Pentagon May Transfer Chelsea Manning For Gender Treatment In Unprecedented Move (VIDEO)

Pentagon May Transfer Chelsea Manning For Gender Treatment In Unprecedented Move (Video)

If rules are bent or changed and Manning is transferred, the Pentagon could free itself from the rock and a hard place it’s found itself in with Manning ever since Chelsea appeared. Image: justgrimes

According to the Associated Press, the Pentagon is weighing whether or not to transfer WikiLeaks informant Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison in order to facilitate hormone therapy gender treatment.

Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale told Mashable that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had already given the Army permission to “start considering” a transfer to the civilian-based Federal Bureau of Prisons, where gender disorder is typically addressed.

An Army spokesperson stated:

However, no decision to transfer Manning to a civilian detention facility has been made. And any such decision will necessarily balance the [sic] her medical needs with our obligation to ensure that she remains behind bars.

Formerly known as Bradley Manning, Chelsea Manning has been characterized with gender dysphoria. She expressed her desire to live as a girl publicly in August, following her conviction of 35 years in prison for handing over thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning currently requests hormone therapy, however, rules are in place at the moment that prevent and prohibit such treatment inside military prisons.

(Photo courtesy of WikiMedia.)

(Photo courtesy of WikiMedia.)

If rules are bent or changed and Manning is transferred, the Pentagon could free itself from the rock and a hard place it’s found itself in with Manning ever since Chelsea appeared. At this time, transgender folks are prohibited from serving in the military. Consequently, the Department of Defense states that it does not offer gender treatments to soldiers. On the other hand, Manning is a soldier, and one who is not able to be discharged until she serves the entirety of her sentence.

The move, as a result, would free the military of one transgender soldier it doesn’t know what to do with or how to classify and offer it up one female soldier ready for the stockades and a solid sentence.

Though the transfer would be a win/win situation for the military, it would have to admit that the transfer would be unprecedented, thereby granting special exception to the transgender community. In a typical year, the Army transfers anywhere from 15 to 20 soldiers to civilian prisons, but that’s after the soldiers have been discharged and likely tunneled through appeals process for quite some time.

Defense Secretary Hagel stated that he felt the military’s ban on transgender citizens serving their country “should be reviewed” but fell short of saying that it should be overturned entirely.

Chelsea Manning continues to champion freedom and new ground from within the hot bowels of the military industrial complex.