How will the USDB handle Chelsea?

What do you do if you are the United States Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, the place where Bradley Manning will, presumably, be incarcerated. Via Today.

Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman.

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statementread on TODAY Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition.”

Manning, 25, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday after having been found guilty of 20 charges ranging from espionage to theft for leaking more than 700,000 documents to the WikiLeaks website while working in Iraq in 2010.

“I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility),” he continued in the statement. “I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.”

Manning signed the letter “Chelsea E. Manning.”

I’ve never researched the policies of the USDB in handling those with male genitalia who claim to be female or requests for elective medical procedures. It will be interesting to see what happens.

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7 thoughts on “How will the USDB handle Chelsea?

  1. I don’t think there’s anything interesting about this.

    > “I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility),” he continued in the statement. “I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back.”

    I don’t think he understands that he did anything wrong and is being punished.

    • Curiously, my experience with those who have been recently convicted and sentenced is that many become very demanding in an attempt to find something they can control in a situation that is overwhelmingly out of their control.

      Adding to this is the fact that he is also bolstered by a large and vocal support group.

      • There may also be an element of psychiatric disassociation going on here. Focusing on a future change gives Manning something to dwell on other than the past mistakes that led to the current situation.

    • I agree mostly. However, it will still be interesting to see where the defense team chooses to take this, and how far. It is not the end result that makes me most curious, it is the means by which the defense may attempt to gain relief.

  2. The Army won’t pay for gender re-assignment, and won’t perform it. Until the appellate review is complete, and he is given his discharge papers, he will be subject to all applicable Army regulations. That will include AR 670-1, and administrative regs that will treat him as a male. After he gets his discharge, he will still be subject to some regs as a prisoner, but not others. At that point, I suppose he (or his fundraising fan club) could pay private doctors to come to the USDB to surgerize him to be a her. She’ll have years to recover before she gets to go outside to play.

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