Not much going on. It’s a grey, blustery day here in OKC. Light rains off and on. We’re hoping they can get the footers dug out in the next couple of days and maybe pour concrete for footers on Friday, when it’s supposed to be in the 60’s here. At work, we are in a full court press to update the entire medical center and outlying clinics to Windows 7 with Office 2010 from XP/Office2007. It’s mostly going smoothly, but we are running into the usual teething pains involved in replacing or upgrading 2300 computers and 14 servers spread over western Oklahoma. Lastly, with the weather change, my left shoulder and arm are fucking killing me. You all remember the accident I got in last June. Well, I’m service-connected on my shoulders anyway (occupational illness of Infantrymen) and I can’t get into the Neurology or Pain clinics till next month. It was so bad yesterday that I had to take a couple of oxycodone and hang out doing nothing. Today is a little better.
The current hearing for PFC Bradley Manning’s impending Court-Martial has some new revelations after yesterday. First, that the trial will likely be postponed (again) to June, and second, that apparently, the Government intends to introduce evidence that Osama Bin Laden worked to obtain a copy of the Wikileaks archive. I haven’t found anything as to why they intend to introduce this evidence, but it’s probably intended to buttress their case on the Aiding the Enemy specification. I am not a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure they would have to show that he either intended specifically that the enemy get that information, or that he specifically knew they enemy would get that information, not just that he was merely reckless in releasing it. I don’t know if they can point to his training where he would probably have been told that such was likely in order to prove that element. It has also been revealed that Manning has put forth an amended plea offer to plead guilty “by exceptions and substitutions” to even more of the charges that he is facing. The original offer was to plead guilty to seven of the twenty-one charges, for a total maximum penalty of sixteen years. This new blind plea offer would set his potential maximum sentence for those charges at twenty years. The Government can accept that deal in whole or in part, and can choose to proceed (or not) on any remaining charges at the sole discretion of the Convening Authority, the Major General who commands the Military District of Washington.