Chelsea Manning Is Now On Twitter

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Chelsea Manning, convicted nearly two years ago in the WikiLeaks scandal when she was known as Bradley Manning, has set up a Twitter account and will be sending messages “weekly to daily” from prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The former Army private first class was convicted in August 2013 of violating several parts of the Espionage Act, copying and disseminating classified military field reports and U.S. State Department cables–mostly related to detainees of prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba–noted The Washington Post.

According to American military officials, the leak committed by Manning was the largest of its kind in history.

In February, Manning received approval for hormone therapy to transition from a man to a woman from Col. Erica Nelson, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. Manning legally changed her name last April, according to The Telegraph.

On Friday, Agence-France Presse (AFP) reported that the convict who is now presenting herself as a female now is now tweeting from the handle @xychelsea.

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She clarified that access to the Internet will not be available to her in prison, and will be using an outside source to send her messages.

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Manning has over 44,000 followers as of this publishing. Former Republican Congressman and retired Col. Allen West of Florida was not too happy about the news of Manning’s tweeting from federal prison:

Now, let me figure this one out, we have our young men and women — and their families — struggling to make ends meet and the Army is about to expend taxpayer dollars for hormone treatments for a Soldier convicted of espionage?

Our Army is nearing its lowest levels of personnel since 1939 and we’re taking orders from a judge as to how its soldiers are to be addressed?

h/t: Allen B. West

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Photo credit: Private Manning Support Network (Flickr)

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Allen West On Iranian Deal: ‘You’ve Got To Walk Away’; ‘Economic Sanctions Most Viable Option’

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On Wednesday, Lt. Col. Allen West joined Greta Van Susteren to discuss the imminent Iranian nuclear deal and what the best course of action would be towards Iran going forward.

“You have to walk away,” West said. “First of all, there’s no change in the behavior of Iran, that would make us believe that they are going to honor any commitment whatsoever.”

“There’s nothing that they are agreeing to that shows that they are willing to be a peace partner or willing to acquiesce to international demands,” he added.

Despite the colonel’s advice, on Thursday, President Obama and Iran agreed upon a preliminary nuclear deal and called it “a good deal.”

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According to Fox News, the plan contains dozens of provisions that would demand Iran cease its nuclear program–the purpose of which, many suspect, is to develop a nuclear weapon.

This deal prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak out:

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Twitter/ Netanyahu

h/t: Allen West Republic

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Allen West: You Are Seeing This Global Jihadist Movement Coming Together

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Lt. Col. Allen West appeared on Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal on Tuesday to discuss the vacuum left by the pullout in Yemen – also categorized as Obama’s “success story” – and Iran’s expanding control amidst nuclear talks.

While President Obama continues to disregard Congress in the nuclear negotiations, West voiced his concerns about the imminently nuclear Iran.

“The biggest argument of not allowing Iran to have a nuclear device is they’re on the terrorist list,” West said. “I mean, they’re the number one state sponsor of Islamic terrorism in the world.”

West argued that the administration should not be accepting any deal with Iran because it has not changed its terroristic behavior, and added that it is currently holding four Americans hostage.

The host then asked West if he thought that, if Obama pushes the Iranian deal through, Saudi Arabia and other U.S. allies would go off on their own to counter the terror threat.

“What I am really looking at, from a strategic perspective, is from Nigeria all the way across over to the Philippines you’re seeing this global jihadist movement coming together,” West said. “…[War on terror] is a horrible misnomer that we have to get away from because terror is a tactic.”

“What you really are seeing is Islamic totalitarianism come together, and we have to understand that you have non-state, non-uniform, unlawful enemy combatants and state sponsors that we have to deal with,” he concluded. “And right now this administration is sitting back and they’re not focused on it whatsoever.”

h/t: Allen West Republic

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Calls For Obama’s Impeachment Could Well Grow Louder With Army’s Decision To Charge Bergdahl

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When President Obama agreed in mid-2014 to exchange five top Taliban leaders in U.S. custody for an American soldier held by a terror group in Afghanistan, prominent critics of the deal charged that the commander-in-chief had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” and should be impeached.

At the heart of those early calls for impeachment were claims that Obama had broken federal law against supporting terrorists. A June 2014 post on WND quoted Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano:

“’We have a federal statute which makes it a felony to provide material assistance to any terrorist organization. It could be money, maps, professional services, any asset whatsoever, include human assets,’ [Napolitano] said.”

Colonel Allen West, a former member of Congress, called on Capitol Hill lawmakers “to draft articles of impeachment as no one is above the law in America.”

Joining in the stinging criticism of Obama’s questionable “Taliban Five” trade deal was the former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted Islamic radicals behind the first bombing of the World Trade Center.

Andrew McCarthy argued that “transferring the five terrorists to Qatar in exchange for the release of Bergdahl ‘violates the law against material support to terrorism.’”

Commentator Matt Barber (whose columns frequently appear on Western Journalism) added his voice to the chorus calling for impeachment. Via CNS News:

Whether Obama is intentionally trying to overthrow his own government is open for debate. But that he is, ‘adhering to [America’s] Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort,’ is without question.

Those calls for Obama’s impeachment came after controversial details of the deal were made public last summer, but long before the Army’s investigation of the Bergdahl case was complete…and longer still before today’s announcement that the military is charging Bowe Bergdahl with desertion.

When President Obama formally and proudly announced Bergdahl’s release after five years in captivity, there was a high-profile Rose Garden celebration of sorts featuring Bergdahl’s parents. Fox News reminds us:

“Bob Bergdahl, who had studied Islam during his son’s captivity appeared with a full beard and read a Muslim prayer, while Bergdahl’s mother Jani embraced the president.”

Then the administration set about trumpeting its triumphant accomplishment in the media.

Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice — known for her adamant assertion that the Benghazi attack was caused by an Internet video — went so far as to praise Bergdahl on national television, hailing the newly freed soldier as having “served the United States with honor and distinction.”

Rice’s declaration that the release of this “honorable” soldier marked a “joyous day” seems all the more removed from reality now that the Army has determined to prosecute Bergdahl for willfully leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” close to two months ago, retired Army officer, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, claimed the Pentagon had determined to charge Bergdahl; but the White House was desperately trying to keep that fact from going public because it would embarrass Obama.

Some of Bergdahl’s platoon-mates in recent months have been outspoken in their claims that Bowe Bergdahl voluntarily walked away from his unit and put his fellow soldiers lives at risk when they conducted dangerous missions to try to locate him.

At a Wednesday afternoon briefing about the Bergdahl case, an Army spokesman said there are two charges being lodged: “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and “misbevaior before the enemy” that endangered his fellow soldiers.

The next step in the case is for the Army to hold a preliminary hearing at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. If taken to a court martial and found guilty, Bowe Bergdahl could face life in prison.

The consequences for Barack Obama, beyond potential embarrassment and renewed political grief, are yet to be determined.

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Allen West Goes NUCLEAR On Obama For His Racially Divisive Tactics

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This week on LouderWithCrowder, Col. Allen West stopped by for a visit. I should rephrase that: Col. Allen West stopped by with a double-barrel, hair-triggered truth machine gun and unloaded it on Obama and his racially divisive tactics in the wake of this past week’s Ferguson shootings.

Watch and see what he has to say!

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