Hardened criminals have a slim chance of getting time off sentences scheduled to last beyond their lives.
Criminals committed the crime. Criminals must do the time.
Much like the last eight years, President Obama didn’t take seriously the concerns of the American people or US security interests. He decided to commute the sentence of a convicted criminal who stole classified documents and then leaked them for all US enemies to see.
It was one of many last-minute, lame-duck sentencing commutations, and this one boosted Obama’s standing with a minority of people. Critics from both sides of the political aisle attacked Obama’s outrageous action against US security interests.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., argued Thursday that Obama’s move to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning shows he didn’t take “seriously” the espionage charges against the former Army soldier, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I thought it was wrong, I really did,” Manchin said of the commutation of Manning’s sentence.
Manning will now serve about seven years of the 35-year espionage sentence the military imposed. Manning was known as Bradley Manning when charges were originally filed. He then sought gender reassignment treatment and insisted on being called Chelsea Manning.
Obama argued Wednesday that Manning served enough time for leaking sensitive information to WikiLeaks. But Manchin disagreed.
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“Well, I guess basically we didn’t take it seriously, and we need to take it seriously,” he said.
“I’m sorry, I’m just not there,” he added. “Because the Intelligence Community, I trust them, I believe in them, and they’re giving us good information.”
“I can tell you right now, this does concern me,” Manchin said. “I’m not giving a green light to anyone who wants to do harm to this country.”
Obama has given the green light to any criminal he believes will help solidify his legacy as the hope of the oppressed once he leaves office. He doesn’t take his oath of office seriously, nor does he have any real concern for the safety of Americans.
Doesn’t matter if criminals suddenly get religion or change sexual orientation. What they did was wrong and they should be punished. Trust them, criminals say, they’re reformed and should be allowed to return to society.
Might be true, but why take the chance? It’s a dangerous game to play with the lives of innocent people who will likely suffer, again, at the hands of the criminals. It’s a serious concern.
Source: Washington Examiner