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  •  I'm torn. (2+ / 0-)
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    burlydee, kyril

    On the one hand, I agree that the suggestion that being transgender would make someone unfit to hold a security clearance is offensive.

    On the other hand, I strongly believe that Manning (and any other defendant) has a right to the most vigorous defense possible.  My thought is that the defense aim in this hearing (since it's a foregone conclusion that there is enough evidence to go forward to trial) was to get as much as possible on record about what a total clusterfuck security was on this base, and that the fact that he continued in his job with his clearance in the face of extensive perception on the part of his fellow soldiers that he had stability problems is part of building that case.

    With all this manure around, there must be a pony in here somewhere. - Count Piotr Vorkosigan

    by jrooth on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 09:47:07 AM PST

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    •  No matter how I feel about the private... (0+ / 0-)

      I also believe he has the right to the most vigorous defense possible but saying "he did it because he's upset that he's gay" is just insulting on so many levels.  

      "Math is a theory, so it's not taught in the Bible."

      by lcj98 on Wed Dec 21, 2011 at 10:15:53 AM PST

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