And I get to write that unironically, since I’m extremely pleased with the president’s decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s sentence! She’ll be free this May.
And while I say thanks to Obama, the real thanks is to all the people who worked tirelessly for this, who helped by donating to her defense fund. And the bulk of that work was done by the Chelsea Manning Support Network, which I’m proud to have been a supporting member of since 2010.
And if you’ve followed this blog or my twitter or facebook even casually for the last six years, you may know how much this means to me.
Honestly, this is the most significant positive decision Obama’s made since Trump got elected president. I can’t even pretend to not be thankful that he’s done this.
Of course, this wouldn’t have needed to be done had his administration not tortured, then prosecuted, then imprisoned her, then tortured her for the last six years, and all because she released information to Wikileaks. Information that has saved millions of lives and contributed to sparking the Arab Spring, as well as ending US imperial violence in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, yeah, Barack Obama and his administration invented this problem by going after her and then committing human rights abuses by torturing her in various ways for six years, and this certainly doesn’t absolve him from abusing and torturing her for so long, but! I’m still thankful that he’s saved her life by commuting her sentence.
Because as bad as her life was under an Obama administration, I think it’s clear she literally would not survive a Trump administration.
And while I could go on to say a lot of critical things here, I think I’ll try to leave off on a happy note.
Thank you, Obama, and good luck, Chelsea Manning.
Don’t know where your life will lead you, but I’m grateful and excited for you to be free.
You’ve been one of the most heroic americans of this or any other generation.