Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

The trials of Bradley Manning

August 4, 2013
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The Nation
by Chase Madar  

"In late July, the trial of Bradley Manning finally came to a close in a heavily air-conditioned courtroom in Fort Meade, Maryland, where the young private from Crescent, Oklahoma, was prosecuted for the largest security breach in US history. Manning had already pleaded guilty to ten of the lesser charges against him -- for instance, unauthorized possession and improper storage of classified material, which together carry a maximum twenty-year term. But this was not enough for the prosecution: it pressed on with a dozen more serious offenses, including the potential capital crime of aiding the enemy as well as charges stemming from the Espionage Act of 1917." (08/04/13)

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Bradley Manning’s mother: My son is “Superman”

August 4, 2013
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"In a rare interview, the British mother of U.S. soldier Bradley Manning has urged her son not to give up hope, even as he faces up to 136 years in prison for disclosing hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents. In comments published by the Mail on Sunday, Susan Manning said he should know she considered him her 'Superman.' ... 'Never give up hope, son,' she was quoted as saying. 'I know I may never see you again, but I know you will be free one day. I pray it is soon.' Susan Manning, a 59-year-old from Wales, had not given an interview in years." (08/04/13)

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Verdict due today in Manning show trial

July 30, 2013
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Fox News    

"It's judgment day for Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier charged with aiding the enemy for giving troves of U.S. government secrets to WikiLeaks. The military judge hearing the court-martial for the former intelligence analyst was expected to announce her decision Tuesday afternoon. Manning faces 21 counts including espionage, computer fraud and theft charges, but the most serious is aiding the enemy, which carries a possible life sentence." (07/30/13)

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Manning show trial drawing to a close

July 25, 2013
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New York Times    

"The court-martial trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose leaks of vast archives of secret government documents to WikiLeaks lifted a veil on American military and diplomatic activities, will begin to draw to a close on Thursday as lawyers deliver closing arguments over charges that could send him to prison for life. The trial began in early June with dueling portrayals of Private Manning. The prosecution argues that he is a traitor who recklessly endangered lives; his lawyers say he is a principled protester who was motivated by a desire to help society better understand the world. Both sides are likely to reprise those themes on Thursday." (07/25/13)

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A bright ray of hope for Bradley Manning

July 24, 2013
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OpEdNews
by Chris Floyd  

"In the long dark night of our military imperium, a shaft of light, of hope, has suddenly appeared. And it comes from -- of all places -- the very pinnacle of the military justice system that is bearing down on Manning: the Court of Appeal of the Armed Forces of the United States. For it turns out that if a military prisoner has faced the least mistreatment during incarceration, even a temporary abuse of due process, then all charges against him will be dropped and he can walk free. And since Manning has manifestly faced any number of abuses of due process and egregious mistreatment, then we can be supremely confident that the military Court of Appeal -- which enshrined this Solomonic principle in a recent case -- will act with perfect consistency and release Bradley Manning in good time, whatever the eventual outcome of his current trial. After all, that's what the Court has done for poor Lawrence Hutchins III ..." (07/23/13)

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Manning show trial shifts to video of US troops murdering civilians

June 10, 2013
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Fresno Bee    

"The court-martial of a U.S. Army private who gave troves of classified material to the website WikiLeaks is shifting in its second week to specific items he sent. ... The prosecution lineup includes two witnesses familiar with video of a 2009 U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that killed at least 26 civilians. Manning has acknowledged sending the video to WikiLeaks from Iraq in the spring of 2010. But it was never posted online." (06/10/13)

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Bradley Manning is guilty of “aiding the enemy” — if the enemy is democracy

June 6, 2013
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Norman Solomon  

"When the deceptive operation of the warfare state can’t stand the light of day, truth-tellers are a constant hazard. And culpability must stay turned on its head." (06/06/13)

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Would Bradley Manning be better off in a civilian court?

June 5, 2013
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The Nation
by Chase Madar  

"Today in Bradley Manning’s court-martial, witnesses from his Army Intelligence unit in Iraq were called to the stand to answer questions. ... All of this speaks to whether Pfc. Manning knew that declassifying those thousands of documents would specifically help al Qaeda and associates, which is what the prosecution needs to prove in order to make the 'Aiding the Enemy' charge stick. I give them only a 1-in-3 chance of success with this bit of Orwellian overreach." [editor's note: Short answer, YES! (One would assume an actual judge would throw the thing out immediately) - SAT] (06/05/13)

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Bradley Manning show trial opens

June 3, 2013
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Chelsea Manning Baltimore Sun    

"The court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, the onetime Maryland resident at the center of the largest security breach in U.S. history, begins today at Fort Meade. Manning, who served as an intelligence analyst in Iraq, has admitted to leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents, including diplomatic cables, Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and gunsight video footage of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack that killed civilians in Baghdad, to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. The 25-year-old soldier faces charges including violating the Espionage Act and aiding the enemy. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison." (06/03/13)

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Thanking Bradley Manning

May 30, 2013
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Chelsea Manning CounterPunch
by Kathy Kelly  

"A few evenings ago, as the sky began to darken here in Kabul, Afghanistan, a small group of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, (APVs), gathered for an informal presentation about WikiLeaks, its chief editor Julian Assange, and its most prominent contributor, Bradley Manning. Basir Bita, a regular visitor to the APV household, began the evening’s discussion noting that June 1st will mark the beginning of Bradley Manning’s fourth year in prison. Two days later his trial will begin, a trial which could sadly result in his imprisonment for a life sentence. June 1st also begins an international week of support and solidarity, aimed at thanking Bradley Manning. #ThankManning!" (05/29/13)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/05/29/thanking-bradley-manning/  

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Judge: Parts of Manning’s show trial will be held off-stage

May 22, 2013
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Chelsea Manning Big News Network [United Arab Emirates]    

"A military judge said Tuesday portions of the court-martial of U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be closed to the public to protect classified material. The judge, Army Col. Denise Lind, ruled two dozen witnesses will be allowed to give at least some of their testimony in secrecy, The Washington Post reported. Lind said alternatives, such as using code names, were considered to keep the entire trial open, but ultimately she decided that would allow people to 'connect the dots' and learn classified information, the newspaper said." [editor's note: This is the same judge who decided that the "speedy" part of "speedy public trial" didn't matter, so it's not surprising she'd 86 the "public" part too - TLK] (05/22/13)

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Ja Rule released from prison

May 8, 2013
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TMZ    

"Ja Rule is finally a free man ... TMZ has learned, the rapper was released from prison today after serving out his sentences for attempted illegal gun possession and tax evasion. Mr. Rule -- real name Jeffrey Atkins -- was released from Ray Brook Federal Prison in New York this morning. ... The rapper was hit with the 2-year sentence in 2010 when he pled guilty to attempted criminal possession of a weapon [sic] .... Rule was also sentenced to 28 months behind bars for tax evasion, after failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in earnings from 2004-2006." (05/07/13)

http://www.tmz.com/2013/05/07/ja-rule-released-prison/  

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My boring prison stay

May 6, 2013
posted by

Larken Rose Liberty For All
by Larken Rose  

"Many of you have asked what my prison stay was like. It's hard now for me to believe that it was a whole year. (Time flies when you're having fun.) Of course, it was annoying not being home, and being censored, but other than that being there wasn't really all that bad. I missed out on all the exciting stuff you see in prison movies (violence, gang warfare, etc.), mainly because I was in a federal prison 'camp.' There were no locks, no fences, and the 'guards' were unarmed." (05/04/13)

http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=9002  

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Obama renews call to close Guantanamo

May 1, 2013
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"President Barack Obama has vowed a renewed push to close the military jail at Guantanamo Bay because he says it is damaging US interests. Obama's announcement on Tuesday came as extra medical staff were sent to the centre to help address a hunger strike that spread to nearly two-thirds of the detainees. He told a news conference that he had asked a team of officials to review the issue and would make another appeal to Congress to shut down the prison holding 'terror' suspects in Cuba." (05/01/13)

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Iraq war resister sentenced to 10 months

April 30, 2013
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CTV [Canada]    

"A soldier in the U.S. Army who fled to Canada to avoid a second tour of duty in Iraq has been sentenced to 10 months in prison. Kimberly Rivera pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of desertion and was sentenced to the prison term and received a bad-conduct discharge. The 30-year-old has said she became disillusioned with the U.S. mission in Iraq while serving there in 2006." (04/29/13)

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Myanmar: President pardons 93 prisoners a day after EU lifts sanctions

April 23, 2013
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Janesville Gazette    

"Myanmar's president pardoned 93 prisoners, including at least 59 political detainees, a day after the European Union lifted sanctions against the Southeast Asian nation. The pardon was announced on state television Tuesday amid renewed calls for President Thein Sein's government to release hundreds more political prisoners still believed to be behind bars." (04/23/13)

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More inmates join Guantanamo hunger strike

April 21, 2013
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"The number of detainees taking part in a hunger strike at the US-run Guantanamo Bay military prison has grown to 77, an increase of 25 in just the past few days, according to a US military spokesman. Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House said in a statement that of the detainees refusing food, 17 are receiving 'enteral feedings,' a process involving being force-fed via tubes. Five of the inmates have been hospitalised, although none faces 'life-threatening conditions,' House said. The facility, which houses 166 detainees, has been hit by hunger strikes since February 6, when inmates claimed prison officials searched their Qurans for contraband. Officials have denied any mishandling of Islam's holy book." (04/21/13)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/04/201342172239565373.html  

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Judge denies Gitmo detainee’s bid for relief

April 15, 2013
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Juneau Empire    

"A federal judge Monday denied an emergency motion for relief filed by a Guantanamo Bay prisoner on a hunger strike, despite pleas from the man's lawyer who says his client is dying. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan ruled Monday that he didn't have jurisdiction over the case filed by Yemeni prisoner Musaab al-Madhwani." (04/15/13)

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Can we have a discussion about releasing the majority of the Guantanamo prisoners?

April 15, 2013
posted by

Andy Worthington Future of Freedom Foundation
by Andy Worthington  

"With the prisonwide hunger strike at Guantánamo now entering its third month, conditions at the prison have come under sustained scrutiny for the first time in many years, and media outlets, both domestic and international, have learned, or have been reminded, that 166 men remain at the prison." (04/12/13)

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Kuwait: Politician jailed for insulting emir

April 15, 2013
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The Daily Star [Lebanon]    

"A prominent Kuwaiti opposition politician was sentenced to five years in jail on Monday for insulting the ruling emir, his lawyer said, in a ruling expected to stoke political tension in the Gulf Arab state. ... The Kuwaiti criminal court found Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament, guilty of insulting Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in a speech in October last year in which he appealed to the emir to avoid 'autocratic rule.'" (04/15/13)

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Guantanamo: Detainees clash with guards

April 14, 2013
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United Press International    

"Hunger striking Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees used improvised weapons to clash with guards before being confined to single cells, military officials said. The incident occurred early Saturday as officials tried to move the detainees from a communal living space in Camp 6 to individual cells, CNN reported. Guards were moving the men because they had begun covering security cameras with cereal boxes and other items, prohibiting 'round-the-clock monitoring' in the facility, Guantanamo spokesman Capt. Robert Durand said." (04/14/13)

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Judge: Regime must prove Manning helped al Qaeda

April 10, 2013
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The US government must prove that Bradley Manning knowingly helped al-Qaeda by leaking secret documents to WikiLeaks in order to convict him of 'aiding the enemy,' a judge has ruled. The ruling by Judge Denise Lind at a preliminary hearing raises the bar for convicting Manning -- who has admitted leaking the documents but denied aiding the enemy -- of the most serious charge he faces." [editor's note: Actually, since Congress has declined to declare war, there is no legal "enemy" Manning could conceivably be accused of "aiding" - TLK] (04/11/13)

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FL: Couple who reclaimed abducted children captured, processed as political prisoners

April 10, 2013
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USA Today    

"A Florida couple who allegedly [reclaimed custody of their two government-abducted children] last week and fled to Cuba by sailboat were returned to the United States and jailed early Wednesday on kidnapping and child neglect charges. Joshua Hakken, 35, and Sharyn Hakken, 34, were booked into the Hillsborough County jail in Tampa, Fla., where the ordeal began last week with the [rescue] of his sons, Cole, 4, and Chase, 2." (04/10/13)

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Extortionist kidnappers release Snipes

April 7, 2013
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CNN    

"Actor Wesley Snipes has been released from a federal prison where he was serving a three-year sentence after being convicted on tax charges in February 2010. ... A jury convicted him of willfully failing to file tax returns for 1999, 2000 and 2001." (04/05/13)

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/05/showbiz/wesley-snipes-released/  

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Egypt: Arrest order for top satirist Bassem Yousuf decried

March 31, 2013
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Gulf News [United Arab Emirates]    

"Egypt’s mainly secular opposition has slammed an arrest warrant for the country’s most popular TV satirist, saying it is part of a crackdown on opponents of the Islamist President Mohammad Mursi. Bassem Yousuf, who hosts the popular satirical show Al Bernameg (The Programme) appeared on Sunday for investigations to face alleged accusations of insulting Islam and defaming Mursi on his weekly show." (03/31/13)

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