Posts Tagged ‘ political prisoners ’

Ross Ulbricht and the courage to break the law

June 2, 2015
posted by

Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jason Byas  

"On May 29, Ross Ulbricht was given a life sentence. His lawyers say they will try to appeal. The charges for which Ulbricht will likely spend his life in prison all center around the Silk Road marketplace, which allowed users to peacefully trade illegal drugs over the internet. Though he admitted to originally creating the site, Ulbricht has maintained that he quickly handed it off to others. Rather than dwelling on the details of the case, though, I want to focus on something else -- Ross Ulbricht is a hero, worthy of our praise, whose virtues we ought to cultivate in ourselves. He deserves our respect for his courage to break the law." (06/01/15)

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No, a myriad of new silk roads will not rise up to replace the old one

June 2, 2015
posted by

Liberale et Libertaire Liberale et Libertaire
by dL  

"By now, I'm sure anyone reading this post is aware of the sentence handed down to Ross Ulbricht(aka,'Dread Pirate Roberts'). The purpose of this post is not to extend a commentary on the barbaric character of the sentence. That will be for another time. Instead, I want to counter the conventional postscript that concludes virtually every postmortem of the drug war. 'Just another example of an irrational,failed drug war. Take one down, fifteen will rise up to take its place ...' Nope. Not the case. Particularly, in this instance." (06/01/15)

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US political prisoner Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life

June 1, 2015
posted by

Wired    

"On Friday [Ross] Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his role in creating and running Silk Road's billion-dollar, anonymous black market for drugs. Judge Katherine Forrest gave Ulbricht the most severe sentence possible. The minimum he could have served was 20 years." (05/29/15)

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Silk Road sentence sets dangerous precedent

May 31, 2015
posted by

Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W. Perry  

"There are three simple facts of this case that help explain the dangerous precedent. Ross Ulbricht created a website. People used the website to sell things that other people wanted to buy. Ross Ulbricht goes to jail for life. When Philip Markoff arranged meetings with people through Craigslist and then killed them; the creator of the site wasn't held liable. When people have been arrested attempting to hire prostitutes through various online classified sites, the owner of the website is not charged with being a pimp. The same rationale should apply to Ross Ulbricht, whose family has vowed to appeal the conviction and sentence." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (05/31/15)

http://fpp.cc/silk-road-sentence-sets-dangerous-precedent/  

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Dread Pirate Roberts, beyond the law!

May 31, 2015
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Ryan Calhoun  

"Ross Ulbricht has been sentenced to die inside a cage. We call this a 'life sentence,' but it is a death sentence. His fate is quite literally to die in a cage in order to punish him for operating the online drug market known as the Silk Road. But truly, that is not his crime. His crime is defiance, or really, his crime is truth telling. The truth is, there is life beyond the law. When sentencing him, that is what the judge justified her sentence with -- he lived without regard to what she wished he would believe. We are told none of us are 'beyond the law,' but this is merely a catch phrase. People like Judge Katherine Forrest depend on this fable of dependence to the law, but in what remains of this article I wish to propose a different story to you." (05/31/15)

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China: Regime abducts artist who posted humorous photo of Xi

May 28, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted online a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping, his wife said Thursday. Judy Zhu said police accused her husband, Dai Jianyong, of 'creating a disturbance' after detaining him Tuesday near their Shanghai home. Dai is known for posting eclectic photos on social media, including some showing himself and others scrunching up their lips and eyes. Dai posted images of Xi with the same expression while wearing a mustache." (05/28/15)

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Egypt: Regime court sentences Morsi, others to death

May 18, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Cairo court sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death Saturday on charges of conspiring with foreign militants to break out of prison during Egypt's uprising four years ago. The verdict, which can be appealed, marks a stunning blow to the pro-democracy revolt that saw thousands of Egyptians rise up against an increasingly corrupt police state. ... More than 100 other defendants, most of whom were tried in absentia, were also sentenced to death on the same charges. In a separate case, 16 defendants were given the death penalty for allegedly leaking state secrets to Iran while Morsi was in power." (05/16/15)

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Petraeus gets probation for giving information to lover; Manning still in prison for giving information to the American people

April 24, 2015
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New York Daily News    

"Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years of probation plus a $100,000 fine for giving her classified material while she was working on the book." (04/23/15)

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Iran: Washington Post reporter faces four charges including espionage

April 20, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Iranian authorities are charging The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Jason Rezaian, with espionage and three other serious crimes, including 'collaborating with hostile governments' and 'propaganda against the establishment,' according to his lawyer in Tehran. Providing the first description of the precise charges against Rezaian since his arrest nine months ago, the lawyer said that an indictment alleges Rezaian gathered information 'about internal and foreign policy' and provided it to 'individuals with hostile intent.' ... Martin Baron, The Post's executive editor, called the charges against Rezaian 'absurd and scurrilous.'" (04/20/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences belly dancer for “insulting” flag

April 20, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"An Egyptian court has sentenced a popular Armenian belly dancer to six months in prison for 'insulting the Egyptian flag' after she allegedly wore a tight dress in its red, white and black color scheme. ... Insulting the flag was made illegal by decree under Egyptian President Adly Mansour who ruled for a year after the army overthrew an elected but divisive Islamist president in 2013." (04/20/15)

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China: Regime jails journalist for seven years for “leaking state secrets”

April 17, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"A Chinese court jailed a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website for seven years on Friday, her lawyer said, a ruling that reflects the sensitivity surrounding the party's inner workings. Gao Yu, 71, who was tried behind closed doors in Beijing last November, was convicted on a charge of providing state secrets to foreign contacts, her lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said. Rights activists have condemned Gao's detention and trial, saying it indicates a widening crackdown on dissent. The United States called on China to release Gao at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva last month." (04/17/15)

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France: Nina Ricci heir convicted of trying to avoid paying extortionists

April 13, 2015
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Sacramento Bee    

"The heiress of the fashion and perfume house Nina Ricci was sentenced Monday to a year in prison and ordered to pay heavy fines and back taxes for having hidden millions of euros in HSBC bank accounts in Switzerland. The ruling was the first involving a famous name in the so-called Swissleaks scandal, in which a former HSBC employee gave authorities thousands of names of suspected tax evaders. Other trials are expected to follow. A Paris court convicted Arlette Ricci, 73, granddaughter of designer Nina Ricci, of tax evasion and money laundering and sentenced her to three years in prison, with two of them suspended. The court ordered a 1 million euro ($1.1 million) fine and the confiscation of two properties worth 4 million euros." (04/13/15)

http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article18386945.html  

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China: Regime releases three detained feminist activists

April 13, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Chinese police on Monday released at least three of the five feminist activists detained for over a month in a case which prompted an international diplomatic outcry, one of their lawyers said. Wei Tingting, Wang Man and Zheng Churan were freed by police, said lawyer Liang Xiaojun, with the status of the other two not yet clear. The release indicates that the trio are unlikely to face charges. ... Police detained the activists -- all aged 32 or under -- shortly before International Women's Day last month as they were preparing to hand out leaflets about sexual harassment on public transport." (04/13/15)

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Political prisoner Barrett Brown has email access blocked by the Bureau of Prisons

April 8, 2015
posted by

Liberty Blitzkrieg Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger  

"Since Barrett was arrested in September 2012, he has undergone an incredible degree of harassment at the hands of the feds, which are quite frankly not just exacting revenge on him, but also demonstrating how terrified they are of his capability, determination and courage. They want to lock this guy up and throw away the key, which is precisely what they initially tried to do by threatening him with over a century in prison. Ultimately, Barrett received a five year sentence earlier this year, of which he had already served about half. Being the guy that he is, Barrett has been conducting interviews from prison with various media personalities (with Infowars and Sam Seder), and most recently had been in discussions with Glenn Greenwald to write for the Intercept. This didn't please the Bureau of Prisons all that much, and immediately after his email correspondence with Glenn, his email account was suspended." (04/06/15)

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Chelsea Manning and the call of America’s conscience

April 7, 2015
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com
by Nozomi Hayase  

"April 5th marked the five year anniversary of WikiLeaks publication of the Collateral Murder Video. The footage of a secret US military video depicted an Apache helicopter killing Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters journalists. It provided an uncensored view of modern war for the world to see. The light that shone in the darkness was the conscience of a young woman. Chelsea Manning (formally Bradley Manning) is now serving 35 years behind bars for her great public service." (04/07/15)

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Chelsea Manning is officially on Twitter

April 5, 2015
posted by

Chelsea Manning Mashable    

"Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning is officially on Twitter ... kind of. Since opening on Friday, Manning's Twitter account has already attracted more than 18,000 followers at the time of this writing. Manning's profile photo features a black-and-white drawing of her with long hair. Since she is currently behind bars and does not have Internet access, however, that means Manning must call someone from Fort Leavenworth military prison to dictate her tweets. Communications firm Fitzgibbon Media is currently handling the account." (04/04/15)

http://mashable.com/2015/04/03/chelsea-manning-twitter/  

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Singapore: Teen abducted for “insensitive and disparaging comments”

March 31, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A Singapore teenager, who criticised Lee Kuan Yew on social media soon after the former leader's death, has been arrested and will be charged with making 'insensitive and disparaging' comments about Christians .... Police did not give the teenager's name, saying only that he was 16, but Singapore's Straits Times newspaper and other media identified him as Amos Yee. ... He will be charged on Tuesday with offences that include intentionally wounding the religious or racial feelings of another person or group, and could face up to three years in jail, police said in a statement." (03/31/15)

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Prosecutors: Undercover agents pocketed Bitcoin while investigating Silk Road

March 31, 2015
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New York Daily News    

"Two crooked former federal agents stole bitcoins during their investigation of the online drug bazaar Silk Road, the Department of Justice charged Monday. Drug Enforcement Agency special agent Carl Force, 46, sold information to Ross Ulbricht -- the convicted operator of the now-shuttered site -- while simultaneously investigating him while working undercover, prosecutors said. Force, of Baltimore, also ordered a Silk Road customer's account frozen and transferred the person’s funds to his own personal account, prosecutors said. Former U.S. Secret Service special agent Shaun W. Bridges, 32, of Laurel, Maryland, meanwhile, transferred more than $800,000 in bitcoins that he gained control of during the investigation to his own account, the Department of Justice said in a release." [editor's note: So the complaint seems to be that these two thugs raked off a little bit of their gangs' much larger thefts? - TLK] (03/30/15)

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France: Political prisoner Dieudonne convicted of telling joke

March 18, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"French comedian Dieudonne has been given a two-month suspended jail sentence after being found guilty of condoning terrorism by a Paris court. Days after the Paris terror attacks he wrote on Facebook that he 'felt like Charlie Coulibaly,' the last name referring to one of the gunmen." (03/18/15)

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Myanmar: Court jails three over “insult to Buddhism”

March 17, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A Yangon court on Tuesday sentenced a New Zealand bar manager and his two local colleagues to more than two years hard labor for insulting Buddhism by using the embellished image of the iconic sage to promote cheap drinks. The trial centered over a social media posting promoting the V Gastro bar in the former capital city, in which a Buddha was depicted wearing a pair of DJ headphones amid psychedelic colors. ... About half a dozen monks and hard line Buddhists gathered outside the Yangon court and applauded Tuesday's verdict. ... Human rights groups say the trial symbolizes growing religious intolerance in Myanmar, with a growing Buddhist nationalist political movement that often targets Muslim communities." (03/17/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others to death

March 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"Egypt’s official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision on Monday, however the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the country's grand mufti; the mufti reviews all death penalty cases, but his ruling is not binding." (03/16/15)

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Sweden: Prosecutor requests permission to question Assange at London embassy

March 13, 2015
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Wikileaks Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"A Swedish prosecutor said on Friday that she had asked permission to question Julian Assange at the Ecuadorean embassy in the British capital, where he has taken refuge since losing a legal battle against extradition to Sweden in 2012. Prosecutors had previously refused to travel to London, but lead prosecutor Marianne Ny said time was running out to press certain charges against Assange, as their statue of limitations will be reached in August. ... One of Assange's defense lawyers, Per Samuelson, welcomed Friday's offer, saying his client would probably accept it. 'It's something that we have been asking for four years,' Per Samuelsson, one of Assange's lawyers, told the Swedish daily Aftonbladet. 'This is the way to go so that he is (proven) innocent.'" (03/13/15)

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Myanmar: Police attack student protesters again

March 10, 2015
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Toronto Star [Canada]    

"Hundreds of riot police charged at students protesting [Myanmar]'s new education law on Tuesday, pummeling them with batons and then dragging them into trucks, bringing a quick, harsh end to a weeklong standoff. Authorities said more than 120 people were arrested. Security forces threw stones and jumped over fences as they broke up the demonstration. Dozens of students and monks were chased into a Buddhist monastery, said Honey Oo, a student leader. ... In January, about a hundred students started marching from [Myanmar]'s second biggest city, Mandalay, to the old capital, Yangon, to protest a new law that puts all decisions about education policy and curriculum in the hands of a group largely made up of government ministers, which critics say undermines the autonomy of universities. The demonstrators were joined by monks and other activists, bringing their number to around 200 in the last nine days, when they were blocked by police and began a sit-in on a road near a monastery in Letpadan, about 140 kilometres north of Yangon." (03/10/15)

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Turkey: Former Miss Turkey faces prison for “insulting” Erdogan

February 25, 2015
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Merve Buyuksarac, an industrial designer and writer, faces up to two years in prison for an Instagram post that prosecutors claim 'insulted' Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, her lawyer said. The former Miss Turkey is accused of the crime of insulting a public official and Umut Tepe, an Istanbul prosecutor, is demanding that she is charged and given a sentence of one to two years in prison, according to Emre Telci." (02/25/15)

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Thailand: Two who staged play convicted of insulting monarchy

February 23, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A court in Thailand sentenced two theater activists to two and a half years in prison on Monday on charges of insulting the country's monarchy. The activists produced a play called 'The Wolf Bride' about a fictional monarch and his adviser. It was performed at Bangkok's Thammasat University in 2013 to mark the anniversary of a 1973 anti-dictatorship uprising led by students. Thailand's lese majeste law is the world's harshest, carrying a punishment of three to 15 years in jail for anyone who defames, insults, or threatens the monarchy." (02/23/15)

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