Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Secret Service agent sentenced to six years for Silk Road crimes

December 9, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"The Department of Justice announced a Secret Service agent was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice related to a larger Silk Road investigation. Shaun W. Bridges, 33, of Laurel, Md., received a prison sentence of 71 months Monday in San Francisco after pleading guilty to one count of money laundering and one count of obstructing justice. He was a former member of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on the Silk Road covert online marketplace often used to sell drugs." [editor's note: Of course that whole "task force" consists entirely of criminals, most of whom will never be punished for their crimes, including but not limited to the abduction of Ross Ulbricht; Bridges just got in trouble for working freelance in addition to his official thug life activities - TLK] (12/08/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/12/08/Secret-Service-agent-sentenced-to-6-years-for-Silk-Road-crimes/7871449575631/  

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Venezuela: Triumphant opposition looks to free prisoners

December 7, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Triumphant opposition leaders vowed on Monday to use their new majority in Venezuela's legislature to free jailed opponents of the Socialist government, but also promised not to go after political foes. The Democratic Unity coalition won more than twice the number of National Assembly seats as the Socialists in Sunday's vote that punished President Nicolas Maduro's government for deep economic and social crisis in the oil-producing country." (12/07/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-election-idUSKBN0TP03Y20151207  

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Turkey: Court appoints Lord of the Rings experts to figure out if comparing Erdogan to Gollum is an insult

December 3, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Turkish doctor Bilgin Ciftci lost his job. He's been put on trial. And whether he goes to prison hinges on one thing: Is Gollum a good guy? According to the Turkish news agency DHA, Ciftci was expelled from the Public Health Institution of Turkey in October after sharing a meme comparing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the creepy creature from 'The Lord of the Rings.' Insulting the head of state is a crime punishable with jail time in Turkey, and Ciftci was promptly put on trial after the meme was spotted in his Facebook feed." [editor's note: Yes, it's certainly an insult. To Gollum. - TLK] (12/02/15)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/02/a-turkish-court-appointed-five-lord-of-the-rings-experts-to-figure-out-whether-this-gollum-meme-is-offensive/  

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My ordeal: One of America’s many political trials since 9/11

December 1, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Sami al-Arian  

"It's been 10 years since the jury at the district court in Tampa, Florida, returned without a single guilty verdict at the end of my six-month US trial. Despite the legal victory, the ordeal that my family and I had to endure for many years was difficult and stressful. But since 9/11, the victims of hundreds of other political trials in the US have not been as fortunate. So let me be very direct and frank. Nothing short of the very survival of everyday Americans as free people living in an open and democratic society is at stake." (12/01/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/01/my-ordeal-one-of-americas-many-political-trials-since-911/  

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Egypt: Military frees detained journalist hours before planned demonstrations

November 10, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"The Egyptian military released a prominent journalist and rights activist on Tuesday after his detention drew widespread protest. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had expressed concern about Hossam Bahgat's apprehension Sunday, which was denounced by local and international human rights organizations. Bahgat's release two days later came hours before demonstrations were scheduled to take place in Cairo, London and other cities. ... Bahgat was interrogated for seven hours Sunday after receiving a summons from Egypt’s military intelligence, according to his lawyers. He later called friends to inform them that he would be taken to the military prosecutor to face charges of spreading false information to undermine national security in an article he wrote last month." (11/10/15)

http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-egypt-journalist-freed-20151110-story.html  

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Egypt: Regime arrests journalist for reporting on military trial

November 9, 2015
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France 24 [French state media]    

"Egypt arrested a prominent journalist and human rights advocate on Sunday after he was questioned by military intelligence over a report he published about a trial of former army officers, security sources said. They said Hossam Bahgat was summoned over charges of publishing false information in his October report about the 26 officers he said had been convicted by a military court of plotting a coup." (11/09/15)

http://www.france24.com/en/20151109-egypt-journalist-arrested-human-rights-military-trial  

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Saudi blogger, political prisoner wins Sakharov Prize

October 29, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"A Saudi Arabian blogger who was imprisoned and flogged publicly for criticizing the country's religious establishment has been awarded the European Union's top human rights award. Raif Badawi, 31, was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Thursday. He was arrested in 2012 and charged with apostasy, cybercrime and disobeying his father for starting a website where he criticized Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic religious establishment. Badawi was sentenced in 2013 to seven years in prison and 600 lashes. In 2014, he was resentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes." (10/29/15)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2015/10/29/Jailed-Saudi-blogger-sentenced-to-flogging-gets-human-rights-prize/6331446121930/  

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The death of an American political prisoner

October 20, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"In theory, he went to prison for 'tax evasion' and 'filing false tax returns.' But that dog won't hunt. If it was about money he allegedly owed the government, he'd have been left free to generate wealth that could be seized. Irwin Schiff was a political prisoner. Period. No ifs, ands, buts or maybes. His legal entanglements were about two things, and two things only: Shutting him up and making an example of him. If people listen to Irwin Schiff, they might emulate him and stop sending money to Washington. QED, Irwin Schiff must be silenced and caged." (10/19/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/3330  

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Iran: Court convicts WaPo journalist Jason Rezeian of espionage

October 12, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Iran announced overnight that Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian has been convicted, two months after a closed-door espionage trial -- a conviction The Washington Post says is an 'outrageous' miscarriage of justice. ... Rezaian was arrested July 22, 2014 and now has been held longer than the Americans detained during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis. Rezaian's only contact with the outside world has been with his Iranian wife and his mother who told ABC News her son wishes he could be covering the news instead of being the news. Rezaian's closed-door trial ended two months ago and no Iranian officials have explained the delay in announcing a verdict." (10/12/15)

http://abcn.ws/1L7LkpP  

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New Zealand: Oops! Crown unable to produce Dotcom extradition notices

September 30, 2015
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Radio New Zealand [New Zealand state media]    

"The Crown has been unable to produce the original notices asking for Kim Dotcom and his co-accused to be extradited to the United States. The hearing to decide whether Mr Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato should be sent to the US to face copyright and money-laundering charges, over their file-sharing website Megaupload, continued today. North Shore district court services manager Fiona Parkes -- a witness for the Crown -- today produced several documents she said appeared to be copies of the extradition requests. Mr Dotcom's lawyer Ron Mansfield pointed out the documents were not date-stamped and asked Ms Parkes if she knew whether any originals existed. She said she did not. Yesterday a Justice Ministry employee was unable to confirm if the former Justice Minister, Judith Collins, had seen the provisional arrest warrants and the supporting evidence before the 2012 raid on Mr Dotcom's mansion went ahead. Under the Extradition Act, the Justice Minister is meant to be given a copy of the warrants and supporting evidence, as part of a briefing." (09/30/15)

http://bit.ly/1KRq4lP  

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New Zealand: MPAA … er, US … lawyers say Dotcom paid $3 million for movie copies, should be extradited

September 29, 2015
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Ars Technica Ars Technica    

"In a New Zealand courtroom, the US government has begun making its case as to why Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom should face criminal copyright charges. Dotcom, who was arrested at his Auckland home after a dramatic raid in 2012, has long argued he shouldn't be extradited to the Eastern District of Virginia. Today, Crown lawyer Christine Gordon, representing the [Motion Picture Association of America], read out loud communications between Megaupload executives and users who uploaded copyrighted material to the site." (09/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o839yp3  

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New Zealand: Hearing begins on US regime’s attempt to abduct Kim Dotcom

September 21, 2015
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stuff.co.nz [New Zealand]    

"Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom's long-awaited extradition hearing finally got underway on Monday -- and immediately got bogged down in technical, legal argument. The United States is seeking extradition of Dotcom and his co-accused -- Mathias Ortmann, Fin Batato and Bram van der Kolk -- for alleged copyright and piracy offences. But the first day's business of the hearing was mainly procedural, with lawyers for the United States and those representing Dotcom and his co-accused arguing over what order different parts of the case should be heard. However, Dotcom did secure one early victory, being allowed to bring his own chair to the hearing, saying he needed it because he had back problems." (09/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qxuv684  

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Cuba: Regime forces abduct protesters ahead of Pope Francis’s Havana mass

September 20, 2015
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WSB TV    

"Cuban security personnel have detained at least three people who appeared to be trying to distribute leaflets ahead of Pope Francis's Mass in Havana's Revolution Square. The officials dragged them away and picked up the flyers that were left on one of the streets surrounding the plaza. It's not clear what the protest was about. The three were in white T-shirts and were yelling before they were tackled and dragged away." (09/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p8m7xqh  

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Turkey: Regime releases two foreign political prisoners, continues to hold one

September 4, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Turkish authorities have released two British journalists arrested on terror charges in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir. Jake Hanrahan, 25, and Philip Pendlebury, 28, from Vice News, were arrested last week along with their Iraqi translator Mohammed Ismail Rasool. Mr Rasool remains in custody, pending investigation. It was not immediately clear whether Mr Hanrahan or Mr Pendlebury would be able to leave Turkey, where they had been reporting on the conflict pitting Turkish authorities against the militant youth wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). Specific charges against the journalists remain unclear." (09/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/plh74zl  

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The whistleblower the CIA couldn’t break

September 3, 2015
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Kelley B Vlahos The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos  

"After the former CIA agent was charged and convicted with leaking classified information and sent to prison in 2013, he became one of the 2.3 million Americans incarcerated by the state. It was a shock. Everything he had developed in the 40-odd years of his life -- independence, dignity, strength, sense of purpose, and justice -- had been challenged, as if he were suddenly a nobody, another number, or worse, a disposable man. The entire experience changed how Kiriakou sees himself in the order of things. And it changed how he perceives the government in that order of things." (09/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p959qcr  

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Egypt: Regime summons British ambassador over al-Jazeera political prisoner comments

September 1, 2015
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Philadelphia Tribune    

"Egypt's Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador in Cairo on Sunday to protest comments he made after a judge sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years prison each for reporting 'false news.' The ministry said in a statement that John Casson's comments were 'unacceptable interference' in the country's judiciary, and 'incompatible with diplomatic norms and practices.' In a post on Twitter, spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said Egypt 'rejects any foreign criticism of judicial verdicts.'" (08/31/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o76jpxw  

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VA: 17-year-old sentenced to 11 years for unapproved political beliefs and tweets

August 31, 2015
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Tech Times    

"A 17-year-old boy from Virginia has been sentenced to 11 years in prison after it was found that he was behind a powerful pro-ISIS Twitter account and that he had helped a friend travel to Syria in order to join the terrorist organization. Prosecutors suggest that the sentencing against Ali Shukri Amin is a demonstration of the stance that the government is trying to take in aggressively confronting ISIS' efforts to spread its reach through the use of social media. Earlier in the summer, Amin confessed to being behind the Twitter account, which had 4,000 followers at its peak right before it was shut down. The account often posted pro-ISIS tweets and links to tutorials on how to send money to ISIS through bitcoin." (08/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncne6el  

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China: Regime says netizens who spread rumors about Tianjin blasts, stock slide among 197 punished

August 31, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"People recently punished in China's campaign against online rumors include those who circulated an inflated death toll in the Tianjin blasts and who alleged a man committed suicide because of the country's stock market woes, state media reported Monday. The official Xinhua News Agency said 197 people have been punished in a special campaign, citing the Public Security Ministry, but did not say over what period." (08/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3kqtet  

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Follow the Silk Road

August 28, 2015
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Abigail R. Hall Blanco Independent Institute
by Abigail Hall  

"In October 2013, the founder of [Silk Road], Ross William Ulbricht was arrested in the United States on a variety of charges including money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics. In February 2015, Ulbricht was convicted on seven charges and was sentenced to two life terms without the possibility of parole. Well, congrats are in order to the government for putting Ulbricht in jail, assuming they're interested in increasing instances of overdose, illness, and even deaths related to drugs. How so? Wouldn't shutting down a website dedicated to assisting people in acquiring hard drugs make people safer? Simply put, no. The reason why lies in basic economics." (08/27/15)

http://blog.independent.org/2015/08/27/follow-the-silk-road/  

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After Silk Road, online illicit marketplaces for drugs and weapons grow, with more to come

August 25, 2015
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JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Well, the online marketplace for illicit goods' competitors and successors live, anyway. The original Silk Road and its operator were taken down by the United States federal government in an over-the-top campaign that featured stunningly corrupt federal agents. Beyond its employees' sticky fingers, the federal government almost certainly hacked servers hosted overseas in the course of its efforts and then shrugged its institutional shoulders over the legal status of the tactic. But even as the feds brutally targeted Ross Ulbricht and his underground marketplace, new sites proliferated on the anonymous TOR network to more than replace what the U.S. Government had shut down." (08/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pklc89z  

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Who is Mordechai Vanunu and why should you care?

August 20, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Will Porter  

"Not everyone is capable of striking as strong a blow to the menace of nuclear weapons as Mordechai Vanunu, but libertarians, peaceniks, humanitarians -- humans -- should reject them on principle." (08/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nvgda7d  

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Manning found guilty but no solitary confinement for contraband

August 19, 2015
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"[US political prisoner] Chelsea Manning has been found guilty of possessing unapproved reading material by a panel at Fort Leavenworth prison but will be spared the indefinite solitary confinement that had reportedly been among her possible sentences, according to a tweet sent from her official account. Instead the prison board ruled during a disciplinary hearing held on Tuesday that Manning will face 21 days of restrictions on her recreational activities, including no access to a gym, a library or the outdoors. Manning was given a 35-year sentence for leaking US state secrets to WikiLeaks." (08/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odfbx2g  

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Freedom Feens Radio, 08/15/15

August 17, 2015
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Freedom Feens Freedom Feens
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"Lyn Ulbricht is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the Silk Road. Topics discussed include the myths surrounding the Silk Road, the lies about Ross, the truth about The Dread Pirate Roberts, and how courts actually work. Interview by Ben Stone and James Babb." [various formats] (08/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oxelxj3  

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The persecution of Chelsea Manning

August 14, 2015
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Conor Friedersdorf The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf  

"According to her lawyer, the former intelligence analyst is being threatened with indefinite solitary confinement for the most minor transgressions imaginable." (08/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptkqqmt  

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It’s classified: A tale of two scofflaws

August 14, 2015
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Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Chelsea Manning is an American heroine who knowingly exposed classified information for the purpose of revealing war crimes in Iraq and other government lawlessness, including Clinton's orders to her State Department underlings to bug the offices of UN diplomats. Hillary Clinton is a power-monger who carelessly exposed classified information because she believes she's above the law. Like the late Richard Nixon, on whose impeachment papers she worked as a young congressional staffer, she believes that if Hillary Clinton does it, it's not illegal." (08/13/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/2579  

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