Happy birthday, Chelsea

We know, beyond all doubt, that this country engaged in the routine torture, sexual abuse, and murder of prisoners, and for years. We know for a fact that we tortured. We know for a fact that some of those we  tortured were innocent. We know for a fact that some of those we tortured, we tortured to death. We know  for a fact that some of those we tortured, we tortured through sexual assault. We know all that, for a fact. And the people who physically performed it, the people who ordered it, and the people who built a practical and legal infrastructure to make it happen walk among us, free and unthreatened.

Meanwhile, today Chelsea Manning, whose crime was helping us to know the kind of country we live in, spends her 27th birthday in prison.

Happy birthday, Chelsea. I hope that someday you can live the life of freedom and security now enjoyed by the very worst among us. I hope some part of you feels forever free.