CNN is reporting tha Manning is suing to follow grooming standards such as growing her hair longer and using cosmetics, and to receive hormone treatment “in order to express her female gender,” said the suit filed Tuesday in district court in Washington.
“She brings this action to compel defendants [Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the federal government] to treat her serious medical needs consistent with their obligation under the Constitution,” said the suit. If the requests are denied, said Manning’s lawyers, she “will suffer continued pain, depression and anxiety and is at an extremely high risk of self-castration and suicidality.”
A Kansas judge in April granted the former Army intelligence analyst’s request to formally be known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.
Bradley Manning: “I am Chelsea Manning”
“I’ve been working for months for this change, and waiting for years,” she said in a statement at the time. There was no immediate reaction from the government on Manning’s new lawsuit. The Obama administration is expected to give a written response to the lawsuit in coming weeks.
Manning might be in jail but her she’s right on about the single biggest global threat.
The Guadian published her article “How to make Isis fall on its own sword” in which she wrote:
Based on my experience as an all-source analyst in Iraq during the organization’s relative infancy, Isis cannot be defeated by bombs and bullets – even as the fight is taken to Syria, even if it is conducted by non-Western forces with air support.
I believe that Isis is fueled precisely by the operational and tactical successes of European and American military force that would be – and have been – used to defeat them. I believe that Isis strategically feeds off the mistakes and vulnerabilities of the very democratic western states they decry. The Islamic State’s center of gravity is, in many ways, the United States, the United Kingdom and those aligned with them in the region.
Attacking Isis directly, by air strikes or special operations forces, is a very tempting option available to policymakers, with immediate (but not always good) results. Unfortunately, when the west fights fire with fire, we feed into a cycle of outrage, recruitment, organizing and even more fighting that goes back decades. This is exactly what happened in Iraq during the height of a civil war in 2006 and 2007, and it can only be expected to occur again.
The government needs to free this young woman and offer her a job. That will save countless lives. But first the United States Government must recognise and respect transsexuals.