Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

DoD officials approve hormone treatments for Chelsea Manning

February 13, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"Defense Department officials said Thursday that hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. ... The treatment would enable the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning to make the transition to a woman. Manning changed her legal name in April 2014." (02/12/15)

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Egypt: Regime court orders release of Al Jazeera journalists

February 12, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An Egyptian judge on Thursday ordered the release of two Al Jazeera English journalists who were jailed for more than a year on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. ... Their release comes less than two weeks after their Al Jazeera colleague and co-defendant, Peter Greste, was deported to his native Australia under a new decree that allows the president to expel foreign nationals convicted of crimes in Egypt." (02/12/15)

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Malaysia: Cartoonist arrested for tweeting criticism of Anwar verdict judges

February 11, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Malaysia has arrested a cartoonist for sedition over a Twitter post that criticised the judiciary for upholding a five-year jail term for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who accused the courts of 'bowing to the dictates of the political masters.' ... Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, better known as Zunar, was arrested on Tuesday night after Malaysia's police chief ordered an investigation into his Malay-language tweet that suggested the judges had been paid off by politicians. 'Profits from the lords of politics must be lucrative,' read the tweet, in part." (02/11/15)

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Free Ruslan Kotsaba!

February 11, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"A well-respected reporter for Ukraine's Channel 112, Kotsaba made a video denouncing the war as 'fratricide' in which he declared 'Don't bother sending me a draft notice' and urged Ukrainians to refuse to go. Ultra-nationalists went crazy, and apparently one Taras Demyaniv -- who belongs to a 'reenactment' group that idolizes the Galician SS, collaborators with the Nazi occupiers of Ukraine during World War II -- dropped a dime on Kotsaba, who was promptly brought up on charges of 'high treason' and espionage. If you read the court transcript of Kotsaba's hearing, the idea that Ukraine is in any way shape or form a liberal democracy soon achieves the status of a sick joke." (02/11/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/02/10/free-ruslan-kotsaba/  

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Malaysia: Opposition leader loses appeal of show trial sodomy conviction

February 10, 2015
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim began a 5-year prison sentence on Tuesday after a court rejected his final appeal against a sodomy conviction, a decision he called a 'murder of judicial independence' and human rights groups condemned as unjust. The case was widely seen at home and abroad as politically motivated to eliminate any threats to the ruling coalition, whose popularity has slowly been eroding since 2008 after more than five decades of unquestioned dominance. ... Anwar was acquitted by the High Court in 2012 but the Appeals Court overturned the acquittal in March last year and sentenced him to five years in prison." (02/10/15)

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Preet Bharara v. Ross Ulbricht: Who’s the real Dread Pirate Roberts?

February 6, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L Knapp  

"The pseudonym 'Dread Pirate Roberts' is drawn from the popular 1987 film The Princess Bride. Wikipedia summarizes the character as 'not one man, but a series of individuals who periodically pass the name and reputation to a chosen successor. ... the method works because Roberts'[s] notorious reputation inspires overwhelming fear in sailors. Ships immediately capitulate and surrender their wealth rather than be captured, a fate they imagine to be certain death.' For the sake of argument, let's assume that Ulbricht was, indeed, the operator of Silk Road as of his arrest. Who sounds more like Dread Pirate Roberts: The operator of a business connecting willing sellers with willing buyers, or the US Attorney who caged him and whose co-conspirators in the US Marshals Service auctioned off Bitcoin -- tens of millions of dollars worth -- stolen from Silk Road's accounts?" (02/05/15)

http://c4ss.org/content/35600  

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American political prisoner Ross Ulbricht convicted of doing business without Bharara gang’s permission

February 5, 2015
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CNBC    

"A jury has ruled Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old who founded the black market website Silk Road, guilty on all counts. The FBI arrested Ulbricht in a sting operation in October 2013 accusing him of being the criminal mastermind running Silk Road where items such as narcotics, fake IDs and other illegal goods were sold using bitcoin for payment. Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, charged Ulbricht with seven counts including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking among other things." [editor's note: Yes, I know, dog bites man; this is how show trials are SUPPOSED to come out - TLK] [hat tip -- Nick Ford] (02/04/15)

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102397735  

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Egypt: Regime court confirms death sentences for 183 political prisoners

February 2, 2015
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"An Egyptian court Monday confirmed death sentences against 183 men convicted of killing 13 policemen, in a verdict slammed as 'outrageous' by rights group Amnesty International. The verdict came as another court announced that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi would stand trial on February 15 in an espionage case -- the fourth trial he is facing. The policemen were killed in an attack on a police station in Kerdasa, a town on the outskirts of Cairo, on August 14, 2013. ... Monday's verdict, which can be appealed, came after the initial sentences were sent to the grand mufti, the government's official interpreter of Islamic law, for ratification." (02/02/15)

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Egypt: Regime frees, deports Al Jazeera journalist

February 1, 2015
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The Age [Australia]    

"After enduring 400 days in an Egyptian jail, journalist Peter Greste has been released from Tora Prison and is understood to be on a plane bound for Cyprus and, ultimately, Australia. There was no word on the fate of his two Al-Jazeera colleagues -- Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and producer Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian -- who along with Mr Greste were jailed following a trial that was widely criticised as a farce by legal experts and human rights commentators alike. ... The three Al-Jazeera journalists were among at least 16 journalists imprisoned in Egypt, along with at least 16,000 political prisoners including activists, students, unionists, academics and lawyers, although human rights groups warn that figure could be as high as 40,000." (02/02/15)

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France: Police abduct, question eight-year-old who said he supports Paris terrorists

January 29, 2015
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National Post [Canada]    

"Police detained and questioned an eight-year-old boy from the south of France who claimed to support the men who attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, drawing criticism Thursday that France’s measures to prevent people from defending terrorism have gone overboard. Dozens of people have been arrested and accused of defending terrorism since the attacks, with some already drawing years-long prison terms in special expedited court proceedings. But the child from the southern city of Nice appears to be the youngest by far." (01/29/15)

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France: M’bala to stand trial over comment against Jewish journalist

January 28, 2015
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New York Times    

"The often-prosecuted French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala is to stand trial in criminal court on Wednesday over a comment he made lamenting that a prominent Jewish journalist did not die in 'the gas chambers,' prosecutors said. ... Wednesday's case against Mr. M'bala M'bala on charges of inciting racial hatred dates to 2013 when footage taken by a hidden camera was broadcast on France 2, including his comment about the journalist, Patrick Cohen. The comment helped prompt a police investigation and a government ban of his show. France has stringent laws restricting racist speech. If found guilty, he could face one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros, or about $51,000." (01/28/15)

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Torture if you must, but do not under any circumstances call the New York Times

January 27, 2015
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Dan Froomkin The Intercept
by Dan Froomkin  

"Far from rejecting the authoritarian bent of his presidential predecessor, Obama has simply adjusted it, adding his own personal touches, most notably an enthusiasm for criminally prosecuting the kinds of leaks that are essential to a free press. The Sterling case -- especially in light of Obama's complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration -- sends a clear message to people in government service: You won't get in trouble as long as you do what you're told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell him something we want kept secret, we will spare no effort to destroy you." (01/27/15)

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Whistleblower convicted of telling reporter how dumb CIA is

January 27, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A former CIA officer [Jeffrey Sterling] was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, until the eve of the trial, was as much about the journalist who published the leaks as it was the accused leaker. The government gave up on its effort to force New York Times reporter James Risen to reveal his sources -- and ultimately didn't need him to win a conviction. ... The classified operation at the heart of the trial involved using a CIA asset nicknamed Merlin, who had been a Russian nuclear engineer, to foist deliberately flawed nuclear-weapons blueprints on the Iranians, hoping they would spend years trying to develop parts that had no hope of ever working. Risen's 2006 book, 'State of War,' describes the mission as hopelessly botched, and possibly backfiring by giving the Iranians blueprints that could be useful to them if they sorted out the good information from the errors. Throughout the trial, numerous CIA officers testified that they had deemed the program a success, even though the Iranians never followed up with Merlin to get additional blueprints he had offered to them as part of the ruse." (01/26/15)

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Lessons learned from the Barrett Brown case

January 26, 2015
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Free Press Publications
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"The prosecution of Barrett Brown, which seemed to go under the radar of the mainstream media, is one of the most important cases of my lifetime, and has taught us several important things." [Flash audio, MP3 and text transcript] (01/25/15)

http://fpp.cc/lessons-learned-from-the-barrett-brown-case/  

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My future in prison

January 25, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Kathy Kelly  

"In December, 2014, Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced me to three months in federal prison after Georgia Walker and I had attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the commander of Whiteman Air Force base, asking him to stop his troops from piloting lethal drone flights over Afghanistan from within the base. Judge Whitworth allowed me over a month to surrender myself to prison; but whether you are a soldier or a civilian, a target or an unlucky bystander, you can’t surrender to a drone." (01/23/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/23/my-future-in-prison/  

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US political prisoner Barrett Brown sentenced to five years

January 23, 2015
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Time    

"An American journalist loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacking collective was sentenced to 63 months in jail by a Dallas federal judge on Thursday for linking to hacked data from private global intelligence firm Stratfor in 2011. Barrett Brown, 33, initially faced a sentence of over 100 years until he pled guilty last year to three reduced charges of obstructing a police search, issuing online threats and involving himself in the sharing of Stratfor data, reports the BBC." (01/22/15)

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EFF statement on Barrett Brown sentencing

January 23, 2015
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Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Hanni Fakhoury and Nadia Kayyali  

"U.S. District Judge Sam A. Lindsay sentenced Barrett Brown this morning to 63 months in federal prison, minus the 31 months he has already served to date. He was also ordered to pay $890,000 in restitution. EFF is disappointed to see that Brown wasn’t released today, after having spent nearly three years in prison on charges stemming from his work as an independent journalist." (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kjvw8g8  

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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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