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Harvard Promotes Viewpoint Diversity by Hiring Traitor

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I am not making this up:

Chelsea Manning will be joining Harvard University as a visiting fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, according to the school's website.

Manning will speak on issues of LGBTQ identity in the military, Institute of Politics Fellows co-chairs Emily Hall and Jason Ge wrote in an announcement posted Wednesday.

"We welcome the breadth of thought-provoking viewpoints on race, gender, politics and the media," Bill Delahunt, IOP acting director, said in the announcement.

Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst, was convicted in 2013 for leaking a huge cache of classified and sensitive documents. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison after a military judge found her guilty of six Espionage Act violations and multiple other charges relating to the dissemination of more than 700,000 classified military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks.

After President Barack Obama commuted her sentence [three days] before leaving office, Manning has worked to re-brand herself as an activist for queer and transgender rights.

Kent Scheidegger is probably the leading habeas corpus expert in the country. What do you think the chances are of his getting offered a fellowship at Harvard?

UPDATE:  This morning brings a report that, after a storm of criticism, Harvard has withdrawn the Visiting Fellow offer, but will still invite Manning to the University for a day and allow her/him to speak to students.

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re: "Manning will speak on LGBTQ identity .. as an activist for queer
and transgender rights ... She
was sentenced to 35 years in prison (in 2013).

To approvingly print or say "queer rights", announces that we are no longer
merely "slouching toward Gomorrah"; we are there, and we are unfair.

Did not Manning clearly get a pardon from treason due to his transvestism?

As a conservative I do not want the worst for people behaving this way, so
I do not celebrate the deadly lifestyle, nor consent to partial treatment.

~ ~ ~ "The suicide attempt rate among transgender persons ranges
from 32% to 50%," greater after sex re-assignment surgery.

~ ~ "Across studies, .. at least 30% of LGB adolescents report [suicide]
attempts, compared with 8 to 10% of all adolescents," and similarly for adults.

~ ~ ~ Even in the 'gay paradise' of San Francisco, LGBT were more than 3x more likely to seriously consider committing suicide [15% v. under 5%] , the same rate as elsewhere in America!

Would not it have been nicer to encourage Freddie Mercury to have fun on the town in 1985?

No to encouragement, legal or otherwise.

"What will I be doing in 20 years' time?
I'll be dead, darling! Are you crazy?"
-- F. Mercury of "Queen"

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5178031/
http://bayareareporter.net/news/article.php?sec=news&article=69557

The sad part is that it is virtually impossible to know whether Harvard hired HIM because HE is a traitor or because HE is transgender. Both get the "hero" treatment from academic institutions.

Let's try and keep it on the criminal law aspects.

Admirers in the democrat media believe that Obama commuted his punishment because of his (Manning's) transgenderism. Is Harvard following suit in ironically naming him a "fellow"?

Peter Weber | The Week | Jan. 18, 2017
"Why, exactly, did Obama do it?

"Maybe he decided that mercy was the appropriate response for a suicidal transgender woman stuck in a male military prison, and for the military
justice system that would have to handle Manning's desire to medically
transition from man to woman."

"Obama may have been "motivated by humanitarian considerations" or a debt
of gratitude to his LGBT supporters
, CNN's Stephen Collinson suggests,"

http://theweek.com/articles/673814/why-obama-commuted
-chelsea-mannings-sentence

In my view, a person's sex is just as relevant as his race to his culpability, which is to say, not at all.

There are boatloads of inmates who have, or claim to have (with varying degrees of truthfulness) psychological illness. Such illness should be treated while in prison as best we can, within reasonable expense. But illness does not affect the justice of the original sentence (at which such illness is very often considered, as it certainly was in Manning's case).

There have been times in this country when a member of the armed forces who committed the multiple acts of grossly damaging espionage Manning did would have been given a sentence far more severe than 35 years.

{ Harvard reneges: }
Chelsea Manning’s Harvard Fellowship Withdrawn After Criticism
By MATTHEW HAAG |SEPT. 14, 2017| NYT

“I see more clearly now that many people view a visiting fellow title as an honorific, so we should weigh that consideration when offering invitations,” Dean Elmendorf wrote in a letter posted on the Harvard Kennedy School website early Friday morning. “I apologize to her..."

Ms. Manning commented:

"honored to be 1st disinvited trans woman visiting @harvard fellow they chill marginalized voices under @cia pressure #WeGotThis https://t.co/7ViF3GaSec

— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) Sept. 15, 2017

Manning's response provides an apt summary of why she/he should never have been invited in the first place: Dishonest, self-pitying, and snide to others (the CIA, which had zip to do with her/his disinvitation).

This is not to mention the extensive felony record of acts deeply and intentionally damaging to America. According to Manning, these deserve, and get, no mention whatever.

Nor is any notice taken of Manning's grievance-culture-run-amok commutation, brought to us by Mr. Obama and his sentences-are-too-tough friends.

Quite a show, all in all.

Harvard has quite a record in this regard. Are you aware that they've employed Henry Kissinger, despite the fact that that he leaked information that sabotaged peace talks that might have saved the lives of 21,000 American servicemen?:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/06/nixon-vietnam-candidate-conspired-with-foreign-power-win-election-215461

Disgraceful!

Even if we assume for the sake of argument that the story is accurate, can you explain how a story that "took decades to unravel," according to its source, reflects on an employment decision made well before the unraveling?

Since Yahoo does not give you a recognizable user name, please adopt a handle and "sign" your comments so everyone can see which comments come from the same person.

(I believe it's Decencyevolves).

In addition to what Kent has said, I would note that at one time there was thought to be a difference between being convicted of a crime (Manning was convicted of 17 felonies) and never having been charged with a crime (instead, Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize).

One might add that there is also a difference, for teaching purposes -- at Harvard or anywhere -- between being a fellow who didn't make it past his first year at a fifth tier college, and an internationally renowned expert in foreign relations.

What claim to advanced knowledge does Manning have? That he was a private in the Army? That he had a sex change operation? This makes him a scholar?

Decencyevolves: I will note however, that a visiting fellowship at a Harvard is simply a lecture with a $1,000 honorarium. Harvard proposed to fete Kissinger at his own lecture after the information summarized in the Politico article cited above was widely disseminated and appropriately characterized as treachery. Whether Manning had anything worthwhile to contribute justifying the lecture is a different subject. However if visiting lecturers should be disqualified based on treacherous acts that potentially endanger American servicemen, Harvard should have one standard covering everyone who meets that description:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/opinion/sunday/nixons-vietnam-treachery.amp.html

http://iop.harvard.edu/lottery/conversation-henry-kissinger

Decencyevolves: I will note however, that a visiting fellowship at a Harvard is simply a lecture with a $1,000 honorarium. Harvard proposed to fete Kissinger at his own lecture after the information summarized in the Politico article cited above was widely disseminated and appropriately characterized as treachery. Whether Manning had anything worthwhile to contribute justifying the lecture is a different subject. However if visiting lecturers should be disqualified based on treacherous acts that potentially endanger American servicemen, Harvard should have one standard covering everyone who meets that description:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/opinion/sunday/nixons-vietnam-treachery.amp.html

http://iop.harvard.edu/lottery/conversation-henry-kissinger

I appreciate what you are trying to do, Kent, but unwinding Chelsea Manning from his gender dysphoria is impossible.

He would be rotting in a military prison, his name long forgotten, if not for it. I strongly oppose the fetal position when met with the societal freight train of political correctness and science denial while acknowledging that this is not my blog and you are free to manage it as you wish. Just know that although I will refer to him as Chelsea because it is now his legal name I will use "he" and "him" rather than female pronouns or "him/her."

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