Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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NH: Fed gangsters have trouble selling property they stole from tax resisters

December 1, 2014
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ABC News ABC News    

"It turns out there isn't a huge market for a $250,000-plus, 100-acre property that may be booby-trapped. The sale of the compound owned by a now-jailed pair of tax [resisters] who held off police during a nine-month armed standoff is beset by problems both procedural and perilous: High bidders would have only seven days to come up with the financing for the property they have to buy largely sight-unseen because it could be filled with hidden explosives. No bidders showed up at an Aug. 15 auction at federal court in Concord, where Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal Brenda Mikelson went through the motions of soliciting a minimum bid of $250,000 on the Plainfield compound where fugitives Ed and Elaine Brown holed up in 2007." (11/29/14)

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Egypt: Junta court sentences 78 teenagers for pro-Morsi protests

November 27, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald    

"An Egyptian court has sentenced 78 minors to between two and five years in prison for taking part in demonstrations calling for the return of ousted president Mohammed Mursi. The authorities have engaged in a crackdown on Dr Mursi's supporters since his overthrow by the army last year, with hundreds jailed in mass trials which the United Nations has described as 'unprecedented in recent history.' On Wednesday, a court in the city of Alexandria sentenced 78 teenage boys aged from 13 to 17 for joining Muslim Brotherhood rallies during the past three months, a judicial official said." (11/27/14)

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DC: Woman jailed in White House protest had purple pistol

November 23, 2014
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USA Today    

"A Michigan woman remains in jail Saturday after being arrested with a gun during a protest outside the White House -- the second person to be detained with a firearm in two days. April Debois, 23, of Mount Morris, Mich., initially was identified during her Thursday arrest as April Lenhart, prosecutors said. She was arrested about 30 minutes after the start of President Obama's immigration speech during a protest along the White House's north fence when Secret Service officers noticed that she was wearing a purple handgun in a holster along her right front waist, according to charging documents released Friday. ... She was charged with carrying a pistol without a license in the District of Columbia, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition." (11/22/14)

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Swedish court upholds warrant on Assange

November 21, 2014
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A Swedish appeal court has upheld an arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, wanted for questioning over sexual assault claims. The Court of Appeal refused Mr Assange's attempt to have a detention order issued in 2010 revoked. Mr Assange, who denies the allegations, has sought refuge in the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid extradition. If he goes to Sweden, he fears he could be extradited to the US to face charges of leaking government documents." (11/20/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30129453  

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Thailand: Regime thugs abduct students after “Hunger Games” salute

November 21, 2014
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CNN    

"Five university students who used the signature three-fingered salute from 'The Hunger Games' in front of Thailand's Prime Minister were detained Wednesday and told they'll face a charge of breaking martial law, a lawyer said. ... The third movie installment in the series, 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1,' is due to hit theaters in Thailand on Thursday. But one cinema in Bangkok canceled all showings of the movie after a pro-democracy student group bought tickets and planned to hold a meeting at the Lido Scala in the center of the city, according to Ratthapon Supasopon, of the League of Liberal Thammasart for Democracy (LLTD)." (11/19/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/19/world/asia/thailand-hunger-games-salute/  

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Egypt: Regime abducts Muslim Brotherhood leading in ongoing crackdown

November 20, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Egyptian police have arrested one of the last Muslim Brotherhood leaders not already in detention or in exile. Thousands of the group's members have been rounded up in a mass crackdown. The Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohammed Ali Bishr, was arrested at his home in the Nile Delta on Thursday, security officials said. Bishr, who served as a cabinet minister under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, was accused of having called for mass protests on November 28, state media reported." (11/20/14)

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Should YOU be free to use silver as money?

November 20, 2014
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Downsize DC Downsize DC
by James Wilson  

"Two years ago, we acted on behalf of Bernard von NotHaus. You can learn about his 'counterfeiting' case here. There you will find a link to the letter Downsize DC President, Jim Babka, wrote to the judge in this case. Regrettably, his request for a retrial was denied earlier this month. He now faces sentencing in December. But we can protect others from future injustice by telling Congress to pass the Free Competition in Currency Act." (11/18/14)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/should-you-be-free-to-use-silver-as-money  

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“US Marshals” gang announces plan to fence 50,000 stolen Bitcoins

November 19, 2014
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Coin Report    

"On Monday, the US Marshals Service (USMS) announced it plans to auction off 50,000 Bitcoins -- valued between $19 million and $20 million USD -- that were [stolen] in connection to the now-defunct online black market Silk Road, report several news outlets. According to Forbes, from 8 am to 2 pm EST on December 5, the Bitcoins will be auctioned off via email. ... Forbes reported that the December auction follows one the [gang] held in June, when it auctioned off about 30,000 Bitcoins [stolen] from the Silk Road servers last October, but the service held onto more than 144,000 Bitcoins discovered on computer hardware belonging to [political prisoner] Ross Ulbricht ..." (11/18/14)

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Imprisoning immigrants

November 12, 2014
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Bryan Caplan EconLog
by Bryan Caplan  

"If you read the tables in my last post carefully, you might have noticed that 10.6% of federal inmates -- over 20,000 people -- are serving time for immigration offenses. This seems very weird. Stereotypes say that illegal immigrants are punished with deportation, not prison. What's going on? The answer: This stereotype is fast becoming obsolete. Federal imprisonment for illegal immigration has exploded during the last two decades." (11/11/14)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2014/11/imprisoning_imm.html  

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Silk Road takedown was only one shot in larger terror attack on freedom

November 9, 2014
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BBC News    

"Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites believed to be selling illegal items including drugs and weapons have been shut down. The sites operated on the Tor network -- a part of the internet unreachable via traditional search engines. The joint operation between 16 European countries and the US saw 17 [abductions], including Blake Benthall who is said to be behind Silk Road 2.0." (11/07/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29950946  

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US government thugs steal Silk Road 2.0 web site, abduct alleged owner

November 7, 2014
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USA Today    

"Federal agents arrested a San Francisco man they say resurrected and operated the dark Web online drug bazaar 'Silk Road' that generated $8 million in monthly sales and attracted 150,000 vendors and customers. Prosecutors charged Blake Benthall, 26, known by the online handle 'Defcon,' with operating and owning 'Silk Road 2.0.' The site launched Nov. 6, 2013, five weeks after federal agents seized the original Silk Road website and arrested its alleged operator, Ross Ulbricht, known by the online handle 'Dread Pirate Roberts.'" (11/06/14)

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Thailand: Pirate Bay co-founder abducted

November 4, 2014
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The Australian [Australia]    

"A Swedish co-founder of the controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has been arrested while trying to enter Thailand. Fredrik Neij, 36, was stopped late on Monday at the Thai border with Laos, where he had reportedly settled with his Laotian wife. He was the last of the original founders of the influential website, still used by millions across the globe, to remain at large. 'He was arrested yesterday evening as he was about to enter Thailand,' Colonel Panlop Suriyakulna Ayutthaya, commander of Nong Khai border post, said. 'The Swedish government had asked Thai immigration to arrest him because he violated movie copyright causing $5 million damage,' [sic] he said ..."

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Egypt: Court convicts eight for participating in wedding

November 2, 2014
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Fox News    

"An Egyptian court has convicted eight men for 'inciting debauchery' following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison. The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. In September, a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was 'shameful to God' and 'offensive to public morals.'" (11/01/14)

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Pirate Bay founder convicted on hacking charges

October 30, 2014
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Wired    

"The founder of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay was found guilty today in Denmark on hacking charges unrelated to the web site. Swedish national Gottfrid Svartholm was found guilty of hacking into servers belonging to the U.S. technology firm CSC after being partially acquitted of other hacking charges in Sweden. In the Danish case, Svartholm and a 21-year-old Danish accomplice were accused of hacking CSC’s servers in April 2012 and remaining inside for four months, stealing and altering data during the breach, according to prosecutors." (10/30/14)

http://www.wired.com/2014/10/pirate-bay-founder-hacking/  

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Egypt: Court jails 23 activists for protesting

October 27, 2014
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Albany Democrat Herald    

"An Egyptian court on Sunday convicted 23 activists, including prominent rights campaigners, of staging an illegal demonstration and sentenced them each to three years in jail. The Cairo court also fined the defendants, who include eight women, 10,000 pounds (about $1,400) each. The case is rooted in a peaceful demonstration the defendants had allegedly participated in last summer near the presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis suburb. The demonstration was called to protest a law adopted late last year severely restricting the right to stage street protests." (10/26/14)

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Egypt: Court sets January 1 appeal date for Al Jazeera journalists

October 22, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"An Egyptian court has set January 1 as the date for an appeals hearing for the three Al Jazeera journalists serving jail time in Egypt, the network said on Tuesday. The journalists were convicted in July on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation in a verdict that was widely condemned internationally. The three, who all denied the charge of working with the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, are Australian Peter Greste and Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed Fahmy, Cairo bureau chief of Al Jazeera English." (10/21/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nwh4bel  

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