Chelsea Manning to speak on ‘ethics of public service’ at UCLA

On Friday, Campus Reform reported that the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) invited Chelsea Manning, the Army private convicted on six counts of espionage, to speak on “ethics in public service” and “activism and protest” this week.

According to Campus Reform:

The announcement for Manning’s talk acknowledges her violation of federal law, but frames her as an advocate for “government transparency” and “transgender issues,” noting that Manning publicly identified as a transgender woman while in prison, where she “asserted her right to medical therapy.”

At UCLA, Manning is slated to speak on issues including “ethics in public service; resistance in the age of artificial intelligence; activism and protest; transgender issues; and the intersection of technology and people’s lives,” according to the announcement.

Trending: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admits to CNN: Our bias is ‘more left-leaning’ — Video

While Manning has had a tricky time gaining acceptance by academia—in September she saw her invitation to serve as a fellow at Harvard University rescinded within two days—some college campuses appear to be warming up to her.

Last week, Campus Reform said, Manning addressed a sold-out audience of nearly 800 students at Bard College, according to The Poughkeepsie Journal.

“Whether it’s me as a trans person or me as a political dissident in my concerns about surveillance and the security state, it’s this notion of the state determining who does and does not have rights,” Manning told those assembled.  “And I like to view rights as not something somebody gives you but something that you have and that you are able to assert.”

Manning, by the way, is running for the U.S. Senate in Maryland.  Manning, who has called for open borders, has been endorsed by Linda Sarsour.

Twitchy, documenting some of the response on Twitter, said:  “That’s even funnier than James Comey teaching an ethics course.”

That’s putting it mildly.

“You just can’t make this stuff up,” Twitchy said.

We agree…

Related:

If you haven’t checked out and liked our Facebook page, please go here and do so. And be sure to check out our new MeWe page here.

If you appreciate independent conservative reports like this, please go here and support us on Patreon.

And if you’re as concerned about online censorship as we are, go here and order this book:

Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad
Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad – Source: Author (used with permission)

 

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.