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Bridget Johnson


August 12, 2013 - 6:46 am

Activists are near their goal of finding volunteers to “proudly serve part of Bradley Manning’s sentence.”

Defense arguments begin today in the sentencing phase for the 25-year-old found guilty on 20 counts related to his leak of more than 700,000 classified documents and battlefield video to WikiLeaks.

Manning is expected to speak at his sentencing on Wednesday. Pentagon officials testified last week in the prosecution phase that Manning’s leaks put people in danger, including Afghan villagers who faced Taliban reprisals.

He faces up to 90 years behind bars on convictions ranging from theft to violations of the Espionage Act.

One 68-year-old on the petition suggested that volunteers serve Manning’s sentence from oldest to youngest.

“If we each volunteer to serve part of his sentence… it would bring attention to the amount of time this young man has been sentenced to and, hopefully reduce his sentence to time served,” states the petition, which was close to its goal of 4,000 signatures.

“Bradley Manning provided information to the American people which our own government would not provide. He did us all a favor and, in turn I am willing to serve part of his sentence.”

They intend on emailing the petition to Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan.

Sentencing could be as soon as Friday.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I'm going to step on thin ice in a moment.
First, to the idea of people serving Manning sentence for him. That's unlawful to begin with. A sentence of confinement or even a fine is punishment for misconduct. It's very different from "a debt to society", although the phrase has been used for decades, or from restitution, which is used to make whole those who have suffered from the convicted person's misconduct. A criminal court can't impose civil damages to pay for injuries in a car accident case, for example, but it can order resitution be paid to the injured persons. (Side note: in most cases, it doesn't get collected.)
Now the thin ice:
The most traditional, most Scriptural interpretation of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our salvation is that we were all under sentence of damnation before we were even born and that God paid the debt to Himself by manifesting Himself in human form and being killed in one of the more dreadful ways available in that time.
But a debt that's been paid by someone else has not been "forgiven" in a legal or an accounting sense. The debt has been paid, not remitted or set aside, even if it's been accepted at a discount. It's also a confusion of the idea of a debt -- a cost incurred, a loss to someone else -- and a punishment, a deserved consequence for doing something wrong.
The theological outcome for me is that I believe God was never planning to send us to Hell. The best I can do is to think that many people would not believe in an all-embracing absolute grace, so God made the visible sacrifice because of our expectations, not because He needed it.
I'd be kind-of okay with sentencing Manning to a dishonorable discharge and time served. Let him be disgraced. Imprisoning him will achieve little, I suspect.
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Hey Friends.....don't get so upset about the clown mask. I was quite frankly enjoying myself Saturday evening in Missouri. Looking at the rear ends of the horses reminded me of my last meeting with Hilary. The fragrance coming from the piles of dung reminded me of the smell that I'm used to smelling everyday in D.C.. Ity was an enjoyable event for me because I got to hear 10,000 white folks, (crackaas) do their very best impersonation of suckers that they are. The food stamp tent didn't go over well, but hey! how was I to know there were so many patriots involved in rodeos? In all honesty, I felt that the ACLU booth would be more readily accessible, but someone parked a dually in front of it, and no one could find it I hope the fine lawyers (communists) were not intimidated by the presence of so many honest, God fearing, gun toting Christians. So next time cut that rodeo clown a little slack because he was only having fun.


Barry Soetoro
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So they want to be interened? Fine with me. They can serve their portions of the sentence concurrently, so we can get a whole bunch of them off the streets at one time. Starbucks would lose business, however. And what would we do with all the bikes and nerd helmets?
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Three hots, a cot, and a life of onanism, all at the government's expense. And free healthcare! Throw in an ironic animal hat to wear, and it's a hipster's dream. Volunteers should be lining up by the thousands.
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Leftists never cease to amaze me with their collective stupidity and yet they think of themselves as the smartest people on the planet.
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