Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Interview: John Kiriakou

January 19, 2015
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Andrew Jerell Jones  

"John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter. ... In a wide-ranging phone interview with The Intercept, Kiriakou, 50, shared his thoughts on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation techniques, on his incarceration, and on his future after prison." (01/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m2353ap  

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Saudi Arabia: Regime postpones lashing sentence for blogger Raif Badawi

January 17, 2015
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The case of a Saudi blogger sentenced to 1000 lashes, which has been widely criticised by Western governments, has been referred to the Supreme Court by the King's office, his wife said. Raif Badawi was flogged 50 times last week but a second round of lashings due on Friday was postponed for what she said were medical reasons. ... Badawi co-founded the now-banned Saudi Liberal Network along with women's rights campaigner Suad al-Shammari, who was also accused of insulting Islam and arrested last October. Ms Shammari has said the charges against Badawi were brought after the Saudi Liberal Network criticised clerics and the kingdom's notorious religious police, who have been accused of a heavy-handed enforcement of sharia law." (01/17/15)

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Free speech in America? What about Lynne Stewart?

January 15, 2015
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Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger  

"In the aftermath of the terrorist attack in France on Charlie Hebdo, U.S. officials are telling the world how committed they are to the principles of freedom of speech. Really? How about Lynne Stewart, the New York lawyer who was convicted and sentenced to serve time in a federal penitentiary for doing nothing more than speaking the following words to the press: I am not withdrawing my support of the cease-fire, I am merely questioning it and I am urging you, who are on the ground there to discuss it and to include everyone in your discussions as we always have done." (01/14/15)

http://fff.org/2015/01/14/free-speech-america-lynne-stewart/  

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Some leaks are more equal than others

January 14, 2015
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Whenever whistleblowers have emerged to share important information about our government's criminal activity, these individuals are either jailed or their lives are ruined. The examples are many. We have Private Manning, who is currently in jail for releasing videos of war crimes to Wikileaks. There's also the case of former NSA employee Thomas Drake, as well as John Kiriakou, the only person jailed with regard to the U.S. torture program, and that's only because he leaked information about it to the public. Of course, we all know about Edward Snowden, who correctly predicted his fate and wisely fled the country before informing the world of the dystopian nightmare being constructed in the shadows by the NSA and the U.S. government. In the effort to demonize these American heroes, Washington D.C. political hacks and mainstream media pundits consistently pointed to how dangerous leaking classified information is, and how these individuals must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In contrast, many of these same cronies are coming out to vigorously defend David Petreaus." (01/13/15)

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“Silk Road” show trial opens

January 14, 2015
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USA Today    

"The trial of the 'Silk Road' criminal-trafficking [sic] website's alleged operator opened Tuesday with prosecutors calling him a criminal mastermind and the defense team portraying him as an innocent fall guy who was set up by the real culprits. [Political prisoner] Ross William Ulbricht, 30, accused of secretly operating the 'Dark Web' drug-and-money laundering online bazaar under the pseudonym 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' sat quietly in Manhattan federal court listening to the opposing views of evidence that could land him in prison for the rest of his life." (01/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n2vna76  

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Silk Road “mastermind” railroaded by the feds

January 12, 2015
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"As of today, according to the Ross Ulbricht Legal Defense Fund, the perpetually delayed and rescheduled trial of Ross Ulbricht, former academic honors student at the Nanotech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas will begin Tuesday, January 13 in New York City. ... Activists at the Jury Rights Project see this trial as a perfect opportunity to both support Ulbricht and to educate the public about jury nullification. They've installed at least six Jury Nullification posters on phone kiosks ringing the courthouse in Manhattan where the trial is taking place and plan to distribute jury rights pamphlets throughout the month of January." (01/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mtsxoal  

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Cuba: Regime frees eight more political prisoners

January 8, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Cuba has freed eight more detainees, dissidents said on Thursday, as Havana begins to release 53 people the United States considers political prisoners as part of an agreement aimed at ending decades of hostility between the two nations. Including three detainees released on Wednesday, 11 prisoners have been liberated over the past 24 hours, political opposition groups on the communist-led island said. All but three of them are members of the dissident Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU)." [editor's note: Any note on when the US regime plans to free Chelsea Manning, Ross Ulbricht, Barrett Brown, et. al? - TLK] (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lbxcv3o  

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Egypt: Junta court to issue Morsi verdict on April 21

January 8, 2015
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"An Egyptian court says it will announce a verdict in one of the trials of ousted President Mohammad Morsi on April 21. Thursday's decision concerns charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012, when Muslim Brotherhood members attacked a sit-in, sparking clashes that killed 10 people. If found guilty, Morsi could face the death penalty. The military removed Morsi from office in July 2013 following mass protests demanding his resignation." (01/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mk9jzwe  

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With power of social media growing, police now monitoring and criminalizing online speech

January 6, 2015
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Glenn Greenwald The Intercept
by Glenn Greenwald  

"Despite frequent national boasting of free speech protections, the U.S. has joined, and sometimes led, the trend to monitor and criminalize online political speech. The DOJ in 2011 prosecuted a 24-year-old Pakistani resident of the U.S., Jubair Ahmad, on terrorism charges for uploading a 5-minute video to YouTube featuring photographs of Abu Ghraib abuses, video of American armored trucks exploding, and prayer messages about 'jihad' from the leader of a designated terror group; he was convicted and sent to prison for 12 years. The same year, the DOJ indicted a 22-year-old Penn State student for, among other things, posting justifications of attacks on the U.S. to a 'jihadi forum;' the speech offender, Emerson Winfield Begolly, was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison. ...As is true for all War on Terror abuses, this American version of criminalizing speech is spreading far beyond its original application, and is increasingly applied domestically. Anti-police messages are now being subjected to the same criminalizing treatment as anti-military and anti-U.S.-foreign-policy ideas." (01/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qy6e9th  

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Russia: Kremlin foe Navalny says he will not observe house arrest

January 6, 2015
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Big News Network [UAE/Australia]    

"Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny says he will no longer observe the terms of his house arrest and has cut off the ankle bracelet used by the authorities to monitor his movements. In a post on his website on January 5, Navalny called his confinement to house arrest illegal, saying Russian law states that the restriction can only be ordered for suspects or defendants who have not yet been convicted. ... Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was convicted of large-scale theft on December 30 after a politically charged trial and handed a suspended 3 1/2-year sentence. 'I am the only person in the history of Russian courts to be under house arrest after being sentenced,' Navalny wrote." (01/05/14)

http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/229104521  

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NY: Jury rights activists rally around Silk Road trial

January 5, 2015
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Libertarian News Examiner    

"he trial of Ross Ulbricht, accused by the federal government of running the Silk Road 'dark web' site on the Internet, kicks off on Monday, January 5, in New York City. Libertarians see the trial as yet another unjust victimless crime prosecution. Jury rights activist James Babb issued a press release Friday announcing a month-long jury nullification campaign in the area around the US courthouse in Manhattan to coincide with the Ulbricht trial. The protest will feature large phone kiosk advertising posters in the area while an army of activists distribute nullification pamphlets in an effort to educate people about their rights and responsibilities as jurors." (01/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m3ylz8t  

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Egypt: Regime court orders retrial for imprisoned Al-Jazeera journalists

January 1, 2015
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Bloomberg    

"An Egyptian appeals court ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists imprisoned for more than a year in a case that reflected the strains that developed between Egypt and Qatar following Islamist President Mohamed Mursi’s ouster. The Court of Cassation accepted the appeal of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed, who were convicted on charges including undermining Egyptian national security, belonging to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false information." (01/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p3v6d9f  

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Russia: Putin critic goes from court to protest to jail in one day

December 31, 2014
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was detained by police Tuesday after he violated his house arrest to join a protest in Moscow over a guilty verdict against him and his brother in a controversial fraud case. Dozens of other people were also detained as hundreds gathered in central Moscow after the charismatic 38-year-old opposition leader called on Russians to take to the streets against President Vladimir Putin’s regime following Tuesday's court ruling." (12/30/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pylpha3  

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Russia: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny gets suspended sentence but brother jailed

December 30, 2014
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BBC News The Guardian [UK]    

"A Russian court gave Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence on Tuesday for embezzling money but jailed his brother for three and a half years in a case seen as part of a campaign to stifle dissent. Navalny led mass protests against the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, three years ago, when tens of thousands took to the streets in Moscow and St Petersburg to protest against corruption in Putin’s government and inner circle. Opposition figures say jailing Navalny risked a new wave of protests and so it was decided to punish him by jailing his brother instead." [editor's note: And of course to guarantee his "good behavior" by taking a hostage - TLK] (12/29/14)

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After a year, Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt seek end to ordeal

December 29, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"A year after three Al Jazeera English journalists were arrested in Egypt, they and their families are pleading for justice and an end to their ordeal. The unprecedented arrest and prosecution of Australian Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed sent a chill through the media in Egypt. They were detained in a raid on suspicion of helping the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government later declared a terrorist organization, and were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in prison in a trial that most observers called a politicized sham that lacked any evidence to incriminate the journalists of anything beyond doing their job." (12/29/14)

http://tinyurl.com/m3uvnn2  

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Reports: US Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY) to plead guilty to keeping “too much” of his own money

December 23, 2014
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United Press International    

"U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is likely to plead guilty Tuesday under numerous indictments related to felony tax charges, multiple news outlets reported, citing unnamed sources. The congressman was indicted in April on 20 charges accusing him of underreporting wages and profits for his chain of Manhattan health-food restaurants, Healthalicious." (12/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ofy47jx  

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NY: Regime court sentences Shrem to two years

December 22, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"Charlie Shrem, the former Bitcoin Foundation Inc. executive who pleaded guilty to charges tied to the illicit online bazaar 'Silk Road,' was sentenced to two years in prison by a judge who rejected his bid to remain free and 'change the world.' Shrem, 25, a prominent evangelist for the virtual currency, admitted in September to helping send money on behalf of an operator of an illegal bitcoin exchange called BTCKing." [editor's note: The judge's name is "Rakoff." Serendipitous, given that the dominant US organized crime ring not getting its demanded rake-offs is what this whole thing is about - TLK] (12/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/kwzolxj  

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The latest twist in the bizarre prosecution of Barrett Brown

December 19, 2014
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Michelle Garcia  

"Barrett Brown entered the federal courtroom shackled, with a slight swagger in his step and squinting into the light. He took his seat next to his defense team and quietly set about flipping through a stack of loose-leaf papers and then began writing. When asked by the judge if he knew why he was in court that day, Tuesday, Brown -- who has spent two years in federal custody -- leaned into the microphone and with a warbly Texas accent, said clearly and plainly, 'I am to be sentenced today.' And then he returned to his papers." (12/17/14)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/17/barrett-brown-sentenced/  

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Happy birthday, Chelsea Manning

December 18, 2014
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Gawker    

"This week marked the 27th birthday of Chelsea Manning, the U.S. military whistleblower who currently sits in prison for leaking material to Wikileaks. Here are some birthday wishes for her from people who have spent time in similar circumstances." (12/17/14)

http://gawker.com/happy-birthday-chelsea-manning-1672414989  

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Douglas Lucas on The Scott Horton Show

December 17, 2014
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The Scott Horton Show
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"Douglas Lucas, a writer, researcher, and journalist based in Texas, discusses 'hactivist' writer Barrett Brown’s sentencing hearing in a Dallas federal court, where he faces up to 8.5 years in prison on a plea deal. He was arrested in September 2012 after posting YouTube videos threatening an FBI agent, and a litany of charges was then added by prosecutors who accused Brown of colluding with the Anonymous hacker collective in criminal acts, rather than just covering their findings as a journalist." [Flash audio or MP3] (12/16/14)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2014/12/16/121614-douglas-lucas/  

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Government’s final onslaught delays Barrett Brown’s sentencing

December 17, 2014
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WhoWhatWhy    

"Even with a conviction secured by a plea deal, prosecutors doubled down against a brash journalist who dared to expose the national security machinery and threaten an FBI agent. Hacktivist writer Barrett Brown's sentencing in Dallas on Dec. 16 was supposed to be a one-day affair, ending with the handing down of a prison term of not more than eight-and-a-half years. But prosecutors surprised the court and Brown's defense team with hundreds of pages of evidence and exhibits to push for the longest prison term possible. The sudden onslaught and ensuing testimony prompted Judge Sam A. Lindsay to order Brown to return on Jan. 22 to find out his fate." (12/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p5wx76r  

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Why the sentencing of political prisoner Barrett Brown matters to freedom in America

December 16, 2014
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Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Barrett is a Jedi of the Republic, a relentless investigative weapon of status quo destruction who presents a serious threat to the corrupt and criminal American crony 'elite.' That's why the system wants him locked up in a cage, and it's precisely why we need him back on the streets." (12/15/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pb22ocq  

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Turkey: Police raid anti-regime media, abduct 27

December 15, 2014
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The National [UAE]    

"Turkish police have launched a sweeping operation to arrest dozens of supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen. The operation, carried out on Sunday, included a raid on the offices of the Zaman daily newspaper, which is close to the cleric. It came just two days after Mr Erdogan signalled a new campaign against supporters of Mr Gulen, who the president blamed for orchestrating a corruption investigation against members of his inner circle almost a year ago." (12/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k8a5t6o  

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Bangladesh: Court convicts British journalist for doubting war death toll

December 2, 2014
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The Guardian [UK]    

"A court in Bangladesh has found a British journalist guilty of contempt for questioning the official death toll in the country’s 1971 independence war. Judges from a special war crimes court on Tuesday ruled that a blog and two other articles written by David Bergman 'hurt the feelings of the nation' and ordered him to pay a 5,000 taka (£41) fine or go to prison for a week." (12/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nabzxjl  

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Vietnam: Police detain blogger for “bad content” posts

December 2, 2014
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ABC News    

"Vietnamese police have detained a blogger for posting comments critical of the communist government in the latest crackdown on dissent. Hong Le Tho, 65, was taken into police custody in southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City on Saturday, the Ministry of Public Security said in a statement posted on its web site. The statement says his house was searched." (12/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mdzqyk2  

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