. Instead, he emails military secrets to a website. This is not just a grave error or judgement - it's an outright violation of the law and his duty as a member of the military. I don't care if he's transgender or gay - if you can't do the time. don't do the crime.
Let HIM rot in prison and serve out his full sentence.
Chelsea Manning is being *punished* for being a traitor to the USA.....why shouldn't we want her to be miserable? I do.18th:
If going to jail is not a deterrent to committing a crime, we are in deep trouble as a nation.
As far as I'm concerned we have already gone way beyond the call of duty by arranging and paying for her sex change. Let's move on from this "low-lie" who betrayed us!
Manning was a serving soldier, in the field, in time of war. He was not a whistle-blower. He was a traitor to his country, and to fellow soldiers. He put lives in danger. He betrayed the enormous trust that had been to him.