Urgent: Chelsea Manning is being charged for her own suicide attempt, faces indefinite solitary confinement

After years of inhumane treatment, and having been held in conditions that the UN considers to be torture, Chelsea Manning, the Guardian columnist and whistleblower who has been in prison for years serving a 35-year sentence for exposing some of the U.S. government's worst abuses, attempted to take her own life on July 5th, 2016. Now, Army officials have informed her that she is facing serious new charges directly related to her suicide attempt. These new charges include:

1) Resisting a group of prison guards called "the force cell move team." (Chelsea was unconscious when this team arrived, which makes this charge particularly absurd.)
2) Prohibited property. (For the items she used to attempt to take her own life.)
3) Conduct which threatens. (For somehow putting the prison at risk while attempting to take her own life, quietly, in her own cell.)

Well, I rapped upon a house
With the U.S. flag upon display
I said, "Could you help me out
I got some friends down the way"
The man says, "Get out of here
I'll tear you limb from limb"
I said, "You know they refused Jesus, too"
He said, "You’re not Him."
-- Bob Dylan

ACLU Press Release

Fight for the Future Press Release

If convicted of these bizarre "administrative offenses," she is facing indefinite solitary confinement for the rest of her prison term (another 30 years).

Chelsea is being denied medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, which experts have stated is the only course of treatment through which she would no longer be suicidal.

Tell the Secretary of the Army:

Punishing Chelsea Manning for attempting to take her own life after systemic mistreatment is inhumane. Drop these new charges, and immediately give Chelsea access to adequate health care.


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Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
24377 2.2 years ago Patricia Rosol Nottm, ot
24376 2.2 years ago Maggie Williams-Chadwick Canterbury, ot I know these things go on but I am always utterly shocked when evidence of it in the USA, is exposed. When I was young I thought they were the good guys. Stupid me.
24375 2.2 years ago Samuel Clark Bartonsville, PA
24374 2.2 years ago V Weaver MS RDN Alpharetta, GA
24373 2.2 years ago bernardo alayza mujica surquillo, IA
24372 2.2 years ago Danita Strand Telluride, CO
24371 2.2 years ago Andrew Baron Detroit, MI
24370 2.2 years ago lyn schwarz edmonton, AB You are the worst t kind of bully, picking on the wakest , most vulnerable. Is that what the mighty US is a deplorable, sadistic bully? Cause that's what it looks like.
24369 2.2 years ago Marc Jauhiainen McHenry, IL
24368 2.2 years ago maureen pyne new york, NY
24367 2.2 years ago Miroslav Jakobac Overland Park, KS
24366 2.2 years ago Robert Baker Dunlap, CA
24365 2.2 years ago Kelsi Board Bellevue, WA The US should not be allowed to torture people, especially when they acted in THE BEST INTEREST OF THE NATION AS A WHOLE. Drop the charges, free Manning! Whistleblowers should not be punished for tr...
24364 2.2 years ago Melinda Ryan Newport, NC
24363 2.2 years ago maureen kelly Nipomo, CA
24362 2.2 years ago Jill Kimm Ankeny, IA Please do not be cruel to Chelsea. She has suffered enough. Solitary confinement leads to insanity. Please treat her like a human being.
24361 2.2 years ago Jane Spencer Portland, OR This woman deserves to be free. She did the right thing by letting the tax paying public know where our tax dollars are being misspent. Solitary confinement is very cruel and inhumane for Chelsea. S...
24360 2.2 years ago Daniela Peluso NY
24359 2.2 years ago Cyan Walker Chicago, IL
24358 2.2 years ago Nina Ramos Saint Petersburg, FL
24357 2.2 years ago Anonymous Reading, ot This is inhumane.
24356 2.2 years ago Casey McKeever Conway, SC
24355 2.2 years ago Sandra Coliver New York, NY
24354 2.2 years ago Dorothy Neff Coleman, MI
24353 2.2 years ago Stephen Sacks Fresno, CA
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